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Putting Magnesium Back in to the Spotlight

Students in Birmingham, UK, are being challenged to showcase the potential uses of magnesium within the aerospace sector as part of a competition being set by Birmingham City University and the world’s largest producer of magnesium components, Meridian. At 1.8g/cm³, magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials, the eighth

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Vodafone 4G IoT Technology Tracks Rogue Drones

Vodafone has announced the commencement of trials of the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology. Vodafone’s pioneering approach uses innovative 4G Internet of Things (IoT) technology to protect aircraft from catastrophic accidents as well as prevent inadvertent or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as

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Conspiracy to Export Drone Parts to Hezbollah

A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. The U.S. Attorney’s office for Minnesota said two of the suspects — brothers Usama and Issam Hamade — are now

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Skyrobotic Get ENAC Certification for Overflying Cities

Skyrobotic, a company in the production of drones under 25 kilograms entirely Made in Italy, part of the Italeaf Group, announced that the company has obtained “project certification pursuant to art. 10.6 of the SAPR regulation” from the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) for the SR-SF6c system. The certification

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Kratos Gets $81M US Government UAS Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a National Security Solutions provider, announced that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) recently received a single award IDIQ contract with a maximum potential value of $81,000,000 from a U.S. Government Agency related to unmanned drone systems and associated command, control, and communications. This

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Get the Most Out of UgCS – free webinar

SPH Engineering announces free webinar for UAV professionals to give detailed insight for optimal flight planning, data capturing and processing to make any drone survey efficient. Join this webinar to learn more: KML data import, photogrammetry tool, custom elevation data and missions with terrain following, battery change during missions, image

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New Geoscan 201 mapping wing set for release

Geoscan Survey department have been working hard in 2017: more than 3 800 flights, 10 000 hours in the air, over 500 000 km flown. In 90% of cases we’ve used Geoscan 201 because it provides 3 hours of flight time and is capable of carrying 2 cameras at the

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The great success that was DroneClash 2018

The drones soared, most weapons fired, many queens were taken down, and all battles have been fought. DroneClash 2018 has happened! Welcome to the write up of DroneClash 2018, if you are looking for who won go here. DroneClash is, and always has been, a multi-angle experiment. “I want to

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Kansas State Polytechnic offering UAS training for law enforcement

SALINA — Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can utilize unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first-course offering runs April 9-12 at the campus in Salina. Kurt Carraway, a retired

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Texo DSI appoint eminent professor as non-exec director

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (Texo DSI), the owner operators of the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr David Flynn as non-executive director. David will provide strategic support as well as being a special adviser to the business

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Aerial Firefighting North America Gathers the World’s Experts

Tangent Link, renowned and recognised across the globe for its work with the airborne firefighting community, brings the Aerial Firefighting North America Conference and Exhibition back to Sacramento, California this coming March. Taking place at the McClellan Conference Centre, Sacramento McClellan Airport between 12 and 14 March, the event is

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Bihrle and BNSF Achieve Truly Automated UAS Inspections-Includes Image Processing and Reporting

Bihrle Applied Research Inc. and BNSF Railway successfully demonstrate automated detection, classification and reporting of infrastructure conditions found during long-range UAS railway inspections Computer vision technologies enable BNSF Railway to process terabytes of imagery captured during Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone operations HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 21, 2018 – Bihrle

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Rural Racer, Motorcycle with a drone

Yes, you read that right! the latest motorcycle concept is the Rural Racer Project, a custom motorcycle collaboration between Velomacchi and Yahama Motorcycles. Velomacchi, an Oregon-based premium motorcycle accessory and lifestyle brand, developed the Rural Racer Project with Yamaha Motorcycles to showcase the companies’ mutual roots in moto heritage,

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IARPA Wants Better Tools for Drone Surveillance

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a group within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that deals in “high-risk/high-payoff research programs,” is looking for help. In a challenge posted to Challenge.gov, IARPA offers prizes totalling $75,000 for algorithms that can enhance and restore images “acquired under less

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Colorado Students Create Drone for Studying Whales

Student researchers at the University of Colorado are planning to add the study of sperm whale communication patterns to the fast-growing list of tasks that can be aided by drone technology. And they — the students, not the whales — could use the public’s help. CU’s 12-member Search and Help

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DroneShield’s DroneGun Gets NATO Approval

DroneShield has received the ultimate stamp of approval in the form of a “stock number” from NATO for its DroneGun MKII. The issuing of the stock number by NATO opens up the opportunity for sales to potentially dozens of military units around the world for Droneshields unique drone combating device.

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Next Step in the Microdrones and Trimble Partnership: Seamless Integration with Trimble Business Center Software

Rome, NY – As the preferred provider of Vertical Take Off and Landing drone systems to the Trimble network of geospatial dealers, Microdrones is pleased to report its progress on this partnership to date. Since October of 2016, Microdrones has signed more than 35 Trimble distributors worldwide. The Microdrones presence

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Drone Photography in Whale Research

Randy Jay Braun and Stacy Garlington We have all seen fascinating aerial photographs of massive whales as they navigate through the waters of the world’s oceans. Since the release of the DJI Phantom quadcopter drone in 2013, humans have a completely capable and unexpected new tool to view and study

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Super-Fast Drone Fixes

Get your bird back in the air in a flash

FPV drone racing is unlike anything else I have ever tried, and it is extremely addictive. But to be competitive, you have to push it to the limits, and that means crashes—and more crashes. While these drones are pretty tough, there

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Lithium-ion Batteries Key to Powering UAVs

By Felix Frisch, VP Marketing and Sales, Epsilor Electric Fuel Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are gaining more popularity in both the defense and civilian sectors thanks to their effectiveness and ease of operation when compared to manned aircraft. Battery-powered aerial vehicles are already in use for various functions of military

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My bid for AUVSI President 2018 – Patrick Egan

We as an industry community have a rare opportunity to work with both a new Presidential Administration that understands the nuances of the aviation business (Trump Airlines and a Part 135 charter helicopter service), as well as a new FAA Administrator. The current “leadership” contract is up for

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Drone News: DroneHunter captures rogue aircraft

Rogue aircraft, beware! This new flier uses radar, an autonomous flight system, and a NET GUN to detect, identify, and TOW AWAY unwanted drones within a geo-fenced perimeter! (Sounds a little like Spiderman, no?) Check out the press release below and this cool video of DroneHunter in action:

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Airline Groups Call on US Congress to Regulate Drones

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), Airlines for America (A4A), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) called on Congress to reverse legislation that limits the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to regulate all aspects of drone operations. In a letter to Members of Congress, the

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