Archive for aerial

DJI, SkyPixel Kick off This Year’s Aerial Photography Competition

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 28, 2016

SkyPixel and DJI have launched their annual aerial photography contest, running Oct. 26-Dec. 30. Entrants will choose between the categories of “beauty,” encompassing natural landscape and urban architecture, and “360-degree aerial panorama,” showcasing 360-degree views from above, aided by virtual [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]

How to Assess Impact of UAV-Plane Collisions: Fly Them into Each Other?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

The U.K.’s Department of Transport, Civil Aviation Authority and Ministry of Defence collectively called for the “secretive tests,” which will take place in restricted airspace in Wales.

Drone Sense-and-Avoid Competition Launched for November’s UTM Convention

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

The UTM Convention 2016 and have partnered to launch a $15,000 technology competition that demonstrates drone sense-and-avoid (SAA) technologies. The competition will be held on Nov. 9 in conjunction with UTM Convention 2016, located at the Oncenter in Syracuse, [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]

DARPA Sets out to Develop Tracking Tech for UAS in Large Cities

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 15, 2016

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched its Aerial Dragnet program, which seeks new technologies to provide persistent, wide-area surveillance of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating below 1,000 feet in large cities. DARPA says [Read More]

Airogistic Introduces Expanded DroneDome for Netted UAV Testing

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 15, 2016

Airogistic LLC – a Dripping Springs, Texas-based provider of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) infrastructure products and services – has introduced its newer version of the DroneDome, an outdoor, netted shelter for UAV testing. The company says the latest model has [Read More]

DJI Produces Coffee-Table Book on Aerial Drone Photography

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 06, 2016

On Friday, DJI kicked off its 10th anniversary by launching a book featuring aerial photographs from across the globe. According to DJI, “Above the World,” a coffee-table book with glossy, high-resolution photos taken from the sky, is a centerpiece of [Read More]

Draganfly Gets Green Light for UAV Flights Across Canada

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 01, 2016

Draganfly Innovations – a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company – has received Standing Special Flight Operations Certificates (SFOCs) for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations across Canada (except for Quebec). Draganfly, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, [Read More]

A Sit-Down With Drone Photographer Eric Cheng: Five Industry Insights

Written by Rebecca Wilson on August 25, 2016

In an interview with Skyward, Cheng, DJI’s former director of aerial imaging, answers five questions pertaining to the commercial drone industry, including advice for novice pilots.

Thanks to Federal Grant, University Launches Summer Drone Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 27, 2016

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.2 million to Tuskegee, Ala.-based Tuskegee University to bring drone technology to high school students and their teachers during an annual summer program. Spearheaded by the university’s computer science department, the project will engage [Read More]

Acend Creates Usage-Based Insurance Platform for UAS Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 10, 2016

Acend, a product developed by PlatformBrown Inc., is bringing together data, technology and analytics to deliver usage-based insurance (UBI) to unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators. Through a strategic partnership between Acend and PrecisionHawk, commercial drone operators will be able to [Read More]

Advancements Continue to be Made to HiRO Multi-Rotor Medical Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on June 03, 2016

Hattiesburg, Miss.-based William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine says it has made advancements to its Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations (HiRO) medical drone in order to make additional emergency care more readily available. First announced last fall, the HiRO (pronounced [Read More]

Start-Up Adds New Spin to a Drone’s Motor – Literally

Written by Betsy Lillian on May 31, 2016

By redesigning a standard electric motor, CR Flight is looking to boost an unmanned system’s flight performance across several key areas.

Virginia Tech Hosting ‘Drones in America’ Panel in D.C.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 16, 2016

On May 19, Virginia Tech’s school of public and international affairs is sponsoring a “Drones in America” panel discussion, which will include opening remarks from Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. Former Congressman Jim Moran will serve as moderator for the discussion, [Read More]

Textron Expands UAS Training & Maintenance Hub to Support Industry Growth

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 13, 2016

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems, a Textron Inc. business, has announced the grand opening of its new unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training and maintenance facility, the Unmanned Systems Service & Support Center, in Blackstone, Va. With assistance from Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic [Read More]

Skycatch Rolls out New Aerial Mapping App for DJI Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 10, 2016

Skycatch, a provider of commercial drone data software, has launched the COMMANDER, an iOS flight app for DJI drones. The app automates data capture with DJI’s latest drones, including the Phantom 3, Inspire 1 and Phantom 4. Skycatch built the [Read More]

Penn College Adds Drone Course to Workforce Development Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 05, 2016

The Pennsylvania College of Technology, an affiliate of Penn State, is offering a quadcopter technology course as part of its workforce development and continuing education program. The drone courses will be held June 14, 16 and 21 for $179. Participants [Read More]

Insitu Forms New Business Unit for Commercial Unmanned Data Collection

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 02, 2016

Insitu, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Co., has established a new commercial business unit dedicated to the unmanned aerial data collection market. According to Insitu, service offerings will include the following: Air vehicles; Inexa Control operations software; TacitView [Read More]

Investigation Closes on Reported Drone/Airplane Hit: Object Still Unknown

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 28, 2016

It turns out that an object police “believed to have been a drone” that reportedly hit the front of a British Airways (BA) plane in the U.K. was not a drone after all. According to the Associated Press, Patrick McLoughlin, [Read More]