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Harnessing Weather for Safer Skies: A Deep Dive with NASA’s Nancy Mendonca on Advanced Drone Flight Safety
dronelife | 04/26/2024
As the aviation industry expands into increasingly automated technologies, the need for precise weather data becomes undeniably crucial, particularly for drone operations.
Drones Help Count Orangutans in Borneo: A Technological Leap for Conservation
sUAS News | 04/15/2024
For conservationists to evaluate the effectiveness of their interventions and protection activities, it's essential to know how many orangutans survive today.
The Flourishing of Drones in Agriculture
Commercial UAV News | 03/26/2024
The agricultural drone market is not only already a leader for drone technology, offering unparalleled benefits across diverse sub-industries such as crop farming, livestock management, fishery, hunting, and forestry.
Vertiports and sustainability
Airports International | 03/22/2024
To achieve the necessary public acceptance for vertiports to become a mainstay within the aviation ecosystem, safety and environmental impact concerns must be addressed.
Ocean Alliance Develops New Use for Drones in Whale Research: Non-invasive Tagging
dronelife | 02/13/2024
Ocean Alliance, the scientific research and conservation group that pioneered the use of UAVs in the study of whales with its breakthrough "Snotbot" technology, is finding a new way to use drones to learn about the underwater lives of these magnificent marine animals.
Drones Saving Island Ecosystems: An Interview with Island Conservation
dronelife | 02/07/2024
An international non-governmental organization is using drone technology to help eradicate invasive species, reinvigorate reef systems, reduce coastal erosion and reintroduce native species whose populations have dwindled.
Drones Take to the Trees: Scientists Develop New Tool for Rainforest Research
sUAS News | 01/22/2024
A drone capable of collecting data on rainforest biodiversity. Such a design requires special features, such as a claw-like mechanism, wings and a sense of touch. Physical additions cannot be done without AI, says Associate Professor Salua Hamaza.
AirForestry Achieves Groundbreaking Milestone in Forestry: Drone Lifts Tree!
sUAS News | 11/30/2023
UPPSALA, In a thrilling advancement for the forestry sector, AirForestry, renowned for its pioneering work with drone technology for harvesting trees, has recently showcased that its drone can attach to a tree top and lift a tree trunk. This feat underscores the tremendous strides the company has made in revolutionizing forestry operations, offering a glimpse into the future of sustainable and efficient timber harvesting.
Capitalizing on Drone Data Analytics with Services Transforming Agriculture and Beyond
Baystreet | 11/29/2023
According to the World Bank's Food Security Update 2023, food insecurity is on the rise across the globe. Among the more promising solutions being proposed is better data analytics of crops and soil, which is also being tied to the rise in data collection done with drone technology.
Officials meet to support the future of advanced air mobility
UAS Magazine | 11/27/2023
Representatives from aviation and aerospace organizations in eight states have launched the "Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Multistate Collaborative" to exchange views and methods to enable public infrastructure and services supporting the new generation of aircraft based on emerging technologies that are providing high levels of safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Effortlessly Communicate Land Access Requirements to Drone Operators: Maximising Estate Potential
sUAS News | 11/16/2023
In today's rapidly evolving world, the commercial use of drones is poised to revolutionise industries, from emergency response and healthcare to mapping & surveying, logistics, filming & photography, inspection & maintenance, and farming & agriculture. With the enablement of drones, these sectors can operate with increased speed, safety, and cost-efficiency, while also reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainability. Whether it's delivering life-saving medicine, surveying a field to utilise crop yield, or conducting dangerous power-line inspections, drones offer unparalleled benefits. 
Drone Mapping of Vineyards Will Support New VISTA Project
dronelife | 11/06/2023
While flying and alcohol don't usually go together, new open standards supporting further data integration in the world of wine has the potential to modernize and streamline the operation of vineyards both in the UK and across the world.
Personal Flying Vehicle Converted for Farming
IOT World Today | 11/03/2023
Ryse Aero Technology devised a way to modify its electric flying vehicle to be used to fertilize farmland
Could Tiny Drone Swarms Help Pollinate Crops? WPI Researcher Develops RoboBees
dronelife | 11/03/2023
Researcher Nintin Sanket is working to develop a drone-based solution to the population decline of pollinating species around the world. A third of the world's food is dependent on pollination from bees, yet they are increasingly threatened by climate change and harmful agricultural practices[1]. Sanket and his team are developing a new strategy to tackle this challenge, utilizing automated drones.
TruWeather Harnesses the Power of Advanced Technology to Keep Advanced Aviation Flying
AUVSI | 10/31/2023
The drone and advanced air mobility (AAM) industries will not succeed without having significantly more fidelity on low altitude weather. Current equipment, systems and standards do not provide this.
A drone that can sniff out forest fires before they generate visible smoke
Hello Future | 10/09/2023
Monitoring for forest fires now relies heavily on technology in California, where more than a thousand IoT cameras have been deployed.
A major limitation of these devices is that they can only detect fires that have already progressed beyond the initial ignition stage.
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed by the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), can analyse air quality to detect imminent fires before they generate any visible smoke.
AI’s Role in Predictive Flight Path Monitoring for Aerial Mobility
Transport Up | 09/18/2023
Innovation is soaring to new heights in aerial mobility, and recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are challenging the ways traditional methods of flight path monitoring.
Two Innovative Canadian Drone Companies Join Forces to Fight Kelowna Wildfires
dronelife | 08/30/2023
As wildfires raged in Canada, two innovative Canadian drone companies joined forces to provide responders with critical aerial data.
Pyka Secures FAA Authorization for Commercial Operation of Largest Ever Highly-Automated Electric Drone in the United States
sUAS News | 08/01/2023
 Pyka, manufacturer of large-scale highly-automated electric aircraft for crop protection and cargo transport, is delighted to announce that it has received approval from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its zero-emission highly-automated Pelican Spray aircraft for crop protection commercially nationwide.
XPRIZE Announces Finalists for Rainforest Competition: The Best Use of Drones for Conservation
dronelife | 07/31/2023
Recently, XPRIZE announced 6 finalists for its $10,000,000 Rainforest competition to develop new biodiversity assessment technologies, all featuring the use of UAV technology and drones to improve scientific research and conservation in these increasingly endangered ecosystems.
Drones in Agriculture: Part 137 and Leveraging Spraying Drones
dronelife | 07/26/2023
As the Drone Nerds' ElevateUAV Summit kicked off in Miami this morning, the Keynote speech highlighted fastest growing verticals in the commercial drone industry.
Revolutionary NOAA High-Altitude research tool passes key milestone
sUAS News | 06/15/2023
The quest by Global Monitoring Laboratory scientists to develop a reliable, cost-effective way to study Earth's stratosphere passed a significant milestone on May 17 when a remotely controlled glider, carried to an elevation of 90,000 feet by a weather balloon, returned to its launch location on Colorado's Pawnee National Grasslands with its scientific payload intact. 
Drones, classroom AI, and EV mandates make for a busy week in Washington
Tech Brew | 06/02/2023
The White House isn't letting Congress have all the AI-regulating fun—last week it announced a slew of initiatives, including a discussion with workers and other stakeholders about how employers use automation to monitor them and seeking public comment on how to use AI for the greater good.
What’s the Weather Up There? Meteodrone Flies at High Altitude to Get Precise, Real-Time Weather Forecasts
dronelife | 05/23/2023
Today, weather intelligence and technology company Meteomatics launched its first U.S. Meteodrone autonomous flight system at North Dakota's GrandSKY aviation park.
First US drone-based micro-weather service to be launched out of an air base
Aerotime HUB | 05/19/2023
Every day, the drone industry comes up with new and different uses for unmanned aircraft. Now, here comes hyper-local weather forecasting – which, in turn, will also prove useful for other drone operators conducting their own operations. 
TruWeather Solutions’ Weather Sensor Network Blankets the Nation
AUVSI | 04/18/2023
Weather can bring flight times to a standstill. To TruWeather Solutions, that downtime is called the "weather tax". As uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) operations scale, and schedules become tighter, this "weather tax" - can quickly add up. And time equals money.
Oklahomans taking lead in drone technology and advanced air mobility
NonDoc | 04/10/2023
Oklahoma aerospace engineers told members of a U.S. House high tech committee that they are using drone technology and advanced air mobility to leverage aerospace programs within the state's Native American tribes.
Drones for Wind Turbine Inspection: ONYX Insight and Nearthlab Partner on Predictive Maintenance
dronelife | 03/23/2023
Predictive maintenance solutions (PdM) provider ONYX Insight has announced a partnership with autonomous drone solution company Nearthlab to provide wind farm operators with a whole turbine predictive maintenance solution.
UAVOS Used Borey Fixed-Wing Drone for Soil Moisture Mapping
sUAS News | 03/16/2023
UAVOS, a developer and manufacturer of security and commercial solutions based on advanced Unmanned Systems, has recently completed a drone-based inspection in the agriculture sector to measure water content in the soil.
Drone Reality Show Goes Inside a Survey of the Pearl River
dronelife | 01/31/2023
Drone Reality Show Follows Surveying of the Pearl River by Land, Water, and Air
Unmanned Systems Enable Shift Toward a Green Economy
inside unmanned systems | 01/30/2023
From scientific research, firefighting and rainmaking to energy-saving airborne deliveries, more sustainable agriculture and renewable energy, unmanned systems are enabling the shift to a green economy.
Sensing Climate, Reducing the Weather Tax
inside unmanned systems | 01/04/2023
Better weather sensing could reduce 'weather tax' in the form of delays and cancellations.
How Much Electricity Will Electric Airplanes Need, & How Much Will It Cost?
Clean Technica | 12/07/2022
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.
Here are four drone market trends about which every business leader and entrepreneur should be aware.
sUAS News | 12/03/2022
The Air Mobility Ecosystem Consortium (AMEC) is aiming to demonstrate the commercial and operational viability of Advance Aerial Mobility (AAM) in the UK.
Rain Industries launch Rain 2 firefighting drone
sUAS News | 11/08/2022
Rain Industries, a leader in rapid initial wildfire suppression, has announced their next-generation autonomous firefighting demonstrator aircraft: the Rain MK2. The MK2 is an uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) based on a proven helicopter airframe. In conjunction with Rain's fire agency launch customers, the MK2 will be used to demonstrate rapid initial wildfire response and containment.
Using small drones to measure wind speeds in the polar regions
Tech Xplore | 10/27/2022
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.
Agras Drones: Spraying Drones are Bringing Opportunity to Rural American
dronelife | 10/13/2022
Drones are a major tool for agriculture, recognized by the World Bank and advocacy organizations around the world as a way of securing the global food supply.  In Asian countries and elsewhere, spraying drones are widely used to apply fertilizer, pesticides and other products for more efficient farming.  How are spraying drones bringing new opportunities to rural America?
Drones for Hurricane Ian Recovery: Airborne Response Completes More than 500 Flights
dronelife | 10/02/2022
Airborne Response a leading provider of mission-critical aerial intelligence using small uncrewed aircraft systems (sUAS), has completed more than 500 drone flights in Florida on behalf of enterprise customers supporting response, relief, and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Category 4 Hurricane Ian.
What drones are and their valuable service to society
Telefonica | 09/14/2022
Basically, a drone can be defined as an unmanned vehicle that's capable of autonomously maintaining a controlled and sustained level of flight.
Ericsson and National Science Foundation’s AERPAW collaborate on 5G drone research to support smart agriculture
sUAS News | 09/13/2022
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and the Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW), funded by the National Science Foundation and a consortium of industry partners, have announced a collaboration on advancing the use of 5G for drone operations in support of smart agriculture.
TruWeather Solutions Prototypes Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure
News wires | 09/07/2022
TruWeather Solutions (TWS), a Northern Virginia based company, has been awarded and is at the inception of a NASA funded Phase II (750,000) SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract for Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure Testbed in Hampton, Virginia.
Planting Trees with Drones: AirSeed Delivers Seed Pods for Drone Reforestation Initiative
dronelife | 08/26/2022
CAL International Partners with AirSeed Technologies for Drone Reforestation Initiative, planting trees with drones.
Autonomous Drones May Be the Only Way to Monitor Floating Solar Farms
dronelife | 08/17/2022
Today, leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto revealed that it has successfully concluded a proof-of-concept (POC) for the observation of a 250 acre floating solar farm alongside the Electric Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT).
UAVOS demonstrates the opportunity of autonomous technology in forestry
sUAS News | 08/05/2022
UAVOS, a developer and manufacturer of security and commercial solutions based on advanced Unmanned Systems, has completed a drone-based forest inspection project to assess the general timber environment. Combining digital data and UAVOS's customized software has provided innovative analysis of forestry data. UAVOS's methodology is an advance for forestry, allowing foresters not only to optimize and improve the way data is collected and analyzed on a daily basis but also helping to reduce environmental risks and to generate economic wealth in the sector. The project has been carried out under partnership with a forestry and land management company. 
NASA Researchers Field-Test New Technology to Aid Drone Pilots in Fighting Fires
Aviation Today | 07/20/2022
NASA's STEReO (Scalable Traffic Management for Emergency Response Operations) project, led by the Ames Research Center, has developed a prototype of a drone pilot's kit intended to help scale up the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for disaster response applications.
NREL Addresses Energy Challenges for Sustainable Aviation
NREL | 07/15/2022
From Sustainable Fuels to Airport Infrastructure Analysis to Next-Gen Aircraft, NREL Offers Solutions for Lowering Emissions in a Sector That Is Among the Most Difficult To Decarbonize
Rolls-Royce unveils new turbogenerator to advance hybrid-electric flight
Inceptive Mind | 07/14/2022
Rolls-Royce has unveiled the turbogenerator technology, which includes a new small engine aimed at advancing hybrid-electric aircraft.
UAS In Firefighting: How Unmanned Systems Can Help To Keep The Environment Safe
sUAS News | 07/13/2022
Firefighting services worldwide are constantly innovating, and the recent trend toward using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) is no exception. Climate change has been a key factor in increasing the risk and extent of wildfires.
Animal Dynamics – Advanced simulation software brings aerial autonomy within sight
sUAS News | 07/12/2022
Animal Dynamics today announces a collaboration with the University of Manchester to improve the realism of its simulated environment and accelerate the commercial rollout of its Uncrewed Aircraft System, Stork STM.  
Drones and High Resolution Lenses Protect Wildlife Around the World: Quantum Systems and Wilderness International in Peru
dronelife | 06/08/2022
Drones equipped with high resolution lenses are a powerful tool in the fight to protect wildlife around the world.

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