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 an area of interest by up to seven times, reducing the likelihood of detection while delivering high resolution images Continue reading

Fire, police drones caught between saving lives, guarding rights

Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle
Kevin White of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District retrieves the drone during a search-and-rescue training at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.Battalion Chief Jeff Kleven stood onshore peering through the predawn darkness. He couldn’t see if anyone was inside a car partially submerged in the middle of Alameda Creek’s storm-swollen waters.

Instead of sending a rescue team into the debris-filled current, Kleven deployed the Fremont Fire Department’s newest life-saving tool — a drone equipped with a night-sight camera. Continue reading

Compromise reached between ag, drone operations at Pendleton airport

The Pendleton Airport Commission has agreed to a short-term plan that will keep the northernmost agricultural pad open for crop dusters.

A RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle lands at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in May 2014 after a short inaugural flight in Pendleton.

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The northernmost agricultural pad at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport is open for business.

Members of the Pendleton Airport Commission held a special meeting Monday to resolve safety concerns between the pad and nearby drone operations. The city recently purchased two 40-foot shipping containers that will act as a blast wall to protect sensitive equipment. The containers are expected to arrive at the airport by Wednesday. Continue reading

UK police to use 24-hour drone unit to investigate crimes and search for missing people

‘There may be an opportunity at some point in the future to rationalise what we need our cops to do because we find drones can do it more effectively’

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The force is currently looking to recruit a ‘drone team manager’ AFP/Getty

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