GoPro’s Karma Drone Takes a Hit: All Units Recalled

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 09, 2016

Uh-oh: GoPro is recalling approximately 2,500 Karma drones, which, in a very small number of cases, lost power during flight, the company says. GoPro’s new Karma quadcopter made its official debut in the consumer unmanned aircraft systems world back in [Read More]

The Parrot Bebop 2 Drone Can Now Follow You Around

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

Parrot has now incorporated a follow-me mode into its Parrot Bebop 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). According to the company, the new feature (within the FreeFlight Pro app) combines visual tracking with a smartphone’s GPS and barometer. Available only on [Read More]

Intel’s Latest UAS Venture: The Shooting Star Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

“Can we pretend that [drones] in the night sky are like shooting stars?” Intel, gaining a stronger foothold in the commercial drone sector more and more every day, has announced a quadcopter designed specifically to be used in a fleet [Read More]

AERIX Rolls out Miniature Virtual Reality Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

AERIX Drones (formerly Axis Drones) has launched the new VIDIUS VR HD, what the company calls the “world’s smallest HD virtual reality drone.” The VIDIUS VR HD is equipped with a 720p, high-definition, wide-angle lens video camera system, yet it [Read More]

UAV Companies Delair-Tech and microdrones Combine Forces

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 04, 2016

Fixed-wing drone company Delair-Tech and multi-rotor drone company microdrones have signed a partnership agreement to establish an industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) collaboration. Delair-Tech, which was recently acquired by Gatewing, will work with microdrones to deliver a comprehensive line of [Read More]

Topcon to Distribute Intel’s Falcon 8+ UAS in North America

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 02, 2016

California-based Topcon Positioning Group has announced it will be distributing the Intel Falcon 8+ unmanned aerial system (UAS), Intel’s new V-shaped octocopter, for the North American markets. Building on the success of the initial Falcon 8 system, the new-generation Intel [Read More]

C-Astral Boosts UAV Flight Time with Alta Solar Cells

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

C-Astral Aerospace, a provider of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has signed an agreement with Alta Devices, a manufacturer of thin-film solar technology, under which Alta will provide its solar cells to help enhance the flight time for C-Atral’s newest [Read More]

Sentera Debuts Omni UAV Package for Inspections, Agriculture

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 28, 2016

Minneapolis-based Sentera LLC has introduced the Omni unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) package, a quadcopter fixed with Sentera’s gimbaled, double 4K sensor. Empowering users to collect precise data from obscure angles, an Omni + Double 4K Sensor package simultaneously captures macro and [Read More]

Makeblock Launches DIY Visual Programming Drone for Ages 8+

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

Makeblock Co. Ltd. has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a modular and visual programming drone called Airblock. Airblock is made of magnetic, modular parts that connect together to form a drone or hovercraft. According to Makeblock, beginners can put Airblock [Read More]

Citing ‘Strong Global Demand,’ DJI Offers New Info on Mavic Pro Shipping

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

DJI has offered an update on the expected shipping of its Mavic Pro drone, which was first introduced at a launch event in New York City almost a month ago. At the Sept. 27 launch, the company said pre-orders would [Read More]

Draganfly Testing Mini Hyperspectral Camera with its UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 19, 2016

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Draganfly Innovations has signed an agreement with Optical Filter Corp., a subsidiary of Corning Inc., to integrate miniaturized advanced hyperspectral camera systems into its UAVs. Draganfly says it will assist in preparing Corning’s [Read More]

‘Portable, Foldable’ Hover Camera Passport Drone Now Available

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2016

Robotics start-up ZeroZero Robotics has announced the availability of its Hover Camera Passport drone. With a maximum flight time of 10 minutes and a weight of 242 grams (roughly .55 pounds), the Hover Camera Passport is an “autonomous, self-flying camera [Read More]

Intel Unveils the New Falcon 8+ Octocopter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2016

The company, calling drone technology “an important computing platform for the future,” says it is “positioning itself at the forefront of this opportunity.”

Another Drone Joins Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2016

Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., has donated its ScanEagle N202SE unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. According to the company, the ScanEagle N202SE was the first commercial [Read More]

AltiGator and YellowScan Announce LiDAR-Integrated UAV

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

AltiGator and YellowScan have teamed up to offer a lightweight, LiDAR-integrated UAV, which the companies say is ideal for centimetric UAV surveys in urban areas. Specifically, the YellowScan Surveyor standalone LiDAR system is embedded on Altigator’s OnyxStar XENA multirotor UAV. [Read More]

University Engineer Offers Free Drone Design Tool

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 10, 2016

As interest in small autonomous aerial vehicles and their applications continues to expand, a Utah State University (USU) aerospace engineer is offering a new drone design tool to the public for free. Doug Hunsaker, an assistant professor of mechanical and [Read More]

Bladeless Drone Propulsion Tech Up for Collegiate Invention Award

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 07, 2016

For his invention of a bladeless drone, John Mohyi, a Michigan State University law student and CEO of Mohyi Labs, has been selected as a 2016 Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) graduate finalist. CIC, a program of the National Inventors Hall [Read More]

senseFly’s Latest Fixed-Wing Mapping Drone Is Here

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

senseFly is rolling out its next-generation fixed-wing drone for survey-grade photogrammetric mapping, the eBee Plus. The fixed-wing drone features an elongated windspan for stable, long-duration flights of close to one hour. Additionally, it can document 220 hectares (540 acres) in [Read More]

General Electric Has a New Drone in the Works: the Raven

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

GE has unveiled a prototype drone designed to help reduce environmental impact and improve operational efficiency in the oil and gas industry.

IBM and Aerialtronics Officially Announce Watson-Powered Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 04, 2016

IBM and Aerialtronics, a Netherlands-based designer and producer of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), have officially announced the first commercial drones to leverage the IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Platform on IBM Cloud. The drones, which feature cognitive computing capabilities, [Read More]