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Sky-Futures Launches Basic Drone Certification Course in U.K.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

Sky-Futures, a global provider of industrial inspection services via unmanned aircraft, is launching a new course that will enable persons and organizations in the U.K. to reach the basic standard required to operate drones under Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) permission. In [Read More]

Drones Take the Blame in Another False-Alarm Plane Incident

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Following a suspected collision in Mozambique and the subsequent colorful media headlines stating something to the effect of “Drone Hits Plane In Mozambique,” officials reportedly later found no evidence of an unmanned aircraft strike.

New Tool Allows Farmers to Live-Stream NDVI Drone Video to Phone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 10, 2017

Sentera has announced the upcoming release of LiveNDVI video: live-streamed normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) video via the company’s Double 4K sensor for drones. According to Sentera, the technology will offer agronomists a fast way to make decisions and specify [Read More]

FAA Highlights ‘Revolution and Evolution’ of UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

“We have to approach our challenges with the same kind of creativity and open-mindedness that is fueling the drone revolution,” said Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, at last week’s CES 2017.

Parrot Reorganizing Drone Business, Reducing Workforce

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, Parrot has reported revenues of around EUR 85 million, which is below its target of around EUR 100 million, as announced at the end of November. In turn, as part [Read More]

Drone System Could Help Clean out Microbes from Hospitals

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

Announcing a U.S. patent record of 8,088 patents granted to its inventors in 2016, IBM is highlighting a recently patented drone application that could help advance cognitive healthcare. “Drone-based microbial analysis system,” U.S. Patent No. 9,447,448, implements unmanned aerial vehicles [Read More]

Virginia Tech Flies Drones into Crash Test Dummies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Virginia Tech, a longtime unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) researcher and home to one of the federal test sites for the technology, is using dummies to test the potential impact of drone crashes to humans. According to a press release from [Read More]

UAV Uses Machine Learning to Carry out Perched Landing

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

The University of Bristol in the U.K. and BMT Defence Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., have developed what they claim to be the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing by using machine-learning algorithms. [Read More]

Vanilla Aircraft Boasts 56-Hour Flight Time for VA001 UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Under the authority of the New Mexico unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, Falls Church, Va.-based Vanilla Aircraft LLC recently completed a nonstop, non-refueled 56-hour flight of its VA001 drone. The flight was submitted for a world duration record for [Read More]

New Year Reflections: Shhh, Don’t Say ‘Drone’

Betsy Lillian
Written by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

It’s now 2017. Have we gone beyond the days of avoiding the word “drone” – versus “UAS” or “UAV” – in the commercial and civil industry?