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.
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.
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.
FREE Digital Edition of the Drone Surveying Equipment and Technology Journal: Field-Tested Proven
Microdrones is pleased to announce the publication of the 2021 Field-Tested Field Proven Journal and the digital edition is now available to download for FREE.
This is the 3rd edition of our Annual Drone Surveying Equipment and Technology Journal where surveying and geospatial professionals can read about drone surveying case studies and user applications. The Journal also explores new drone surveying equipment from Microdrones along with their features and capabilities.
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.
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.
Public Comment Needed on Drone Policy
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is asking for public comment on a new statute for its UAV or "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle" program. The department has used UAVs or drones for several years in various ways, but a change in Minnesota State Statute shows that the department now needs to accept public comment on the policy outlining how drones will be used.
UAV company expands footprint in Wichita
High Plains Journal
AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc., a provider of UAVs and advanced aerial imagery, data collection and analytics solutions, will locate and expand its manufacturing operations in Wichita, Kansas.
Aerial survey gives Dyer a detailed look at what's going on in town
Northwest Indiana Times
When you hear about people looking at "the big picture" before making a decision, it might mean looking at 21,200 pictures in Dyer, Indiana. That's how many images are compiled using unmanned aerial vehicle technology to give town officials a single clear picture of the lay of the land.
Swarms of autonomous insect robots could prove key to future planetary exploration
While we're preparing to launch a six-wheeled robotic rover roughly the size of a car to explore Mars, future planetary exploration and science missions could employ much smaller hardware — including, potentially, swarms of robots the size of insects designed to act in concert with one another autonomously.
Swift teams continue to uncover key safety findings in Kobe, Japan
Teams from Swift Tactical Systems, in partnership with its Japanese counterpart, Swift-Xi, both subsidiaries of Swift Engineering, completed a multiphase study, enabling government officials to make critical decisions regarding the ongoing safety of its citizens.
Drones in the Power Industry: The Case for Resiliency
The power industry was an early adopter of drone technology, but in this insider piece Andre Louis-Ferdinand says that the sector continues to find new applications and new uses for drones – especially in these challenging times.
NOAA establishes Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support growing use of UxS across agency
To support the growing use of unmanned systems across the agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is establishing a new Unmanned Systems Operations Program. The program will support the "safe, efficient and economical operation" of unmanned systems (UxS) that it uses to collect high-quality environmental data for its science, products and services.
Purdue expert uses drones to ‘see’ perfectly with sound
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles provide visual and infrared information as they hover above, but researchers at Purdue University say UAVs, or drones, can also help self-driving cars and robots to hear and see.
UAS Service Suppliers Discuss 53,000 Comments on FAA’s Remote ID Proposal
The FAA is working through more than 53,000 comments on its proposed approach to remote identification for remote aircraft and hopes to issue a final ruling before the end of the year, according to FAA administrator Stephen Dickson — although that timeline will likely be affected by the global coronavirus outbreak.
Trends: Slow But Sure
Inside Unmanned Systems
Drones are becoming critical across precision ag, integrating with other sensors and providing growers with information they didn't have access to before, often in real time. Targeted, automated and varied application possibilities abound, from identifying disease and spotting weeds to recognizing drainage issues to letting farmers know when it's time to harvest.
Farming With Drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Inside Unmanned Systems
Unmanned aerial vehicles have found use in agriculture for decades, with unmanned helicopters spraying pesticides on rice fields in Japan back in the 1980s. Now, to have drones reach their full potential in farming, research is increasingly pushing toward beyond visual line of sight operations.
Short lines gain a new perspective on drone inspection
Some small railroad lines that became early adopters of basic drone technology to aid in infrastructure inspections have turned to engineering firms with specialized drone operations to harness the full potential of unmanned aerial vehicles for rail bridge inspections.
New Satellites Could Enable Fast Drone Data Turnaround
Inside Unmanned Systems
Satellite companies have begun launching thousands of low-orbiting spacecraft built to offer internet connections and streaming media to air passengers, maritime travelers, and people in remote and underserved areas. But the advanced connectivity created by these systems and supported by their target markets can also make it possible for drone operators to quickly transmit, process and return data for the still-nascent agricultural drone sector.
Drone researchers create microchip to mimic flight of fruit fly
A team of researchers at National Tsing Hua University has recently developed an artificial intelligence chip that mimics the optical nerves of the fruit fly, allowing drones to automatically avoid obstacles while remaining in an ultra-power-saving mode.
A Massive Crop Duster Links East and West
Inside Unmanned Systems
Under both Soviet and independent governments, the manufacturer now known as Antonov State Enterprise has produced 22,000 cargo, transport and passenger planes—including the An-225 Mriya, likely the world's biggest and heaviest aircraft. So, perhaps it shouldn't have been surprising when a very large UAV crop duster loomed at the entrance to the floor of the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas.
New FAA drone rule is a giant middle finger to aviation hobbyists
More than 34,000 people have deluged the FAA with comments over a proposed regulation that would require almost every drone in the sky to broadcast its location over the Internet at all times. The comments are overwhelmingly negative.
Eight high-tech startups to compete in AFRL program
Eight startup teams for the next Air Force Research Laboratory Commercialization Academy cohort were announced by the Griffiss Institute. The companies, developing innovations in the cyber security, big data analytics, information systems, and theUAS industry, were selected from a pool of applicant submissions.
Could drones save cows?
High Plains Journal
A University of Kentucky professor's research is using unamned aerial vehicles to research and monitor the location and health of cows.
How Drones Become A Valuable Tool For The Auto Insurance Industry
Global management consulting powerhouse Accenture in Belgium & Luxembourg (BeLux) is one of the companies that is spearheading the use of drones in construction and engineering. And now, they are working to deliver digital solutions, intelligent capabilities, and deep industry expertise to the property & casualty insurance industry with the goal of making things easier for all those concerned after an auto accident.
Agriculture's big data needs a home to maker greater impacts
Bryan-College Station Eagle
A Texas A&M researcher and corn breeder recently called upon the agricultural scientific community to address the lack of plans or infrastructure to catalogue and make agricultural data colleced by drones accessible for future research and synthesis.
A Very Merry LiDAR Christmas
Inside Unmanned Systems
RedTail LiDAR Systems of Fairmont, West Virginia, recently demonstrated the value of its precision-ag UAS technology by sharing some UAS Christmas spirit with a near neighbor, the Mt. Zion Nursery.
Sentera, Anheuser Busch partner for use of drones, ag data
Anheuser Busch InBev is turning to drones to ensure the stability of its barley acres. Through a long-term partnership with Minneapolis-based Sentera, AB InBev will utilize the expertise of Sentera and its understanding of drones, weather data, satellite imagery and mobile phone imagery.
Robots, drones becoming workhorses for agriculture
High Plains Journal
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 water or insect stress in crops.
Small drones have traffic 'in sight'
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)
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.
FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations on Remote ID, Security
Members of the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee unanimously approved recommendations for the agency to consider regarding remote identification and UAS security issues, which were highlighted by a recent Blue Ribbon Task Force report on UAS Mitigation at Airports. Committee recommendations on remote ID for drones focused on efforts to encourage voluntary equipage, as the FAA has noted it is likely 24 months away from official rulemaking on that issue.
AI Raising Drone Game in Oil, Gas but FAA Challenges Remain
Natural Gas Intelligence
Breakthroughs in drone technology aimed at oil and gas companies, such as advanced integration of artificial intelligence (AI), have added urgency to the fight for regulatory gains with the Federal Aviation Administration. Drones, or unmanned aerial systems, are increasingly pairing with AI capable of analyzing data gathered from oil and gas infrastructure in response to industry needs. As a result, interest from midstream operators has grown.