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.
Rain Industries launch Rain 2 firefighting drone
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
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
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?
TruWeather Solutions Prototypes Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure
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.
Autonomous Drones May Be the Only Way to Monitor Floating Solar Farms
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
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.
Infrastructure considerations for the future of urban air mobility
Infrastructure considerations for the future of urban air mobility
By David Ziegler
Wednesday May 18, 2022
If the emerging urban air mobility (UAM) industry falters, it won't be because the technology isn't ready or that regulators aren't building a framework to ensure that eVTOL aircraft in development won't meet the highest safety standards. The future of UAM will depend on having the right infrastructure to support operations.
North Dakota Utilizes UAS Network to Assist in Disaster Recovery
After another round of severe weather brought blizzard conditions, heavy snow and ice to western North Dakota this past weekend, the state has enlisted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies to help restore services to residents and assist recovery efforts, Gov. Doug Burgum announced today in a joint release with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS).
Tagging Whales From Above: How Drones are Transforming Marine Research (Again)
Picture a scene that's synonymous with the climate crisis.
Maybe your mind jumped to the Amazon rainforest or the polar ice caps, where deforestation and rapid melting have long been rallying points for conservation efforts.
But the latest research suggests it's oceans that are key to tempering climate change. In fact, a microorganism you've probably never heard of captures 40 percent of Earth's carbon emissions and produces oxygen for two out of every three breaths you take. These microscopic algae are called phytoplankton. It's both the cornerstone of the marine ecosystem and a highly effective carbon capture system.
Iris Automation adds TruWeather tech to Casia G system
Safety avionics specialist Iris Automation has made a meteorological enhancement to its Casia G ground-based surveillance system with the integration of TruWeather Solutions sensors and services – a move aiming to add climate security to the company's aerial detect-and-avoid protection.
Electric Planes Taking Off
Prototypes and tests of zero-emission planes show the industry is on the cusp of clean air travel and goods delivery.
Lord of the Trees Raises $1.25 Million Pre-Seed Round Led by Draper Associates
Lord of the Trees, a full ecosystem restoration company that uses precision drone planting technology to restore degraded landscapes, today announced a $1.25 million Pre-Seed funding round led by Draper Associates, a global venture capital firm investing in industry transforming companies.
A milestone year for future air mobility
McKinsey & Company
The future air mobility (FAM) industry had a record year in 2021. Building on recent trends, such as technological advances, increased focus on environmental sustainability, and growing vehicle traffic congestion, this was the year that put FAM on the map. Now, the industry will mature and evolve—and as it does, new opportunities, as well as significant challenges, are likely to emerge.
Skyway and TruWeather Announce Strategic Partnership
Skyway Technologies Corp. is excited to announce TruWeather Solutions as their newest strategic partner. Together, these companies will combine their high-tech traffic navigation systems and weather risk management products. This partnership will work to provide a standardized protocol by which autonomous aircraft within the urban air space can operate safely and more efficiently.
Airobotics have signed an agreement to develop a new drone for solar panel cleaning
Airobotics (TASE: AIRO), an Israeli manufacturer of autonomous Unmanned Aircraft (drones) and Aerial Data Platforms, and Solar Drone, an Israeli company specializing in solar farms services, have signed a binding agreement under which Airobotics will develop and supply to Solar Drone a unique solar panel cleaning drone system. The fully automated system will include a drone docking station for automatic battery replacement and cleaning fluid replenishment, enabling the system to operate continuously.
Drones Combat Coastline Pollution: DJI Teams Up with Boat Owners
DJI has partnered with AnimaMundi Ocean Data Solutions and Lagoon to build the world's first comprehensive database of plastic waste on coastlines using drones. The project starts with drones piloted by sailors taking place in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which begins on Las Palmas in the Canary Islands on November 21st.
UMD Guest Post: Human Factors in UAS
IMSAFE, check! This acronym is what a normal pilot would talk through with themselves before a flight to ensure that they are personally ready to fly. IMSAFE: illness, medications, stress, alcohol, fatigue, and eating. Simple enough, right? Though these are great considerations to ensure a base-level of risk mitigation, the truth is that human factors (in all aspects of aviation) are much more complex and more important than many UAS pilots probably realize. If we look to manned aviation, somewhere between 60-80% of aviation accidents are due to or related to human factors (Shappell, 2006). This is a staggering number of accidents that could presumably be mitigated by autonomy or a higher level of risk understanding and management. We need to explore the human aspect of UAS and how we can deeply analyze ourselves and our organizations to be safer operators through the FAA's HFACS system (Shappell, 2006) and the SHELL model (Moriarty, 2015).
Atmospheric Boundary Layer Measurement with Multirotor sUAS
Unmanned Systems News
Small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) are increasingly being used to conduct atmospheric research. Because of the dynamic nature and inhomogeneity of the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL), the ability of instrumented sUAS to make on-demand 3-dimensional high-resolution spatial measurements of atmospheric parameters makes them particularly suited to ABL investigations.
Drone-Based Monitoring of Pacific Salmon
Unmanned Systems News
FIXAR has released a case study detailing how the company's fully autonomous fixed-wing VTOL FIXAR 007 drone has been used to create a solution for the video monitoring of the Pacific salmon and its spawning grounds in the Chukotka Region of Russia.