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Skylogic Research Releases Third Annual Drone Industry Benchmark Survey Results

2018 study examines commercial and public sector growth, market share of major UAV and software brands, and refutes industry hyperbole REDWOOD CITY, CA, September 18, 2018 — Skylogic Research, LLC, the leading research and advisory services firm for the commercial drone industry and owner of Drone Analyst®, today announced the

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Aireon Names Denise Olmsted as General Counsel

Aireon LLC, developer of the world’s first space-based global air traffic surveillance service has announced that Denise Olmsted recently joined Aireon as General Counsel. Olmsted will lead corporate governance, regulatory and compliance matters and international contracts for Aireon. “Denise is going to contribute immensely to Aireon as we transition into

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DJI Hires David Hansell To Expand Drone Policy Advocacy

Expert on Drone Security And Integration Will Support Drone Users’ Interests DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has hired aviation policy expert David Hansell as Public Policy Manager, helping guide the development of drone laws and regulations to ensure they help America take full advantage

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Northwest UAV’s NW-88 Multi-Fuel Twin-Cylinder UAV Engine Successfully Completes Major Development Milestone

Northwest UAV has taken their newest engine – the NW-88 multi-fuel twin-cylinder UAV engine – from concept to running prototype with a successful test run in their on-site engine test cell. This marks the conclusion of the design phase of development and begins the test and qualification phase. Based on

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ICAO Lawyers to Tackle Emerging Challenges

The ICAO Legal Committee, chaired by Mr. Terry Olson from France, concluded its 37th Session last week at ICAO’s Headquarters, addressing a range of challenging emerging issues for international air transport. Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President and Dr. Fang Liu, ICAO Secretary General were present to open the

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Greek Army Sagem Sperwer Crashes Near Komotini

A Hellenic Army unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fell near Komotini, northern Greece, last Thursday morning.The SAGEM Sperwer type aircraft fell some four kilometers west of Komotini, according to local reports. The aircraft had been on a training exercise when it crashed five minutes after takeoff, sources said. Initial assessments indicate

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AeroVironment Gets $6M Raven Contract from NATO for Portuguese Army

AeroVironment, Inc. has announced the receipt of a fixed-price contract award valued at $5,962,494 from NSPA on August 20, 2018.The contract award encompasses the procurement of Raven® unmanned aircraft systems equipped with Mantis i23 sensors and pocket Remote Video Terminals (p/RVT) for the Portuguese Army, with delivery scheduled over a

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USAF Completes First Auto-Land Using MQ-9 BLOCK 5

On August 7, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) completed the first-ever automated landing of an MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), followed by the first auto-takeoff on August 9. The new Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to enhance mission

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Airware Burns Through $118M and Crashes

Drone operating system startup Airware suddenly informed employees it will cease operations immediately despite having raised $118 million from top investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Google’s GV, and Kleiner Perkins. The startup ran out of money after trying to manufacture its own hardware that couldn’t compete with drone giants like

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Skydio – Social + CRM Marketing Manager

The world’s most advanced autonomous device, Skydio R1, is the easiest and funnest self-flying camera you will ever use. We are seeking a self-motivated Social and Community Marketing Manager to join Skydio, a rapidly growing company combining artificial intelligence and advanced robotics to bring a revolutionary product to market. We

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BSHARK Launch Hydrogen Drone, Narwhal 2

BSHARK, an expert on hydrogen-powered drone research, has partnered with MicroMultiCopter (MMC)-a manufacturer of the first hydrogen-powered drone HyDrone 1550. BSHARK released a new hydrogen-powered drone Narwhal 2. MMC provided production service for BSHARK. The new drone is an upgraded hydrogen quad-copter with LTE module and 30 km video transmission

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Drone Crashes During Inspection

This frightening video shows a drone crashing to the sidewalk — narrowly missing pedestrians — during an aerial inspection of a cracked window at San Francisco’s tilting Millennium Tower.

Building managers were conducting the aerial survey of the structure while KPIX 5 cameras were rolling.

The Millennium Tower’s homeowners association hired

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New Battery Configuration Allows 2-Hour Flights

California-based startup Impossible Aerospace says that their new battery configuration can allow drones to fly for two hours! The company says it simply rethought the way drones are designed and built and notes that its first drone, which is about the size of a DJI Phantom, can last up to

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Blade Inductrix FPV Brushless BNF Basic [VIDEO]

Blade Inductrix FPV Brushless BNF Basic

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Huge Ukranian Smuggler Drone

Here’s a drone on steroids! Ukranian border guards heard and investigated this multirotor’s admittedly loud flight and found it stuck in a tree on the outskirts of the village of Gorbivsti, about a kilometer of a mile from the border. What was it doing there? Likely smuggling tobacco products, narcotics,

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California Outlaws Drone Flights Over Prisons

For anyone who was unsure about the legality of using drones to carry drugs, mobile phones, weapons and other contraband into California’s prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown clarified things by signing legislation this week that outlawed such flights. Senate Bill 1355, which Brown signed Monday, states that operation of unmanned aerial

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Intel Capital Invests in Delair

Delair, a supplier of commercial drone solutions, announced that it has recently closed its expansion round with an investment from Intel Capital. For the past year, Delair and Intel have been collaborating on the Intel Insight Platform, a cloud-based digital asset management solution that leverages Delair’s extensive suite of industry-optimized

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Russian REX-1 Counter-UAV System Revealed

Images from Russia’s major ‘Vostok 2018′ exercise on 13 September appear to show a production version of the REX-1 counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) weapon in use by Russian Federation airborne troops. The REX-1 is a rifle-like, man-portable jammer developed by Kalashnikov Group subsidiary ZALA Aero Group and first seen at

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MQ-4C Triton Damaged in California Mishap

A MQ-4C Triton landed on its belly after a test flight last Wednesday went wrong at Naval Base Ventura County in California. The incident occurred at 2:45 pm Wednesday at Point Mugu when the aircraft from Florida-based Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 experienced an unspecified mechanical glitch

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