Introducing the RadioPlane Seeker – The drone that finds what you seek

Radioplane, a new player in the drone sphere is introducing a next generation, highly adaptable, modular drone for serious work and adventure. The state of the art Seeker drone is designed to carry many different types of equipment for a multitude of tasks autonomously, automatically and continuously. No pilot required!

The Seeker drone is a highly precise flying device that can be programmed to take off, travel a predetermined flight path over an area while avoiding obstacles and flying as low as mere centimeters above the ground. When it runs low on power, it finds its way back to a special RadioPlane Charging Pad where it automatically recharges itself and resumes its mission until completed. Continue reading

UAV Experts To Launch Aerial Infrared Training Program

Cumming, GA– While already offering one of the most extensive and sought after UAV Flight Training Programs in the U.S., UAV Experts is once again breaking ground with the launch of a new Certified Aerial Thermographer Program. Produced and taught through an exclusive partnership with world infrared leader, Monroe Infrared, this new program is designed to complement UAV Expert’s current UAV flight training activities. It will offer participants an in-depth, yet cost-effective, 2-day program to instruct both corporations and individuals on the science and specifics of infrared aerial photography utilizing UAVs.

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French elite law enforcement team RAID adopts Elios, the collision- tolerant UAV designed for indoor flight.

Developed by Swiss startup Flyability, Elios is successfully used by one of the most prestigious special law enforcement units in the world, the RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence), to perform indoor reconnaissance and intelligence in the most complex enclosed spaces.

The unique ability of Elios to tolerate collisions makes it ideal for deployment in critical urban scenarios such as hostage situations, isolated shooter, or even terrorist attacks inside buildings.

In these contexts, the police forces use Elios as a remotely operated camera providing high- definition and thermal images for performing reconnaissance and intelligence. To the benefit of the deployed troops, the drone allows significant time savings. Above all, it increases the security of the police officers by allowing them to identify hazards before entering an unknown zone. Elios offers efficient yet straightforward support in the most critical phases of an assault, such as climbing stairs or entering a new room. Continue reading

Fortem Technologies Raises $15M Series A To Advance Airspace Safety And Security

SALT LAKE CITYMarch 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fortem Technologies, Inc., an innovator in airspace awareness and intelligence, announced today that they have closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by DCVC (Data Collective) with key participation from Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and Mubadala Investment Company, as well as Manifest Growth, New Ground Ventures and founding investor, Signia Venture Partners.

FLIR Provides Thermal Imaging for Next Generation

FLIR Provides Thermal Imaging for Next Generation DJI Zenmuse XT2 Dual-Sensor Commercial Drone Camera

Companies Extend Collaboration as DJI Joins ‘Thermal by FLIR’ Thermal Innovation Program

WILSONVILLE, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mar. 28, 2018– FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced that DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging, will integrate a FLIR thermal imaging sensor technology into its new DJI Zenmuse XT2 drone camera. The DJI Zenmuse XT2, DJI’s first dual-sensor and its most advanced gimbal-stabilized camera for commercial drone applications, furthers the collaboration between FLIR® and DJI. The Zenmuse XT2 also joins the ‘Thermal by FLIR’ partner program, which FLIR created to fuel thermal innovation and allow partners to leverage the leadership, quality, and innovation that FLIR’s brand represents in the thermal imaging space.

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Sentera Announces Dual-band RTK for PHX Fixed-wing Drone

Launch customer ISight RPV Services achieves transformative results during beta tests

MINNEAPOLISMarch 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sentera announces the general release of its RTK GPS precision positioning module for the PHX™ Pro fixed-wing drone. The module delivers true L1/L2, multi-constellation RTK to the PHX Pro. Sentera’s RTK solution offers survey, agriculture, and mapping customers sub-5cm and better accuracy on orthomosaics and 3D mapping and modeling products without the need for surveyed ground control points or time-consuming post-processing of the GPS data. Launch customer ISight RPV Services beta-tested the new system, validating the PHX’s ability to geo-tag image capture points with sub-5cm and better accuracy in real time, creating more accurate results, faster.

High-power microwaves and lasers defeat multiple drones during US Army exercise

Raytheon technology fills in gaps in long-range fires and short-range air defense

FORT SILL, Okla., March 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forty-five unmanned aerial vehicles and drones fell out of the sky during a U.S. Army exercise after Raytheon’s (NYSE:  RTN) advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed them. These common threats were knocked down during a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence.

The event, known as MFIX, brought military and industry leaders together to demonstrate ways to bridge the Army’s capability gaps in long-range fires and maneuver short-range air defense.

IDTechEx Research Report on New Robotics and Drones Provides Global and Comprehensive Assessment

Robots are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent and dexterous, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks. In their brand new report New Robotics and Drones 2018-2038: Technologies, Forecasts, Players, IDTechEx Research provide a global, comprehensive, and detailed assessment of the robotics and drones technologies and markets. Crucially this report explains what the emerging ‘new’ robotics is and why new robotics is being commercialized now.

NASA UTM Program Completes TCL 3 Testing at the FAA-Designated Nevada UAS Test Site

RENO, Nev.March 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), who manages the Nevada UAS Test Sites, and its NASA Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) partners flew multiple Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS or drones) over a week-long testing period at the Nevada UAS Test Site at the Reno-Stead Airport. The testing focused on airspace management technologies that will enable the safe integration of UAS into the NAS.

NASA provided a Flight Information Management System (FIMS) research platform that will serve as a future prototype system for the FAA to use to coordinate with Unmanned Service Supplier’s (USS) operating throughout the nation. Research areas of emphasis during the testing included UAS ground control interfacing to locally manage operations, communication, navigation, surveillance, human factors, data exchange, network solutions, and BVLOS architecture. Continue reading

High-Quality, Affordable Drones Have Arrived: Hubsan Launches New Signature Drone Product H501A+ Starting at $199

Company’s innovative H501A+ model features a controller that enables drone pilots to fly with either Wi-Fi or 2.4G and a 20-minute flight time with HD quality camera

WALNUT, Calif.March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Enjoying high-quality drone technology just got a lot more accessible and affordable thanks to Hubsan, (www.hubsan.com), an innovative drone company.

InsurTech Startup SkyWatch.AI Announces Partnership with STARR, Offering Usage-Based Insurance to the Drone Industry

SkyWatch Will Offer On-Demand (for qualified insured’s), Usage-Based Drone Insurance Based on Their Proprietary Safety Platform

PALO ALTO, CaliforniaMarch 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — SkyWatch.AI, a data analysis, risk-assessment and active risk-reduction platform for the UAV industry (also known as drones), announced today that it has signed an exclusive partnership deal with Starr Companies (Starr) to offer an ingenious telematics-based UAV insurance platform.

The partnership will allow Starr to expand their existing UAV insurance product, and offer a unique telematics-based insurance to UAV operators.

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