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Quantum-Systems supplies drone technology to inspect Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure

In order to monitor BVLOS (Bejond visual line of sight) infrastructures, DB relies on drones from Quantum-Systems for the “Urban Air Mobility” project in Ingolstadt. Ingolstadt strives to become one of the competence centers for drones and autonomous mobility in general. Thus the model project “Urban Air Mobility”, which is

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ALTI Reach – Its big

Unless Duran has found really small employees I think South African company ALTI is just about to fly what I believe to be the largest separate lift thrust (SLT) in the world. This is perhaps the most popular VTOL method at the moment. A multirotor handles the take off and

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DJI suffer 147.6 Million Dollar fraud in China

At a meeting in Shenzhen that perhaps did not include sandwiches DJI handed 16 employees over to law enforcement officials and a further 29 were dismissed. The news outlet, Yicai Global, believes more than 100 DJI employees might be involved and losses may exceed 147.6 Million US Dollars. It appears

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FLIR Systems Awarded $89 Million Contract from French Armed Forces to Deliver Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) program. The contract has a ceiling value of $89 million to provide the FLIR Black Hornet® 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)

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Homebuilt Spitfire at Oshkosh

 Like many of us, Bob DeFord of Prescott, Arizona, dreamed of owning a Spitfire. Like most of us, he couldn’t afford one. Unlike just about any of us, however, he did something about it: He built his own. Take an up-close look at his remarkable homebuilt Spitfire, built to

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Directed Energy Solutions for Counter-UAS – Video

US Air Force experimentation on White Sands Missile Range with the use of high-powered microwave and laser systems to shoot down small unmanned aircraft. Published by: WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, NM, UNITED STATES 10.25.2018 Video by John Hamilton White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs

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Colombia Publishes Drone Regulations

Civil Aviation in Colombia on December 27 has issued a new regulation for drone operations. Most relevant issues are: 3 operation categories, A being non regulated for small UAS and short range: B class being regulated and C class being certified. A class open a

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CyPhy Works Rebrands as Aria Insights Focussed on AI

CyPhy Works announced that it is shifting focus and rebranding as Aria Insights.The new company is focused on utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to help analyze data collected by drones. Aria will build upon CyPhy’s tethered drone data collection, to help pull information in dangerous situations from oil tankers

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Delair Drone Data now Integrates with Trimble Business Center v5.0

Delair has announced interoperability of high-precision data acquired from the Delair UX11 drone with version 5.0 of the Trimble Business Center software. The integration enables geospatial professionals to simply drag and drop Delair UX11 PPK data directly into Trimble Business Center projects. Users can combine the high-quality flight data with

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Northrop Grumman Prepares to Support RAAF Tritons

Australian firms stand to gain substantial work from the Triton unmanned aircraft program as the RAAF progressively rolls out an advanced capability to conduct long-range maritime surveillance. The first Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton aircraft isn’t expected to reach Australia until 2023 or later but already local firms are gaining work.

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DJI Concludes TB55 Battery Investigation

January 16, 2019 – DJI has concluded its investigation into the issue concerning some TB50 and TB55 batteries reporting incorrect power levels in late 2018. The current firmware (v01.02.0301), which adds a redundancy algorithm to the battery management system, has successfully addressed the small number of early Return-To-Home (RTH) or

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Federal grant helping Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, law enforcement agencies evaluate remote-sensing technologies to fight crime

Federal grant helping Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, law enforcement agencies evaluate remote-sensing technologies to fight crime SALINA — The Applied Aviation Research Center on the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to evaluate small unmanned aircraft remote sensing technologies to reconstruct crime scenes.

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Picterra launches an interactive tool for users to build their own artificial intelligence model.

At TUS Expo Europe, Picterra introduced the custom detector, a tool that allows users of their online platform to build their own artificial intelligence model to detect objects in aerial and satellite images. Without any previous machine learning experience, the new tool allows users to create their own AI detection

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New study shows animals may get used to drones

Washington DC (SPX) Jan 17, 2019 –

A new study in Conservation Physiology shows that over time, bears get used to drones. Previous work indicated that animals behave fearfully or show a stress response near drone flights. Using heart monitors to gauge stress, however, researchers here found that bears habituated to

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UAS DRONES Disaster Conference | Los Angeles

The inaugural UAS DRONES Disaster Conference (UASDISCON) Los Angeles is scheduled for the Columbia Memorial Space Center from March 7-8, 2019. The event will feature keynote speakers with vast expertise in using unmanned systems for fire rescue, emergency management and public safety. Fire Chief Charles Werner (Ret.), Chairman of the

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Suntuity AirWorks Acquires BirdsiVideo

Suntuity AirWorks has announced the acquisition of BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, two of the largest UAS dealer and services networks across the United States. The acquisition will enable BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments to leverage the length and breadth of the Suntuity Group of Companies which includes financial, software, energy, infrastructure,

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Israel’s Drone Flytrex Closes $7.5M Funding Round

Israeli drone logistics startup Flytrex, which specializes in food and consumer good deliveries via unmanned aircraft systems, has raised $7.5 million in a series B funding round led by Benhamou Global Ventures, with additional investment from Btov. The investment follows a $3 million Series A funding round in June 2017,

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Drone Aviation Gets $3.8M Govt Award and $2M Funding

Drone Aviation Holding Corp., a manufacturer of tethered drones and lighter-than-air aerostats announced that it was selected by a prime contractor under an initial $3.8 million award. Additionally, the Company has solidified its cash position with the closing of an initial $2 million in equity capital to support the recently

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GA-ASI Builds Team in Belgium for MQ-9B SkyGuardian

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) announced that it has teamed with five Belgium-based businesses as part of an industrial collaboration effort with the Belgian aerospace and defense industry. Team SkyGuardian Belgium includes GA-ASI, SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline, DronePort, and satellite communication technology company Newtec. The Government of Belgium recently

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DroneDeploy Customers Complete 1 Million Drone Flights in 2018

San Francisco-based DroneDeploy, the world’s leading commercial drone software company, announced today that its customers have safely conducted more than 1 million automated drone flights around the world. This milestone was made possible by 4,000+ DroneDeploy customers as aerial data powered smarter workflows in industries as diverse as construction, agriculture,

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Delair announces interoperability of high-precision PPK drone data from Delair UX11 UAS with Trimble Business Center v5.0

TOULOUSE, France – January 16, 2019 – Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, today announced interoperability of high-precision data acquired from the Delair UX11 drone with version 5.0 of the Trimble Business Center software. The integration enables geospatial professionals to simply drag and drop Delair UX11

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