Choctaw Nation Beyond Program obtains FAA approval for Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations with uAvionix Installation
uAvionix today announced that the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) Beyond Program received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations using uAvionix SkyLine™ Managed C2 and Detect & Avoid sensors on the Emerging Aviation Technology Center UAS Test Range. This marks the second BVLOS waiver by the FAA for the combination of uAvionix SkyLine software and SkyLink™ hardware in as many months and allows drone pilots operating at the CNO range to leverage only an Electronic Observer while meeting requirements to remain well-clear of crewed aircraft while the uncrewed aircraft is beyond the pilot's visual range of sight.
Intermap Announces new contract powering Urban Air Mobility
Intermap Technologies (TSX: IMP) (OTCQX: ITMSF) ("Intermap" or the "Company"), a global leader in 3D geospatial data and intelligence solutions, today announced a new contract with Skyroads AG and cloudeo AG to power an Automated Airspace Management and Vehicle Guidance System. Under the agreement, Intermap's NEXTView™ will be integrated into Skyroads' system to ensure safety, efficiency and obstacle avoidance as vehicles travel above urban environments.
UAV Navigation releases its new visual navigation system
UAV Navigation releases its new Visual Navigation System (VNS). This exciting new capability is bound to cause a stir amongst manufacturers and end users of NATO Category I and II UAS. The compact and lightweight device, which is provided as an optional peripheral to the main Flight Control System (FCS), enables the safe and efficient navigation of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in GNSS-denied environments. The VNS combines "visual odometry" techniques and "pattern identification" with the rest of the sensors onboard the aircraft to ensure that the absolute position, orientation and relative movement of the aircraft over the ground is calculated with astonishing accuracy.
Helping Drones Land on Steep Rooftops: Check Out This Video
Many operators have learned the hard way that landing drones on steep roofs is almost impossible. Now, researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke have developed landing gear that allows a quadcopter drone to land even on a steep surface – which could have major implications for the commercial drone industry.
Advanced training and teamwork in the field of air navigation with MITRE, an elite research center in the field in the United States, by Ineco
The President of Ineco, Sergio Vázquez Torrón, formalized at the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) of MITRE, a United States organization, the development of seminars that are going to be offered to the four best young aeronautical engineers of the public engineering company. Ineco has had a solid relationship with MITRE for close to two decades in tasks relating to research and development of new airspace design methodologies, implementation of advanced air traffic control concepts, and use and assessment of software tools utilized to evaluate air navigation
ParaZero and Sightec: Using Vision-Based Navigation to Increase Safety in Autonomous Drone Missions
ParaZero, a world-leading provider of autonomous parachute systems for commercial drones and urban air mobility vehicles, has partnered with computer vision and AI flight technologies developer, Sightec, to develop among the most sophisticated and advanced safety systems in the world with precedent-setting capabilities. The combined solution will be wrapped in a unified hardware platform that provides optimal integration, operational safety, and value for OEMs and end-users.
UAV Navigation’s GNSS-denied navigation capability ensures optimum performance for Alpha’s helicopter UAVs
The majority of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) rely on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) to maintain a stable position and/or to navigate between waypoints. Added to this weakness, any small drone system that relies exclusively on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) sensors to estimate aircraft attitude and which does not fuse data from other types of sensor may be vulnerable to GNSS jamming attacks. UAV Navigation's design philosophy is that the UAV cannot depend upon the availability of a GNSS signal; the system must be able to continue the mission even in a GNSS-denied environment.
Bell Announces Step Forward For Autonomous Flight Operations
Bell Textron announced today (Feb. 2) its Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) has successfully demonstrated a ground-based Detect and Avoid (DAA) flight. The test was part of Bell's NASA Systems Integration and Operationalization (SIO) project to demonstrate the unmanned aircraft's systems integration with ground radar and its ability to meet requirements for navigating airspace and avoiding traffic, "a critical component needed for future Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles," according to Bell's announcement.
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.
Skyway and TruWeather Announce Strategic Partnership
Skyway, a navigation service to Urban Air Mobility (UAM) focused around autonomous aircraft, and TruWeather, a weather data analytics and innovative weather risk management service, are teaming up to make the skies safer and more efficient for autonomous aircraft delivery and transportation.
NUAIR gets approval to expand BVLOS fights in drone corridor
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) says it has gotten approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights over a vastly expanded 35-mile swath of New York's UAS Test Site drone corridor.
‘Spirit of Innovation’ stakes claim to be the world’s fastest all-electric vehicle
We believe our all-electric 'Spirit of Innovation' aircraft is the world's fastest all-electric aircraft, setting three new world records. We have submitted data to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) – the World Air Sports Federation who control and certify world aeronautical and astronautical records
Lotte joins U.S. and South Korean business alliance to demonstrate UAM test flights
Aju Business Daily
Lotte, a conglomerate based in South Korea, joined a business alliance involving U.S. companies to promote demonstration flights for urban air mobility in a project led by the western port city of Incheon to open an air taxi service. Urban air mobility (UAM) is an ecosystem covering personal air vehicles and infrastructure such as a new navigation system, take-off and landing fields and charging technologies.
MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge Provides Opportunity for Unmanned Sysytems Competition, Collaboration, Innovation
The Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is a global competition designed to push the boundaries of autonomous robotics. With a total prize purse of over US $3 million, the challenge is held every two years in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and provides universities, research centers, companies, and individual innovators an opportunity to address global challenges through the development of autonomous robotic technology.
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.
New Perception Engine and Micro-Development Drone Released
Unmanned Systems News
ModalAI has released two new products that help developers create smaller, smarter and safer robots and drones quickly and easily: the VOXL CAM perception engine and the Seeker micro-development drone, the world's first micro-development drone optimized for development of both indoor and outdoor autonomous navigation.
An Increasing Number of Flying Car Companies Are Taking Off in the US
Electric cars are growing in prominence every day. Tesla just reported its best delivery figures in this past quarter and most every automaker has announced plans to electrify their lineup.
While the focus is on cars, trucks, vans and SUVs, a handful of companies are working on eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) vehicles with the goal of taking some of the pressure off the streets and putting passengers into the skies. Here's a rundown of some of those companies.
Saxon Inspector UAS, the most advanced solution in America
The Saxon Inspector Drone is an evolutionary aircraft that has proven itself in many parts of the world. Our Y6 design allows the aircraft to perform more efficiently and handle more harsh weather conditions than most multicopters in the market today.
FAA presses on anti-UAS testing
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for four airports to help it test drone detection systems, as well as a contractor to facilitate those tests and other capabilities.
Japan Airlines sees future for drones
Japan Airlines may fly some of the largest aircraft in the world, but the carrier is also taking a closer look at how small unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, could one day become part of its fleet.
FAA Moving Slowly On Drone Certification
The People's Republic of China is one of 66 individuals and organizations commenting on an FAA Federal Register Notice on the certification of some drones.
Walmart testing deliveries by drone.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Walmart Inc. is testing drone delivery of groceries and household essentials, the company announced recently
'Drone Express' Takes to the Skies Above Springfield
Can retail orders be delivered via drone? A recent test in Springfield was a step toward answering that question for a New Jersey communications company that is now looking to establish a presence in Ohio.
Advancing Drone Technology Innovation in Government
For decades, government led the way on the development and use of new technologies. Today, there is a similar emphasis on government "spinning in" commercial technologies to improve its own operations. However, the transformational benefits of new technologies may not come solely from either a spin-in or spin-off alone. Rather, "spinning on" may be the key.
After Years of Sky-High Hype, Where are All the Drones?
Drones were a hot topic from analysts in 2014. Predictions included the concept of drones taking over the military, the extinction of helicopters due to obscurity, and small unmanned flying drones replacing food and mail delivery services. With all of the planning and even some government approvals, it makes one wonder, where are all the drones?
Next phase of drone project to launch
Rome (NY) Sentinel
Live flights and testing of components are scheduled to begin this month at the unmanned aircraft test site in Rome, N.Y., in the second phase of a federal program to develop a high-density air traffic control system for drones.