Archive for flight

DARPA Flight Tests Demonstrate Optical Sense-and-Avoid Capability

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on April 08, 2016

A research effort associated with DARPA’s Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) program recently conducted flight tests of a shoebox-sized, plug-and-play system designed to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to automatically detect nearby aircraft and avoid potential mid-air collisions. According to [Read More]

University & Utility Collaboration Establishes UAS Flight Pavilion

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on October 15, 2015

Kansas State University Salina and industry partner Westar Energy, an electric utility company in Topeka, have collaborated on a new outdoor flight facility for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) education, training and research. The UAS Pavilion, constructed on K-State Salina’s campus, [Read More]

Yuneec Launches Typhoon Wizard for One-Handed UAV Flight Control

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on October 13, 2015

Yuneec International has introduced the Typhoon Wizard, an ultra-lightweight remote control that allows users to pilot the company’s Typhoon drones with only one hand. The mini GPS tracking device, compatible with the entire Typhoon series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), [Read More]

The New Draganflyer Commander UAV Offers 45 Minutes of Flight

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on October 07, 2015

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Draganfly Innovations Inc. – a wholly owned, commercial division of TRACE Live Network – has launched what it says is the company’s newest and most advanced multi-rotor UAV to date, the Draganflyer Commander. According to [Read More]

Intrinsyc to Distribute Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight Board for UAVs

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UAO Staff on September 22, 2015

Intrinsyc Technologies Corp., a developer of intelligent connected devices, says it will manufacture and distribute the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight development board, which is targeted specially for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and other robotic devices. The Snapdragon Flight is a product [Read More]

Qualcomm Debuts Snapdragon Flight Platform for Drones

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on September 14, 2015

Qualcomm Technologies Inc. has introduced the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight, a highly optimized 58×40 mm board targeted specifically for consumer drones and robotics applications. Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, features advanced processing power, real-time flight control [Read More]

School is in Session: Auburn Ready to Open UAS Flight School

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on September 02, 2015

Alabama’s Auburn University is opening the doors to its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved, publicly available unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flight school. The program’s first class will begin on Sept. 15 and will be offered on a weekly basis over the [Read More]

UAV Flight Control System Wins a Top Spot in Texas Instruments Contest

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on July 31, 2015

A University of Florida student has taken home third place for his drone flight control system at Texas Instruments' (TI) annual Innovation Challenge North America Design Contest. Jordan Street won the $5,000 prize for his Hercules Autopilot, a flight control [Read More]

Flyox I Amphibious UAV Takes off for First Flight

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on July 20, 2015

Singular Aircraft's Flyox I, an amphibious unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can take off and land on both land and water, recently completed its maiden testing flight. The aircraft, with a payload of 1,850 kg and a range of 8,300 [Read More]

University Marks Its First UAS Flight Through COA

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on July 13, 2015

After 16 months of preparation, Utah Valley University's (UVU) School of Aviation Sciences recently achieved its first flight of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Russ Hopkinson, Aviation Sciences director of safety and the mission commander of the flight, worked for [Read More]

Aurora Flight Sciences Takes Centaur in the Air at UAS Test Site

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 22, 2015

In collaboration with the New York unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, Aurora Flight Sciences recently conducted unmanned flights of its Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) – the first time a large-scale, fixed-wing aircraft has been flown at any of [Read More]

Companies Align to Expand Flight Range of Civilian Drones

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 17, 2015

The TEKEVER Group, a Portugal-based drone manufacturer, and ViaSat, a California-headquartered provider of broadband and communication technologies and services, have announced a strategic alliance to expand the flight range of civilian drones. This joint collaboration will bring ViaSat's communication technologies [Read More]

World’s Longest Multi-Rotor UAV Flight Notches Nearly Four Hours

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 16, 2015

EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a Montreal, Quebec-based developer of advanced polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell systems, recently demonstrated what it says is the world's longest multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight: 3 hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds. According to the [Read More]

FAA-Approved UAS Flight School to Open its Doors to All

Betsy Lillian on April 27, 2015

Alabama's Auburn University recently notched a first for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry: a Section 333 exemption to launch a flight school dedicated completely to UAS. According to Bill Hutto, director of Auburn's airport and aviation center, a [Read More]

B2B Drone Delivery Takes Flight in the U.K.

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on March 24, 2015

FPS, a U.K.-based supply-chain solution provider, has completed what it believes to be the first U.K. business-to-business delivery made by a drone. The product delivered was a Gates belt tensioner from the FPS automotive aftermarket product range. The item was [Read More]

3D Robotics Launches New Open-Source Flight Control App

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on February 10, 2015

3D Robotics (3DR) has announced the availability of Tower, an open-source flight control app for 3DR-powered aircraft. Downloadable at no cost from the 3DR website, Tower offers users the ability to build new features into the app or customize existing [Read More]

Tennessee Company Offers UAS Sales, Flight Training & Servicing for Farmers

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on January 30, 2015

FarmSpace Systems, an Alamo, Tenn.-based company owned and led by veterans, says it is launching a complete package of offerings for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including sales of the devices, flight training and service packages. The advanced technology provides situational [Read More]

University’s UAS Flight Detects Air Before T-Storm

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on August 25, 2014

The University of Colorado Boulder says it has conducted the first multiple, unmanned aerial system (UAS) interception of a telltale rush of cold air preceding a thunderstorm. Known as a ‘gust front,’ it rolled across the Pawnee National Grassland in [Read More]

Paper-Airplane Drone to Officially Take Flight Soon

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on July 15, 2014

It was reported in June that a paper airplane had been transformed into a functioning unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Now, the product from PowerUp Toys is officially launching in America. Dubbed the PowerUp 3.0, the average origami paper plane becomes [Read More]

First-Ever Commercial Drone Flight Over Land is Good to Go

UAO Staff
UAO Staff on June 10, 2014

For the very first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized a commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operation over land. The agency has given approval for energy corporation BP and UAS manufacturer AeroVironment to fly an AeroVironment Puma AE [Read More]