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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Aerodyne announce significant investment from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund.

Leading UAS Service Provider accepts largest investment in a single company to date by Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF).
5th March 2018
Aerodyne Group, a Global Drone Managed Solutions Provider, are pleased to announce today that they have secured significant funding from the Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF).
“We are honoured by ADIF’s attention and investment. This is a huge vote of confidence for Aerodyne, and we are excited that they believe in the kind of positively disruptive innovation that we are already delivering to enterprises on a global scale.”
Kamarul A, (CEO, Aerodyne)

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The Applied Aeronautics Albatross Showcased at Boeing and Queensland Government Summit

US Drone Manufacturer Extends Global Reach and Cements Expertise in Modular Based Systems

Austin, TX – The Applied Aeronautics Albatross, equipped with technology from leading Queensland firms, was on display last week at the signing of a partnership between The Boeing Companyand the Government of Queensland. Under the partnership, Queensland will become home to Boeings’ largest robotics development program outside of the United States. This cooperation isexpected to benefit local small businesses in the aerospace, manufacturing, defense and technology sectors. Continue reading

Leading Earthworks Contractor D&T Excavation Chooses Kespry for Inventory Management and Topographical Analysis

Oregon earthworks company selects Kespry drone-based aerial intelligence platform in partnership with John Deere dealer Papé Machinery

MENLO PARK, Calif.Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence solution provider, today announced D&T Excavation, an Oregon-based earthworks company serving commercial, residential and government agencies, has selected the Kespry aerial intelligence platform to perform comprehensive inventory management and worksite topographical analysis, and help ensure the safety of its employees. D&T Excavation conducted a comprehensive survey of available industrial drone options and chose Kespry following a recommendation and demonstration from their strategic equipment partner Papé Machinery, a member of the John Deere dealer network. Kespry and John Deere have an exclusive global strategic alliance to provide the Kespry aerial intelligence platform through the John Deere Dealer Network worldwide.

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Sentera Adds Gimbaled NDVI Data Capture to DJI Phantom 4 Drone Series

2018 growing season will offer most robust crop scouting options ever

MINNEAPOLISFeb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sentera today announced the availability of a Micro Gimbal upgrade for Sentera Single sensors mounted on the popular DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Advanced, or Standard drone platforms. The micro gimbal compensates for drone pitch and roll so that the Single captures imagery closer to a straight-down (nadir) position. Sentera’s latest offering will help ag professionals collect more uniform normalized difference vegetative index (NDVI) or normalized difference red edge (NDRE) data across a wider range of operating and environmental conditions.

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Fortem Technologies, Inc., Announces DroneHunter: First Fully Autonomous Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as “eyes in the sky” to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace

SALT LAKE CITYFeb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely discard to a predefined safe zone.

“Drones are accessible to everyone now and are beginning to proliferate to enable many new services,” said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. “However, to fully embrace these  benefits, we must monitor the airspace and secure no-fly zones. Fortem’s safe, low-cost detection and mitigation systems like DroneHunter are game-changing, enabling the benefits of a drone world to be realized.”

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TEOCO launches UAV Service Enablement Platform for Drone

AirborneUTM will enable, optimize and operate autonomous flight plans

FAIRFAX, VA., USA – 26 February 2018 – TEOCO, the leading provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 communicaton service providers (CSPs) and OEMs worldwide, has launched AirborneUTM, a Service Enablement Platform for unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs). Designed to support the next generation of IoT Services delivered via drones, the platform combines Airspace, Radio-Signal-Space (3D radio coverage), environmental data (wind and weather), as well as cost and regulatory information to enable, optimize and operate autonomous flight plans and missions. Continue reading

Wyvern Launches Safety Leader Training Course

By Michelle Dina | Feb 15, 2018 12:22:01 PM | Wyvern News

Yardley, PA:  Wyvern, the global leader in manned and unmanned safety, quality and risk management for aviation is pleased to announce the launch of its proprietary Safety Leader Training Course™, to be offered on a monthly cadence starting in March, 2018.

The 4-day Safety Leader Training Course™ is the best approach to gain the essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead a Safety Management System in any aviation organization. The NBAA-approved course provides the education and training that enables each professional to skillfully lead the pursuit of operational excellence. Students learn progressive techniques applied by top safety professionals around the world and follows the guidance from ICAO, Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SMICG), various national aviation authorities, and respected professional industry organizations.

“We are very pleased to be offering this course under the Wyvern brand, as it is a natural extension of Wyvern’s role as thought leader in safety and quality management,” said Sonnie Bates, CEO of Wyvern.  “Our ability to deliver new skills and disciplines to safety leaders, who then share their learnings across their respective organizations, is a true force multiplier when it comes to enhancing safety and quality across the industry.”

Wyvern’s Safety Leader Training Course™ is approved by the NBAA and completion of the course earns the student credits toward the Certified Aviation Manager designation from NBAA.  Wyvern’s  instructors are certified and accredited by IBAC, NBAA and ICAO and are typically quality and safety leaders across the industry.

Learn More at https://www.wyvernltd.com/safety-leader-training-course

About Wyvern:

Wyvern is the leader in manned and unmanned aviation risk management, safety, quality and training.  Building on its 26-year reputation for delivering excellence and value in risk management to the aviation community through its flagship Wingman Program, Wyvern has expanded its offerings to include the rapidly developing UAS industry.  Its  EXACT Program is the first comprehensive safety, quality and risk management and professional certification program for end users and operators of drones.


Passionate about technology, drones, and aviation, Michelle works with a wide cross-section of customers from manned and unmanned operators and service providers, to brokers and corporate entities, helping them to source, research, vet, and manage their aviation operations. As Director of Sales/Corporate Relations, Michelle is a technical solutions and platform builder who uses data and best practices to promote safety and professionalism, reduce risk, and create commercial opportunities for Wyvern member companies.