Spirent Issues Ebook on Testing Drones, UAVs

November 4, 2015By

Spirent has issued a free new 28-page ebook designed to provide An Introduction to Testing Navigation and Positioning Performance in Drones, UAS and UAVs. According to Spirent, “The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is starting to take off in commercial and military sectors. The potential applications of UAVs are many – including survey, mapping, media reporting, delivery, reconnaissance, conservation... read more

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Will Military Take the Autonomous Vehicle Lead?

November 2, 2015By
Jeff Smith, president and CEO of Riptide Autonomous Solutions, holds an unmanned undersea vehicle that has GPS sensors and antenna.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Despite shrinking defense budgets, existing and emerging worldwide threats will make robotic and autonomous systems’ development important for decades, said officials at the Unmanned Systems Defense 2015 conference held here Oct. 27-29. Because America has been at war for more than 14 years, unmanned technology has been developing at a rapid rate, perhaps even faster than emerging autonomous... read more

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Aeryon Named UAV Partner for Microsoft Video Platform for Police Agencies

October 26, 2015By
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Aeryon Labs is partnering with Microsoft on its new Microsoft Advanced Patrol Platform (MAPP) vehicle. Microsoft has chosen Aeryon’s SkyRanger UAV to demonstrate aerial image and data capture for MAPP. Aeryon Labs is a provider of small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) for military, public safety and commercial operators worldwide. “Law enforcement organizations throughout the world rely on Aeryon sUAS to collect aerial intelligence wherever and... read more

Life-Saving UAV Wins Top Prize in ESNC 2015

October 21, 2015By

A UAV project, POSEIDRON, took top honors in the 2015 European Satellite Navigation Competition, which recognizes the year’s best innovations in commercial applications of satellite technology. POSEIDRON won over the international jury of experts with its remote-controlled multicopter built to support maritime search-and-rescue services — and took home the grand prize ahead of the European Satellite Navigation Competition’s 29 other winners. The award... read more

PrecisionHawk Joins Task Force for UAS Registration

October 20, 2015By
PrecisionHawk will serve as a technical resource to regulators. (PRNewsFoto/PrecisionHawk)

PrecisionHawk is contributing to a safety task force created by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA. The task force brings together a diverse group, representing the UAS and manned aviation industries, the federal government, and other stakeholders, to develop an augmented registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. “PrecisionHawk is working on many safety solutions, procedural and technological, that... read more

U.S. Will Require Registration of Drones

October 19, 2015By

UPDATE: Read news of the official announcement here. The federal government is expected to announce today a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation. The registration of the drone will enable authorities to track a drone back to its owner if used in a dangerous manner. Under the plan, the... read more

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Topcon Secures FAA Exemption to Operate Rotary-Wing Aerial System in U.S. 

October 15, 2015By

Topcon Positioning Group has received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for operation of its Falcon 8 rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the United States. The Topcon Falcon 8 — powered by Ascending Technologies — is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications. “Along with our exemption for... read more

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Rockwell wins DARPA Contract for GPS Backup Tech

October 13, 2015By

Rockwell Collins has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop technologies that could serve as a backup to GPS. The research, being conducted as part of DARPA’s Spatial, Temporal and Orientation Information in Contested Environments (STOIC) program, aims to reduce warfighter dependence on GPS for modern military operations. Under the terms of the agreement, Rockwell... read more

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