TAG: UAV

The sky’s alive at AUVSI’s Xponential 2017

May 12, 2017By

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential 2017 show, May 8-11 in Dallas, convened a global community of commercial and defense suppliers in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems. It showcases the broad forefront of autonomous vehicles generally, but in-flight in particular, and there were plenty of expanded capabilities and expanding applications on display. In one of several... read more

Congress increases funding for UAS research, airspace integration

May 11, 2017By

More than $20 million for research on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was included in an appropriations package that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The funding for UAS research is $2.67 million more than last year’s budget request by the Federal... read more

UAV testing facility selects Harris for BVLOS support

May 11, 2017By

Grand Sky Airfield Operations, a 217-acre UAS test facility in North Dakota, has selected Harris Corporation to provide an advanced solution to support beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight operations, reducing the need for chase planes to provide constant visual surveillance during flight. Grand Sky tenants will have the ability to conduct BVLOS UAS flights, enabling commercial and government... read more

Traffic management systems for UAS requested by UN agency

May 11, 2017By

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), announced a Request for Information (RFI) on traffic management systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). ICAO announced the RFI at AUVSI’s Xponential 2017, the  trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. As UAS operations become more... read more

VectorNav supplies IMU for military bomb-disposal robot

May 11, 2017By

VectorNav Technologies, a provider of embedded navigation solutions, announced at AUVSI’s Xponential that it will supply its surface mount VN-100 inertial measurement unit/attitude and heading reference system (IMU/AHRS) to Neya Systems for a custom version of that company’s UxAB module. Neya Systems will in turn deliver its custom version of the UxAB platform to Northrop Grumman for that company’s Advance... read more

Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 10, 2017By

Add small sats, gamification and nanotechnology, and you've got a bunch of powerful new drivers pushing out geospatial frontiers in every direction. These exciting tools are opening up new market sectors and bringing powerful techniques to military and other applications. read more

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Cellphone towers in the sky? Fenix thinks so

May 3, 2017By

Virginia-based Fenix Group has partnered with Martin UAV, a Texas-based manufacturer of rugged utility drones, to launch an under-55-pound drone capable of providing fully functional 4G cellphone service. While Fenix Group plans to issue its first production units to the U.S. Department of Defense and first responders, it anticipates demand from telecommunications providers, oil and gas companies, and crisis response... read more

MMC strings mountain power lines using UAVs

May 2, 2017By

On March 15, drone-maker MMC strung power lines across the Ragged Mountain in Thailand using its Spider drone and specialized wire-pulling tools. The project was carried out for EGAT (Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand) and served as a transnational demonstration for MMC. By cooperating with MMC, EGAT hopes to use professional drones to string more lines helps the nation in... read more

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