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IMSAR sells UAV detect-and-avoid radar tech to Fortem

May 3, 2016By

IMSAR LLC, manufacturer of miniaturized synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is selling its detect and avoid radar technology to Fortem Technologies. The technology powered IMSAR’s previously announced family of collision-avoidance radar designed for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires an aircraft operating in civil airspace to be able to “see and avoid” other aircraft.... read more

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FLIR launches radiometric thermal camera for commercial drones

May 3, 2016By
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FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the FLIR Vue Pro R, the latest member of FLIR Vue thermal imaging camera series for commercial drones. The new Vue Pro R adds radiometric functionality to the Vue Pro camera, giving drone operators the ability to save the pictures for post-flight image analysis and accurately measure the temperatures of individual image pixels. The camera... read more

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VectorNav launches tactical series of IMUs at AUVSI show

May 3, 2016By
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VectorNav Technologies, manufacturer of embedded navigation solutions, has introduced the Tactical Series, a next generation family of high-performance Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). The announcement was made at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016, being held this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built on a common tactical grade proprietary MEMS inertial sensing core, the Tactical Series includes the VN-110 inertial measurement unit and attitude heading... read more

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GPS scientist Michael Watkins named next JPL director

May 3, 2016By
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Michael M. Watkins has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced. Watkins is the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and director of the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin. Watkins has written for GPS World about the GRACE project, which uses GPS and a microwave ranging system... read more

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Canadian UAVs partners with Measure for US and Canadian drone services

May 2, 2016By

As part of its effort to deliver cost-effective actionable data to enterprise customers, Measure, a drone operator in the United States, has partnered with Canadian drone company Canadian UAVs. Together, the two companies will use drone technology to provide real-time data analysis to businesses in both the U.S. and Canada. “Measure can now truly offer cross-border drone services,” said Measure CEO Brandon Torres Declet. “As... read more

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Commercial drone services could reach $8.7 billion annually by 2025

May 2, 2016By

According to a new report from Tractica, by the end of the next decade, annual revenue from drone-enabled services will be more than double the revenue from sales of commercial drone hardware units themselves. The market intelligence firm forecasts that global commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) services revenue will grow from $170 million in 2015 to $8.7 billion by 2025. UAVs... read more

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Echodyne offers detect and avoid radar for small UAS

May 2, 2016By
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Echodyne today announced the development of MESA-DAA, an Airborne Detect and Avoid (DAA) radar for small to medium-sized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Echodyne made the announcement at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016 trade show and conference. The small, lightweight and low power DAA radar will operate at K-band and be capable of rapidly scanning a broad field of view in azimuth and elevation... read more

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Live from AUVSI’s Xponential 2016

May 2, 2016By
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The GPS World and Geospatial Solutions staff is reporting live from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International‘s (AUVSI’s) Xponential 2016 May 2-5 in New Orleans. The event convenes the global community of commercial and defense leaders in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems. More than 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries are discussing the latest innovations in... read more