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Drones & AI: A Dynamic Duo Reshaping Industries
Commercial UAV News | 05/27/2024
Over the last few years, the exciting convergence of drones and artificial intelligence (AI) has brought about groundbreaking transformations in multiple industries, from agriculture and surveillance to logistics and disaster relief.
Osage Nation Begins Construction of WindShape UAS Testing Facility at Skyway36
dronelife | 05/23/2024
New 19,000 Square Foot Facility to Advance Aerospace Research and Development
DARPA Shows Concepts for the Future of VTOL Uncrewed Aerial Systems
DARPA | 05/22/2024
Innovative X-plane designs from an array of companies aim to benefit Navy, other services
Piasecki Aircraft Reveals Progress in U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen-Powered Urban Air Mobility Feasibility Study
Commercial UAV News | 05/20/2024
Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC) announced that it has been awarded an SBIR contract by the Department of Energy (DOE) to evaluate the feasibility of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Urban Air Mobility (UAM) rotorcraft.
Vigilant Aerospace awarded OCAST grant to develop Distributed Airspace Management System
Vigilant press release | 05/09/2024
Partnership with Oklahoma State University to develop safe uncrewed aircraft traffic management capabilities
Navigating New Horizons: NASA’s Research on Autonomy and Human Factors in Aviation
dronelife | 05/02/2024
Exploring the Future of Human-Aircraft Interaction with NASA Researcher Andy Lacher at AUVSI Xponential 2024
AF researchers design, build, fly autonomous aircraft in 24 hours
sUAS News | 05/01/2024
The group of officers and innovators, known as Black Phoenix, created a goal for themselves to design, create, build, and fly an unmanned aerial system within 24 hours.
Techconnect World | 05/01/2024
Learn how to compete for funding, while networking with global industry scouts, investors, and key federal leadership representing the nation's largest seed fund
NASA on Advanced Air Mobility Integration
dronelife | 04/30/2024
NASA's Strategic Role in Integrating Advanced Air Mobility: Insights from Nancy Mendonca at AUVSI Xponential 2024
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.
Harnessing Weather for Safer Skies: A Deep Dive with NASA’s Nancy Mendonca on Advanced Drone Flight Safety
dronelife | 04/26/2024
As the aviation industry expands into increasingly automated technologies, the need for precise weather data becomes undeniably crucial, particularly for drone operations.
Virtual sensors help aerial vehicles stay aloft when rotors fail
TechXplore | 04/24/2024
A Caltech team has developed an onboard Machine Learning-based control method to help such aircraft detect and compensate for disturbances so they can keep on flying.
NASA Advances Drone Autonomy: DRONELIFE Exclusive Interview with Researcher Jeffrey Homola
dronelife | 04/24/2024
Advancements in Autonomous Drone Flight: Insights from NASA Researcher Jeffrey Homola
AUVSI announces new partnership to expand cybersecurity certification for commercial drones
EIN Presswire | 04/23/2024
The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Fortress Information Security (Fortress) today announced a groundbreaking partnership with Oklahoma State University, The University of Tulsa, and Tulsa Innovation Labs to enhance cybersecurity programs for commercial drones by expanding the accessibility of the Green UAS program.
How Are Unmanned Traffic Management Systems Being Implemented Around the World?
dronelife | 04/17/2024
UTM is not a single system: it's a complex structure of regulations, technologies, and relationships working together to provide new levels of airspace awareness to all participants.
NASA Noise Prediction Tool Supports Users in Air Taxi Industry
sUAS News | 04/16/2024
This computer program is available to industry for U.S. release via the website.
New research facility at Discovery Park opens doors for opportunities in unmanned vehicles
North Texas Daily | 04/13/2024
The Center of Integrated Intelligent Mobility Systems' new unmanned aviation research facility at Discovery Park, will allow students and businesses in the Texoma region to conduct research on unmanned vehicles.
Wind tunnel testing: pushing the boundaries of traditional aerodynamic design
sUAS News | 04/03/2024
In the dynamic realm of aerospace engineering, the wind tunnel serves as a crucible of truth, where the fate of aircraft programs hangs in the balance.
Area of Interest (AoI): Blue UAS Framework: Communication in an Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) environment: (DOD opportunity)
sUAS News | 03/18/2024
The DoD is seeking commercial solutions that allow Group 1 and 2 sUAS (as well as other UxS) to communicate in electromagnetic spectrum contested environments, including, but not limited to, jamming, interference, and spoofing. 
Drone Innovation Skyrockets with Open Source Software: A Report from Dronecode Foundation
dronelife | 03/11/2024
Through its commitment to open-source software, the foundation is driving advancements in aerial robotics, a term that has become synonymous with drones, reflecting their growing capabilities and the blending of robotics communities.
The World’s Fastest Camera Drone
dronelife | 03/06/2024
Red Bull and the Dutch Drone Gods UAV racing team have revolutionized the way we view Formula 1, capturing Max Verstappen's full-speed lap around the Silverstone Circuit with an advanced FPV drone. Capable of reaching speeds from 60 to 180 mph in less than 2 seconds was achieved through innovative design, a custom chassis and the use of cutting-edge motors and stabilizers.
NTSB Confirms Propeller Failure Caused Crash of Joby's eVTOL Prototype
FutureFliight | 02/10/2024
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed component failure resulting in the separation of a propeller as the probable cause of the February 16, 2022, accident in which one of Joby Aviation's eVTOL prototypes crashed during testing in a rural area of California.
New Research Could Improve Prospects for Hydrogen Powered Drones
dronelife | 02/08/2024
Hydrogen powered drones offer many significant benefits for the industry, including longer flight times and zero emissions.  Hydrogen drones solve some of the challenges that batteries present, but hydrogen fuel cells have some challenges of their own: such as durability, performance degradation over time, and limited operating temperatures.
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.
Expanding Horizons: Choctaw Nation’s BEYOND Program Receives Expanded BVLOS Authorization
dronelife | 01/18/2024
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma BEYOND program recently announced that it had received an expanded beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) use authorization from the FAA, expanding the original waiver to include an approximately 43-mile long area encompassing CNO medical clinics, the Emerging Aviation Technology Center test site, and various other facilities. This waiver is the largest of its kind in the United States, covering a total area of over 377 sq. miles, and was originally approved in January of last year.
uAvionix Named Primary Systems Integrator for Skyway UAS Range in Tulsa
UAS | 01/02/2024
uAvionix, a leading provider of avionics solutions and infrastructure services for uncrewed and crewed aircraft, has been awarded a contract by Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE) to develop the Skyway UAS range near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As the Drone Industry Soars, Educational Institutions Prepare the Next Generation of Experts
Mundurowe Wiadomosci | 11/17/2023
As the drone industry continues to experience exponential growth, educational institutions in the United States are taking advantage of the opportunity to meet the demand for qualified professionals. One such institution at the forefront of this movement is Warren County Community College (WCCC), which has been offering comprehensive training programs for aspiring drone pilots and technicians.
NASA Selects Awardees for New Aviation Maintenance Challenge
NASA | 11/16/2023
NASA has selected three university-led teams for the first round of a new technical challenge pursuing innovative aviation maintenance practices.
Choctaw Nation Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for  Emerging Aviation Technology Center
sUAS News | 10/26/2023
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Emerging Aviation Technology Center (EATC) on Tuesday, October 24. The state-of-the-art facility, located near Redden, Okla. will serve as a hub for cutting-edge research, development, testing, and evaluation for crewed and uncrewed aerial system technologies. 
Commercial Drone Alliance Launches Women’s Leadership Development Task Force
dronelife | 10/25/2023
At the Women in Emerging Aviation Technologies Workshop, cohosted with the Women and Drones 7th Annual Global Awards ceremony in Washington DC, leading advocacy group Commercial Drone Alliance announced a new initiative designed to support the development of women for leadership roles.
Tulsa wins "Tech Hub" designation from US Economic Development Administration
Fox 23 | 10/23/2023
Tulsa has been officially designated as a "Tech Hub" by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.
Berkeley Space Center at NASA Ames to become innovation hub for new aviation, space technology
University of California | 10/19/2023
The University of California, Berkeley, is teaming up with NASA's Ames Research Center and developer SKS Partners to create research space for companies interested in collaborating with UC Berkeley and NASA scientists and engineers to generate futuristic innovations in aviation, space exploration and how we live and work in space.
3 Businesses that Rely Upon Complex UAS Operations Explain Why BVLOS Drone Flight is Critical for the Industry to Succeed
dronelife | 10/04/2023
At the AUVSI New England UAS and AAM Summit this morning, a panel representing three drone industry players that rely upon complex UAS operations explained why flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is critical to the success of the drone industry.
Funding Application is Open for SMART Grant Program
Pillsbury Law | 09/26/2023
The SMART Grant Program
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program, a competitive funding program for demonstration projects that improve transportation efficiency and safety.
Supernal opens research and development facility in Fremont
Vertical Magazine | 09/21/2023
Supernal LLC, Hyundai Motor Group's (HMG's) advanced air mobility (AAM) company, announced the opening of its primary research and development (R&D) facility in Fremont, California.
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.
DARPA Seeks Tech Solutions to Create Autonomous Capabilities for Commercial Drones
sUAS News | 09/13/2023
Commercial drone technology is advancing rapidly, providing cost-effective and robust capabilities for a variety of civil and military missions.
Air Force bullish on drone future: ‘We’re gonna need them around just about everywhere’
Breaking Defense | 09/12/2023
Drones dominated the discussion during the first day of the Air and Space Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber conference, where officials were eager to talk up all the ways the new technology could change the nature
NASA’s Steve Yoon on the latest research to help shape the eVTOL industry
Vertical | 09/01/2023
NASA has always been a hotbed for all forms of aeronautical research, and it is no coincidence that the developing branch of aviation, eVTOL, would be studied as well. Located at Moffett Field in California, NASA Ames Research Center has been one of the locations where this work is still going on in earnest.
NASA Armstrong Supports Wind Study
sUAS News | 08/23/2023
Wind affects all aircraft, particularly during takeoff and landing. It's especially critical for new types of transportation. A new NASA flight campaign studying wind aims to gather information to enhance air taxi safety.
NASA's Sulphur Selenium Battery: Electric Aircraft's Future?
electropages | 08/22/2023
NASA—the National Aeronautics and Space Administration—is best known for sending spacecraft to the moon and other unmanned spacecraft to remote parts of our solar system. However, they are involved with many aspects of aerospace research, and the development of electric aircraft has gathered a lot of interest in recent years—much like electric cars have. 
New Tesla-sized eVTOL powered by NASA-proven thrusters enters the fray
Aerotime Hub | 08/17/2023
A new Tesla Model S-sized electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft has been unveiled for the first time by the developers after working on the project behind firmly closed doors. 
Senator Markwayne Mullin meets with OSU and military representatives regarding aerospace advancement
Stillwater News Press | 08/02/2023
Sen. Markwayne Mullin, R-Oklahoma, visited Stillwater Wednesday to see the Excelsior Lab – Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute.
He was able to tour the facility and learn how OSU is connecting the private and public sectors for collaboration on key aerospace initiatives.
XPRIZE Announces Finalists for Rainforest Competition: The Best Use of Drones for Conservation
dronelife | 07/31/2023
Recently, XPRIZE announced 6 finalists for its $10,000,000 Rainforest competition to develop new biodiversity assessment technologies, all featuring the use of UAV technology and drones to improve scientific research and conservation in these increasingly endangered ecosystems.
Study Offers Objective Insights to Near-Miss Collisions Between Drones, Airplanes
Cision | 07/25/2023
Between August 2018 and July 2021, researchers with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Unmanned Robotic Systems Analysis (URSA) identified 24 near-midair collisions (NMACs) in which sUAS or "drones" came within 500 feet of piloted aircraft around Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.
It’s A Daisy
sUAS News | 07/18/2023
We've all seen the stories and updates about the forward-leaning work going on at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO). I have been eager to get out to the Daisy Ranch to see the results of years of hard work and leadership on the validating edge of AAM/UAS.
These tiny electric fans are powerful enough to propel drones and jets
Popular Science | 07/12/2023
The jet engines on commercial airplanes can be absolutely huge. Technically known as turbofans, these machines have massive spinning fans in the front that create thrust by sending air out the back. One specific engine model has a fan that measures about 11 feet across. The engines burn jet fuel, create huge amounts of thrust, and are very loud. 
But what if you could point a ray gun at them and shrink them way down, make them electric, and better yet, very quiet? That's the goal of a company called Whisper Aero, which was founded in 2021.
3 Challenges to Solve Before We Can Commute by Air Taxi
IEEE Spectrum | 07/08/2023
The success of urban air mobility will hinge on the ability to build and operate multiple vertiports within and near cities. These would be places where passengers would embark and disembark, aircraft would be recharged, and communications facilities would send command-and-control data to the aircraft to guide them in a congested airspace.
Creating Hydrogen from Seawater Could Be a Game Changer for the Aerospace Industry
dronelife | 07/07/2023
New Research on Producing Hydrogen from Seawater Could Help Boost Hydrogen Drone Tech

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