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F-16 Familiarization Flight

Senior Airman Mathieu Cyrus, F-35A Lightning II Demonstration Team avionics specialist, received a familiarization ride in an F-16 Viper fighter aircraft. This flight took place Feb. 28, 2020, during the annual Air Force Heritage Flight Training Conference at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Video by Capt. Kippun Sumner F-35A Demo

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First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge Now Open

The National Institute of Standards and Safety Public Safety Communications Research has launched the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge with prize offerings totalling $552,000. UAS Challenge opened on April 1 for proposal submissions through the website. The challenge, which will be hosted by ASU Research Enterprise, in partnership with Capital

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Libya: UN-Recognized Government Downs UAE Drone

Libya’s UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) announced on Wednesday that it had downed a United Arab Emirates unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the west of the country. The Tripoli-based forces’ air defense system succeeded in shooting down an Emirati plane south of Al-Ajailat, said Mohammed Kanunu the spokesman of

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Drone Manufacturer Teams with Cybersecurity Expert WISeKey

WISeKey International Holding Ltd., a global cybersecurity and IoT company, announced that it has been selected by a major drone manufacturer to bring its decades of expertise in digital security into the Company’s newly designed drones. This agreement is a significant achievement for WISeKey and further illustrates how its security

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ANSI Draft Standardization Roadmap for UAS V2 Released for Comment

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released for public review and comment a working draft of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0) being developed by the Institute’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). Working groups have been developing the draft for several months, following a kickoff

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DroneUp Acquires AeroVista Innovations

Acquisition Adds Training to Complete Drone Solutions Momentum Virginia Beach, VA (April 2, 2020) — DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has acquired AeroVista Innovations, LLC (AVI) to provide full-service drone training to private and public sector organizations.

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Aerodyne divests interest in Denmark based wind turbine company, ATSITE

Aerodyne Group announced today that it has divested its interest in AtSite(formerly Aerodyne AtSite), Denmark by selling its stake back to AtSite’s original shareholders, Rene Merrild Holding Aps and Obling Rasmussen Holding Aps. Elaborating on the divestment, Aerodyne’s Founder and CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed, said, “Aerodyne’s aggressive global expansion strategy

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UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft

ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 2, 2020 – As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be extra mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations. “The Department of

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UAV Navigation’s autopilots can now control Sky Powers engines

UAV Navigation and Sky Power have collaborated to design cutting-edge flight control solutions. The two companies recently joined hands and agreed to integrate Sky Power’s Engine into UAV Navigation’s Flight Control Solutions. Following this collaboration, UAV Navigation’s flight control system seamlessly integrates with Sky Power’s 2-stroke and Wankel engines. This

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Swoop Aero – The Positive Impact of Engineering

Around the world, demands on the profession and practice of engineering are increasingly shifting to reflect new challenges and expectations fuelled by the pressures of globalisation and global insecurity. The role of an engineer is to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems; helping to save lives and create new

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Team Bath Aurora

Team Bath Drones was founded in 2015 as a competitor for the IMechE UAS Challenge. Since then they have entered a new aircraft each year with great success. Each year they start from scratch, first as a paper design exercise in their third year, and then as a voluntary team

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Disinfecting Drone At Work [VIDEO]

Drones are being used to spray disinfectants in public spaces in east China’s Anhui Province amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Officials are also watching over the residents, using drones to remind them to wear masks and stay indoors. Shopping malls, theaters and restaurants in some places have been closed to

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New NOAA Program to Support and Expand Use of UAS

NOAA is establishing a new Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support the rapidly expanding use of these systems across the agency. The new program will promote the safe, efficient and economical operation of unmanned systems (UxS) NOAA uses to collect high-quality environmental data for the agency’s science, products and services.

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Learning Visuomotor Policies for Aerial Navigation

Sensing technologies have improved steadily, but the ability of robots to make decisions in real time based on what they perceive still has a long way to go to equal or surpass human capabilities. Researchers from Microsoft Corp., Carnegie Mellon University, and Oregon State University have been collaborating to improve

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Amazon Hires ex-Boeing Exec to Run Prime Air

Amazon has hired a former Boeing executive to run its Prime Air drone delivery business, signaling the retail giant’s plans to expand the unit so that it can eventually start flying regular 30-minute shipments to customers’ homes. David Carbon, who left the troubled airline manufacturer amid problems at the factory

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VOXL Flight Fuses Flight Controller and Companion Computer on Single Board

ModalAI has released VOXL Flight, the first open-development platform for autonomous drone navigation that fuses a companion computer with a PX4 flight controller on one printed circuit board (PCB). VOXL Flight reduces cabling, cost, size and weight compared to using two independent boards, creating a plug-and-play solution drone manufacturers and

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Is Iran’s Ababil 3 a Bribe from a South African Telco ?

The latest iteration of Iran’s Ababil looks much different than its predecessor generations. Though it still uses a pusher configuration, the “Ababil 3” is strikingly similar to South Africa’s Denel Seeker — which it may, in fact, be, either a reverse-engineered copy or simply straight-up rebadged. In a bizarre deal

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UK Stands-Up ‘Swarming Drones’ Development Unit

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has stood-up an experimental unit dedicated to developing an operational ‘swarming drones’ capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told Jane’s . 216 Squadron was reactivated at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire on 1 April, the MoD said. Previously, the ministry explained that the unit will

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Parrot – New Product Introduction Engineer

Have you always dreamt of joining an agile group in a fast-moving industry? Then Parrot may have the ideal role for you! Parrot’s projects are innovative, highly technical and challenging. That’s the beauty of a startup spirit! If you have ambition and drive , then read on! Founded

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Japan to Require Drone Licenses for BVLoS Flights

The Japanese government plans to establish a licensing system for operating drones when the flights are beyond the operator’s line of sight. The proposal comes as the government hopes for increased usage of unmanned vehicles for purposes such as delivering daily necessities and medicine, or assisting security patrols in areas

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Final 3 Teams in First FirePoint C3 Challenge

The FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State University has announced the final three teams have been selected in the first-ever FirePoint C3 Challenge. With a combined $35,000 in funding to bring their concepts to life, the three teams will now begin putting their heads—and designs—together, collaborating to build the U.S.

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