China unveils stealth combat drone in development

State-owned company plans to test fly CH-7 next year, mass produce it in 2022 for sale abroad

China’s new-generation stealth unmanned combat aircraft prototype, the CH-7, is displayed during the 12th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as Airshow China 2018, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Zhuhai city, south China’s Guangdong province. (Kin Cheung/Associated Press)

A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country’s growing aerospace prowess.

The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China’s growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S.

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SimActive and Midwest Aerial Perform Damage Assessment following Hurricane Michael

Montreal, Canada, November 6th , 2018 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of
photogrammetry software, has partnered with Midwest Aerial to perform damage assessment of
Hurricane Michael. Correlator3D TM was used to process large format imagery collected by
Midwest over Mexico Beach, Florida. The joint effort resulted in highly precise geospatial data,
including a DSM, an orthomosaic and a 3D model.
“This is a terrible disaster for the people affected and we hope they can benefit from geospatial
technologies available”, said Dr Philippe Simard, President of SimActive. Continue reading

SPAIN’S ALPHA UNMANNED SYSTEMS SUPPORTS NATO’S TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018

The Spanish UAV manufacturer, Alpha Unmanned Systems will present the Alpha 800, gasoline-powered helicopter UAV, at NATO’s Trident Juncture exercise in Trondheim, Norway.

From October 25th to November 7th, a live field exercise will take place, spanning air, sea and land areas of Norway. 45,000 participants from 31 nations will be deployed for the event. During the exercise Alpha will take part in the Enhanced Logistical Base demonstration, where leading players will show the future of military logistics. Continue reading

Announcing DroneSense–FLIR Edition Drone Flight Control and Management Software Platform

Introduces Thermal Sensor Integration with DroneSense Software for Improved UAS Incident and Routine Non-Emergency Response Management

WILSONVILLE, Ore., October 17, 2018 – FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the DroneSense–FLIR Edition, a drone flight management software platform designed for public safety applications. FLIR announced a strategic investment in DroneSense, an Austin, Texas-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) software platform maker, in April 2018 and this is the first product under that collaboration. DroneSense-FLIR Edition is the only software platform to combine thermal and visual imaging processing with flight data planning and management capabilities across public safety organizations to help improve incident response.

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SimActive Releases Version 8.0 with 3D Modeling

Montreal, Canada, October 9th, 2018 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, is proud to announce the release of version 8.0 with a new 3D modeling module for Correlator3DTM. The module allows the generation of 3D textured meshes to create photorealistic models, which can be exported in standard formats, including OBJ files.

“Adding a 3D modeling function addresses an increasing need in the industry, and the natural progression of our software workflow”, said Louis Simard, CTO of SimActive. “The module implements a new capability to bolster the same software at no additional cost for our users, ingrained with core SimActive principles: simple, fast, and precise.”

About SimActive

SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D™ software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics, 3D models and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D™ to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support. For more information, visit www.simactive.com.

Airbus Integrates Mobilicom’s SkyHopper Solution into Its Innovation Drone Platform

Mobilicom will display the SkyHopper PRO solution at the UAV Show in Bordeaux

 

Bordeaux UAV Show, Booth B09

[October 9, 2018]: Mobilicom Ltd., a global mission-critical-communications
solution provider, announces that world-leading aerospace pioneer Airbus has
integrated Mobilicom’s SkyHopper PRO solution into its Innovation drone
platform. The platform is used to broaden Airbus’ vision and demonstrate its
mission operation solutions in the commercial and homeland security drone
space.

Mobilicom’s SkyHopper is a holistic solution for commercial and industrial
drones and robotics. The SkyHopper PRO is a communication solution for
control, telemetry and video or payload sharing to and from the drone platform
to the ground control systems and users. Airbus is using the SkyHopper PRO
Datalink with its mission specific software and accessories.
SkyHopper PRO offers a bi-directional Data Link specifically designed for
commercial and industrial drones, and provides an ideal solution for fleet
management and autonomous UAV systems. By employing leading wireless technologies, the SkyHopper PRO delivers long range and Non-Line of Sight (N-LOS) communication that supports multiple transmission modes. SkyHopper PRO supports Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint communication, thereby enabling various modes of operation such as communication for multi-drone operations and drone communication to multiple ground units and viewers (receivers).

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FLYABILITY TAKES ON DARPA SUBT CHALLENGE WITH INTERNATIONAL TEAM CERBERUS

Flyability joins the DARPA SubT Challenge granted team, CERBERUS, led by University of Nevada, Reno, along with international partners including ETH Zurich, University of California, Berkeley, and Sierra Nevada Corporation.

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A Message From The FAA


Drone Pilots: President Trump Signs FAA Reauthorization Act

On October 5, 2018, the President signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The Act establishes new conditions for recreational use of drones and immediately repeals the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.

The agency is evaluating the impacts of this change in the law and how implementation will proceed. The Reauthorization Act cannot be fully implemented immediately, please continue to follow all current policies and guidance with respect to recreational use of drones:

  • Fly for hobby or recreation only
  • Register your model aircraft
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
  • Never fly near other aircraft
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts

Updated direction and guidance will be provided as the FAA implements this new legislation.


Drone Hobbyist

Ainstein Announces New Customizable Ultra Long Range Airborne and Ground-Based Drone Detection Radar Sensors at Commercial UAV Expo

Radar Systems Address Critical Airspace Security in a Growing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Market

LAWRENCE, Kan., Sept. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ainstein, a leader in intelligent radar sensing solutions, today announced two new products in its Ultra Long Range UAV radar series; the Ultra Long Range Airborne (ULAB-D1) and Ultra Long Range Ground-Based (ULGB-D1) radars, capable of precise detection more than 1,000 meters away.

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