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UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch find drones useful

June 26, 2017 - 9:23am
In its recently released Annual Safety Review for 2016, the United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch, have found that using drones at aviation accident sites is “very useful” to its aviation accident investigations. “The AAIB has found drones to be a very useful new tool at accident sites. They are very good for capturing the […]

2017 AUVSI sUAS Competition Results – ArduPilot dominates

June 26, 2017 - 9:09am
Well done to the Ardupilot team, fifteen out of the top twenty finalists in the AUVSI Student UAS competition, were running Ardupilot. Positions one to six taken by the OpenSource autopilot. Only one commercial autopilot, the Piccolo made it into the top 20 at number 8. How things change! The 2017 SUAS Competition was held June […]

Drone User Group Network proposed changes to FAA Reauthorization Bills

June 26, 2017 - 8:28am
A community-based organization (“CBO”) that represents close to 25,000 drone users, the Drone User Group Network (“DUGN”) proposed changes to both the House and Senate versions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bills that will help spur innovation, preserve the privacy of the public, preserve the privacy of drone users, and enhance the efficiency […]

Position Partners announces Channel Partnership with Bentley Systems

June 26, 2017 - 7:43am
Geospatial company to sell and support Bentley mass data processing and design platforms throughout Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

Drones that drive from MIT CSAIL

June 26, 2017 - 7:09am
CSAILAdam Conner-Simons | CSAIL CSAIL team’s system of quadcopters that fly and drive suggest another approach to developing flying cars. Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature — many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many […]

Ardupilot Mission Planner now connected to global UTM system

June 26, 2017 - 6:44am
A drone data platform company and the world’s most popular drone control app have just partnered, connecting over a million drones to a global drone management platform. Mission Planner, created by Michael Oborne and the ArduPilot Developer team, now enables its users to more easily find the safest places to fly their drones, discover hazards […]

Supercam in the ARCTIC: Manned and Unmanned planes with ADS-B

June 23, 2017 - 9:10am
supercamUnmanned Systems Group (Izhevsk, Russia) has successfully conducted joint flights of Supercam UAV together with manned aircraft (both equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system) in conjunction with FGUP “GosNIIAS” on a drifting ice base in the Arctic. Rapid deployment of an aerodrome and a base for scholars and tourists was a priority task. Possessing […]

Pix4D and Parrot back 6 top researchers to help them answer key #ClimateChange questions using drone mapping

June 23, 2017 - 8:31am
parrotIn December 2016, Pix4D and Parrot announced we would award a climate innovation grant to help foster innovation around the impact of global climate change.  We received over 250 proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines. We selected six projects, chosen on novelty, scientific merit, and team experience. We also considered advanced degrees, formal […]

Industrial SkyWorks: How to Use Drones to improve equipment reliability in the oil and gas Industry

June 23, 2017 - 8:22am
industrial skyworksTo have oil equipment operating efficiently and reliably is demanding, expensive, and requires performing these tasks: Monitor the equipment on a continual basis to detect failures or impending failures; Perform regularly scheduled preventive maintenance tasks to prevent or delay equipment failure; Plan for downtimes to replace or repair defective equipment. To perform these tasks is […]

Insitu Announces High Accuracy Photogrammetry Payload for Broad Aerial Survey

June 23, 2017 - 12:09am
insituInsitu today announced the successful integration of a 50-megapixel camera into its ScanEagle™ Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for delivering High Accuracy Photogrammetric (HAP) aerial imagery. This new capability is part of Insitu’s INEXA™ Solutions, a comprehensive suite of remote sensing products and information delivery services for enterprise customers, particularly mining and oil and gas operations. […]

Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 completes qualification flights with French Navy

June 22, 2017 - 10:59pm
schiebelSchiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) once again convinced with its outstanding maritime capability when successfully completing qualification flights for the French Navy from 29 May to 3 June 2017. The flight trials were performed from the deck of the Bâtiment de Projection et de Commandement (BPC) Dixmude, the newest of the French Navy’s […]

Incredible Skies New Zealand open UAS test range

June 22, 2017 - 8:26am
incredible skiesNew Zealand’s newest fit-for-purpose test range for commercial drones has opened its skies to the world and plans to trial the delivery of medical supplies in November. The trial, with Medical Drones Aotearoa, will include tests that explore the safe delivery of medicines, and flights that are beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and autonomous […]

After dark: Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus approved to conduct UAS flight operations at night

June 22, 2017 - 8:22am
SALINA — The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its unmanned aircraft systems capabilities to now include flight operations after dark. Kansas State Polytechnic’s Applied Aviation Research Center, which houses the unmanned aircraft systems research program, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct UAS flights at night. It was granted a […]

World–leader in rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions UMS SKELDAR announces agreement with Sentient Vision Systems to provide ViDAR system.

June 22, 2017 - 4:38am
skeldarWorld–leader in rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions UMS SKELDAR has used the Paris Airshow (19-25 June 2017) to announce an agreement with Sentient Vision Systems to provide the ViDAR (Visual identification Detection and Ranging) system for its unmanned systems. UMS SKELDAR will incorporate the ViDAR payload into its fleet of flagship VTOL’s – the […]

GA-ASI President Dave Alexander Addresses UAV Group at Paris Air Show

June 22, 2017 - 12:19am
Today General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) president David R. Alexander issued the following statement at the Civil Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Conference during the Paris International Air Show: GA-ASI applauds the FAA’s effort to work with industry through the recently formed Controlled Airspace Advisory Rulemaking Committee and Type Certification Projects. GA-ASI is working collaboratively […]

FAA Reauthorization leaked – 21st Century Aviation Innovation – what is means for drones

June 21, 2017 - 11:27pm
21st Century Aviation InnovationI’m literally updating this in real time so keep checking back in as I provide a write up on this. Notable Mentions: • The advisory board advising the non-profit corporation shall have on it unmanned aircraft operators and unmanned aircraft manufacturers. • Upholds the protections of Section 336 regarding model aircraft flyers but DOES […]

Kalashnikov gunmaker launches new noiseless drone into serial production More:

June 21, 2017 - 12:55pm
zalaMOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. Kalashnikov Group, the producer of the famous AK-74 assault rifle, has launched the serial production of Russia’s most advanced ZALA 421-16E2 unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft, the company reported on its website on Tuesday. The company’s order book for ZALA 421-16E2 complexes has been formed for this year. The customers include […]

Property Drone Consortium Announces Opposition to Drone Federalism Act of 2017

June 21, 2017 - 12:48pm
property drone consortiumThe Act would give state and local governments much greater authority to regulate the use of UAS than exists today. (Columbia, SC, June 22, 2017) – The Property Drone Consortium (PDC) today announced its opposition to The Drone Federalism Act of 2017, introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and […]

Investigating the geometric accuracy of Propeller AeroPoints and Propeller cloud processing

June 21, 2017 - 11:23am
Report compiled by Luke Wijnberg and Jonathan Swart from 3DroneMapping 14 June 2017 The Propeller AeroPoint is a smart ground control point (GCP) which aims to make the gathering of accurate data simple and affordable during drone surveys. These lightweight and durable units repeatedly record positional data during UAV flights, with each AeroPoint working collaboratively against each […]

MITRE Corporation needs you!

June 21, 2017 - 6:49am
mitreThe MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) is a not-for-profit organization that conducts research for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). CAASD helps to improve the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS) by advising the FAA on new technologies and procedures, and by helping inform FAA policy decisions through technical […]