Latest Drone News, Uses, Research And Innovation

Read the latest drone news today along with new developments in the unmanned aircraft systems aviation (UAV) industry.

These daily drone news articles cover the latest innovations, developments, research and regulations from the top UAV bloggers, service providers and  manufacturers.

Drone news and articles from experts including SUAS News, UAV Expert News, DroneBlog, Unmanned Aerial, Rotor Drone Mag, Dronelife, 3DR, the Drone Girl, and many more.

For some extra reading, here is a list of the top drone blogs with even more news and reviews.  The Wing Blog will also keep you up to date on the latest news in their drone delivery program.

This drone news web page covers today and the previous 7 days of drone news.

Latest Drone News

  • Skyfire Acquires Viking UAS to Tackle COVID Drone Ops
    by Jason Reagan on March 27, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    Skyfire Consulting has acquired a majority stake in Viking UAS, a drone design and manufacturing company operating in the military research sector. A Skyfire press release says the Maine-based company will work on drone solutions for “sectors such as public safety, infrastructure and last-mile delivery for coronavirus-related medical supplies.” “After nearly six years of helping The post Skyfire Acquires Viking UAS to Tackle COVID Drone Ops appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • SUGUS kicks off, a European project for integrating drones into the airspace
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    Europe’s drone market is expected to build up to 10 billion euros a year by 2035, topping 15 billion euros by 2050 SUGUS is a European Commission project that aims to speed up the takeup of Europe’s GNSSs to ensure safe airspace access by unmanned aircraft Using EGNOS and Galileo, the project sets out to

  • UK National Covid-19 Drone Capability Taskforce ARPAS
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    ARPAS-UK is coordinating a National “COVID-19″ Drone Capability Taskforce for the drone industry. Behind the scenes we are working hard to push the capabilities of the drone industry and making sure that Government Departments are reminded of the expertise and capabilities of the Drone community in the UK. Whilst we are considering several areas where

  • ResilienX, Drone Companies & Ohio Universities Partner to Win Milestone Project
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    CAL Analytics recently secured a $1.4M contract with the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) to lead the development of a contingency management platform (CMP) for beyond visual line of sight drone operations. Interoperability, Resiliency and Contingency Management for Ohio UAS Operations is one of six projects awarded in round four of OFRN’s Sustaining Ohio Aeronautical Readiness and Innovation Next

  • First Approval for Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight Drone Flights Granted in Canada Using Iris Automation’s Onboard Detect-and-Avoid Technology
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

    MVT Geo-solutions, in partnership with Iris Automation, has been granted the first Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada using only onboard Detect-and-Avoid (DAA). The approval was granted based on the utilization of Iris Automation’s DAA system, called Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers.  The waiver permits flights

  • AAUS Industry Champions 2020 Announced
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 11:46 am

    AAUS is proud once again to recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the Australian unmanned systems industry. For the 2020 awards, over 100 nominations were received for the 5 award categories highlighting the strength of our rapidly developing industry.  The finalists made impressive reading and judging panel had a very difficult job

  • Air National Guard to Install GA-ASI Detect and Avoid System on Two MQ-9 RPA
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 10:56 am

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) and the Air National Guard (ANG) have signed a contract for GA-ASI to supply its Detect and Avoid System (DAAS) for one MQ-9 Block 1 and one MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). “Our Detect and Avoid System has been extensively tested and not only meets, but exceeds

  • Ascent Vision Offers Resources to Support with Coronavirus COVID- 19 Outbreak
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT), Montana-based company that specializes in delivering technology solutions for counter small unmanned aerial systems (C-sUAS) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), is volunteering additional services and facilities to help support with the increase in demand of medical supplies, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to surge. While maintaining its

  • Drone Delivery Canada reaches out to healthcare industry for COVID-19 related drone delivery cases
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV: FLT;   OTC: TAKOF;  Frankfurt:  ABB.F) (the “Company” or “DDC”) is reaching out to the healthcare industry, including – hospitals, seniors’ homes, medical labs and related organizations for use case applications for drone delivery related to COVID-19. “In the news we are seeing COVID-19 related drone applications around the world and

  • Liteye Earns Additional CUAS Contract as Part of Critical US Defense Industrial Base for COVID-19
    by Press on March 27, 2020 at 8:32 am

    Colorado Manufacturer promotes stability in Defense Industrial Base,provides key Counter UAS (CUAS) Systems during turbulent times   Centennial Colorado — Liteye Systems, Inc, a world leader in Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS), announced the receipt of an add-on specialty production order for $3M.  The contract will ensure delivery of hardware for US Government urgent requirements during this unprecedented

  • How Do Drones Work And What Is Drone Technology
    by Fintan Corrigan on March 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    What is a drone and how do drones work is answered here in this easy to understand article. Drone technology is constantly evolving as new innovation and big investment are bringing more advanced drones to the market every few months. ... Read more

  • How drones can help during the COVID-19 pandemic
    by Kara Murphy on March 26, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    By now, everyone in the country has been ordered to stay at home unless it’s an absolute emergency. Non-essential businesses have closed and academic institutions are shuttered for what looks to be the remainder of the school year. As of this morning, 3.3 million people have filed for unemployment benefits due to the Coronavirus outbreak....

  • Drone Taxi: Lilium Soars with $240 Funding Round
    by Jason Reagan on March 26, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    Munich-based aviation startup Lilium is soaring higher today with a funding boost of $240 million. The internal funding round is led by Tencent, with Atomico, Freigeist and LGT participating. The funding will fuel Lilium’s development and production of the Lilium Jet, an all-electric, VTOL passenger drone . According to a company press release, Lilium plans The post Drone Taxi: Lilium Soars with $240 Funding Round appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Parrot’s ANAFI Drone Levels Up for Commercial Data Requirements with DroneLogBook Integration
    by Harry McNabb on March 26, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    French drone company Parrot, manufacturers of the ANAFI drone, has partnered with DroneLogBook to simplify drone data logging for commercial applications.  In a recent release, Parrot announced that their partnership with DroneLogBook will provide the capacity for pilots to keep track of equipment performance, schedule necessary maintenance, and record and report all pertinent information to The post Parrot’s ANAFI Drone Levels Up for Commercial Data Requirements with DroneLogBook Integration appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Making BVLOS Flight a Practical Reality: Onboard Sense and Avoid
    by Miriam McNabb on March 26, 2020 at 4:18 pm

    As enterprise drone applications grow, the industry awaits a rule on flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS.)  BLVOS flight is an important concept for the growth of the commercial drone market.  Regulations allowing drones to fly beyond the range of a visual observer would make long range applications like inspection of railway lines or The post Making BVLOS Flight a Practical Reality: Onboard Sense and Avoid appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • iOS UgCS for DJI app (beta)
    by Press on March 26, 2020 at 8:22 am

    The UgCS for DJI app is designed to establish a connection between DJI drone and UgCS desktop to upload and carry out a previously planned mission, or to fly the drone in “Click&Go” mode. UgCS for DJI can also be used as a stand-alone application to manually fly DJI drones to capture photos or videos. To plan missions UgCS desktop is required. Compatible

  • Sky Power welcomes new US Sales Manager
    by Droneblog Editor on March 26, 2020 at 1:29 am

    In order to expand and strengthen their position on the US market Sky Power welcomes Trent Aguon as a Sales Manager. Serving the UAS Industry for over 14 years and working with Scan Eagle UAS, Trent has great technical experience in this field. Trent is a specialist in UAS Ground Control Systems. He was deployed

  • Telstra partners with TEOCO to futureproof its Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) strategy
    by Droneblog Editor on March 26, 2020 at 1:14 am

    FAIRFAX, VA., USA – 25 March 2020 – TEOCO, the leading provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 communication service providers (CSPs) and OEMs worldwide, has today announced that it has been selected by Telstra to assist with the development of its UAV strategy. Telstra will use TEOCO’s AirborneRF solution to assess the

  • Alpha Unmanned Develops ‘Near-Flight’ Testing System
    by Jason Reagan on March 26, 2020 at 12:17 am

    Spanish UAV firm Alpha Unmanned Systems announced this week production of the High Accelerated Lifetime Testing (HALT) – a “minute-by-minute” flight test system. “This means that Alpha’s engines and transmissions will be tested in ‘near-flight’ environments for significantly longer periods of time and in environments more similar to actual flight,” a company press release reveals. The post Alpha Unmanned Develops ‘Near-Flight’ Testing System appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Counter-drone firm soars after government demand takes flight
    by Jason Reagan on March 25, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Counter-drone provider Citadel Defense is flying high, even as the tech firm tries to keep unauthorized zones out of the sky. According to a press release, the San Diego-based company has experienced a surge in global demand for Titan counter-drone system, forcing Citadel to expand manufacturing capabilities for up to 50 Titan systems a month. The post Counter-drone firm soars after government demand takes flight appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Thrown Rocks Are No Threat to These Drones That Have Mastered Dodgeball
    by Andrew Liszewski on March 25, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    The days of knocking an annoying drone out of the air with a precisely thrown rock might soon be over. Researchers at the University of Zurich have upgraded a drone with a special camera that can quickly spot approaching obstacles, allowing the craft to avoid them with reaction times as fast as 3.5 milliseconds.Read more...

  • Skybound Rescue Helping Parents Stuck in the House : the Rescue Drone Homeschooling Project
    by Harry McNabb on March 25, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Gemma Alcock is a big name in the drones for good community – and now, she’s coming to the rescue of all of us parents looking for interesting things to do with our kids while schools are closed.  The Rescue Drone Homeschooling Project is a great way to introduce kids to the benefits and and The post Skybound Rescue Helping Parents Stuck in the House : the Rescue Drone Homeschooling Project appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Drone Firm Skyward Highlights Continuity During COVID-19 Crisis
    by Jason Reagan on March 25, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Drone-management company Skyward expects uninterrupted access to its platforms during the COVID-19 crisis. The company released a statement Tuesday directed specifically to clients working in essential services or critical infrastructure. Skyward president Mariah Scott noted the company’s Skyward Aviation Management Platform will continue to give clients access to the latest updates to airspace, LAANC access The post Drone Firm Skyward Highlights Continuity During COVID-19 Crisis appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • This Egg Is Actually One of the Most Powerful Drones You Can Buy for Less Than $1,200
    by Matías S. Zavia on March 25, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    You don’t have the chance to review an egg-shaped drone every day. The PowerVision PowerEgg X is exactly that: a powerful quadcopter that resembles an ostrich egg when folded. Although at first, I suffered the natural consequences associated with roughly underdeveloped software, things have changed quite a bit. With…Read more...

  • What’s a Drone Racing Academy? Find out at DroneRacingLife
    by Jason Reagan on March 24, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    With the coronavirus pandemic causing national school shut-downs, educators and parents are looking for innovative ways to educate homebound students without boring them. To rev up remote learning, the Drone Racing League has unveiled DRL Academy … READ MORE @DroneRacingLife   The post What’s a Drone Racing Academy? Find out at DroneRacingLife appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Wingcopter flies into delivery partnership with UPS
    by Jason Reagan on March 24, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    German UAV startup Wingcopter is collaborating with UPS Flight Forward to develop a next-generation delivery drone solution for packages. “Drone delivery is not a one-size-fits-all operation,” said Bala Ganesh, vice president of the UPS Advanced Technology Group. “Our collaboration with Wingcopter helps pave the way for us to start drone delivery service in new use-cases. The post Wingcopter flies into delivery partnership with UPS appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • The best drones for photographers of 2020
    by Sally French on March 24, 2020 at 3:18 am

    The most popular use case for drones is — you guessed it — photography. Luckily, there’s a drone out there for every type of photographer, and for every type of budget. You can get an incredibly high quality flying robot, WITH a camera attached to it, for often not much more than just a standard The post The best drones for photographers of 2020 appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Remote, Autonomous Drones A Tool in the Global Battle Against COVID-19
    by Droneblog Editor on March 24, 2020 at 12:43 am

    California, USA, March 23, 2020 — Public safety & health workers – the brave souls on the frontlines of the worldwide fight against the coronavirus outbreak – deserve to be armed with each and every weapon available to us. It has become apparent that social distancing and isolation are only a start – technology-led solutions

  • CSI From Above: Drone Mapping vs. terrestrial laser scanners
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 23, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    In the drone industry, it is taken nearly as gospel that small uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) will allow people to do their jobs better, safer, and faster than whatever the traditional method happens to be—especially when it comes to public safety. However, if you are making decisions that have financial consequences or lives on the The post CSI From Above: Drone Mapping vs. terrestrial laser scanners appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • Dodgeball Drone [VIDEO]
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    You won’t believe the agility of this drone from researchers at the University of Zurich! It uses event cameras and special algorithms to cut its reaction time down to 3.5 milliseconds! Their study was published in the journal “Science Robotics.” “Our ultimate goal is to make one day autonomous drones navigate as good as human The post Dodgeball Drone [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • ThereCraft Delivery Drone [VIDEO]
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    This flying-wing drone, dubbed “YCS17,”  has a compartment for transporting items and a release mechanism to drop its payload. This type of aircraft can fly faster and for longer distances than a pure rotor-propelled drone. Here it is: We achieved the perfect payload release: pic.twitter.com/Khr3ifIKmx — ThereCraft (@therecraft__) December 10, 2019   The post ThereCraft Delivery Drone [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • Drones Capture Video of Nearly Empty American Cities in Lockdown
    by Matt Novak on March 23, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    At least 80 million Americans are in some form of lockdown as many cities and states urge people to stay home during the covid-19 pandemic. As people stay inside, cities that are usually bustling with activity have begun to look deserted. Drone operators have captured these scenes of empty parks, vacant stadiums, and…Read more...

  • Parents teaching kids during coronavirus: these at-home drone lesson plans can keep kids learning
    by Sally French on March 23, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Are you a parent of grade-school kids, scrambling for ways to keep your kids both engaged with learning and entertained while coronavirus has us all stuck at home? There’s no better time than now to introduce your kids to drones (if you haven’t already) with these at-home drone lesson plans. Suddenly, parents have turned into The post Parents teaching kids during coronavirus: these at-home drone lesson plans can keep kids learning appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • California cops may use drones during coronavirus outbreak
    by Sally French on March 22, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    It happened in China, and now it could happen in the U.S: drones being used in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. Drones used in China to police people’s behaviors around coronavirus were somewhat controversial last month amongst American audiences. But as coronavirus spreads, and most Americans begin to take coronavirus more seriously, China’s ideas The post California cops may use drones during coronavirus outbreak appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Free drone content online to keep you entertained as coronavirus keeps us at home
    by Sally French on March 22, 2020 at 3:38 am

    The spread of coronavirus probably means that you’re now more likely to stay at home. But for drone pilots, the stay at home movement doesn’t have to be synonymous with boredom. In fact, quite the opposite. Now, more than ever, there’s tons of free drone content online that’s likely to keep you busy and entertained The post Free drone content online to keep you entertained as coronavirus keeps us at home appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Good news that may save $5 for now: FAA drone registration extended for some (check if you’re one of them!)
    by Sally French on March 20, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Good news for some drone pilots that could end up saving you $5. The FAA has extended the drone registration expiration date for some drone pilots through Dec. 12, 2020. To qualify for getting your drone registration extended, you must have: registered as a drone pilot in the FAADroneZone website prior to Dec. 12, 2017 The post Good news that may save $5 for now: FAA drone registration extended for some (check if you’re one of them!) appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • InterDrone Interview: Desiree Ekstein of On the Go Video
    by Kara Murphy on March 19, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Like many of us, Desiree (Desi) Ekstein started out as a hobbyist in the drone world. From there, her passion has evolved into a lucrative business. It also involves educational outreach to young people. Desi has mastered some of the more technical aspects of operating drones, including mapping and modeling. Overall, she’s an incredible advocate...

  • The best indoor drones of 2020 (if coronavirus has you social distancing at home)
    by Sally French on March 18, 2020 at 2:27 am

    Sheltering in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus? Social distancing at home? If you’re stuck indoors, at least entertain yourself with some fun new indoor drones! I went through my closet of drones and pulled out some old favorites. As it turns out, some drones are actually BETTER when flown indoors. Many of The post The best indoor drones of 2020 (if coronavirus has you social distancing at home) appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Meet Dawn K. Zoldi, InterDrone’s 2020 Adjunct Conference Planner!
    by George Smith on March 17, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    InterDrone is extremely honored to be partnering with UAS industry expert and 25-year Air Force veteran, Dawn K. Zoldi of P3 Tech Consulting!   An acclaimed speaker and writer, Dawn was named a ‘Woman to Watch in UAS 2019’ and is serving as InterDrone’s official Adjunct Conference Planner this year.  Dawn has leveraged her extensive UAS industry experience and well-established relationships to help guide the InterDrone conference agenda and provide the most up to date and necessary industry...

  • From Novice to Pro: Start your drone career!
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 16, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar, “From Novice To Pro – Turning Your Drone Hobby Into a Career,” on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3 p.m. EDT. With the increasing demand for businesses to integrate drone data and imagery into their operations, many novice drone operators are capitalizing on The post From Novice to Pro: Start your drone career! appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • FAA Registration Extension
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 16, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has important registration information for drone recreational flyers who registered in the FAADroneZone before December 12, 2017. Your registration has been automatically extended until December 12, 2020. Why Was My Registration Extended? The National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 restored the FAA’s registration rule with respect to model aircraft and The post FAA Registration Extension appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • Coronavirus and social distancing for drone pilots: 8 ways pilots can keep up their hobby indoors
    by Sally French on March 16, 2020 at 8:43 am

    In the wake of coronavirus, the Center for Disease control is recommending social distancing to help prevent the spread of the virus. But for drone pilots, social distancing doesn’t have to mean putting pause on your hobby. While drone meetups might be disbanded, and trips to gather footage might be off due to cancelled flights, The post Coronavirus and social distancing for drone pilots: 8 ways pilots can keep up their hobby indoors appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • XPONENTIAL Postponed
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 15, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Due to the coronavirus outbreak, AUVSI’s Xponential show has been postponed. Here is the press release from AUVSI: Based on currently available information, and with the best interests of our members, exhibitors, attendees and the global community in mind, the AUVSI Board of Directors has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone AUVSI XPONENTIAL The post XPONENTIAL Postponed appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • AUVSI 2020 postponed over coronavirus concerns, creating interesting dilemma for other drone conferences
    by Sally French on March 15, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    AUVSI 2020 has been postponed in the wake of coronavirus. Officially dubbed AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2020, the massive conference put on by international non-profit Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International was set to be held the first week of May in Boston. “Based on currently available information…(AUVSI) has made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone The post AUVSI 2020 postponed over coronavirus concerns, creating interesting dilemma for other drone conferences appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Support for UK Drone Startups
    by Debra Cleghorn on March 12, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Free business support and research grants are open for applications from start-ups innovating in drones or other autonomous systems. The Westcott Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is part of the Space Cluster on the Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The BIC is run by the Satellite Applications Catapult, a technology and innovation company working to The post Support for UK Drone Startups appeared first on RotorDrone.