Here’s What USAF’s Science Board Is Studying Now
Air & Space Forces
The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board aims to complete four studies in 2023, with two focused on a couple of Secretary Frank Kendall's operational imperatives.
How Much Electricity Will Electric Airplanes Need, & How Much Will It Cost?
Over the past few years I've been assessing the decarbonization of aviation, in large part because it's a hard target of high economic merit, and to a certain degree because there is so much overhyped nonsense in the space. Tens of billions of dollars of venture capital and retail investor money has been funneled through SPACs into electric vertical takeoff (EVTOL) and landing aircraft and urban air mobility (UAM) schemes that claim to be electrifying aviation, as an obvious example.
How FCC-Licensed Aviation Spectrum Enables BVLOS Drone Flight: AURA Networks
AURA Network Systems (AURA) has closed a $30.9 million Series A funding round. "It is the latest milestone for the company, which operates the nation's only coast- to-coast network designed to solve one of aviation's most pressing problems: How to enable the commercial viability of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) market by providing secure and reliable voice and data communications," says the funding announcement.
Airworthiness Criteria: Special Class Airworthiness Criteria for the Joby Aero, Inc. Model JAS4-1 Powered-Lift
The FAA invites interested people to take part in the development of proposed airworthiness criteria for the Joby Model JAS4-1 powered-lift by sending written comments, data, or views. Please identify the Joby Model JAS4-1 and Docket No. FAA-2021-0638 on all submitted correspondence. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the airworthiness criteria, explain the reason for a recommended change, and include supporting data.
Using small drones to measure wind speeds in the polar regions
Drones and similar small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs) have seen a massive surge in popularity over the past few years due to their innovative applications, such as crop monitoring, search and rescue operations, and coast profiling. The potential of sUAVs in atmospheric science and meteorology has not gone unnoticed either as drones offer an efficient way to place various kinds of sensors up above in the lower atmosphere.
Soaring Eagle Technologies Receives Latest Long Distance FAA Waiver for Commercial UAS Inspections
Soaring Eagle Technologies, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) drone data collection company servicing critical infrastructure owners across the continental U.S., has obtained one of the first BVLOS Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waivers to fly small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) commercial inspection missions under operational guidelines versus specific operations in restrained geographical areas.
TOPODRONE advances airborne bathymetric surveying with AQUAMAPPER launch at INTERGEO 2022
TOPODRONE, a Swiss based designer and manufacturer of high-precision LiDAR equipment for installation on drones, vehicles and backpacks, launches AQUAMAPPER, a UAV-based solution for bathymetric surveying and marine construction. The new multitasking data collecting device and TOPODRONE LiDAR ULTRA equipment have been successfully used together for airborne surveying at a highway construction project in Romania, EU to deliver a full digital twin of a studied area.
Skydio – The latest Capture Mode Enhancements for 3D Scan
Skydio pilots are leveraging Skydio 3D Scan for a vast number of applications. From close inspections of utility assets to digital twin capture of bridges to accident scene reconstruction, operators equipped with autonomous drones are capturing better data faster than they ever realized they could.
R2HOME is ready to bring back your high-altitude payload
Every day, 1800 radiosondes are sent into the atmosphere to collect data for weather forecasts. However, only 20% of these devices are retrieved worldwide, because they return to the ground at an unknown location. That means they are single-use.
Drone Mapping: Global Mapper Mobile New Features Mean Higher Accuracy Data Collection
Global Mapper Pro is a powerful geospatial data analysis program that contains tools for everything from raster image processing to photogrammetric point cloud creation with the Pixels to Points tool. Designed to work alongside Global Mapper Pro, the free iOS and Android Global Mapper Mobile app makes it easy for users to bring GIS data into the field for reference and GNSS data collection.
Data & Reasoning Fabric
DRF aims to achieve the full potential of future air mobility through a self-sustaining decentralized ecosystem for data and reasoning service exchange. Data & reasoning service providers, infrastructure providers, and relevant local-to-federal government organizations can participate in DRF to exchange information necessary to support future air mobility.
ANRA awarded contract to test BVLOS drone operations
ANRA Technologies was selected by Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RI&S) to provide its SmartSkies suite of technology solutions to support simulation and live drone flight operations at Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership UAS test site at Virginia Tech. The testing is part of a larger project to safely integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System and advance Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations.
Embraer Moves Ahead Towards Autonomous eVTOL Flight: Project EASy
Aerospace company Embraer recently finished conducting a series of experimental flight operations with its new autonomous system technologies, designed to enable safe autonomous operations in urban environments. The flights were carried out in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to observe how the new technologies performed under real flight conditions.
Virginia Flight Information Exchange Key to Future of Advanced Air Mobility
The Unmanned Aerial Systems industry has been clear that the #1 factor holding back growth is a lack of clarity. Through FAA programs like Data Exchange and UAS Service Suppliers (USSes), the federal government is meeting its commitments to support the industry with regulations addressing operations in controlled airspace. Now, Virginia is helping to provide clarity at the state and local levels.
Artificial Intelligence Guides Drones to Navigate Oceans
Engineers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, and Harvard are developing artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow autonomous drones to use ocean currents to aid their navigation, rather than fighting their way through them.
Archer CEOs discuss 2022 eVTOL air taxi development goals
San Francisco-based electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and air taxi company Archer Aviation finished last year with a bang. Now, its co-founders and -CEOs Brett Adcock and Adam Goldstein tell DroneDJ why they think 2022 will be even more exciting.
Built-in Intelligence Comes to Small, Pilotless Fixed-wing Planes
Most small autonomous fixed-wing aircraft are guided by a commercial controller, which works well for simple paths. But high winds, for instance, can cause a pilotless aircraft to go off course and crash. Demanding paths for demanding applications require new innovations for suitable performance to expand uses of such drones.
Autonomous Drone Inspections at US Refinery: Delek US Gets BVLOS Approval with Percepto AIM
Autonomous inspection leader Percepto has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Delek US Holdings' refineries in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas. The facilities were inspected by Percepto drones, which provided visual data management and analysis. This BVLOS approval positions Delek US's refineries as the first to receive such an approval, as well as one of the first among US energy companies. This is only the latest of many operational approvals to be received by Percepto customers,such as Florida Power & Light, Verizon Skyward, and other industrial sites in Australia, Italy, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Israel.
Delek US Gains First BVLOS Approval for U.S. Refineries Using Percepto Drone and AI Solution
Percepto, pioneering autonomous inspection by industrial robotics, announced today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Delek US Holdings' refineries in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas. Percepto drones inspected its facilities and provided visual data management and analysis. The approval makes Delek US's refineries the first to receive such an approval, and one of the first among US energy companies as well. The operational approval is one of a number received by Percepto customers, including Florida Power & Light, Verizon Skyward and at other industrial sites in Australia, Italy, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Israel.
4 Reasons Drone Pilots Need Radiometric Thermal Zoom
Teledyne FLIR's VUE TZ20-R is a game changer for commercial drones, for applications from search and rescue to solar inspection. In a recent webinar, Teledyne FLIR's Kelly Brodbeck gives 4 reasons drone pilots need radiometric thermal zoom capabilities.
Microdrones – Using Drone Lidar for As-Built Surveys
Traditionally, the documentation of As-Built construction surveys relied on conventional methods such as total stations and digital photogrammetry. However, the team at Spatial Data Consultants (SDC), an expert geospatial consulting firm in High Point, North Carolina, is using drone LiDAR technology to more efficiently create accurate and precise As-Built Surveys.
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Vehicle Market to Witness Growth Acceleration | EHang, Kitty Hawk, Volocopter
Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Vehicle Market report focused on the comprehensive analysis of current and future prospects of the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Vehicle industry. This report is a consolidation of primary and secondary research, which provides market size, share, dynamics, and forecast for various segments and sub-segments considering the macro and micro environmental factors. An in-depth analysis of past trends, future trends, demographics, technological advancements, and regulatory requirements for the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Vehicle market has been done in order to calculate the growth rates for each segment and sub-segments.
Percepto’s New Drone Brings Automated Inspection to the Next Level with AI-Powered Analytics
Today, Percepto, the leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider, announced the launch of its upgraded 2022 Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM) platform, as well as its new Air Mobile drone. Percepto, recently listed in TIME magazine's 100 Best Inventions of 2021, provides the only end-to-end AI-powered solution to collate and streamline all visual data for accurate actionable insights.
Smart Farming With Drones and AI
FlyNex and Pheno-Inspect combine their solutions to digitalize and automatize work processes in agriculture. AI-based image capturing with drones and analysis open up new opportunities for sustainable, digital farming with a simultaneous increase of yields.
FAA Grants $2.8 Million to Five Universities for Drone Research
Five universities will share $2.8 million in funding for drone research from the FAA, the agency announced Tuesday.
The universities that will share the funding are:
Mississippi State University
Wichita State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
University of Kansas
University of North Dakota
The money will be used for research, education, and training. The focus will be on:
Flight data recorder requirements
HEISHA DNEST2 redefines autonomous drones
HEISHA TECH recently released its second generation product HEISHA DNEST2 on 28th September, 2021. DNEST2 is a ready-to-use, fully automated, remote aerial flight data collection system. The product takes drone operation to a whole new level, fully eliminating the need for a pilot. DNEST2 is not only a drone charging station, but also a drone smart home.
Soaring Eagle Imaging and Skynetwest unite to launch Soaring Eagle Technologies
UAS (unmanned aerial systems) service providers Soaring Eagle Imaging (SEI) from Brandon, Mississippi and Skynetwest from Chandler, Arizona, today announced a definitive agreement to become a leading drone data collection and processing company with the creation of Soaring Eagle Technologies (Soaring Eagle). The company, owned and operated by Houston-based Iapetus Holdings LLC (Iapetus), will lead the charge in markets such as critical infrastructure inspections and reporting.
Soaring Eagle Imaging and Skynetwest Unite to Launch Soaring Eagle Technologies
UAS (unmanned aerial systems) service providers Soaring Eagle Imaging (SEI) from Brandon, Mississippi and Skynetwest from Chandler, Arizona, today announced a definitive agreement to become a leading drone data collection and processing company with the creation of Soaring Eagle Technologies (Soaring Eagle). The company, owned and operated by Houston-based Iapetus Holdings LLC (Iapetus), will lead the charge in markets such as critical infrastructure inspections and reporting. The Soaring Eagle team of experts including Army Veterans Noah Ruiz from Skynetwest and Will Paden from Soaring Eagle Imaging, will service a broad national footprint, combining resources to provide reliable utility, energy, and infrastructure inspections for hard-to-reach and complex structures with emerging technology solutions, including visual and infrared thermal imaging. Soaring Eagle's main office is in Houston, Texas. Will Paden will preside over the team of eight experts with 100 years of combined manned and unmanned aviation experience.
How Could Drones and Air Taxis Help with Weather Predictions?
While the development of advanced air mobility (AAM) aircraft like drones and air taxis is being pitched as an advancement of logistical support to move cargo and people, a project from university researchers and NASA could allow these aircraft to create more accurate weather predictions.
WFP boosts global co-operation on humanitarian drone use
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with support from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is stepping up global co-operation on the use of humanitarian drones, which are a game-changer for fast, accurate, disaster impact assessment and response. With growing threats from famine and climate change, it is hoped a new online platform will help respond to the challenges ahead, as currently being demonstrated in the response to tropical storm Eloise in Mozambique.
Livestreaming drones for the future of site inspections
As an essential part of industrial operations, site inspections need timely, inexpensive, and accurate methods to keep businesses up and running. And while drones are fast becoming a popular means to support this, their limited capabilities point to the need for a better solution. That's why Telia and our own Ericsson ONE are rolling out the first livestreaming drone service in Sweden.
Africa’s drone industry is taking off
the africa report
For a long time, drones were almost exclusively used by countries in matters of public safety. However, they are now being bought by and used for a diverse range of reasons across the African continent.
Drones count koalas faster and cheaper than manual spotting methods: study
For an animal that's culturally ubiquitous, koalas are remarkably hard to spot in the wild.
As a result, it's difficult for scientists and conservationists to know just how many koalas are out there.
In New South Wales the population could be around 36,000, but last year's NSW parliamentary inquiry heard those figures are "outdated and unreliable" and the real number could be half that.
The same inquiry recommended exploring the use of drones to gain a more accurate head-count.
Happily, researchers from the University of Newcastle were already testing drones in collaboration with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.