Aerial Photography, Surveying Top FAA-Approved Business Uses for UAS

September 10, 2015By
A Sensefly eXom UAV inspects a structure.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today released a report that finds more than 25 types of business operations have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems commercially in the National Airspace System (NAS). According to the report, aerial photography received the most exemptions followed by real estate and aerial surveying. The... read more

FAA Releases B4UFLY App Beta Test for UAS Users

August 28, 2015By
B4UFly is now in beta testing.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released the beta version of a new smartphone application called B4UFLY for testing by up to 1,000 unmanned aircraft users. The B4UFLY app, aimed primarily at model aircraft enthusiasts, is designed to give users information about restrictions or requirements in effect at their current or planned flight location. The FAA expects the beta test... read more

Trimble Expands UAS Portfolio with Mutlirotor Partnership

June 12, 2015By

Trimble is partnering with unmanned aircraft system (UAS) manufacturer Multirotor service-drone, GmbH. The collaboration will allow Trimble to expand its existing UAS portfolio to provide its customers with additional solutions to choose from based on their aerial imaging project needs. Multirotor service-drone, based in Germany, is a manufacturer of multirotor systems. Trimble will be Multirotor service-drone’s exclusive provider of multirotor vehicles for aerial... read more

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Encouraging Signs for Commercial UAVs

May 20, 2015By
Amazon’s Prime Air "Delivery Drone.”

The AUVSI show in Atlanta, held May 4-7, drew significantly more attention from TV media this year, as several of the major networks provided live coverage from the show floor. NBC’s Today morning show opened with a live shot of a drone hovering in front of an opening house door, as if patiently waiting to deliver a package from Google or... read more

AUVSI Announces Rebrand of Annual Trade Show

May 6, 2015By

Annual Conference Renamed Xponential to Reflect Innovative and Expanding Industry   The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced the rebranding and evolution of its premier global industry event for unmanned systems, drones and robotics, the AUVSI Unmanned Systems show, taking place this week in Atlanta, Ga. With nearly 600 exhibitors and 8,000 attendees, AUVSI’s event attracts leaders in all... read more

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FAA, Industry Partners Launch Pathfinder Program to Define UAV Integration into Airspace

May 6, 2015By

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced two new initiatives related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) today at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga. Pathfinder, the first initiative, announced in the morning, is reported here. The second initiative is an app in development to enable drone hobbyists to fly their craft... read more

Kairos Unveils UGV Tech for Heavy Equipment at AUVSI 2015

May 5, 2015By
Kairos Autonomi produces solutions that can be retrofitted or "strapped-on" to any existing optionally unmanned vehicle or vessel.

Kairos Autonomi is displaying its latest autonomous technology designed for use with heavy equipment and machinery. Kairos’ robotic applique kits are add-on vehicle autonomy systems that provide unmanned capabilities to current manned vehicles, rendering them optionally unmanned. Equipped with larger gear faces, stronger actuators than its predecessors and a pathing upgrade, the Pronto4 Heavy delivers the increased torque needed to control the traction, braking, throttle and... read more

Live from AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2015

May 5, 2015By

The GPS World staff is reporting live from Unmanned Systems 2015, held May 4-7 in Atlanta. The event convenes the global community of commercial and defense leaders in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems, hosted by AUVSI. Check back throughout the week for event updates, including news, photos, videos, tweets and more. NEWS Trimble Expands UAS Portfolio with Mutlirotor Partnership (5/7) Geodetics Teams with Velodyne... read more