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

  • Rakuten Mobile Using AirMap’s TowerSight Solution to Inspect Base Station Sites with Drones as it Rolls Out New Network
    by Droneblog Editor on April 7, 2020 at 12:13 am

    April 6, 2020, Santa Monica, CA—AirMap, the leading digital airspace and automation company serving the drone economy, today announced that it is providing its TowerSight solution to Rakuten Mobile, Inc., a division of the Japanese internet services company Rakuten. Rakuten Mobile is using TowerSight to conduct drone inspections of its base station sites as it

  • FAA Test Centers are Closed. What Happens to New Pilots and Part 107 Renewals?
    by Miriam McNabb on April 6, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Along with everything else these days, FAA testing centers across the country have closed.  But what does that mean for new pilots waiting to take their Part 107 Remote Pilots Certification test?  What if your Part 107 Certification has expired, as they all do after 24 months, and requires renewal? Kittyhawk.io‘s Andrew Elefant addresses these The post FAA Test Centers are Closed. What Happens to New Pilots and Part 107 Renewals? appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • ANRA Technologies Introduces SmartSkies™: Drone Airspace Authorization Platform
    by Miriam McNabb on April 6, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    ANRA Technologies has been a leader in the global UTM space for several years – and today, ANRA announces a family of software services designed to allow drone pilots to get nearly instant authorization to fly in airport control zones.  SmartSkies™ offers pilots instant authorization when allowed; and supports drone tracking, deconfliction, auditing, alerts, and The post ANRA Technologies Introduces SmartSkies™: Drone Airspace Authorization Platform appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Inside the Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN) Contingency Management Platform
    by George Smith on April 6, 2020 at 8:45 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. OFRN is a program of the Wright State Applied Research Corporation, and has the mission to stimulate Ohio’s innovation economy through job and...

  • Iris Automation Enables BVLOS Flight with 360 degree Onboard Detect and Avoid
    by Miriam McNabb on April 6, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Iris Automation‘s latest product, the Casia 360, is a 360 degree onboard detect and avoid system – and a major step forward for flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).  The Casia 360 is a lightweight system that can be mounted on a drone.  The system uses computer vision to “see” any other aircraft (or The post Iris Automation Enables BVLOS Flight with 360 degree Onboard Detect and Avoid appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • 7 Best Aerial Photography Drones At Very Affordable Prices
    by Fintan Corrigan on April 6, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Flying a top aerial photography drone is the only way to capture stunning landscapes. Here are the best drones for aerial photography, each having 4k cameras, super smooth stabilization, first person view, intelligent flight modes, excellent automatic and manual camera ... Read more

  • Top DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 Review Including Features, Specs With FAQs Answered
    by Fintan Corrigan on April 6, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    This DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2 review looks at the outstanding features, specifications and frequently asked questions on this top drone for aerial cinematography. The Phantom 4 Pro V2 is a tremendous feat of engineering, elegant design and innovation. The ... Read more

  • What to Watch: Inspiring, Thriving and Boundary-Breaking Women and Co-Ed Teams at InterDrone 2020!
    by George Smith on April 6, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    As InterDrone’s official Adjunct Conference Planner this year, it’s been my honor to curate a series of panels, sessions and special programs packed with experts in their fields to help elevate the conversation in the drone industry. In doing so, it was important to me to help increase global female participation in the overall program because together, we are better.  ...

  • Atom Drones Disinfectant Spraying at Nizammudin Dargah
    by Press on April 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Disinfection was carried out at Nizammuddin Dargah through Drone by Delhi based Drone Startup company (Atom Drones) India’s hot spot of corona i.e. Nizamuddin Markaz was being sprayed with disinfectant through Drone by Atom Drones (subsidiary of Atom Aviation). India is fighting and Govt of India along with various state govt is working hard to

  • Drones Play a Role in the Digital Future of Healthcare [Infographic]
    by Miriam McNabb on April 6, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    ID Medical Group, the U.K.’s leading recruiter in the medical field, has a unique perspective on trends in the medical industry.  They’ve taken a deep dive into the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) Long-Term Plan to see what the future holds for healthcare.  In the following infographic, they’ve outlined the trends – and they’re fascinating.  Implants The post Drones Play a Role in the Digital Future of Healthcare [Infographic] appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • The coronavirus business impact: 44% of drone companies say business is down from coronavirus. As for the rest?
    by Sally French on April 6, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    44% of drone companies say they’ve seen a negative impact on their business operations since mid-March, when coronavirus rapidly accelerated its spread in the U.S. That’s according to a survey of 160 people who either use or have interacted with Skyward, a drone workflow platform owned by Verizon. Skyward last week emailed a survey around The post The coronavirus business impact: 44% of drone companies say business is down from coronavirus. As for the rest? appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • EASA publishes first rules for safe drone operations in Europe’s cities
    by Press on April 6, 2020 at 10:30 am

    COLOGNE, April 6, 2020 – The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published the first view worldwide on the use and control of drones in an urban environment, balancing the desire to maximise the commercial and convenience benefits of drones against the need to ensure the safety and privacy of citizens and the potential environmental

  • Iris Automation Casia 360, first onboard detect-and-avoid system for drones with 360-degree capability
    by Press on April 6, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Iris Automation today announced the launch of Casia 360 – the first onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) solution with a 360-degree radial field of view to enable commercial Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Casia system allows an Unmanned Aircraft System to see and react to the aviation environment around

  • Dedrone Welcomes Aaditya Devarakonda as President & Chief Business Officer
    by Press on April 6, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Devarakonda to oversee global sales, business development and product to scale the organization amidst a rapidly evolving counter-drone technology market SAN FRANCISCO – April 3, 2020, Dedrone, the market leader in counter-drone technology, has appointed Aaditya Devarakonda as President and Chief Business Officer. Devarakonda will join Dedrone co-founders Joerg Lamprecht (CEO), Rene Seeber (CTO), and Ingo

  • Cyient Provides Drone-Based Surveillance Technology to support Cyberabad Police in implementing COVID-19 Lockdown
    by Press on April 6, 2020 at 6:57 am

    Cyient, a global engineering and technology solutions company, today announced that it has been providing Cyberabad Police with drone-based surveillance technology to help implement the COVID-19 related lockdown in Hyderabad. The technology is enabling the Police make lockdown-related announcements and organize their ground forces to monitor the situation in congested areas of the city. Equipped with

  • Interdrone 2020 keynote speakers announced, planning continues amidst coronavirus uncertaint
    by Sally French on April 5, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Coronavirus won’t stop Interdrone 2020 — for now at least. The massive drone conference, currently scheduled for August 18-20 in Dallas, Texas, has no plans to postpone the show, despite a wave of uncertainty amongst other major event organizers. Interdrone this week unveiled a list of speakers confirmed to attend, including two keynote speakers. The The post Interdrone 2020 keynote speakers announced, planning continues amidst coronavirus uncertaint appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Scientists Made A Drone To Capture Whale Snot
    by Dharna Noor on April 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Right now, whales are facing myriad threats, from pollution and getting tangled in fishing gear, to warming and acidifying oceans. To understand how those threats are affecting whales, scientists need data. And to get that data, they’ve come up with a drone that can capture whale snot.Read more...

  • Submit your nominations for the 2020 Women to Watch drone awards
    by Sally French on April 4, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    It’s that time of year: time to submit an up-and-coming star in the drone industry for the 2020 Women to Watch in UAS awards. The annual Women to Watch in UAS awards program is put on by online drone community Women and Drones. The pool of nominees comes from you. Awards will be given in The post Submit your nominations for the 2020 Women to Watch drone awards appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Drone Mapping is Getting Bigger and Better: SimActive’s Philippe Simard Talks Industry Trends
    by Miriam McNabb on April 3, 2020 at 6:59 pm

      Philippe Simard, of Canada’s SimActive mapping software, started out working directly with large mapping companies – or the military.  With the growth of the drone industry, however, things have changed. “We used to only work with very highly qualified firms investing millions of dollars in planes – I can still remember the point at which The post Drone Mapping is Getting Bigger and Better: SimActive’s Philippe Simard Talks Industry Trends appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • DJI just nerfed its DJI Credit program (which gave you discounts on future purchases)
    by Sally French on April 3, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Bad news if you were loyal to buying from DJI. The dronemaker just nerfed its DJI Credit program. The program isn’t gone, but it’s a lot less likely you’ll be able to take advantage of it now.  DJI Credit is a program where — after you create a free account — you’ll earn 1% on The post DJI just nerfed its DJI Credit program (which gave you discounts on future purchases) appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Swoop Aero – The Positive Impact of Engineering
    by Press on April 3, 2020 at 8:38 am

    Around the world, demands on the profession and practice of engineering are increasingly shifting to reflect new challenges and expectations fuelled by the pressures of globalisation and global insecurity. The role of an engineer is to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems; helping to save lives and create new technological advancements, which can improve the

  • UAV Navigation’s autopilots can now control Sky Powers engines
    by Press on April 3, 2020 at 8:23 am

    UAV Navigation and Sky Power have collaborated to design cutting-edge flight control solutions. The two companies recently joined hands and agreed to integrate Sky Power’s Engine into UAV Navigation’s Flight Control Solutions. Following this collaboration, UAV Navigation’s flight control system seamlessly integrates with Sky Power’s 2-stroke and Wankel engines. This seamless integration makes it extremely

  • UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft
    by Press on April 3, 2020 at 6:43 am

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 2, 2020 – As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be extra mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared crop

  • Aerodyne divests interest in Denmark based wind turbine company, ATSITE
    by Press on April 3, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Aerodyne Group announced today that it has divested its interest in AtSite(formerly Aerodyne AtSite), Denmark by selling its stake back to AtSite’s original shareholders, Rene Merrild Holding Aps and Obling Rasmussen Holding Aps. Elaborating on the divestment, Aerodyne’s Founder and CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed, said, “Aerodyne’s aggressive global expansion strategy places it in 25 countries

  • DroneUp Acquires AeroVista Innovations
    by Press on April 3, 2020 at 5:57 am

    Acquisition Adds Training to Complete Drone Solutions Momentum Virginia Beach, VA (April 2, 2020) — DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has acquired AeroVista Innovations, LLC (AVI) to provide full-service drone training to private and public sector organizations. DroneUp has acquired AVI’s assets,

  • DroneUp Acquires AeroVista Innovations
    by Droneblog Editor on April 3, 2020 at 12:26 am

    Virginia Beach, VA (April 2, 2020) — DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has acquired AeroVista Innovations, LLC (AVI) to provide full-service drone training to private and public sector organizations. DroneUp has acquired AVI’s assets, employees, and customer contracts, and will transition merged

  • Medical Drone Delivery Success in Ireland
    by Jason Reagan on April 2, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    In September, DroneLife reported on the world’s first BVLOS medical delivery in Ireland. Researchers at NUI Galway partnered with German drone startup Wingcopter to transport prescription medication and blood samples for diabetes patients. This week, the research team released more details about the project in an ENDO 2020 abstract to  be published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society. The post Medical Drone Delivery Success in Ireland appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Drone Biz: AUVSI Webinar Addresses Payroll Stimulus Plan
    by Jason Reagan on April 2, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is helping commercial drone providers navigate the complicated skies of COVID-19 economic stimulus. On Friday, April 3 at 2-3 p.m., the AUVSI will present a free webinar, “Coronavirus Relief Package: What Unmanned Systems Businesses Need to Know.” Corporate attorney Tom Antonucci, a partner with Wiley law firm, will join The post Drone Biz: AUVSI Webinar Addresses Payroll Stimulus Plan appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • @DroneRacingLife: FanDuel Partners with Drone Racing League
    by Jason Reagan on April 2, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Missing your favorite NBA fantasy rivalry? The Drone Racing League’s got you covered in what’s sure to become the sports antidote to our shared cabin fever. The DRL is hooking up with FanDuel, giving the fantasy-sports giant access to the 2020 DRL SIM Tryouts Finals, the world’s only player-to-pilot e-sports tournament. READ MORE @DroneRacingLife The post @DroneRacingLife: FanDuel Partners with Drone Racing League appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • See the New DroneHunter F700 in Action [Video]
    by Miriam McNabb on April 2, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Drone mitigation is a key component of counter drone technology.  Tracking and categorizing risks is important – but then you have to deal with them.  That’s harder than it might seem. Britain brought out the full force of their military to deal with the rogue drones at Gatwick Airport in December of 2018, but they The post See the New DroneHunter F700 in Action [Video] appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • DroneUp Acquires AeroVista Innovations, Enterprise Level Drone Training
    by Miriam McNabb on April 2, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    DroneUp is a leading drone services provider.  With an impressive list of contracts around the country, including numerous state level agreements, DroneUp has been able to scale by using a combination of software and training protocols that ensure quality pilots and quality deliverables.  Now, DroneUp has aquired AeroVista Innovations, a drone training company expert at The post DroneUp Acquires AeroVista Innovations, Enterprise Level Drone Training appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • UPS & Wingcopter Collaboration
    by Debra Cleghorn on April 2, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    UPS drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) announced it would collaborate with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the United States and internationally. UPS chose Wingcopter, a transport drone pioneer, for its unmanned aircraft technology and its track record in delivering The post UPS & Wingcopter Collaboration appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • Disinfecting Drone At Work [VIDEO]
    by Debra Cleghorn on April 2, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Drones are being used to spray disinfectants in public spaces in east China’s Anhui Province amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Officials are also watching over the residents, using drones to remind them to wear masks and stay indoors. Shopping malls, theaters and restaurants in some places have been closed to avoid the spread of infection. The post Disinfecting Drone At Work [VIDEO] appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • Team Bath Aurora
    by Debra Cleghorn on April 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Team Bath Drones was founded in 2015 as a competitor for the IMechE UAS Challenge. Since then they have entered a new aircraft each year with great success. Each year they start from scratch, first as a paper design exercise in their third year, and then as a voluntary team in our final years. Their The post Team Bath Aurora appeared first on RotorDrone.

  • 10 Drone Industry Resources to Keep You up to Date, While at Home
    by George Smith on April 2, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    We at InterDrone want to acknowledge the current challenging environment, and state, that we are all living in.  Our team is committed to producing safe and successful events for our community, and we want to continue to serve as a resource and knowledge platform for the commercial UAV and UAS industries.  We have compiled a...

  • DJI Enterprise Shield: is it worth renewing for the price?
    by Sally French on April 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    DJI’s Enterprise Shield program is a customizable drone protection service plan that provides enhanced insurance for many of DJI’s enterprise-grade (and yes, that means more expensive) drones. DJI Enterprise Shield goes beyond the traditional warranty by providing broad accident coverage, repair and replacement services, free shipping and delivery, and more — with no deductible. Once The post DJI Enterprise Shield: is it worth renewing for the price? appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • DJI Phantom 4 Drone Films Beautifully in Miami, New England, Jamaica, Mauritius And NYC
    by Fintan Corrigan on April 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    These Phantom 4 drone scenic videos are just stunning. The Phantom 4 flies exceptional smoothly and it has the very best stabilization technology of any drone released to date. To go with the best gimbal stabilization, the Phantom 4 has many ... Read more

  • Pix4D Announces a New Generation of Tools for Photogrammetry, Drone Mapping and Analytics
    by Droneblog Editor on April 2, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31st, 2020 Photogrammetry leader Pix4D is announcing today the commercial release of next-generation software addressing the modern-day professional challenges. Developed in close collaboration with customers and partners, Pix4Dsurvey, Pix4Dmatic, Pix4Dinspect, and Pix4Dscan will contribute to revolutionizing the way professional customers operate and deliver their services. Breaking ground with Pix4Dsurvey & Pix4Dmatic Digital

  • UPS to get new fleet of package delivery drones from Wingcopter
    by Sally French on April 1, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    Atlanta-based package delivery company UPS has been stepping its feet in the drone industry for years. And now, it’s about to get a new fleet of package delivery drones, designed by German drone-maker Wingcopter. UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), the drone delivery arm of UPS, announced that it had selected Wingcopter as the creator of its “next generation The post UPS to get new fleet of package delivery drones from Wingcopter appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Fix Mavic Mini Disconnects, Fly Away, Erratic Flying, Not Enough Force ESC Warning, Max Power Reached And RTH Issues
    by Fintan Corrigan on March 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    The new DJI Mavic Mini is a terrific drone and for almost everyone, their drone will fly for years without any issues.  However, there are some Mavic Mini’s, which have disconnects, erratic flying, fly away issues, RTH not working or ... Read more

  • Is it worth going into debt to keep up with the latest drone tech?
    by Sally French on March 31, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Drone technology is rapidly changing, with the big players putting out new drones about once a year (and sometimes more than that). Experts have suggested that DJI’s rapid growth may even be cannibalizing itself. But should you go into debt in your own drone business just to keep up with the latest drone technology? Mark The post Is it worth going into debt to keep up with the latest drone tech? appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Yuneec introduces new gimbal-stabilized 4K Mantis G drone aimed at consumers
    by Kara Murphy on March 30, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    On the first day of the annual InterDrone conference in Las Vegas, Yuneec has introduced its latest must-have quadcopter. Aimed specifically at consumers, The Mantis G was created for those wanting to enhance their social media profiles with 4K aerial video or imagery captured from a unique perspective. The Mantis G will be for sale...

  • Financial relief and freebies for drone pilots and small business owners affected by coronavirus
    by Sally French on March 30, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    If coronavirus has made it harder for you as a small business owner or pilot to work, a number of companies, government arms and organizations are providing financial relief. Even though drones are often a technology that promotes social distancing (drone delivery could reduce the risk for delivery workers, who say their health is jeopardized The post Financial relief and freebies for drone pilots and small business owners affected by coronavirus appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • Cocaine Hippos, A New Mexico Raptor, and One Weird Cat: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week
    by Alyse Stanley on March 30, 2020 at 1:52 am

    We’re heading into the last week of March, though it may not seem that way since 2020 feels like it’s lasted a few decades at this point. A worldwide pandemic will do that. Here’s to hoping that on April Fool’s Day, we’ll all wake up to find this has just been an elaborate, communal dream sequence put in motion by…Read more...

  • DJI launches big FPV sale amidst coronavirus ‘stay at home’ orders
    by Sally French on March 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    If there was ever a best moment for DJI to host a big FPV sale, it’s now. In the wake of recommendations, and sometimes flat out rules to stay at home and flatten the curve of the coronavirus spread, many drone pilots have seen their approach to the hobby change. Drone pilots who used to The post DJI launches big FPV sale amidst coronavirus ‘stay at home’ orders appeared first on The Drone Girl.