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Topcon Falcon 8+ UAV – Limited Time Offer

Designed for Stability, Proven to Perform This rotary-wing UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) features first-in-class sensors, active vibration damping, and compensating camera mounts for solid performance. Perfect for capturing all perspectives, oblique as well as nadir, while providing flexibility for immediate takeoff and soft landing. Meticulously designed and built in Germany,

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Airbus inaugurates its UAM Innovation Centre in China

Airbus has inaugurated its Innovation Centre in China at an official opening ceremony in Shenzhen, China, one of the world’s leading innovation hotspots. Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) has been operating since early 2018 and currently focuses on designing, testing, and certifying new technologies relating to five areas: Hardware Lab,

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NASA Tests Experimental Wing for Maximized Efficiency

An experimental, high-aspect ratio wing, designed to reduce weight and maximize structural and fuel efficiency, underwent structural tests at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Flight Loads Laboratory. The 39-foot-long Passive Aeroelastic Tailored wing could one day lead to longer, thinner wings for aircraft. The tests also gave engineers valuable insight

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Cyient – BlueBird JV Launches WanderB VTOL

Cyient Solutions & Systems Pvt. Ltd. (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd. and BlueBird Aero Systems, Israel, has launched its latest offering, the WanderB Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System. The WanderB VTOL is an exciting and technologically advanced solution for military, peacekeeping, low-intensity conflict resolution, law

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NATO and Canada bid for Mothballed German EuroHawk

The German Defence Ministry is evaluating a bid from Canada to buy a high-altitude surveillance drone prototype that has been parked at a German air base for years after the cancellation of the Euro Hawk programme in 2013. A formal bid for the prototype aircraft, which was demilitarised by the

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Serbian Mini Aleks at IDEX

The Mini Aleks vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Serbia’s Engine Development & Production (EDePro) is set to make its first public flight during an exhibition that will be held in Belgrade in July, Jane’s was told during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from

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Russia’s Zala KYB Kamikaze Drone

Russia’s Kalashnikov drone is about to be rolled-out across the military after “successfully completing” trials. And military officials have boasted of how the latest precision weapon from arms giant Kalashnikov can “deliver explosives to any terrain, bypassing systems of air defence.” Capable of flying for half an hour, the KYB

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Safer Airport Skies Require Savvy Drone Pilots

Newark, Gatwick, Dubai – reports of rogue drones closing airports are becoming commonplace. “The solution to keeping drones from flying where they shouldn’t be is about drone pilot savvy,” said Droneport Texas President David Hook. “The best safety investment in aviation is a well-trained pilot. So, we found like-minded companies

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RDO Integrated Controls and Wingtra to Provide Enhanced Services and Support for the WingtraOne VTOL Survey Drone

Billings, MT–February 21, 2019–Swiss-based Wingtra, the leader of professional VTOL (vertical takeoff and landing) surveying drones, and RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., one of the largest Topcon dealers in the US, are excited to announce the rollout of the first Wingtra “Certified Repair Center.” The agreement

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DJI Improves Enterprise Drones And Fleet Management Software To Enable Next Level Commercial Drone Operations

Updated Matrice 200 Series Drones And FlightHub Software Lay The Foundation For BVLOS And Night Flights While Accelerating Organization-Wide Drone Deployments DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today unveiled new hardware and software tools to give professional drone operators improved control, safety, and security for

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UK Extends Airport Drone ‘No-Fly Zone’ to 5km

The UK Government and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have announced a new partnership with the retailer Jessops, as part of a national campaign to increase public awareness of the rules around flying drones. Working with the CAA, the government is dialling up a campaign to help educate the public

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Rafael Buys Aeronautics for $235M

Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and businessman Avihai Stolero signed a deal to buy unmanned aerial vehicle maker Aeronautics for 850 million shekels ($235 million) in cash, according to a regulatory filing. The purchase price of 15.36 shekels a share is double that of Aeronautics’ average share price in

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Dassault Systèmes Partners with General Aeronautics in India

Dassault Systèmes announced at Aero India 2019, that Bengaluru based integrated aircraft design and engineering services company, General Aeronautics has deployed the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud to develop next-generation design Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). General Aeronautics leverages Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and Multi-Disciplinary Optimization (MDO) capabilities of the 3DEXPERIENCE

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NASA to Test Drone UTM in Nevada and Texas

NASA has selected two organizations to host the final phase of its four-year series of increasingly complicated technical demonstrations involving small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as drones. The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems in Las Vegas and the Lone Star UAS Center for Excellence & Innovation in Corpus

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Orbital UAV hosts defence West

Orbital UAV welcomes Minister for Defence Issues the Hon Paul Papalia at its Western Australia production facility. PERTH, AUSTRALIA: Orbital Corporation Ltd (‘Orbital UAV’, ‘the Company’) has hosted a delegation from the Office of Defence West – the Western Australian Government office responsible for supporting the interests of the local

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Аutomatic vertical scanning for drones now available

Riga, Latvia – February 21, 2019 – The new automatic Facade Scan tool of UgCS for drone inspection mission planning is a time and cost saver for construction, engineering and mining industries. Various tools for surveying horizontal surfaces, even the uneven ones, have been developed to a high standard and

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Alpha Unmanned Systems selected for the Inmarsat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Pop-up lab

Alpha Unmanned Systems, a leading Spanish designer and manufacturer of remotely piloted gasoline-powered UAV helicopters, has been selected to participate in Inmarsat´s UAV Pop-up lab; a unique innovation programme exploring the value of satcoms in the commercial UAV sector. Along-side six other UAV companies, Alpha Unmanned Systems will execute a

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How to Drone Map a Disaster Zone in 60 minutes or Less

This past November, I coordinated a short experiment on the ground in Paradise, California in the final hours of wrapping up damage assessment from the Camp Fire. The goal of this experiment was to test more rapid methods for visualizing damage to critical infrastructure after a disaster. Members of the

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Aeronautics Signs $13M Orbiter Contract with Azerbaijan

Two weeks after its export licenses were reinstated, the Israeli defense company Aeronautics has announced that it won a multi-million dollar contract with Azerbaijan. The two-year contract is worth $13 million and will see maintenance work for the Orbiter drones sold to a key client, according to a company statement.

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Deseret UAS Partnership Awarded Highly Competitive NASA & FAA Programs

Historic awards advance the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry globally TOOELE COUNTY- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced that Deseret UAS and its partner, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) have been awarded the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capabilities Level (TLC) 4

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IMechE Student Drone Challenge Returns to Wales

This year’s UK Institute of Mechanical Engineers UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Challenge will once again be held in North Wales, as the event returns to the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre at Llanbedr. The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Challenge is an international student drone design competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical

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