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USAF Reaper Upgrades – Not Looking at ‘MQ-Next’

The US Air Force is starting to field some enhanced capabilities for the MQ-9 Reaper fleet that will better prepare it to operate in more denied environments while also moving away from the idea of an “MQ-Next” direct follow-on for the remotely piloted aircraft. While the Air Force Life Cycle

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Swoop Aero Unveils Kite UAV

Swoop Aero is launching its most advanced aircraft – the Kite. But it is only one cog that makes the wheel turn in the advanced technology platform, which provides the full technology stack, including hardware, software, and supporting infrastructure, real-time tracking, supply chain data, capture, and analytics are provided

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Wingtra Launches WingtraOne GEN II

Wingtra has launched WingtraOne GEN II—a next-generation VTOL drone with an oblique payload and advanced reliability algorithms. After six years in development and 100’000 flights, Wingtra is launching WingtraOne GEN II, a next-generation VTOL drone that offers industrial reliability and mapping versatility with a new oblique camera configuration for high-quality

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AVIAN Acquires C-UAS Company redUAS

AVIAN, Inc., a government acquisition services company, has acquired redUAS, a counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) tactics, and training joint-venture. redUAS was acquired on July 30. Prior to its acquisition, redUAS was a joint venture formed in 2017 between AVIAN, and five U.S. Armed Forces veteran-owned, and first responder-owned companies.

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uAvionix Receives FAA TSO for World’s First Certified Drone GPS Receiver

uAvionix Corporation announced that it has received a Technical Standard Order (TSO) from the FAA for its “truFYX” Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) / Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capable GPS is the first to specifically target UAS platform navigation

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DHL Express shapes the future of sustainable aviation with the order of first-ever all-electric cargo planes from Eviation

DHL Express (Symbol: DPW), the world’s leading express service provider, and Eviation, the Seattle-area based global manufacturer of all-electric aircraft, today write aviation history in announcing that DHL is the first to order 12 fully electric Alice eCargo planes from Eviation. With this engagement DHL aims to set up an

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Electra Names Robie Samanta Roy as COO

Electra.aero, a next-gen aerospace company devoted to sustainable urban & regional mobility, announced today that Dr. Robie I. Samanta Roy has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer. Robie joins Electra from Lockheed-Martin, where he served most recently as Vice President for Technology – Government Affairs. “Electra is systematically putting

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Air Methods Launches Spright, a New Drone Solution, Deploying Fleets of Wingcopters

Strategic partnership to provide new options for on-demand delivery and access to lifesaving resources DENVER, CO—August 3, 2021— Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced today the launch of Spright, a newly formed drone solution, designed to help improve healthcare access and minimize supply challenges. Collaborating with

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Ever wonder why you can’t get the Drone Goodies?

You can; you just need to throw money at it. Maybe pay a carpetbagger show enough money (sponsorship) to garner the well-deserved title of “thought leader” (aka paid stooge), or sponsor (pay for) up a one-on-one meeting with FAA employees courtesy of the AUVSI, host of the $150 a day

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WingtraOne GEN II

WingtraOne GEN II features the most advanced reliability in surveying drones. This is the key to maximizing drone uptime, boosting your productivity and ensuring you deliver consistently. Predictive maintenance WingtraOne GEN II intelligent algorithms continuously analyze all critical flight components before and during the flight. Smart notifications WingtraPilot can then

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Verizon Launches Robotics Business Technology

Verizon has announced the formation of Robotics Business Technology to expand enterprise solutions for aerial (drones) and ground robotics. Robotics Business Technology includes Skyward, Verizon’s drone management company, incubed IT, a leading developer of software for autonomous mobile robots recently acquired by Verizon, and a team focused on automating command

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Amazon’s Drone Delivery Dream Evaporates

Amazon has triggered mass redundancies and transfers as it winds down a huge part of its UK drone delivery business. Well over 100 employees at Amazon Prime Air have lost their jobs and dozens of other roles are moving to other projects abroad as the company shutters part of its

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Drone Slams into Building in World Trade Center

 A drone struck a skyscraper in the World Trade Center complex and became lodged on the building’s facade Monday afternoon, landing the operator in custody. The gizmo crashed into 7 World Trade Center around 5 p.m. and ended up wedged between window panels outside the third floor of the

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FPVFC Response AC 91-57C

Below is our response to the FAA’s Advisory Circular 91-57c regarding the changes slated for the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft. Overall, this Advisory Circular addresses the process of how to go about applying as a Community Based Organization (CBO) and the details regarding what the FAA

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RPS Wins Contract Award on ASTRO Manned and Unmanned IDIQ

Remotely Piloted Solutions, LLC (RPS), a leading provider in defense services headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is excited to announce GSA ASTRO award for Pool 1 Data Operations. ASTRO is a contract vehicle for research, development, maintenance, support and operation of manned, optionally manned and unmanned platforms and robotics systems. ASTRO

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UAVOS Flight Tests ApusDuo Stratospheric Platform

UAVOS, a developer of high-altitude platform station (HAPS) ApusDuo, has announced that it successfully launched its stratospheric platform and flew at analtitude of 16,500 m fitted with a payload of 6 kg. A remotely piloted solar aircraft has demonstrated its agility, control and operations flexibility. The UAVOS team took their

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PowerVision introduces its true Unmanned Aerial Solution for autonomous, remote operations from a docked station

PowerVision Tech Inc., a leader in AI robots, officially released its whole new industrial drone system — PowerVision True Unmanned Aerial Solution, successfully delivering the promise of drones for remote, autonomous data collection missions. The solution deeply integrates the PowerVision Dock, PowerEgg X 8K drone and the PowerVision Cloud web-based

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CAA opens UK skies to military drones

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted permission to US drone company General Atomics to conduct experimental flights of its new SkyGuardian drone in UK airspace. The MoD is buying 16 SkyGuardian drones, but renaming them as ‘Protector’. This is the first time that large military drones will be allowed

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RAF drone programmes fly into stormy skies

Funding for the ‘Tempest’ Future Combat Air System which is intended to replace the RAF’s Typhoon aircraft is “significantly less than required” and “adds significant overall programme risk” to delivery of the new jet, according to a report on government project management published jointly by HM Treasury and the Cabinet

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Swoop Aero is coming to the USA for FAA certification with their newly unveiled Kite

Swoop Aero was founded to transform how the world moves by making access to the skies seamless. We provide the world’s leading technology platform for sustainable, reliable, and scalable drone logistics, which we’ve used extensively in DR Congo, Malawi, and Scotland during the pandemic to support the COVID response, includingtransporting

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GA-ASI Gets $15M US Army Gray Eagle Production Contract

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., Poway, California, was awarded a $14,791,291 modification (P00015) to contract W58RGZ-18-C-0037 for Gray Eagle full rate production and ground support equipment. Work will be performed in Poway, California, with an estimated completion date of May 29, 2023. Fiscal 2021 other procurement, Army funds in the

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GeoLanes Distributes Microdrones Surveying Equipment in Austria, Switzerland, and South Tyrol

Rome, NY – GeoLanes, an Austrian company in the construction industry and the digitization of construction machinery is now an official distributor of Microdrones integrated systems, offering drone surveying products and solutions to their surveying, engineering, and construction customers throughout Austria, Switzerland, and South Tyrol. The GeoLanes team, who have

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Altitude Angel & JALUX Partner to Advance UTM Deployment Across Japan & Asia Pacific

London, UK: Altitude Angel, the world’s most trusted UTM (Unified Traffic Management) technology provider, today announced it has welcomed Japan-based JALUX Group into its Global Partnership Programme. JALUX has a broad portfolio of businesses in several industries across the globe. The company operates through four business segments: Aviation and

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