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UAV-based magnetometer comparison: utilities detection test
sUAS News | 04/29/2024
This report shows the results of a test survey aimed at comparing four different UAV-based (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) magnetometers and their capabilities to detect various infrastructure utilities.
Use Case Roundup: Drone & Robotic Deployments in Energy
Innovate Energy | 04/08/2024
From enhancing safety to optimizing operational efficiency, drones and robotics are reshaping traditional practices in the energy industry and opening up new horizons for exploration and production. 
Drone in a Box Solutions for Industrial Inspections: What are the Options?
cUAS News | 04/01/2024
With the arrival of Drone in a Box (DiaB) solutions, routine inspections have become faster, more accurate, and cost-effective.
Drone Programs in Construction Update: Who's Doing What?
Commercial UAV News | 02/13/2024
Drones have become increasingly impactful in the construction industry, offering a range of benefits that improve efficiency, safety, and cost-effectiveness.
5 Opportunities to Build Drone Pilot Success
Commercial UAV News | 02/07/2024
As the demand for skilled drone pilots continues to soar, opportunities for success continue to expand, and, in this article, we'll explore five key opportunities to build drone pilot success. However, before we dive into those opportunities, there are a few topics that need discussion.
What’s Driving Growth in the Crop Spraying Drone Market?
Commercial UAS News | 02/05/2024
Farming operations are turning to uncrewed systems because of their ability to produce "remarkable improvements in production, efficiency, and revenue within the agricultural cycle.
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.
Drones make a difference for churches and facilities in need of assessment and repair
Commercial UAV News | 01/02/2024
In 2022, it was reported that the use of drones in the construction industry was growing at an annual rate of 239%. Others have mentioned that construction is one of the industries that is in desperate need of new technology, highlighting how and why drones have become such an important tool all across the entire sector.
What does it mean for these tools to actually be utilized though?
Cheaper Sensors for Drone Powerline Inspections: Chiba University Researchers Unveil Breakthrough Low-Cost UAV Solution
dronelife | 12/26/2023
A team of researchers led by Associate Professor Satoshi Suzuki from Chiba University recently announced that they had developed an innovative new low-cost UAV designed for powerline inspection.
Skydio, Trimble Partner to Bring Centimeter Level Accuracy to the X10
dronelife | 11/09/2023
Skydio and Trimble Collaborate on New Integration for Utilities, Construction and State Transportation Agencies
Alaska Expands Reach of UAS in Remote Locations and Extreme Conditions
sUAS News | 11/08/2023
The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has exploded in recent years as State and local agencies continue to find new and innovative applications for this versatile technology.
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.
Drones Make Wind Power More Sustainable: Turbine Inspections Without Down Time [DRONELIFE Exclusive]
dronelife | 09/17/2023
Researchers from Japan have developed a methodology for using two drones to inspect wind turbines without shutdown: significantly impacting the cost of maintenance.
The FAA Authorizes UPS Flight Forward and uAvionix to Operate Drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Federal Aviation Administration | 09/06/2023
The FAA authorized two more companies to operate drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). UPS Flight Forward with its Matternet M2 can conduct small package delivery and uAvionix with its Rapace can use the Vantis Network to test its detect and avoid technology.
uAvionix Combines Command and Control, Detect and Avoid for BVLOS Flight at Choctaw Nation Emerging Aviation Technology Center
dronelife | 08/29/2023
uAvionix, operating at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Emerging Aviation Technology Center, has completed the first true Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in non-segregated airspace using aviation protected C-Band in the United States.
Would You Use a Drone to Secure Your Home?
dronelife | 07/24/2023
In a recent study by smart home security firm Vivint, homeowners were asked for their perceptions and opinions about AI-enhanced security features.
The Growing Market for Autonomous Drones: Investment Opportunities and Trends
City Life | 06/15/2023
The growing market for autonomous drones presents a plethora of investment opportunities and trends that are poised to revolutionize various industries.
Sharper Shape Launches Powerline Inspection Software for Drone Service Providers
dronelife | 06/14/2023
Powerline management solutions provider Sharper Shape has announced a contract with drone solutions leader Volatus Aerospace, officially launching Sharper Shape's new drone service providers (DSP) management.
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.
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. 
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.
How to Grow Your Drone Operations: A Talk with Southern Company’s UAS Program Manager Dean Barefield
Commercial UAV News | 03/23/2023
One of the largest electrical utilities in the US, Southern Company has been incorporating drone technology in its work since 2015. The company uses uncrewed systems to perform a wide variety of tasks, including support for transmission, distribution, security, storm response, damage assessment, and power generation.
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.
US EPA Approves SnifferDRONE
sUAS News | 01/09/2023
Sniffer Robotics, a leading environmental technology-enabled services company, announced the US EPA has broadly approved its SnifferDRONE method to monitor landfill methane emissions as an alternative to existing federal regulations.
Percepto Wins FAA Approval for Automated BVLOS Ops in TX
dronelife | 01/09/2023
Today, leading autonomous inspection and monitoring solution provider Percepto announced that its drone-in-a-box solution has been authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct highly automated Beyond Visual Line of Sight (HA BVLOS) inspection and monitoring operations at a solar power plant in Texas.
BATT and INVOLI partner to optimize HEMS operations and improve safety
UAS Weekly | 11/07/2022
BATT and INVOLI are pleased to announce a collaboration to optimize HEMS operations and improve pilots' safety. The collaboration combines BATT expertise in system integration and heliport design with INVOLI's air traffic surveillance system to provide air risk mitigation and operation automation services to HEMS operators around the world.
American Robotics, Infrared Cameras Partner for Oil and Gas Inspection
dronelife | 11/06/2022
American Robotics Announces Partnership with Infrared Cameras Inc.
What Drones Do US Border Patrol Use? Teal Drones Wins $1 M Contract for Golden Eagle
dronelife | 10/21/2022
Red Cat Holdings Subsidiary Teal Drones Awarded $1M+ Contract from U.S. Border Patrol
Soaring Eagle Technologies Receives Latest Long Distance FAA Waiver for Commercial UAS Inspections
sUAS News | 10/18/2022
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.
How PIX4Dinspect is helping Motorola Solutions move faster
sUAS News | 09/20/2022
Creating digital twins with aerial inspections, PIX4Dscan and PIX4Dinspect are streamlining operations for major telecom operators.
New eVTOL breaks the limitations of UAV performance
sUAS News | 09/20/2022
The rapidly growing use of drones in industries and governments worldwide means that users are demanding more in terms of performance and productivity.
Skydio – The latest Capture Mode Enhancements for 3D Scan
sUAS News | 09/13/2022
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.
Pitch the Press from the Floor of Commercial UAV Expo: The 3 Winners
dronelife | 09/08/2022
Air6, Consortiq, Wonder Robotics win "Pitch the Press" at Commercial UAV Expo 2022
Phoenix Air Unmanned Completes 13,000 miles of BVLOS Utility Inspections
sUAS News | 09/01/2022
Phoenix Air Unmanned, LLC (PAU) crossed the 13,000-mile mark of utility transmission line inspection flights for Xcel Energy last week. The mileage total is another milestone for a program designed to build upon traditional inspection methods in the utility industry and advance beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations in the National Airspace System. Flights began in 2019 and have been flown annually during spring and summer months with 2021 accounting for 5,300 miles alone.
New York Power Authority Will Use Drones for Power Line Inspections: Enabled by ANRA Software
dronelife | 08/25/2022
ANRA Technologies to Provide New York Power Authority with MissionManager Drone Operation Software: Drones for Power Line Inspections
Commercial Drone Alliance uses old-school lobbying in next-generation AAM sector
Drone DJ | 08/18/2022
Rebounding off its participation in the August 3 White House summit on advanced air mobility (AAM), sector lobbying organization Commercial Drone Alliance has gone on the offensive with praise of the Biden administration's initiative in support of next-generation aerial activities, but with criticism of regulatory constrictions it says stifles increased UAV services in the US.
Reveal Technology and Teal Drones Demonstrate Multi-Drone Mapping to US Military
sUAS News | 08/18/2022
Military tactical teams' ability to quickly produce accurate maps of areas targeted for military operations can mean the difference between mission success or failure. Meeting this need, Reveal Technology has teamed with Teal Drones – a division of Red Cat Holdings (NASDAQ: RCAT) – to enhance Reveal's "Farsight" mapping software by automatically combining imagery from multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to produce high-fidelity 3D maps. By dramatically increasing the speed of collection, users receive Farsight maps and analytics faster than ever. The groundbreaking technology was recently successfully demonstrated to U.S. Army Special Operations Command near Fort Bragg.
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).
US Senate Introduces Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act (DIIG Act)
drone life | 08/08/2022
A bi-partisan group of 3 U.S. Senators have introduced the Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant (DIIG) Act, which would establish a grant program for local governments to "increase use of drones, invest in next generation workforce," says a press release
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) for Ports, Warehouses, and Logistics
Commercial UAV News | 08/01/2022
"The logistics industry is the leader of the pack when it comes to using drones."
That's according to a recent article in the American Journal of Transportation. The article describes how uncrewed technology has been embraced by companies involved in warehousing, port management, transportation, and other logistics-focused operations.
Dominion Energy, Skydio Drones: BVLOS Waiver for Power Generation Facility Inspection
dronelife | 07/07/2022
Today, Dominion Energy and Skydio announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the energy company an approval to operate Skydio drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for the inspection of power generation facilities in seven states.
Foxtech Newly Released: 2600mm 4hours VTOL
sUAS News | 07/06/2022
BABY SHARK 260 PRO is a high-efficiency VTOL that features 3.3H endurance with 1kg payload, which can be used for survey & mapping, or inspection.
Skydio – Electric Infrastructure Inspection with Drones
sUAS News | 07/01/2022
Utility inspections are absolutely critical for ensuring uptime and safety of our power grid, but these inspections often pose serious safety risks to the inspector. Inspectors must often fly low over power plants, transmission towers, and distribution poles by helicopter, or climb to high altitudes in high-voltage environments. In some cases, safety requires so much of the inspector's attention that the data quality of the inspection suffers.
Operating a Drone Across the Ocean, with Only a Standard Cellphone Connection: Skypersonic Demonstrates it Can Be Done
dronelife | 06/30/2022
Industrial drone company and Red Cat Holdings subsidiary Skypersonic conducted a visual inspection of the interior of a fully operational utility plant in Turin, Italy, via a drone controlled from 4,800 miles away in Orlando, Florida. The operation was conducted using only the internet connection from a standard cell phone.
For the Dark, Dirty and Dangerous, Flyability Elios 3 LiDAR Drone: Check Out this Fly Through a Decommissioned Nuclear Plant
dronelife | 05/19/2022
Today, Flyability launched its Elios 3, the first ever collision-tolerant drone equipped with a LiDAR sensor for indoor 3D mapping.
National Grid Drones: Trialing Automated Corrosion Inspection of Transmission Pylons
dronelife | 05/19/2022
National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) is conducting a trial of a system intended to fully automate the capture and processing of corrosion-related condition assessment data. The system, born out of a collaboration with Keen AIand, deploys automated drones flown Beyond Visual Line of Sight for the collection of accurate data, which is then processed by artificial intelligence.
Volocopter taps Microsoft for its future UAM operating system
Drone DJ | 05/18/2022
Next-generation electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Volocopter is teaming up with computing giant Microsoft to ready the operating system upon which its entire range of urban air mobility (UAM) activities will run.
FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Systems beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report
sUAS News | 05/14/2022
This action announces a public meeting of the UAS Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Final Report.
Drone Inspection and Other Aviation Bills Advance
Homeland Security Today | 05/03/2022
The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure advanced three aviation bills on April 28, namely, H.R. 3482, the National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2021, H.R. 5315, the Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act and H.R. 6270, the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization (AAIM) Act.

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