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What Happened to Hovertrains?

 In 1974, a French train sets a speed record, exceeding 250 miles per hour. But this train is unlike any other before it. Instead of rolling on train wheels, it hovers on a cushion of air. In the 1970’s hovertrains were seriously being considered the solution to slow, antiquated

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Solar-Powered Aircraft Completes 10-Hour Continuous Aerial Surveying

UAVOS Inc., a Mountain View-based company specialized in unmanned solutions, has completed flight tests of the unmanned SAT-i aircraft powered by the Sun, designed to perform monitoring and aerial photography during daylight hours. The new unmanned aircraft has demonstrated high performance, successfully completing a non-stop 10-hour mission for aerial photography

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FAA Says Avoid Drone Registration Schemes

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to warn drone owners – especially hobbyists — about people offering to “help” register their drones with the agency. The FAA Drone Zone is all you need – and it costs only $5.00. There are a number of entities that offer to help drone

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AirMap Partners with Skyguide for Swiss Drone UTM

AirMap has partnered with Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, to develop and deploy a national drone traffic management system (UTM—unmanned aircraft systems traffic management) for Switzerland. The announcement followed AirMap’s 2017 U-space demonstration with Skyguide. Switzerland already hosts the world’s first autonomous drone delivery network, in Zurich, and

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Hacker Tried to Sell MQ-9 Files on Dark Web

New research claims that a criminal hacker tried to sell files on the U.S. military’s MQ-9 Reaper drones on the dark web. The unidentified hacker harvested the documents from a U.S. Air Force captain’s computer by exploiting a widely known security vulnerability in Netgear routers, according to research by

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Dedrone Introduces Drone Detection in the Cloud

Dedrone, the market and technology leader in airspace security, announced today the release of Dedrone Cloud. The new platform further advances Dedrone’s offerings, and enables smooth deployment of the Dedrone solution, accelerating the process for organizations to develop a threat analysis of their airspace. Dedrone Cloud streamlines and accelerates drone

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UMS designs new version of its flagship V-200 platform

In a deliberate move to create a wider competitive advantage for its flagship unmanned helicopter, UMS SKELDAR announces the launch of the V-200B, a comprehensive modification of the industry’s pioneering mid-sized heavy fuel engine VTOL, in tandem with a production drive in Sweden to support its worldwide marketing programme targeting

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Opener Unveils First USA-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal VTOL Aircraft

OPENER, Inc., a pioneer of aero vehicles for consumer travel, today revealed BlackFly; the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) designed and built for a new world of three-dimensional transportation. BlackFly is simple to master and requires

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Mystic Taking On DJI With AI

DJI has never failed to provide some of the most impressive drones we’ve seen on the market today. However, the Mystic by Airlango is the latest runner-up that gives DJI a run for the championship. The Mavic Air by DJI features foldable arms, gesture control, and automated flight mode, which

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UAVOS’s Solar-Powered SAT-i Aircraft Completed Ten Hour Continuous Aerial Surveying

UAVOS Inc., a Mountain View-based company specialized in unmanned solutions, has completed flight tests of the unmanned SAT-i aircraft powered by the Sun, designed to perform monitoring and aerial photography during daylight hours. The new unmanned aircraft has demonstrated high performance, successfully completing a non-stop 10-hour mission for aerial photography

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Lax Enforcement And The Low-Hanging Scapegoat

The notion that commercial droners and existing NAS users never expected the FAA to enforce their sUAS policy is ludicrous. To espouse it undermines the FAA’s credibility and justification for public funding. Then there is a slap in the face to the industry folks who have put years

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Equinor Invests in Methane Detection Start-up SeekOps

Equinor Technology Ventures has made an equity investment in SeekOps Inc., headquartered in Pasadena, CA, to accelerate the manufacturing and adoption of accurate and efficient gas detection devices in the oil and gas industry. The goal is to enable efficient measurement strategies for methane source detection and localization while realizing

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Fourth Annual Women in Drones Networking Event

InterDrone’s fourth annual Women in Drones Luncheon, a special event it spearheaded in 2015 and which has quickly grown into a model for networking in the commercial drone industry, will be held this year on Thursday, September 6, from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm. Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager,

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Leonardo Adds C-UAV MHR to IM-SHORAD

Leonardo DRS has selected RADA’s Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) for the mission equipment package (MEP) solution for the US Army’s Initial Maneuver -Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) capability. IM-SHORAD will provide interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) systems for the army’s Stryker A1 configuration. Leonardo DRS announced

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Burevestnik-MB Armed Drone for Belarus Army

During the military parade marking the Belarus Independence day, Belarusian armed forces have unveiled new types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which are now in service, including armed drone Burevestnik-MB and Busel-MB reconnaissance drone. Belarus armed forces showed two Burevestnik-MB fixed-wing unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), that were carried on

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VStar Systems Receives ITAR Certification

VStar Systems, a privately held aerospace and defense systems company based in San Diego, has received approval to export technical data to foreign nations by the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which governs the export of military technology. So far, VStar has received approval to demonstrate its Communication Intelligence

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Australia’s first Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) maintenance training to be delivered in partnership with NCTC

Aviation Australia has partnered with one of the premier aerospace colleges in the United States of America, Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC), to deliver the first Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) maintenance training program in Australia. The courses are designed to educate and up-skill qualified aircraft mechanics into UAS maintenance

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