UAV Equipment & Systems

Fruity Chutes Rolls out New Mechanism for UAV Parachute Deployment

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 10, 2016

Fruity Chutes has announced the availability of the new Hawk CO2 release valve, used for the company’s parachute deployment system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The valve can be integrated with the company’s Peregrine UAV Ballistic Parachute Launcher. “We have [Read More]

Echodyne’s UAV Detect-and-Avoid Radar Test Goes off Without a Hitch

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 10, 2016

Echodyne Corp. has completed what it says is the first-ever successful test of airborne detect-and-avoid (DAA) radar on a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Over a period of several days, the drone, equipped with Echodyne’s radar, flew multiple missions below [Read More]

AirMap, Kongsberg Provide Real-Time Airspace Awareness for UAS Pilots

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 10, 2016

Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa, Ontario-based developer of real-time, mission-critical, geospatial visualisation software, and AirMap, an airspace management platform for drones, recently announced a new collaboration: AirMap’s real-time airspace services will be delivered to users of the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS unmanned [Read More]

3DR Brings New Drone Capabilities to Construction

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 10, 2016

3D Robotics (3DR) has launched building information modeling (BIM) capabilities within its Site Scan software, a full-stack commercial drone platform suited for the construction industry. Site Scan, an end-to-end application offering fully autonomous drone image capture and cloud integration with [Read More]

Trimble Brings UAS Function to New Cloud Processing Platform

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 07, 2016

Trimble has announced the first service available on its new Trimble Connect cloud-processing platform: Trimble Connect AutoUAS. Trimble Connect is a collaboration ecosystem for architecture, engineering, construction and geospatial users. According to the company, the new AutoUAS service dramatically reduces [Read More]

First-of-Its-Kind App Store for Commercial Drone Users is Here

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 04, 2016

The DroneDeploy App Market, launched with more than 15 inaugural apps, creates a one-stop shop for all aspects of cloud-based drone data analysis.

Skytango Debuts Marketplace for Buying/Selling Drone Services and Video

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 03, 2016

Skytango, a Dublin, Ireland-based start-up, has launched a global drone marketplace where customers can either buy drone services, or operators can offer their services. Launched today at the Drones Data X Conference, the marketplace serves as a place for commercial [Read More]

Wyvern, Ascend Form Partnership for Pay-as-You-Fly UAS Insurance

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 03, 2016

Wyvern and Ascend have linked up to offer pay-as-you-fly insurance coverage for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators. Building on its 25 years of experience in delivering risk management to the aviation community through its flagship Wingman Program, Pennsylvania-based Wyvern has [Read More]

Aerotenna Releases Mini Collision-Avoidance Radar, Flight Controller for UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 03, 2016

Kansas-based Aerotenna has launched two new products for the commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) space: the µSharp Patch, a small, collision-avoidance radar, and OcPoC mini, a system-on-a-chip (SoC), field-programmable gate array (FPGA) flight controller. According to a news update from [Read More]

TeAx Enhances Thermal Mapping with ThermalCapture 2.0

Posted by Amanda Fava on October 31, 2016

Hardware and software application solutions provider TeAx Technology says it has developed an enhanced method for stitching thermal images. Stefan Thamke, CEO of TeAx Technology, explains that operators often use the flat-field-correction process, a process to “recalibrate a thermal core [Read More]

Textron Systems to Integrate Survey Sensor on Aerosonde sUAS

Posted by Amanda Fava on October 31, 2016

Unmanned systems developer Textron Systems Unmanned Systems says it will now offer the TK-7 Firewatch precision survey sensor on its Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). The TK-7 Firewatch, developed by Overwatch Imaging LLC, has a multi-spectrum precision survey payload [Read More]

Embention Announces New Design of its M400 Multirotor Solution

Posted by Amanda Fava on October 31, 2016

Unmanned aircraft systems component and system developer Embention has unveiled a new design of its NM& M400 platform. Available in standard and tethered versions, the NM& M400 can be employed in a variety of activities, such as the control and [Read More]

Sky-Futures, Flyability Team Up on Industrial Inspections

Posted by Amanda Fava on October 31, 2016

Drone-based inspection services provider Sky-Futures has partnered with commercial drone manufacturer Flyability on what the company says is a fully integrated solution for drone-based industrial inspection. The Flyability Elios is a collision-tolerant drone that can gain access to small, complex [Read More]

Agrowing and Mavis Link up for UAV Precision Ag Solution

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 28, 2016

Agrowing Ltd. – a provider of high-resolution, low-distortion, multispectral cameras – has announced an integration with Bitmapping’s Mavis unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) photogrammetry and mapping software. Agrowing’s modified Sony ILCE QX1 camera is an agricultural multispectral camera based on Agrowing’s [Read More]

Eos Systems Brings UAS-Focused Photogrammetry Software to Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia-based Eos Systems Inc. has introduced new photogrammetry software optimized specifically for photographs taken with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to the company, the PhotoModeler UAS 2016 software creates 3D models, measurements and maps from photographs taken with [Read More]

SLANTRANGE Wins U.S. Patent for Ag Drone Tech

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

SLANTRANGE Inc., a San Diego-based provider of drone-based remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture, says it has been issued a new patent covering foundational technologies for aerial crop inspection and measurement. Patent 9,470,579, issued by the U.S. Patent and [Read More]

DJI Launches Zenmuse Z30 Drone Camera with 30x Optical Zoom

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

DJI has introduced the Zenmuse Z30, what the company calls its most powerful integrated aerial zoom camera. The Zenmuse Z30, which integrates with DJI’s Matrice airframes, will work right out of the box, says DJI. The camera offers up to [Read More]

Airnest Rolls out Flight Log Tool on UAS App

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

Airnest has launched a free, cloud-based logging tool for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators. In turn, says the company, pilots are able to play back flights in real time; receive moment-by-moment flight metrics, including battery performance, orientation, GPS status, speed, [Read More]

OmniVision’s New PureCel Plus-S Sensor Designed for Consumer Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

OmniVision Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, has announced the OV12895 12-megapixel sensor, designed for consumer-grade drones, surveillance systems and 360-degree action cameras. The sensor, using stacked-die technology, is the latest addition to the company’s PureCel Plus-S [Read More]

Inductive Coupling Allows Drones to Re-Charge While Airborne

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 21, 2016

Scientists from Imperial College London have demonstrated what they say is a highly efficient method for wirelessly transferring power to a drone while it is airborne. In theory, according to the researchers, the breakthrough could allow drones to stay in [Read More]