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DARPA Flight Tests Demonstrate Optical Sense-and-Avoid Capability

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 08, 2016

A research effort associated with DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program recently conducted flight tests of a shoebox-sized, plug-and-play system designed to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to automatically detect nearby aircraft and avoid potential mid-air collisions. According to [Read More]

SICdrone, CrowdOptic to Track Points of Interest from Drone Cameras

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 08, 2016

CrowdOptic and SICdrone have partnered to equip a fleet of SICdrone unmanned aircraft with the ability to automatically orchestrate their onboard cameras to track and capture multiple camera angles of a single point of interest through the use of CrowdOptic’s [Read More]

‘SAFE DRONE Act’ Would Make Reckless Drone Operations a Federal Offense

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 08, 2015

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has introduced the SAFE DRONE Act, which would make it a misdemeanor offense for an individual to knowingly operate a drone within two miles of a fire, an airport or other restricted airspace. According to [Read More]

Legislators & Industry Stakeholders Mull Unmanned Aircraft Safety

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on October 08, 2015

At a House hearing on drone safety, some witnesses brought up the concept of a “tombstone mentality”: We cannot take action to properly regulate UAS only if a tragedy occurs.

FAA Proposes $1.9M Penalty Against UAS Company for ‘Unauthorized Operations’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 06, 2015

The agency alleges that Chicago-based SkyPan International conducted 65 drone flights between 2012 and 2014 that endangered the safety of the National Airspace System.

Sentera Launches Data-Management Solution for Tower Inspectors

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2015

Sentera LLC, a drone, sensor and software company, has launched its OnTop platform, a proprietary software solution for inspection imagery of the cellular and broadcast tower industry. The OnTop platform comprises a mobile app and desktop client that automatically sync [Read More]

Textron’s Aerosonde UAS Supports Wildfire-Response Efforts in Idaho

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 01, 2015

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. business, says it recently provided equipment and personnel, including its Aerosonde unmanned aircraft system (UAS), in support of a multi-day wildfire-response and decision support effort in Idaho with the U.S. Department of Interior [Read More]

3DR Debuts Sci-Fi Series Filmed Exclusively with Solo & GoPro

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 29, 2015

Berkeley, Calif.-based drone company 3D Robotics is creating what it calls a “full-on sci-fi series,” all of which is filmed exclusively with the company’s Solo aircraft and a GoPro. According to a 3DR news post, the series will launch on [Read More]

Utility Drone Usage Poised for Major Growth, Says Report

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 24, 2015

Navigant Research predicts that drones and robotics technologies for transmission and distribution in every region of the world will skyrocket in the coming years.

Unmanned Helicopter Provider CybAero Gains Major Shareholder

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 17, 2015

Swedish unmanned helicopter company CybAero has gained a new shareholder in Submersive Capital, a U.S. fund that has acquired the remainder of California-based AeroVironment’s holding in CybAero. CybAero says it develops and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems for safer and more [Read More]