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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. 
Drones in Oil and Gas: American Robotics Reveals New Features
drone life | 07/27/2022
American Robotics has announced the addition of new capabilities to its autonomous Scout System drone to allow visual inspections of oil and gas facilities to be carried out autonomously.
Chevron Places Order for American Robotics’ Automated Drones
sUAS News | 01/30/2022
Ondas Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:ONDS), a leading provider of private wireless data, drone and automated data solutions through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ondas Networks Inc. and American Robotics, Inc. ("American Robotics" or "AR"), announced today that American Robotics received a new purchase order from Chevron for its fully autonomous, FAA-approved, Scout Systems. This will be American Robotics' second Fortune 100 customer in the oil and gas space.
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.
State ramps up detection of abandoned oil, gas wells
The Post Star | 01/02/2021
A partnered state effort announced earlier this month is leveraging new drone technology and magnetic surveillance to spot abandoned oil and gas wells statewide.
Drone Provider Percepto Captures $45 million in Series B Funding Round
dronelife | 11/25/2020
Autonomous drone developer Percepto has snagged a financial bounty just in time for Thanksgiving—$45 million.
Koch Disruptive Technologies led the Series B funding round to launch "a transformative solution for remote, fully autonomous, asset monitoring, inspection and compliance of industrial sites."
Fully autonomous drones ‘next step’ for oil and gas
BIC Magazine | 09/21/2020
While the introduction of unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) has been a game-changer in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors, industry leaders agree the next major step in the field will be utilizing fully autonomous drones.
Shell and Baker Hughes Venture Going Big on Methane-Hunting Drones
Shell announced recently that in July it inked a deal with Baker Hughes' drone venture company, Avitas, to expand drone-monitoring services at its unconventional assets in the Permian Basin.
VP Racing Fuels leverages specialty fuel technology experience to keep UAVs up and running
AUVSI News | 08/24/2020
VP Racing Fuels, a company that has been fueling champions in virtually every form of motorsport on land, sea, and air with its fuel technology since 1975, has for more than 10 years now been indirectly working with UAVs
7 Drone Stocks to Consider as the Technology Soars
WTOP News | 07/14/2020
There may not be many pure-play drone stocks at the moment but the list is growing. There are other promising investment opportunities to consider. Here are seven drone stocks to watch.
Transforming Tulsa: Foundation launches catalyst to support city as emerging tech hub with an intial $50 million commitment
The Oklahoman | 06/16/2020
The George Kaiser Family Foundation launched a new technology-led economic and workforce development organization to support Tulsa as an emerging tech hub.
Eye in the sky – the role of drones in oil spill management
Offshore Technology | 12/02/2019
Having eyes on the ground, quickly, is essential to any effective disaster management plan. Having them in the air, however, looks set the be the next big thing in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Drone industry is growing fast to $100 billion by 2020 and $1.5 trillion by 2040
DroneDJ | 11/25/2019
Things are looking up as the drone industry is expected to reach $100 billion by 2020 and even up to $1.5 trillion by 2040 according to Morgan Stanley. 
Drone company Iris Automation makes first-of-its-kind FAA-approved ‘blind’ drone flight
AUVSI News/CNBC,com | 11/12/2019
Iris Automation successfully completed the first FAA-approved drone flight in Kansas taking place "beyond the visual line of sight" and using only onboard detect-and-avoid systems.
AI Raising Drone Game in Oil, Gas but FAA Challenges Remain
Natural Gas Intelligence | 10/15/2019
Breakthroughs in drone technology aimed at oil and gas companies, such as advanced integration of artificial intelligence (AI), have added urgency to the fight for regulatory gains with the Federal Aviation Administration. Drones, or unmanned aerial systems, are increasingly pairing with AI capable of analyzing data gathered from oil and gas infrastructure in response to industry needs. As a result, interest from midstream operators has grown.
Success for several drone service firms continues in the oilfield
UAS Magazine | 08/15/2019
Drone service firms are finding success in the oilfields.
Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site helping unleash the UAS industry’s full potential
Prairie Business | 08/01/2019
In this Q&A in Prairie Business, Northern Plains UAS Test Site executive director Nicholas Flom talks about the work this North Dakota-based organization has been doing to safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace System
Percepto Raises $15 Million Series A Funding Led by USVP, For Its Market-Leading Industrial Autonomous Drone-in-a-Box
sUAS | 05/24/2019
Percepto, the global market leader for industrial autonomous drone solutions, today announced that it has raised $15M Series A Round Funding, led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), with participation from existing investors: NHN, Spider Capital and Emerge. The company has to date raised a total of $27.5M. 
Drone developer, fiber optics firm partner to monitor pipelines
UAS Magazine | 05/07/2019
This week, SkyX systems, a unmanned aircraft systems provider announced a partnership with E'Kabel on a plan that will use drones and fiber optics placed inside a pipeline to monitor for pressure changes, leaks or disruptions along pipeline corridors.
State, local leaders celebrate $33 million investment in drones in Grand Forks
Grand Forks (ND) Herald | 05/06/2019
With its airport, Air Force base and college aerospace program, the Grand Forks region has celebrated several takeoffs and landings over the years. On Monday, leaders of the local unmanned aerial systems sector celebrated another takeoff as they gathered to celebrate a $33 million investment in North Dakota's UAS and drone industry.
Canada-Based SkyX Brings Drone Solution to U.S. Oil & Gas Market
Unmanned Aerial | 03/07/2019
Expanding into the U.S.' oil and gas market, SkyX, an Ontario-based provider of an aerial monitoring solution for long-range assets, has opened a new location in downtown Houston.
Whitepaper outlines economic impact of BVLOS drone operations
UAS Magazine | 02/13/2019
A recently released whitepaper from drone technology provider PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research outlines the areas of opportunities for BVLOS inspections with electric utilities, insurance companies the oil and gas industry and other businesses. According to the paper, what motivates companies to explore BVLOS operations with UAS are safety, costs, data quality and consistency and time to value.
North Dakota Eyes Expanded Use of Drones For Oil and Natural Gas Operations
Natural Gas Intelligence | 02/08/2019
North Dakota is hoping to expand the role of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, in the state's oil and gas fields by pushing federal regulators to allow use of the devices "beyond the visual line of sight" of an operator.
Micro-weather forecasts for UAS will be tested in New York
UAS Magazine | 11/09/2018
CustomWeather Inc.—a provider of high-resolution weather data and alert services based in San Francisco—has entered into a partnership with TruWeather Solutions LLC to produce high-resolution forecasts supporting the specialized needs of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations.
Avitas Systems receives first ever FAA approval to fly a drone with radar and without a spotter
Drone DJ | 10/16/2018
Today, Avitas Systems, a GE venture, announced that it received the first-ever Federal Aviation Association (FAA) civil approval to fly an unmanned aerial system (UAS) with the use of radar and without direct human supervision.
Drone Startups Expect Funding Boost From New Rules
Bloomberg | 09/02/2018
India, the largest importer of unmanned aerial vehicles for defence, allowed their use in commercial mapping, surveys and photography. Startups operating in the nascent industry hope that would boost investor interest.
SolSpec Launches Innovative Drone Solutions for Gas, Oil Pipelines
dronelife | 08/23/2018
A Colorado-based firm is shedding new light from above on vital data for the oil and gas pipeline industry.
Send in the Drones to Reduce Operating Costs for Energy Industry
Bloomberg | 08/13/2018

Cheap drones are poised to boost output and cut operating expenses for the energy industry.
AUVSI’s McMahon, ISR Idea’s Poss To Bring Keynotes at UAS Tech Forum | 08/02/2018
Attendees at this year's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technology Forum in Broken Arrow, Okla., can expect to hear a wide-range of quality speakers, including a couple of nationally known and respected industry professionals.
ND selected for UAS pilot project
Minot Daily News | 05/11/2018
North Dakota has been selected as one of 10 participants in a pilot program to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.
Cyberhawk assisting with major U.S. construction project
UAS Magazine | 04/25/2018
Cyberhawk has been awarded a three-year contract by a major oil and gas company to provide digital asset management during the construction of a new world-scale petrochemical complex in the U.S.
Osage Nation opening innovation center at airport near its north Tulsa casino
Tulsa World | 04/18/2018
It's hard to say what the Osage Nation's Skyway36 airpark north of downtown will look like 10 years from now. And that's the point. As Assistant Principal Chief Raymond Red Corn likes to say, it's a blank canvas. But this much is certain — the possibilities are endless. "We are rebranding and repurposing the airpark to take advantage of emerging technologies in unmanned aerial systems," Red Corn said.
Sky Is The Limit
Salina (KS) Journal | 03/18/2018
Some five years ago, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International ranked Kansas seventh out of the top 10 states with major opportunity in unmanned aerial systems.
The AUVSI predicted that by 2025, the UAS industry would provide Kansas more than $2.9 billion in economic impact, $29 million in tax revenue and 3,716 jobs. For now, however, the industry is in a fledgling stage.
Bay Area company expands to Reno, helps autonomous drones avoid collisions
Northern Nevada Business Weekly | 02/22/2018
On a clear October day, in a field outside of Reno, a drone lifts from a blaze orange launch pad, quickly becoming a black dot flying through the blue sky. The drone, a DJI M600, is equipped with a unique collision avoidance system. The technology is a development of Iris Automation, a San Francisco-based startup — which expanded to Reno last year — with a team from NASA, Boeing and Airbus, among others.
5 Ways Drones Are Changing the World
Entrepreneur | 02/12/2018
Driving the growth of the unmanned aerial systems industry is new and expanding application areas. Aerial technology is transforming industries of all types by optimizing processes, cutting costs, and reaching both figurative and literal places that were once unattainable. Here are five industries that are being disrupted by this new, lifesaving technology.
10 Benefits of Drone-Based Asset Inspections
Techzone 360 | 01/15/2018
This new paradigm of Drone-based inspections is helping industries improve efficiency and quality of data acquisition while increasing safety and speed of delivery. Although a new and emerging technology, (which is still evolving), in early 2018, most companies are not aware of the possible benefits they can achieve using small unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect their assets.
Over 2,800 Drone Firms Are “Interested Parties” in UAS Integration Pilot Program
Drone Life (blog) | 12/18/2017
Over 2,800 commercial drone firms have applied to be "interested parties" – partnering with state, local and tribal governments on the UAS Integration Pilot Program.
Aeronyde, Safe Urban UAV Flight Systems, Closes Funding
sUAS News | 12/12/2017
Aeronyde, the aerial systems company enabling safe autonomous urban flight, today announced $4.7 million in seed financing to develop its end-to-end infrastructure for self-flying vehicles.
Industrial drone company Kespry raises $33 million
VentureBeat | 12/05/2017
Industrial drone platform provider Kespry has raised $33 million in a series C round of funding led by G2VP, with participation from Cisco Investments, Shell Technology Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM Ventures, Spectrum 28, ABB Ventures, and H. Barton Asset Management.
New Texas law criminalizes drone use near animal farms
Texas Tribune | 09/28/2017
House Bill 1643, which went into effect Sept. 1, makes it a crime to operate a drone over "concentrated animal feeding operations," as well as telecommunication facilities and certain oil and gas facilities. It also bars Texas cities and towns from making their own rules regulating drone usage — a measure that has become controversial in its own right.
Civilian Drone Market Worth 73.5 Billion Through 2026
Inside Unmanned Systems | 09/07/2017
According to a new report the market for civil, commercial and consumer drones will expand from $2.8 billion in 2017 to an annual level of more than $11.8 billion by 2026—a compound growth rate of 15.5 percent.
Airobotics Raises $32.5 Million in Round C to Meet Growing Demand in Mining and Homeland Security Industries
UAS | 09/07/2017
Airobotics, a global leader in fully automated industrial drones, is announcing today the completion of a $32.5 million funding round, led by BlueRun Ventures China, as well as Microsoft Ventures, and another strategic investor.
Aerospace reaches new heights in Oklahoma
The Oklahoman | 08/15/2017
A study released Monday by the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission estimates the aviation and aerospace industry is now the second-largest sector of Oklahoma's economy, generating an annual economic impact of about $43.8 billion.
Drone business changes as Kansas tries to make state more attractive
Jim Ballard had hopes for Blue Chip UAS, an area drone service company that the former EagleMed owner is a key investor in. Formed in 2014 by a group of young military veterans with extensive backgrounds in unmanned aircraft, Blue Chip aimed to provide imaging, three-dimensional mapping and other aerial services to the agriculture, oil and gas, construction and filmmaking industries, using commercial grade fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones.

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