Archive for uavs

Lousiana sUAS Company Gets Extra Oomph from Texas A&M Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

Baton Rouge, La.-based LandBros Aerial has received credentialing under Part 107 through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP) in Texas. The program was developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center [Read More]

Verizon Acquires Drone Operations Management Company Skyward

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

Some big M&A action is happening in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems space: Portland, Ore.-based Skyward is now a Verizon company.

FAA, Xcel Energy Partner to Advance UAS for Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

In an effort to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for inspecting critical infrastructure, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agreement involves using UAS to inspect more than 20,000 miles of [Read More]

DJI Mates with AMA for New sUAS Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

DJI and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) are jointly launching a new program that they say will help promote the safe and responsible use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). DJI and AMA plan to develop and promote a [Read More]

Nebraska College Brings K-12 Students STEM and Drone Experience

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

Young students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a hands-on drone project hosted by Nebraska’s Metropolitan Community College (MCC). The CEENbot Drone course, which began earlier this month, allows students to use 3D-printed parts to construct [Read More]

AUVSI Reveals Semi-Finalists for Unmanned Systems Tech Competition

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the semi-finalists for its second annual “Startup Showdown.” The winner, which will receive a $15,000 grand prize, will be chosen at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017, taking place at the Kay Bailey [Read More]

Think Tank Photo Rolls out Updated DJI Phantom Backpack

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

As quadcopter designs continue to evolve, so, too, do Think Tank Photo’s backpacks: The company has upgraded its Airport Helipak V2.0 to fit the DJI Phantom 4 (or a similarly sized drone) and accessories. Think Tank Photo, which is based [Read More]

AeroVironment Works Extensively with Farmers on UAS Integration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, is sharing the details on its ongoing pilot programs with farmers and universities. The programs, which are entering their third year, have guided the development [Read More]

Partners Working on Drone for Marine Industry Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

AkzoNobel, a Netherlands-based producer of specialty chemicals, is teaming up with DroneOps and oil and gas tanker operator Barrier Group to develop a drone capable of remotely inspecting enclosed spaces. According to AzkoNobel, the project will use advanced virtual reality [Read More]

As Usual, Super Bowl Area is Strict No-Drone Zone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

As in years past, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reminding the public that the airspace around NRG Stadium in Houston for this year’s Super Bowl is a strict no-drone zone. According to the agency, temporary flight restrictions will prohibit [Read More]

Caterpillar Invests in Drone Solutions Provider Airware

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 02, 2017

Aiming to advance work-site intelligence, Caterpillar Venture Capital Inc., an arm of construction giant Caterpillar Inc., has made a strategic investment in Airware, a provider of end-to-end solutions that turn aerial drone data into actionable business intelligence. Airware says the investment [Read More]

Yuneec Announces Latest Drone, a Heavy-Duty Hexacopter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Calling the aircraft a “multicopter for professionals,” Yuneec International says its newest drone is suited for applications such as cinematography, inspections and emergency response.

Take Two: GoPro’s Karma Drone Returns to the Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Let’s try that again: GoPro Inc. has announced that its Karma drone is officially back on the market after having been recalled due to technical issues. In November, GoPro had to withdraw all of its long-anticipated Karma drones due to [Read More]

LSU AgCenter Holding UAV Seminar for Farmers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center (the LSU AgCenter), one of 11 institutions within the Louisiana State University System, is holding a drone seminar suited for farmers, consultants and anyone else involved in crop production, forestry, nurseries and cattle operations. The [Read More]

New York City Drone Film Festival Announces This Year’s Nominees

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Nominations have been announced for the third annual New York City Drone Film Festival, being held March 17-19 at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Liberty Science Center. The festival, with headline sponsors RED and Freefly Systems, will [Read More]

New PrecisionHawk Partnership Merges Aerial Drone and Ground Data for Farmers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 31, 2017

PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, and A&L Canada Laboratories Inc., an independent agronomy lab based in Ontario, are partnering to enhance the value of drone data for farmers. Through the partnership, farmers will be able to view [Read More]

GIS Firm Bolsters UAV Services with New Hire

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 30, 2017

As part of a move to further its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mapping services, GEO Jobe, a GIS software and solutions provider founded in 1999, has named Jeff Lawrence to a role in UAV business development. According to the Hermitage, [Read More]

Sentera Brings NDVI Toolbox to Drone Precision Ag Software

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 26, 2017

Minneapolis-based drone software company Sentera has released its NDVI Toolbox for AgVault – a set of tools for customizable normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data in order to give growers and agronomists more insight into field and crop health. The [Read More]

Drone Tech Company PrecisionHawk Names New Chief Exec

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, has appointed a new CEO: Michael Chasen, co-founder and former CEO of education technology platform company Blackboard. According to PrecisionHawk, Chasen brings more than 20 years of software experience to the company. [Read More]

Pix4D Touting Drone Mapping Solutions at United Nations Panel

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 24, 2017

Photogrammetry software company Pix4D is speaking about drone mapping at a panel held today by the United Nations’ Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). The CSTD’s panel will discuss the role of science, technology and innovation in ensuring [Read More]