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BMW Helps Build World’s Fastest Racing Drone

BMW is working with the Drone Racing League (DRL) to break the record for the world’s fastest drone set by the DRL itself last year. BMW will loan its technical expertise and wind tunnel at its Aerodynamic Test Center to help the league break the 165.2 mph Guinness world speed

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US Transfers New Scan Eagle to Philippine Air Force

 U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim turned over a Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial System to ‎Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during a transfer ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on March 13. Ambassador Kim and officials from the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group delivered this PhP

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Cleaning Wind Turbine Blades by Drone

 Hundreds of feet above a snow-covered field, a boxy black device covered in propellers hovers next to the enormous outstretched blade of a wind turbine. From a corner of the machine, a nozzle sprays a liquid across the surface of the blade in a rapid smooth zigzag motion like

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Walmart Files Patent for Drone Bees

Walmart earlier this month applied for a patent for “drone pollinators” that would fill in for the declining population of bees that now help fertilize the crops needed to produce the food sold by Walmart and other grocers. Bee populations are shrinking rapidly, with scientists pointing to pesticides as one

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Message from Symposium – FAA is ‘Open for Business’

“The message of this whole conference is, the FAA is open for business,” said Derek Kan, undersecretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, summing up the Federal Aviation Administration’s stance at the third annual FAA UAS Symposium, cosponsored by AUVSI. FAA official said repeatedly that they want to

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Fortem Technologies Raises $15M Series A To Advance Airspace Safety And Security

Fortem Technologies, Inc., an innovator in airspace awareness and intelligence, announced today that they have closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by DCVC (Data Collective) with key participation from Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and Mubadala Investment Company, as well as Manifest Growth, New Ground Ventures

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Sentera Adds Powerful New Features and Capabilities to FieldAgent Mobile

Sentera today announced the addition of several significant new features and capabilities to its FieldAgent™ Mobile app. FieldAgent Mobile adds new flight planning options, a sleeker, more efficient user interface, in-app map views, and free access to the most commonly-used features on mobile. The redesigned app supports Sentera’s mission of

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Kansas State Polytechnic collaborates with professional indoor football team Salina Liberty to fly drones during games

SALINA — The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its unmanned aircraft systems capabilities to now include sports and entertainment operations with the help of a professional indoor football team. The campus’s Applied Aviation Research Center, which is a hub for UAS exploration, is collaborating with the Salina Liberty

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Kittyhawk Insights – the most popular drone models

We frequently talk about the diversity of our customers at Kittyhawk. Everyone from media to oil and gas to rail roads use Kittyhawk to help power their commercial drone operations across their organizations. However, our customers have a diverse set of needs and use a variety of hardware. We thought

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Serbia’s CTT Unveils First HAPS at SEAS

The second Southeast Europe Aviation Summit (SEAS), held in Belgrade, Serbia, on 8 and 9 March, saw the unveiling of three new innovative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) currently under development by Belgrade-based Composite Technology Team (CTT). Chief among these was a high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) named Pupin after the Serbian-American

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Google Puts AI into Project Maven

Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google’s involvement. Google’s pilot project with the Defense Department’s Project Maven, an

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US Air Force Wants Air-to-Air Missiles on Reaper

The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to equip its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper with an air-to-air missile (AAM) capability for the first time. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Medium Altitude UAS Division disclosed on 7 March that it intended to award the

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Market Report on Civil Drone Operations Available Now

This market report is based on the Survey on Civil Drone Operations, conducted by Blyenburgh & Co, on behalf of UVS International, is now available. The survey had inputs from 1004 drone operators in 66 countries. The market report identifies & classifies 31 drone market sectors and 25 drone flight

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Unclassified version of new report predicts small drone threats to infantry units

Washington DC (SPX) Mar 08, 2018 –

The emergence of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) that operate without a human pilot, commonly known as drones, has led to adversarial groups threatening deployed U.S. forces, especially infantry units. Although the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) are developing

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US gives Philippine air force first drones

Manila (AFP) March 13, 2018 –

The United States gave the Philippine air force its first surveillance drone system on Tuesday, as the two nations step up cooperation in the battle against jihadist militants.

Washington has been boosting its backing for Philippine counter-terror efforts since supporters of the Islamic State group

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URS awarded contract for support of Air Force’s drone fleet

Washington (UPI) Mar 11, 2018 –

The Department of Defense has awarded a $961 million contract to URS Federal Technical Services for maintenance on and support of the U.S. Air Force’s drone fleet.

The Maryland-based company will work on the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft, which operate

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Russian military developing long-range supersonic missile-lobbing drone

Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 28, 2018 –

Designed to infiltrate far into an enemy’s territory, the new system will carry both guided and unguided munitions.

Russia is working on a long-range unmanned strike system, Zvezda, the official television channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense, has learned.

Speaking to the television channel, Alexander Nemov,

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