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

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Today
At the end of the sci-fi classic Back to the Future (which has a small shrine in my apartment), Doc Brown arrives in a Delorean rigged to fly with the immortal quip “Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads.” Flying cars have been a major feature of future visions for more than a century. […] [...]
Sat, Feb 24, 2018
Source: Drone Guru
Earlier
Restoring power to mountainous areas once a hurricane has hit is a challenge. The terrain tends to add serious complications to any recovery operation, particularly when power lines run from peak to peak. According to Fast Company, Duke Energy has been using drone technology to reconnect remote parts of Ponce, Puerto Rico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The […] The post How Drones are Restoring Power in Puerto Rico appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: Dronelife
Pushing for the “safe and secure” integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. airspace, the Commercial Drone Alliance has laid out its legislative priorities for the year. The alliance says Congress should support the following actions in the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill or in other legislation: Eliminate or amend the Section 336 “loophole” of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. The alliance says the “outdated” Section 336, which “carves out qualifying model aircraft from regulation entirely,” is a threat to the “safety and security of the airspace,” especially for implementing remote ID and tracking “in a sensible way.” Direct [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: Unmanned Aerial
CMA CGM required the internal inspection of a ballast tank of one of its container ships, the CMA CGM ANDROMEDA. Flying in complex and pitch-dark confined spaces, the Flyability Elios drone has demonstrated its capacity to deliver a quicker and safer method to inspect ballasts. Customer Need CMA CGM required an inspection for one of its many [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: DroneBlog
Pilotless drones are continuing to gain prominence in the commercial drone industry – and the business community. Leading automated drone company Airobotics was honored among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Israel in Fast Company‘s world's Most Innovative Companies ranking this year. Airobotics has been a major name in the drone industry, introducing a […] The post Pilotless Drones are Big News: Fast Company Names Airobotics One of Israel's Top 10 appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: Dronelife
UAV Expert NewsYellowScan Unveils Two New UAV LiDAR Mappers YellowScan Unveils Two New UAV LiDAR Mappers YellowScan, a company focused on creating new and more efficient solutions for UAV Mapping, was at ILMF to showcase two new products: the YellowScan VX, and Surveyor Ultra. YellowScan VX In a partnership with RIEGL, YellowScan developed the YellowScan VX, a high precision & long-range LiDAR solution for UAVs. Based on the RIEGL... YellowScan Unveils Two New UAV LiDAR MappersPress. [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: UAV Expert News
No denying this one has got the conjecture fest going on the boards and in the forums. We are starting to see a new pattern of drone sightings being tried in the court of social media. The result is whipping up concerns in the press and even the advocacy groups are calling for stiff enforcement […] [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: SUAS News
New course will be conducted by elite unmanned aviation industry professionals and prepares participants to make BVLoS applications to regulatory authorities. COPTRZ, the UK's leading commercial drone solution provider, has announced a new course focused on beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) flying. The one-day course, entitled ‘Introduction to Unmanned BVLoS Operations', will take place […] [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: SUAS News
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about finding a licensed drone operator in your area to do some sort of job for you. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. I was wondering if you know a link to who has a Part 107 license by state? Where can I hire a licensed drone pilot? How do I find other licensed drone pilots in my area? I get asked about the existence of a drone pilot directory quite often. While the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a directory of all pilots with a Remote Pilot Certificate, [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: Drone Girl
Sentera today announced the availability of a Micro Gimbal upgrade for Sentera Single sensors mounted on the popular DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Advanced, or Standard drone platforms. The micro gimbal compensates for drone pitch and roll so that the Single captures imagery closer to a straight-down (nadir) position. Sentera's latest offering will help ag professionals […] [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: SUAS News
The Pro Aerial League, the first team-based professional drone racing league in the United States, announced several major achievements to start 2018. The Pro Aerial League was named the 2017 Startup of the Year by the International Drone Racing Association during its recent Challengers Cup championship event and award ceremonies in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Drone […] [...]
Fri, Feb 23, 2018
Source: SUAS News
The Coastal Drone Academy, a program at Career Tech High School in Lincoln City, Ore., recently implemented the Unmanned Safety Institute's (USI) Small UAS Safety Curriculum. The Coastal Drone Academy is a STEM extension program that teaches students to use drones to make a positive impact in the ocean and coastal communities that rely on a healthy marine environment, explains USI. Already in its second year, academy has registered more than a dozen new student pilots, all of whom have hours of commercial flight time logged. Facilitating the curriculum will be Dr. Chuck Getter, a licensed remote pilot, high school teacher [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Just as its name implies, the SnotBot drone deals with a pretty disgusting thing: specifically, whale snot. Before you get grossed out and move on, it's worth hearing how the Ocean Alliance uses the mucous collected by SnotBot to gather whale genetic information and monitor health and wellness. In this video, the Roswell Flight Crew speak to Iaian Kerr, CEO of the Ocean Alliance. Check it out! The post Drone News Video: SnotBot Helps Whales appeared first on RotorDrone. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
The leading drone advocacy group for the drone industry, the Commercial Drone Alliance, has published its list of legislative priorities for 2018. Among the top priorities for the organization: common sense regulation for hobbyist drones and quicker action on flight over people, BVLOS flight, and support for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) implementation. “The UAS revolution […] The post Commercial Drone Alliance Lays Out Legislative Priorities for 2018: Asks for “Common Sense” Regulations appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Dronelife
U.S. -based commercial drone manufacturer Harris Aerial has just launched a gas and electric hybrid cargo drone for extended flight capabilities. The Carrier H4 Hybrid is not Harris Aerial's first offering. The company provides heavy lift drones able to carry sophisticated sensors to universities and research institutions in overseas markets without weight-based (over 55 pounds) […] The post US Manufacturer Harris Aerial Launches New Hybrid Gas Electric Drone appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Dronelife
All over the forums, images of a purported DJI fixed-wing drone. Personally, I would be very surprised if they are entering the fixed wing world that this is it. Just not slick enough for me rather looks like somebody has bodged some DJI gear onto. Something from the XUAV factory. A separate lift thrust is shown […] [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: SUAS News
D&T Excavation, an Oregon-based earthworks company serving commercial, residential and government agencies, has selected the Kespry drone platform to safely perform comprehensive inventory management and worksite topographical analysis. According to Kespry, D&T Excavation conducted a comprehensive survey of available industrial drone options and chose Kespry following a recommendation and demonstration from its strategic equipment partner, Papé Machinery, a member of the John Deere dealer network. Kespry and John Deere have a partnership to provide the Kespry aerial intelligence platform through the John Deere Dealer Network worldwide. “Everyone's biggest nightmare is to bid a job and then find out that it's something different [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Unmanned Aerial
A student-led research team is taking the drone concept to the high seas to save beleaguered sperm whales. Search and Help Aquatic Mammals UAS (SHAMU – yes like the famous whale) is a 11-person project team comprised of University of Colorado Boulder aerospace-engineering students. The project – a part of the student team's senior-design course […] The post Student Research Drone Project May Save Whales appeared first on DRONELIFE. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Dronelife
The micro racing craze has taken the first-person-view (FPV) world by storm. These amazing little machines, as exem­plified by Blade's Inductrix, turn your house into an FPV racecourse, and they're so light that it's practically impossible for them to damage anything. The only two issues with these addictive little quads are that they can venture outside only in calm weather and flight duration is rather short. With the new upsize Inductrix FPV +, Blade has addressed both these issues: The quad is fast and powerful enough for outdoor racing, and a 500mAh LiPo pushes flight duration up to six minutes. The [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
A commercial drone for many applications. The new Yuneec H520 is designed for professionals who are looking to incorporate drones into their business. Built on Yuneec's proven six-rotor platform, the H520 incorporates the proven six-rotor platform. Yuneec offers three cameras that can be swapped out while the H520 is on, so it is a bit more robust and has a number of improved features over its predecessor. This nice compact setup is simple to program and makes it easy to get this drone out there and working. The E90 is a wide-angle, high-resolution camera that produces high-quality photo and video. Highlights Included in the [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
UAV Expert NewsLoveland Innovations Awarded Patent Loveland Innovations Awarded Patent for Roofing Test Squares Using Aerial Drones Loveland Innovations®, maker of advanced data analytics solutions and drone-based data gathering tools, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded it a new patent for what is believed to be the most effective approach to deriving test squares from drone-based... Loveland Innovations Awarded PatentPress. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: UAV Expert News
UAV Expert NewsDPS Launches Public Safety UAS Program DPS Launches Public Safety UAS Program The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced the launch of a new public safety unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program. The department's multi-purpose, small UAS will be used for a variety of public safety missions across Texas, including flight missions related to: officer safety, search and rescue, disaster... DPS Launches Public Safety UAS ProgramPress. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: UAV Expert News
UAV Expert NewsReports Of Hawaii Drone Collision DJI Monitoring Reports Of Hawaii Drone Collision DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is monitoring reports that a drone may have collided with a sightseeing helicopter over the island of Kauai in Hawaii. In other incidents, early reports of drone involvement have turned out to be false, and reports from... Reports Of Hawaii Drone CollisionPress. [...]
Thu, Feb 22, 2018
Source: UAV Expert News
With a fleet of 312 unmanned aircraft, the Department of the Interior's Office of Aviation Services flew nearly 5,000 missions in 2017 to support everything from fighting wildfires to monitoring and mapping missions. [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: UAS Magazine
With a fleet of 312 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), the U.S. Department of the Interior's (DOI) Office of Aviation Services flew nearly 5,000 missions in 2017 to support everything from fighting wildfires to monitoring dams and spillways and mapping wildlife, the agency has announced. In its newly released report, the DOI summarizes flights made by more than 200 certified pilots in 32 states. Notably, drone flights increased 82% from 2016 to 2017, the agency says. “Interior is committed to preventing the spread of catastrophic wildfires through smarter and more aggressive practices and tactics,” says Ryan Zinke, DOI secretary. “I had the opportunity [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: Unmanned Aerial
Harris Aerial, a start-up out of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program, is launching a new hybrid drone that uses both gasoline and electricity. According to the company, the Carrier H4 Hybrid can fly uninterrupted for more than two hours while carrying a payload weighing nearly 10 pounds; without a payload, the drone can fly for nearly five hours. The aircraft can be configured to carry a variety of payloads, such as HD cameras, thermal imaging cameras, hyperspectral cameras, and LiDAR. The Carrier H4 Hybrid is suited for a wide range of industrial uses, such as search and rescue, disaster [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: Unmanned Aerial
UAV Expert NewsLockheed Martin Unveils VCSi Lockheed Martin Unveils VCSi Unmanned Vehicle Control Software that Can Simultaneously Control Multiple UAV Types, Operating Anywhere on Earth Lockheed Martin software has been simultaneously flying, on average, at least six unmanned aircraft during every hour of the last 25 years, completing missions as diverse as reconnaisance, inspection, mapping and targeting. Today, Lockheed Martin is... Lockheed Martin Unveils VCSiPress. [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: UAV Expert News
Yes, you read that right! the latest motorcycle concept is the Rural Racer Project, a custom motorcycle collaboration between Velomacchi and Yahama Motorcycles. Velomacchi, an Oregon-based premium motorcycle accessory and lifestyle brand, developed the Rural Racer Project with Yamaha Motorcycles to showcase the companies' mutual roots in moto heritage, technology, and innovation. The project also aims to illustrate the versatility and mod-ability of the new Yamaha XSR700 platform to meet the diverse riding needs of the Pacific Northwest. While this bike has many advance features some of the more interesting ones include: a modified ignition that starts upon smart phone [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
Agricultural data experts, SPACEDAT of Peru, recently reached an enviable drone milestone: 500 successful drone flights completed. Waypoint met the company's founder, Cesar Urrutia, to discuss what he has learned during this multitude of missions. Hi Cesar. For those who didn't hear of SPACEDAT before, could you give us an executive summary of what the company does? Sure. We offer reliable yield estimation for farmers of specialty crops, using data captured by drones and ground-based cameras. We basically identified that farmers of specialty crops—we mainly work with blueberries and avocados—don't have a reliable method of estimating yields before harvest, or of detecting [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: Sensefly
NYCDFF IV is happening on March 3rd & 4th at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center & Liberty Science Center. See the best drone films in the world on the big screen and experience amazing drone-centric programming at the Day of Drones. THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE: SCREENING & AWARD CEREMONY @ TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AERIAL CINEMATOGRAPHY SEMINARS & MASTER CLASSES STORYTELLING, [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: DroneBlog
There have been there have been 1,624 mass shootings in the U.S. in the past 1,870 days. Just this month, people died in a shooting this month at a high school in Parkland, Florida. That's according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, which found that there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – nine out of every 10 days on average. But drones could change that. Astral AR CEO & Co-Founder Leah La SallaLeah La Salla, cofounder of Astral AR, sees a future where drones will be [...]
Wed, Feb 21, 2018
Source: Drone Girl
Rogue aircraft, beware! This new flier uses radar, an autonomous flight system, and a NET GUN to detect, identify, and TOW AWAY unwanted drones within a geo-fenced perimeter! (Sounds a little like Spiderman, no?) Check out the press release below and this cool video of DroneHunter in action: Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or [...]
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Source: Rotor Drone Mag
If you're a fan of beautiful pictures, you've probably seen some breathtaking aerial photos of mountains, rivers, cities and sunsets. Welcome to drone landscape photography. This is where creativity flows without limitation. It's easy to wonder what it would take to capture something so beautiful, crisp and colorful. We bring you this short but comprehensive [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: DroneBlog
I spent this week chatting with one of my favorite drone YouTube channels — Ready Set Drone! We talk more than just drones, including how to create a social media following (Instagram — yikes!). We also talk about my latest event in partnership with the Intel Drone Light Show team, evangelizing drones and making a positive difference in the world of drones. Ready Set Drone is a seriously informative YouTube channel. If you're looking for great video content, then I highly recommend. Of course, please subscribe to mine too! The post Watch Drone Girl on Ready Set Drone appeared first on The Drone [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Source: Drone Girl