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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.
Optelos Drone Inspection Services: From Data Capture to Delivery
drone life | 05/03/2022
Optelos drone inspection services, announced today, offer a turnkey and risk-free solution to enterprise clients who want the benefits of drone-captured digital data – without the hassle of training pilots and buying hardware.
Virginia Natural Gas incorporates aerial drones to inspect natural gas infrastructure
sUAS News | 04/29/2022
Virginia Natural Gas (VNG) is embracing technology and will be using aerial drones as another means to perform equipment inspections on its pipeline infrastructure.
Tagging Whales From Above: How Drones are Transforming Marine Research (Again)
sUAS News | 04/22/2022
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. 
Autonomous Drones use AI for infrastructure inspection with technologies from Auterion and Spleenlab
sUAS News | 04/20/2022
Auterion, the company building an open and software-defined future for enterprise drone fleets, is excited today to welcome Spleenlab to the growing Auterion ecosystem. Spleenlab's VISIONAIRY® technology delivers AI-based safe perception software for drones to complete fully autonomous infrastructure detection, inspection, and collision avoidance. 
Texas Drone Law Struck Down: Restrictions Violate First Amendment Rights
dronelife | 04/04/2022
A federal judge has struck down a Texas drone law, one of the most restrictive in the country, for violating the First Amendment's protections of freedom of speech and the press.
Using Dual Thermal Imaging with Drones to Improve Flat Roof Inspections
Commercial UAV News | 03/24/2022
For years, roofing professionals have been forced to spend hours on hot and dirty surfaces to do initial inspections of large, flat commercial and industrial roofs. The process is time-consuming, expensive—and potentially dangerous.
Using drones, however, can make inspections faster, safer, and more cost-efficient. And, when drones are equipped with thermal imaging cameras, inspections become even quicker, as well as less risky and more accurate.
Hidden Level Reveals Airspace Monitoring Success at ISC West
sUAS News | 03/22/2022
Hidden Level will be displaying the success of their revolutionary Airspace Monitoring Service (AMS) at stand # 32047 at ISC West, which has proven effective at serving law enforcement in Arlington, Texas to identify unauthorized drones during football games played at AT&T Stadium and other locations and applications around the country
Drones in the Agriculture Sector: Five Ways Intelligent UAS are Helping Growers Meet Demand
dronelife | 03/16/2022
Zena Drone has helped revolutionize the burgeoning hemp industry.  In this guest post, Leah Jacobe outlines five ways that intelligent drones in the agriculture sector are helping growers to meet the demands of global food production.
AUVSI Commends Safety Focused UAS Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aviation Rulemaking Committee Report
GlobeNewswire | 03/10/2022
the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), applauded the publication of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) report. The report sets the stage for the FAA to begin its process to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will significantly advance the uncrewed systems industry, including drones and advanced air mobility (AAM), while also maintaining the highest levels of aviation safety for all airspace users.
Intelesence Develops Air Humidity & Temperature Sensors for Drone Weather Monitoring
Unmanned Systems Technology | 02/25/2022
Intelesence, a leading provider of technical services encompassing UAS (unmanned aerial systems), drone and aerospace design and systems engineering, has partnered with Unmanned Systems Technology ("UST") to demonstrate their expertise in this field. The 'Silver' profile highlights the company's Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Sensor, developed in conjunction with SMRC (Systems Research and Manufacturing Corporation), which allows users to easily turn a drone into an aerial weather monitoring station.
Pittsburgh drone tech company provides bridge evaluation resources.
sUAS News | 02/11/2022
A Pittsburgh-based company is using its innovative drone technology to scan bridges and partner with engineers and policymakers to help identify infrastructure and stability issues.
New commercial BVLOS 12-mile milestone – longest distance allowed by FAA for Censys Technologies and Soaring Eagle Technologies
sUAS News | 02/09/2022
Censys Technologies and Soaring Eagle Technologies, the leading commercial Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) service provider in the US, have secured their third BVLOS waiver, resulting in more efficient tech-enabled data acquisition. The waiver covers a 12-mile distance – the longest distance ever approved by the FAA.
AI-based powerline inspection software levels up to support utilities in navigating impact of climate change
sUAS News | 02/07/2022
Sharper Shape, a pioneer in powerline inspection solutions for the utility industry, has announced the new iteration of its cutting-edge utility digital twin technology that incorporates a new, fourth dimension of time to what has traditionally been a 3D industry model, creating a Living Digital Twin (LDT), that specifically answers utility needs in terms of safety, efficiency accuracy and cost-saving.
Drones for Wastewater Inspection: Flyability and WinCan Partner [VIDEO]
dronelife | 02/03/2022
Indoor drone provider Flyability has formed a partnership with sewer inspection software provider WinCan in order to make sewer inspections safer, quicker, and more cost effective.
Autonomous Drone Inspections at US Refinery: Delek US Gets BVLOS Approval with Percepto AIM
dronelife | 01/29/2022
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.
4 Reasons Drone Pilots Need Radiometric Thermal Zoom
drone life | 01/24/2022
Teledyne FLIR's VUE TZ20-R is a game changer for commercial drones, for applications from search and rescue to solar inspection.  In a recent webinar, Teledyne FLIR's Kelly Brodbeck gives 4 reasons drone pilots need radiometric thermal zoom capabilities.
Industrial Helicopter Drone Features First-Person View Capability
Unmanned Systems Technology | 01/09/2022
Ziyan UAS has introduced a new helicopter UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) designed to serve a wide range of industrial applications.
North Texas-Based Hedera Helps Boost Long-Distance Drone Safety in U.K. Trial
Dallas Innovates | 01/06/2022
The public ledger consensus service from Richardson-headquartered Hedera helped "gather, store, and order" millions of data points in the trial, which was sponsored by the U.K. government.

Working with London-based aviation tech firm Neuron Innovations, Hedera helped advance the case for the safe sharing of long-distance airspace by commercial, military, and government drones.
Voliro collaborate with David Knukkel and GDI team to introduce aerial robotic NDT inspection in confined spaces
sUAS News | 12/29/2021
Global Drone Inspection (GDI), the new subsidiary company of robotic inspection specialists RIMS BV, have announced today a partnership with Voliro AG, a Swiss-based startup and a spin-off from ETH Zurich that specializes in developing advanced aerial robotics for inspection and maintenance of critical infrastructure.
Airobotics have signed an agreement to develop a new drone for solar panel cleaning
sUAS News | 12/07/2021
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.
OSU Researchers Launch Autonomous Drones to Study Wildfires
drone life | 11/26/2021
Researchers with The Ohio State University are using autonomous drones to help prevent and mitigate wildfires.

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