TAG: UAV

Airbus Farmstar service improved with new recommendations

December 5, 2016By

Farmstar, a service of Airbus Defence and Space and ARVALIS – Institut du végétal for precision farming based on satellite information, has been further improved. New images acquired by the SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellites will make it possible to issue intra-field recommendations for areas as small as 1 hectare. Also,  new interactive advice is provided for nitrogen input... read more

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Ubiqomm and Skyriver team on ‘Wi-Fi in the sky’ BVLOS drone flights

November 28, 2016By

Ubiqomm has unveils its ubiquitous high-speed data connectivity solution, especially designed for enterprise drone fleets engaged in present line of sight (LOS) and, in the future, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights. “The application for drones is increasing exponentially as companies apply drone technology for surveying and performing emergency operations in remote locations, and other use cases including traffic... read more

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FAA evaluates drone detection systems near Denver airport

November 16, 2016By

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are conducting drone-detection research in the vicinity of Denver International Airport. The work is part of the FAA’s Pathfinder Program for UAS Detection at Airports and Critical Infrastructure. The work in Denver is one of six technical evaluations scheduled over an 18-month period. The State of... read more

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OxTS showcases xNAV at Intergeo 2016

November 2, 2016By

Oxford Technical Solutions is featuring its xNAV system, particularly for use in UAVs, at Intergeo 2016, which is being held Oct. 11-13 in Hamburg, Germany. The system is designed to deliver superior position, roll/pitch and heading data, even in challenging operating environments. read more

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NASA tests solar-powered Silent Falcon UAS for large-scale operations

October 25, 2016By
NASA’s concept for a possible UTM system would safely manage diverse UAS operations in the airspace above buildings and below
crewed aircraft operations in suburban and urban areas. (Image: NASA)

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies participated in the NASA UTM (unmanned traffic management) project headed up by the NASA Ames Research Center, held this month in Reno, Nevada. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working together to identify ways to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low-altitude airspace. The growing number of UAS and commercial UAS applications has led... read more

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After the storm: Drone flights enable speedy cellular inspections

October 22, 2016By
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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Verizon used drones for cell-site inspections in North Carolina and South Carolina. The aerial survey shortened cell-site recovery to hours compared to potentially days, based on the severity of flooding. The quadcopter used was operated by Measure UAS, which conducted the flights with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization. Flights used a two-person crew that... read more

UAV inspections: Using drones for powerline monitoring in India

October 22, 2016By
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Drones could soon be inspecting powerlines in India, thanks to a partnership between Sharper Shape and Sterlite Power. Sharper Shape, based in Palo-Alto, California, offers automated drone-based asset inspections. Sterlite Power is a power transmission company in India. Sharper Shape has already spearheaded the adoption of long-distance commercial drone flights for utilities in Europe. In the U.S., Sharper Shape is... read more

12 miles to life: Chesapeake Bay flight shows role for UAS in emergencies

October 21, 2016By
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The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, along with and Shore Regional Health, conducted on Aug. 24 the state’s first civil unmanned aerial delivery of simulated medical cargo. Engineers from UMD flew a Talon 120LE fixed-wing aircraft across the Chesapeake Bay with saline solution simulating four vials of Epinephrine to demonstrate the key role that UAS... read more