Ballard Launches Next Generation Fuel Cell System for Drones, Expands Insitu Flight Testing

VANCOUVER and SOUTHBOROUGH, MADec. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today announced that the company has developed a next generation high performance fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the next-generation 1.3 kilowatt (kW) fuel cell propulsion system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform.

Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation fuel cell propulsion system – a complete hydrogen power system for small unmanned fixed wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms – into the ScanEagle platform. Successful flight testing was announced in mid-2017. Continue reading

Police and Law Enforcement Drones: Drones In The Field Infographic

The application of drones equipped with optical, zoom, and/or thermal cameras allow law enforcement to be more effective. Drone and camera technology allows officials to have a better viewpoint during times of chaotic situations where having ground personnel is too risky. Aerial points of view also allow post accident or crime scenes to be better evaluated to help understand the timeline of events that took place.

U.S. border agents track drone used to carry drugs, charge man with smuggling

Border Patrol agents in San Diego allegedly saw the drone in flight on Aug. 8 and tracked it, discovering nearly 6 kilograms of methamphetamine.

A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities have arrested a man they say used the drone to fly drugs across the Mexican border into California.

A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities have arrested a man they say used the drone to fly drugs across the Mexican border into California.  (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)  

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OPP drones: A fleet of 11 made by a Waterloo firm was temporarily grounded after one malfunctioned and was lost Wednesday, police say

By Dale Carruthers

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - UAV

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Dude, where’s my drone?

That’s what provincial police are asking after the force lost one of its unmanned aerial vehicles in a rural area near St. Thomas.

The drone’s disappearance — blamed on a technical malfunction — prompted the OPP to ground temporarily its entire fleet of 11 drones made by Waterloo-based Aeryon Labs Inc.

An OPP officer was test-flying the drone in Southwold Township Wednesday afternoon when he lost contact with the mini-aircraft, Elgin OPP said.

“It was flown up the standard 100 metres, then it went into GPS lock, which caused all communication with the operator’s tablet to cease,” Sgt. Dave Rektor said, adding the drone drifted northeast before disappearing from view.

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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 XTEK, GD Mediaware and Sentient to provide added capabilities for WASP AE and local support for the Australian Defence Force

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Russia to Create Drone Flights Control System – Manufacture

Small unmanned aerial vehicle (File)

The chief constructor of the system, developed by the Russian Space Systems holding said that Russia will create a system to control flights of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including small quadcopters.MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will create a system to control flights of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including small quadcopters, Mikhail Kirechko, the chief constructor of the system, developed by the Russian Space Systems holding, which belongs to the state-run Roscosmos space corporation, told Sputnik in an interview.

“It is better to use the term ‘management information system. Russian Space Systems experts… are already engaged in the development of the system. Moreover, control is only a tool, while the goal is to streamline and create a working environment for operators of small UAS, expanding their capabilities and to form a basis for creating a whole package of new high-tech services in our country’s economy,” Kirechko said.

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