Drexel University to use Simlat C-STAR Simulation System in ASSURE human factors research

Simlat delivered a C-STAR simulation lab for human factors research to Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, core member of the FAA UAS Center of exellence June 6th, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA – Simlat delivered a Full Crew solution for UAS training and simulation to Drexel University. As part of Drexel’s …

Aquatic Fixed-Wing Drone Could Lake-Hop Across Canada

This aquatic drone has a clever mechanism that allows it to efficiently take off and land on water
Image: University of Sherbrooke
With a clever mechanism that allows it to efficiently take off and land on water, this drone could use solar charging to travel around lakes all summer.

Fixed-wing drones are the way to go for efficient flying, but they pose challenges for long term autonomy because of how demanding they are when it comes to takeoffs and landings. You need a nice big flat area, and usually you need infrastructure support. A drone that needs to operate for days or weeks at a time completely on its own can’t rely on either, which means you need to get creative.Continue reading

Australian Defence Force Selects AeroVironment Wasp® AE for AUD $101 Million Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

Australian Defence Force Selects AeroVironment Wasp® AE for AUD $101 Million Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program AeroVironment to provide Wasp® AE systems over three years with multi-year training and support Total contract value to AeroVironment of up to USD $36.5 million for hardware and services over program lifespan Australian partners …

NATE Releases Video on Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations at the 2017 Drone Focus Conference

Epic Drone Video Latest to Debut as Part of NATE’s Climber Connection Volume 2 Series

(Fargo, North Dakota) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) today unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) safety video as part of Volume 2 of the popular Climber Connection series. The UAS Operations video was showcased by NATE during a main stage presentation at the 2017 Drone Focus Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. The 2017 Drone Focus Conference is a prominent annual gathering of commercial UAS enthusiasts from throughout the United States. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, U.S. Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum all attended and participated in the event.Continue reading

Dutch start-up launches next generation mapping drone


First European customer Skeye kicks-off pilot project  Delft, 23rd May 2017 – Drone company Atmos UAV launches Marlyn, a lightweight drone which flies automatically, effortlessly and at high wind speeds. One of the first customers that signed up is Skeye, Europe’s leading unmanned aircraft data provider. This brand new technology …

DRONES GO TO WORK by CHRIS ANDERSON – Harvard Business Review

DRONES GO TO WORK by CHRIS ANDERSON The disruptive economics of unmanned vehicles are taking hold. Here’s how to think about the drone economy and your place in it. Every morning at the construction site down the street from my office, the day starts with a familiar hum. It’s the …

Velodyne, Airbus Among Companies Expanding into UAVs

by Megan Crouse Photo Credit: Airbus As the drone industry grows, more and larger companies are focusing efforts on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Velodyne says one of the driving forces behind their under-construction “megafactory” is an increased demand for LiDAR sensors in unmanned vehicles, and aircraft company Airbus announced the …

Parrot positions its consumer drones for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses

Parrot today announced packages for its consumer drones aimed at small businesses. The company has long served the professional market, but this announcement repositions the Bebop and Disco drones as off-the-shelf solutions for 3D modeling, mapping and agricultural uses. After all, drones are most interesting as data capture devices and …

Insitu ScanEagle Joins “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?” Exhibit at NYC’s Intrepid Museum

Insitu ScanEagle joins “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?”- the first major museum exhibition on pilotless aircraft BINGEN, Wash., May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Among its many pioneering moments, ScanEagle was the first unmanned aircraft to operate from a U.S. Navy Destroyer, the first to perform an FAA-approved commercial beyond visual …

DJI Introduces Its First Smart TV App, Bringing High-Quality Aerial Content To More Homes Around the World

DJI Introduces Its First Smart TV App, Bringing High-Quality Aerial Content To More Homes Around the World May 15, 2017 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, Monday announced the availability of its Smart TV App, which will be made available for smart TV platforms …

AeroVironment Begins Full Rate Production and Shipment of Mantis i45 EO/IR Gimbal Sensor Suite for Puma™ AE UAS

Available for military applications, Mantis i45 greatly enhances AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems’ ISR capabilities Advanced sensors enable Mantis i45 operators to see better and farther, providing more actionable intelligence for better decision making In military operations, Mantis i45 increases the stand-off distance between the Puma AE and …

Global $3.79 Billion Target Drones Market 2017-2022: Increased Emphasis on Enhanced Military Training – Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Target Drones Market by Engine Type, End-user, Platform, Target Type and Region – Global Forecast to 2022” report to their offering. The target drones market is projected to grow from USD 3.79 Billion in 2016 to USD 6.20 Billion by 2022, …