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New Frontiers in Unmanned Flight — Your Questions Answered

July 15, 2015By
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GPS World held a webinar May 21 on new unmanned aircraft initiatives, led by a panel of experts. I also participated, to provide insight into recent UAS industry. More than 300 people attended. We received numerous questions on this hot topic, but in an hour-long webinar, we didn’t have time to provide answers. This month, I tackle those questions, which explore interesting new applications and regulations governing operations for this fast-moving area of technology. read more

Drones Could Assist Lifeguards in Rescues, Shark Sighting

July 9, 2015By
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Lifeguards in the United States are testing how drones may help save lives in coastal waters. Cameras on drones can spot sharks from above, and drones are able to reach struggling swimmers faster than lifeguards to deliver life preservers. In Seal Beach, Calif., lifeguards are using the flying device to monitor sharks. “It’s an extremely valuable tool for our water observation,” said... read more

Jedi Soliders: Army Working on Drone Hoverbike

June 25, 2015By
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Hover technology has long been depicted in movies like Star Wars and Back to the Future. Now the U.S. Army is teaming up with two companies to develop hoverbike technology — a cross between a motorcycle and a drone. SURVICE Engineering Co., a Belcamp, Md.-based defense firm, and U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics, an aeronautical engineering firm, are developing the Hoverbike technology for... read more

Drone Delivery Test Event to Focus on Medical Service

June 19, 2015By

Drone experts will join with those from the medical field in a demonstration July 17 in Wise, Va. The event, “Let’s Fly Wisely,” aims to show how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can alleviate the problem of health care access while creating economic opportunity for communities. Many people in Virginia and across rural America are beyond reach of essential health services... 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

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

May 6, 2015By
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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

SenseFly Launches Intelligent Mapping and Inspection Drone

May 5, 2015By
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Swiss professional drone maker senseFly has launched the eXom, its new quadcopter UAS for mapping and inspection. The eXom is available to pre-order immediately and ships this summer. SenseFly made the announcement at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems 2015 show being held May 4-7 in Atlanta, Ga. (Hall B2, Booth 519). The eXom is a sensor-rich system, sensefly said. Developed by experts working across... read more

CEA Research: UAS Could Reach 1M U.S. Flights a Day in 20 Years

May 5, 2015By

The United States will reach one million unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights per day within the next 20 years, given the right regulatory environment, according to new economic research from the Consumer Electronics Association. Brian Markwalter, senior vice president, market research and standards, CEA, shared the association’s domestic UAS economic analysis at the Unmanned Systems 2015 Conference in Atlanta, Ga.... read more