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December 6, 2019  

UAS in the News
Aviation Groups Urge House and Senate Committees to Reject Drone Legislation
In a letter submitted last month to the chairmen and ranking members of the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and its aviation subcommittee, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and other aviation...

Wichita Airport To Train Ops Officers As Drone Pilots
Following successful proof-of-concept drone flights at Kansas's largest commercial airport this summer, the operations staff of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) will begin training to fly drones and earn their Part 107 remote pilot licenses...

Rise of the drones: Improving unmanned aircraft system traffic management
An EU initiative is laying the groundwork for safe, secure and efficient handling of drone traffic.

Robots, drones becoming workhorses for agriculture
Much of agriculture already is being touched by some form of technology, whether it be sensors on tractors that precisely measure planting and fertilizing rates, or thermal infrared cameras attached to drones that fly above farm fields and detect...
Technology Spotlight
Drone biosensor system for detecting biological hazards
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Corona Division

Navy scientists have recently invented a drone-biosensor system capable of detecting the presence of hazardous agents without putting a person in danger of contamination or exposure.

The patented technology is available via patent license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.

Contact: Sean Patten, CLP
Phone: 406-994-7721


This US Army software rapidly converts live drone video into 2D and 3D maps
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January 7-10, 2020
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Explore the next wave of advancements in and applications of drone technology that are going to revolutionize the way we capture, monitor and assist our world.

International LiDAR Mapping Forum (ILMF) 2020
March 23-25, 2020
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International LiDAR Mapping Forum is a technical conference and exhibition showcasing the latest airborne, terrestrial and underwater LiDAR as well as emerging remote-sensing and data collection tools and technologies.

Counter UAS - USA
March 31, 2020 - April 2, 2020
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IDGA is proud to announce the launch of the 4th Counter UAS Winter Summit! Over the past three successful years our winter edition of the Counter UAS Series has become the premier stop for military and industry professionals who need to learn about...

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Headlines
DARPA, Echodyne work together on Aerial Dragnet system
UAS Magazine | 12/04/2019
DARPA's Aerial Dragnet program aims to achieve the technically difficult goal of detecting and tracking small UAS in urban terrain.

With drones, Sony continues expansion into ag
UAS Magazine | 12/04/2019
Sony Electronics Inc. has announced a new Version 2.0 update for its Smart Agriculture Solution aimed at providing agricultural customers with new AI-based imaging capabilities.

Eye in the sky – the role of drones in oil spill management
Offshore Technology | 12/02/2019
Having eyes on the ground, quickly, is essential to any effective disaster management plan. Having them in the air, however, looks set the be the next big thing in the offshore oil and gas industry.

FCC Issues Public Notice on Spectrum Allocations for UAS Operations
Lexology | 12/02/2019
The FCC recently issued a Public Notice that seeks comment on whether to make the 900 MHz and 5 GHz bands available to support unmanned aerial system operations.

Hydrogen-powered drone completes 43-mile open-ocean flight
Inside Unamnned Systems | 12/02/2019
In a first for the U.S. unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry, Skyfire Consulting, Doosan Mobility Innovation Inc., the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health and other partners teamed up this week to successfully complete an open-ocean drone test flight between two islands in under two hours.

Could drone deliveries help the environment? Let's unpack that.
San Francisco Chronicle | 11/30/2019
Drones have been touted as a clean, fast way to appease our demand for quick deliveries. Drone delivery operations could indeed be more environmentally friendly than trucks, according to two recent studies. But that depends on how and where they are deployed.

Drones are transforming palm oil plantations
Finance & Commerce | 11/28/2019
Images collected from drones flying to 1,300 feet above Genting's oil palms help the company spot fires in remote and inaccessible areas. It's part of a technology drive catapulting palm oil, the world's most-consumed vegetable oil, from dependence on manual labor to becoming one of the fastest-growing markets for commercial unmanned aircraft.

Preparations underway for flight testing year-long drone flights
Aerospace Testing International | 11/28/2019
Preparation for flight testing has commenced for a high altitude, long endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (HALE UAV).

Justice Department revamps policy on drone use for investigations, search and rescue
CNET | 11/27/2019
The new policy promotes "responsible, appropriate and effective" use of drones.

Witnessing the Merging of Unmanned and Manned Aviation
Commercial UAV News | 11/26/2019
Whether you're flying a manned or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the laws of physics are the same, and most, if not all, risks are also the same.

Drone industry is growing fast to $100 billion by 2020 and $1.5 trillion by 2040
DroneDJ | 11/25/2019
Things are looking up as the drone industry is expected to reach $100 billion by 2020 and even up to $1.5 trillion by 2040 according to Morgan Stanley. Take a look at this six-minute video from CNBC in which David Reid gives a quick update.

New Hampshire Town Launches New Police Drone Squad
Portsmouth Herald | 11/25/2019
One of seven grant-funded Portsmouth, N.H., Police Department drones, now available regionally for public-safety purposes, can take infrared photos from 200 feet in the air showing the locations of people inside a building below.

Small drones have traffic 'in sight'
AOPA News | 11/25/2019
Safe integration of drones in the airspace used by all requires active measures for traffic avoidance, measures that account for aircraft and other objects that are not "cooperating." Two competing approaches to achieving airborne detection and avoidance proved they are the leading contenders in recent months.

Drone Tech Takes Weed Control on the Farm to a New Level
Growing Produce (blog) | 11/22/2019
There has been a lot of buzz about potential uses of drones in agriculture. And, the buzz is growing that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could be deployed in a task that every farmer must contend with — weed management.

AeroVironment Soars Into $12-million Drone Contract with ‘Middle East Ally'
DroneLife (blog) | 11/21/2019
California-based drone systems provider AeroVironment recently snagged a two-year, $12 million contract with an unnamed "major Middle Eastern ally" for support of the nation's existing fleet of AeroVironment's Puma AE and Raven B tactical drones.

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