North Carolina Grants AeroX $5 Million for Advanced Air Mobility Development
AeroX, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the safe and efficient commercialization of UAS technologies in Forsyth County, has been awarded a $5 million dollar grant from the North Carolina General Assembly for the design and development of an urban advanced air mobility system in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, North Carolina.
WiBotic’s Commander will autonomously charge drone fleets
Autonomous charging solutions company WiBotic has launched its Commander drone and robot fleet energy management software for companies with large fleets. The software package allows the charging state of all drones in the fleet to be managed and monitored.
Pendleton UAS industry continues growth despite pandemic
While it has had devastating effects on other business sectors, Pendleton's unmanned aerial systems industry wasn't grounded.
Darryl Abling, the city's range manager, said operations never really slowed down during the pandemic as social distancing didn't really prevent UAS companies from running test flights.
Malaysian drone tech takes to the skies
"THE drone revolution is happening right now, " declared Poladrone founder and chief executive officer Cheong Jin Xi.
"Many industries are realising that modern drones, which excel at precision automation and efficient data collection, are able to simplify many dirty, dangerous and difficult tasks."
UAS help industry adapt to ‘new normal’
As industry and society in general come back on line after months of interruption due to the threat of COVID- 19, Garrett Scott, UAS coordinator for Duke Energy, said he believes "a lot of the things we're seeing right now, whether because of social distancing or the financial [aspect], are going to be around for quite a while after we move out of this mandated period."
Soldering Tools Keep UAVs Flying High
A German-based drone manufacturer purchased several soldering systems recently to help its workers manually assemble electronic modules for the company's quadrocopter, providing a reliable connection for varying individual payloads.
What the UAS Industry Can Learn from COVID–19
The unmanned industry, like nearly every sector, suffered from the economic and operational effects of the social distancing and a global shutdown from the pandemic. But like in many innovative industries, some UAS companies quickly adapted to the new situation and succeeded in turning the situation around and leverage it
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.
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.
First Responders Assess Drones for Search and Rescue Missions
Homeland Security Today
In November 2019, S&T's National Urban Security Technology Laboratory assessed small, commercially available drones for priority needs of first responders through its First Responder Robotic Operations System Test program. The feedback will be documented in a final assessment report and shared nationally with the first responder community.
Your virtual crow’s nest: Drones in commercial fishing
Fishermen have always relied on the understanding of the elements to guide them: the water current, its temperature, the direction of the wind and its humidity are important information used to locate fish. Now, drones are bringing some fishfinding technology back above the water.
New York State Forms Partnership with Israeli Companies to Build a Drone Industry Center of Excellence
New York Governer Andrew Cuomo recently visited Israel – and came back home having formed partnerships and agreements that will support the state in developing new industries, including drones. New York's Empire State Development, the state's economic development agency, will offer a $250,000 planning grant to establish a new Unmanned Aerial Systems Research and Testing Center of Excellence.
Drones Begin To Deliver On Their Potential For The Oil And Gas Sector
The use of drones, in the oil and gas industry, is growing and the technology is ready to take off in a big way. It offers benefits to oil and gas operations in a numerous ways— safe and efficient maintenance and inspections among them—but the data that UAS technology provides is transforming the industry.
New group aims to help Utah drone industry soar
A new Utah group is hoping to clear a path for the state to become a leader in the wave of drone innovations that some believe will render other remarkable advancements like self-driving cars a moot point while turning the near-overhead airspace into a much busier place.
UAS Data Becomes Increasingly Valuable for Worksite Monitoring
The spectrum of commercial UAS applications today is broad, ranging from product delivery and media coverage to precision mapping and worksite monitoring. The tool is ideal to monitor the status of construction progress or agriculture yield, explore and document remote or hazardous sites, provide accurate information in support of asset management systems, and verify safety issues and concerns at any location.
Kansas is celebrating Aviation Day
The state of Kansas is celebrating its Fourth Annual Aviation Day Event in Wichita. The annual event seeks to educate the public on the impact of the aviation industry while lobbying state officials for more favorable legislation to help expand the industry.
A Bird’s-Eye View: Drones in the Power Sector
Unmanned aerial systems—drones—have quickly found their place in the power sector. But as the industry moves out of test cases and experiments, and into full implementation of drones, it is facing a whole new set of challenges and opportunities.
Underground Surveys and Inspections with Drones
Commercial UAV News
Flying a drone in confined locations isn't an easy task. It requires piloting skills, and previous knowledge of the surroundings. But what happens if you need to fly a drone where there is no GPS, no light, and humans can't go? A new drone certification program from Flyability will help provide Elios drone owners with a way to assess their piloting skills in these kinds of situations, but that's just the first step for organizations looking to adopt the technology.
FlightWave, Intelligent Energy introduce fuel cell-powered drone
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.
Congress Introduces Bipartisan Drone Innovation Act
Republican Congressman Jason Lewis (R-MN-02) led the legislation for the Drone Innovation Act, which looks to define operations of civil UAS under 200 feet and within state, local, or tribal jurisdictions.
When drones flyWhat do safety professionals need to know about this evolving technology?
Safety and Health Magazine
Employers in all 50 states use drones for more than 40 business applications, according to research from AUVSI. Aerial photography is most common on a list that also includes construction; infrastructure; emergency management; and mining, oil and gas. And some safety experts have taken stock. New York-based Skanska first explored using drones – more formally known as unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS – several years ago, starting slowly as the technology developed. Before long, the organization had pinpointed numerous practical and cost-effective uses that also promoted worker safety.
Use of agricultural drones on rise as farms seek ways to improve production and crop quality
Steve Kyes owns roughly 2,800 acres of farmland north of here, mostly corn and soybean fields. With the help of his stepson, Andrew Luebbe, and a hired employee, Kyes, 44, and his crew have focused on increasing their profits. Inside Kyes' farm office sits an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) — commonly known as a drone — with the potential to make his operation more efficient and, maybe someday, more profitable. Across the country, farmers like Kyes are taking to the sky in hopes of improving production and quality on the ground. As always, there's a cost-benefit equation: The bill for a drone and accessories can fly past $1,500, not counting specialized cameras or other gear.
SeekOps Incorporated Licenses NASA Sensor Technology
A new venture company, SeekOps Inc., has executed a license agreement with the California Institute of Technology for miniature gas sensor technology developed over the last 5 years at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The miniature form factor of this NASA gas sensor enables it to be used as a handheld tool or deployed on small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. This technology provides far greater sensitivity than current field-deployable measurement devices, allowing field crews to locate small leaks from infrastructure before they become a safety concern.
Measurement of Broadcast Antennas Takes Off
Unmanned aerial vehicles — UAVs or "drones" — have been used for years by hobbyists and aircraft enthusiasts, but the field is now seeing rapidly expanding development in commercial applications. One new use is for the collection of RF signal measurements from broadcast television and radio stations, as is being developed by consulting engineering firm Cavell Mertz & Associates.
Drone use cases still few and far between, but poised to grow
Drones can be deployed faster than aerial photographers and can provide a quicker turnaround on the data, according to a Ohio-based businessman. But should drones be on every CIO's emerging technology roadmap? Companies that aren't in the business of inspecting inventory in the field may shrug off drones as unimportant -- at least for right now. One analyst said before CIOs discount the technology outright, they should keep an open mind -- and, more importantly, an open ear -- as to how drones could be applied to the business.
AUVSI Report: Small Businesses Receive Majority of Waivers Under FAA’s Small UAS Rule
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International recently released a report that finds nearly 90 percent of the waivers granted by the Federal Aviation Administration under Part 107 went to small businesses. According to the report, most of the waivers allow businesses to operate unmanned aircraft systems at night, which is not permitted under the current rule. The report also finds that businesses in 44 states received waivers in the first six months since the rule took effect.
Town of Paradise Valley enlists drone as inspector
Town of Paradise Valley Independent
One of the most dangerous parts of an inspector's duties is performing a roof nail inspection. Walking on a sloped surface often covered in saw dust can result in slips and falls. The classical solution used by fat guys and old guys was to poke at the roof sheathing with a 2" x 4" from below. Now there is a technological solution and that is an unmanned aerial vehicle or drone.