UAS/UAV

Skyopener test highlights EGNSS benefits for drones

July 29, 2019By
EGNSS improves positioning integrity and accuracy for the Boreal drone. (Photo: GSA)

News from the European GNSS Agency The Skyopener project, co-financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), aims to pave the way towards increased use of remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) in civil applications. The project has tested the benefits of multi-frequency GNSS and EGNOS in RPAS, revealing gains in availability, accuracy and robustness. There is increasing demand to operate RPAS... read more

Raytheon, AirMap work on integrating drones into national airspace

July 3, 2019By
Image: Raytheon

Raytheon Company has signed a strategic agreement with AirMap, an airspace intelligence platform for drones, to collaborate on projects to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace system. This will help unlock the positive economic and social benefits of expanded commercial drone operations, the companies said. Unmanned air traffic control advances will unlock safe, efficient and scalable... read more

USGS, scientists test drone-based river analysis

June 4, 2019By
2019 Aquatic Airshow participants at Androscoggin River in Auburn, Maine, on May 1. (Photo: Mario Martin-Alciati, USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and independent scientists gathered in Auburn, Maine, to evaluate the use of sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to gauge stream stage, velocity, bathymetry and discharge. The technology is being evaluated and modeled to determine whether it will support the fast, accurate and safe measurement of rivers, especially when they are flooded or contain floating trees,... read more

Ocean mapping, exploration inventions honored with XPRIZE

June 3, 2019By
ODXP Competition Final Round 2 Testing in Kalamata, Greece. (Photo: XPRIZE)

With more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans unmapped, the deep ocean is one of the last unknown areas on Earth. On May 31, teams with unique exploration solutions were honored with the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. XPRIZE is a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The teams invented new technologies... read more

Thermal drone designed for efficient solar farm inspections

May 15, 2019By
Photo: SenseFly

The new senseFly Solar 360 UAV is designed to enable the automated and efficient inspection of solar farms. SenseFly has introduced its senseFly Solar 360. Created in collaboration with software company Raptor Maps, the offering is an efficient thermal drone solution that enables the automatic assessment of solar plant performance at a sub-module level, the companies said. Created by combining... read more

GE Aviation brings advanced avionics computing to unmanned vehicles

April 30, 2019By

GE Aviation has introduced a new advanced avionics computer specifically built for military and commercial unmanned vehicles. This new computer provides an open architecture design that integrates vehicle management and advanced mission processing into a compact, lightweight design. GE Aviation made the announcement at AUVSI Xponential, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. “Our customers have told us that... read more

Raytheon system downs multiple drones in U.S. Air Force exercise

April 30, 2019By
Raytheon's high-energy laser (HEL). (iPhoto: Raytheon)

Raytheon Company’s advanced high-power microwave and mobile high-energy laser systems engaged and defeated multiple unmanned aerial system targets during a U.S. Air Force demonstration. The mature HPM and HEL technologies offer an affordable solution to the growing UAS threat, the company said. Raytheon made the announcement at AUVSI Xponential, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. Raytheon’s mobile high... read more

3DR and Wingtra partner on aerial surveying solution

April 30, 2019By
Photo: Wingtra

Wingtra and 3DR, producer of the Site Scan drone data platform, have signed a partnership agreement to benefit the mining and surveying industries. Wingtra’s VTOL drone WingtraOne and Site Scan form a complete aerial surveying solution, including highly efficient aerial data collection, post-processing and analysis. Through the partnership, 3DR now endorses the WingtraOne as the preferred fixed-wing drone for its Site... read more

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How lidar boosts the value of mobile mapping

April 23, 2019By
Image: Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne presents business cases of lidar solutions in forestry, utilities and surveying at AUVSI’s Xponential. Frank Bertini, UAV and robotics business manager at Velodyne Lidar, delivered a featured presentation on the business cases for 3D lidar technology in mobile mapping applications at AUVSI Xponential 2019, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. Bertini discussed revenue-generating strategies created by adding... read more

Drone aids archaeology in Scotland

April 22, 2019By
Five days of drone flights yielded 4,000 ultra-high-resolution images and 420 million data points.. (Image: National Trust of Scotland/GeoGeo)

The National Trust for Scotland commissioned Glasgow-based GeoGeo to carry out a drone survey of the inner Hebridean islands of Canna and Sanday in November 2018. Using an ultra-high-definition camera, the GeoGeo team not only pinned down the exact locations of archaeological features, but also revealed new archaeological sites. Over five days, the drone navigated 400 kilometers to capture 4,000... read more