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September 21, 2017  

A Week of Landmarks
A drone pilot takes on the City of Newton, Massachusetts and wins while hurricanes have a huge impact on the evolution of drones.

What a month it has been for the drone industry. Whether drones are your business or not, they are becoming increasingly part of the human story.

I hope you enjoy this week's edition of the newsletter!
UAS in the News
FAA: Hurricane Response to be Known as ‘Landmark' in Drone Evolution
As it did for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in the Houston area, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given out a number of authorizations to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Breaking – Drone pilot defeats the City of Newton Massachusetts
In what may turn out to be a landmark ruling for drone operators across America Michael Singer a doctor and Harvard Professor has today beaten the City of Newton, Massachusetts in court.

Textron Systems UAS team deploys multicast feed during Harvey
Between tornadoes and hurricanes this year, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has been gaining experience in deploying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into disaster zones.

Saxon cruises into crawler market
Saxon Remote System's newest offering appears imposing — almost resembling a small tank — but the Tactical Advanced Surveillance Crawler is focused on saving lives. The producers of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in McPherson is now looking to...
Upcoming Industry Events
BDS2017 - Big Drone Show
September 27, 2017 - September 28, 2017
Toronto, Canada
Canada's largest gathering of UAV professionals and enthusiasts. Setting the stage for what is to come in the future of UAV/UAS systems, this two-day event will provide an all-encompassing view of the industry from the technology itself to the...

Drone World Expo
October 3 - 4, 2017
San Jose, CA
Thought leaders, industry experts and end-users will gather at Drone World Expo in the heart of Silicon Valley to present real-world solutions to your business and environmental challenges. UAS/UAVs provide the capability for you to capture data in...

Commercial UAV Expo 2017
October 24-26, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Commercial UAV Expo is perfect for drone professionals who are looking to keep up-to-date on trends and new developments for industrial drone applications. This year's conference focuses on "UAV/UAS integration and operation forlarge asset...
Headlines
Virginia Tech: How Much Injury Can a Drone Crash Cause? It Depends
Unmanned Aerial Online | 09/20/2017
At the beginning of this year, Virginia Tech, a longtime unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) researcher and home to one of the federal drone test sites, announced it would be using dummies to test the potential impact of drone crashes on humans. Now, the university has revealed the results of the peer-reviewed academic study, which shows there is a wide variation in the risk UAS pose to people on the ground.

New Skylogic Research Report Underscores UAS Industry Growth
Unmanned Aerial Online | 09/19/2017
Following an extensive online survey, Skylogic Research LLC – a research, content and advisory services firm supporting the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry – has released its 2017 Drone Market Sector Report, examining worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users and software services.

Watchdog issues glowing assessment of NASA's drone-related research
FedScoop | 09/18/2017
As part of the Federal Aviation Administration's interest in integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the airspace, NASA has been conducting research on how to safely fly drones around an increasingly crowded sky. And according to a new report by the agency's inspector general, NASA is doing a great job.

Army seeks swarms of mini-drones for medevac
Defense Systems | 09/13/2017
The Army is looking to develop a casualty extraction capability using unmanned air or ground vehicles, perhaps equipped with manipulators or grippers, that could assemble into team as necessary. Yet the Army doesn't want a new type of robot.

FlightWave, Intelligent Energy introduce fuel cell-powered drone
UAS Magazine | 09/13/2017
California startup company FlightWave Aerospace Inc. has introduced its second unmanned aircraft system in less than a month—the fuel cell-powered Jupiter-H2.
The UAS features heavy-lifting capability and greater endurance because it uses a fuel cell rather than a battery to provide electric power.

Government Representatives Discuss Impact of UAS During AUVSI's Hill Day Luncheon
AUVSI News | 09/12/2017
During AUVSI's Hill Day luncheon on Sept. 12, Mark Bathrick of the U.S. Dept. of Interior (DOI) and Marke "Hoot" Gibson of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) spoke about how their respective departments are using UAS for "mission-critical operations," and also spoke about some of the latest policy developments to integrate the technology into the country's airspace.

This drone maker's stock has doubled in the past year
MarketWatch | 09/12/2017
Shares of Los Angeles-based AeroVironment Inc., which makes drones for military and enterprise customers, are up 81% this year and 102% in the past 12 months. That was boosted by a 9% rally after AeroVironment reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings last month.

Harvey forces debate over using drones in disaster recovery
Washington Examiner | 09/09/2017
With hurricane season in full swing and Hurricane Irma battering the southeastern United States, drones are expected to play a significant role in recovery efforts and could shift the narrative surrounding the benefits of drone use, particularly as it pertains to emergency response.

Aerotenna Smart Drone Development Platform, The First Ready To Fly Drone With Collision Avoidance Radar
UAS Weekly.com | 09/08/2017
At InterDrone Aerotenna Powered by Ainstein announces its new Smart Drone Development Platform, a transformative new offering that is the smartest, most capable ready to fly kit on the market today!

Ohio State Engineers set world speed record for UAV
09/08/2017
On Aug. 30, the unmanned aerial vehicle built at Ohio State University's Aerospace Research Center, autonomously flew a 28-mile course over Lake Erie, sustaining an average speed of 147 mph for 17 minutes, which set a world speed record for a UAV.

U.N. aviation agency to call for global drone registry
Reuters | 09/08/2017
The United Nations' aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

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