UAS/UAV

Drone Delivery Canada achieves BVLOS in test flights

June 6, 2017By
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Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (DDC) reports the success of a pivotal milestone towards commercializing its drone logistics platform after successfully achieving beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in test flights. The success of these flights, which took place in Foremost, Alberta, after DDC received a Special Flight Operating Certificate from Transport Canada, prove that DDC’s BVLOS technical capability has now passed... read more

Kongsberg Geospatial offers certifiable application for unmanned traffic management

June 5, 2017By
IRIS UAS program director Paige Cutland uses the IRIS UAS airspace situational awareness application to monitor the progress of a drone on a beyond line-of-sight (BVLOS) mission from a portable ground control station set up in a trailer.

Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS UAS situational awareness application now provides a certifiable option to monitor drones and airspace. Kongsberg Geospatial is an Ottawa-based developer of real-time geospatial visualization software. The IRIS UAS Airspace Situational Awareness application meets the requirements of the DO-278A Assurance standard for air traffic management systems. By anticipating the regulatory requirements for airspace visualization with Unmanned Traffic Management or UTM,... read more

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Drone, Correlator3D used to complete survey in 2 days

May 25, 2017By

Wantman Group Inc. has completed a 9-square-mile UAV project using SimActive’s Correlator3D. Initially meant to be acquired using manned aircraft, the dataset comprised 3,056 images with full processing completed in less than two days. Wantman Group,is a Florida consulting firm founded in 1972 to provide a comprehensive range of infrastructure services. “You might think a UAS is not the most... read more

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Firm’s UAS experts provide runway data to Atlanta Airport

May 15, 2017By

Consulting firm Michael Baker International has partnered with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to use unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to inspect runway conditions. The mission’s use  of drones on the airfield of an international airport in the United States during daily airport operations is a first, according to the company. Michael Baker is partnering with ATL on a pavement evaluation project and identified... read more

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PrecisionHawk launches free PrecisionMapper software for drone mapping

May 9, 2017By
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Commercial drone and data company PrecisionHawk has opened access to its professional mapping and analytics software, PrecisionMapper, for free. With the software, drone operators can snap an unlimited number of photos, create maps without resolution limits, and run algorithms to analyze their data. PrecisionHawk announced the launch of the free version of PrecisionMapper today at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems conference. Drone operators can... read more

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NASA issues volcano ash contract to Black Swift

May 4, 2017By

With a legacy of delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), NASA has awarded Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, Colorado, the contract to develop and deliver a purpose-built scientific platform to explore volcanoes in order to improve air traffic management systems and the accuracy of ashfall measurements. BST will deliver... read more

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DroneDeploy integrates with agX on UAV mapping flights

April 11, 2017By
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DroneDeploy, a cloud software platform for commercial drones, is integrating with agX to help growers more easily capture field maps and analyze aerial data. agX users can now share field boundaries saved in agX with DroneDeploy to simplify the planning of drone mapping flights. Over time, agX and DroneDeploy plan to integrate further to allow seamless sharing of drone images... read more

FAA to release maps to speed drone authorization applications

April 10, 2017By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to release the first set of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facility maps on April 27. The maps will depict areas and altitudes near airports where UAS may operate safely. The maps are designed to help drone operators improve the quality of their Part 107 airspace authorization requests, which will help the FAA process these... read more

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FAA restricts drone operations over certain military bases

April 7, 2017By
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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is addressing national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities. This is the first time the agency has instituted airspace restrictions that specifically apply only to unmanned aircraft. The authority, under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 — “Special Security Instructions” —  is limited to... read more

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Black Swift summits extreme altitude mapping test with small UAV

March 14, 2017By
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Overcoming the challenges of mapping terrain in difficult conditions at altitudes exceeding 14,000 feet using a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), Black Swift Technologies demonstrated that a sUAS can successfully be deployed at extreme altitudes. read more