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Fruity Chutes SATS-MINI Update Solves for Fixed-Wing and VTOL

Fruity Chutes has released the 1.2.1 update for the Sentinel Automatic Trigger System (SATS-MINI), a safety device that detects when a UAV fails and triggers the parachute to deploy. Unlike other automatic trigger systems (ATS) which are onlyoptimized for multicopter applications, the SATS-MINI update adds support for fixed-wing and VTOL

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Amy Wiegand of DroneUp Joins DSPA Board of Advisors

Drone Service Providers Alliance (DSPA), a member-based association that advocates for reasonable FAA regulations in the Unmanned Aircraft (sUAS) industry, is accelerating its advisory board efforts. Amy Wiegand, DroneUp’s Marketing & Communications Director, has agreed to join the Board of Advisors. Amy Wiegand is a sUAS pioneer, having started exploring

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Australia (CASA) – Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Technical Specialist

Canberra (other CASA office locations considered) $101,396.00 – $143,126.00 Permanent Full Time Closes 4 May 2021 National Operations and Standards$101,396 – $143,126 plus 15.4% superannuationRPAS BranchLocation: Canberra (other CASA office locations considered) The RPAS Technical Specialist is responsible for providing contemporary technical advice and expertise to inform the development of

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EASA Virtual Event -The new design verification process for authorising drone operations in the ‘specific’ category medium risk – SAIL III and IV

Date & time07/05/2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM (UTC+2) DescriptionThe new European Drone regulation came into force at the end of December 2020. Drone operations, either for commercial or leisure purposes, are now subject to the same conditions right across Europe. While the ‘open’ category covers a concrete range of

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AeroVironment Awarded $45 Million Option for Switchblade Tactical Missile Systems Under U.S. Army Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems Contract

• Combat proven Switchblade 300 with patented “wave-off” feature and recommit ability provides operators with increased lethality, reach and precision strike capabilities with low collateral effects • Contract option includes first approved export to an allied nation, extending Switchblade’s unique capabilities to friendly forces and promoting interoperability for joint operations

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Iris Automation announces the availability of groundbreaking detect and avoid system, Casia X, with enhanced 360-degree performance

Iris Automation’s onboard multi-camera detect and avoid (DAA) system, Casia® X, will be available for shipping May 21, 2021. Casia X is the only solution for commercial drones and unpiloted aircraft delivering a full 360° radial detection capability using computer vision technology. Originally introduced as Casia 360, Casia X is

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Skydweller Aero Inc. Validates Initial Flight Hardware and Autopilot Software

Skydweller Aero Inc., a U.S.-Spanish aerospace company developing solar powered aircraft for defense and commercial industries, today announced the successful flight demonstration of the company’s initial aircraft control, actuation, and sensor technology systems, after rigorous software design, installation, and ground testing. The company led preliminary testing of their proprietary autonomous

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China’s SF Express and Pipistrel to Develop VTOL Cargo Drone

SF Express, China’s leading integrated logistics provider, intends to expand its delivery network fleet through the deployment of large cargo unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability. Together with its Munich based subsidiary, Amazilia Aerospace, SF Express has partnered with Pipistrel, a Slovenian aerospace company, to

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Morocco to Acquire 13 Bayraktar TB2 Drones

Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces (FAR) signed an acquisition contract of 13 Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) with Turkey to the tune of MAD 626 million ($70 million). Under the agreement, Morocco will receive four driving ground stations, a configurable simulation system for driving drones, and a digital system

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NRL’s Hybrid Tiger UAV Soars at Demonstration

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory engineers recently demonstrated Hybrid Tiger, an electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with multi-day endurance flight capability, at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. The team integrated technologies developed in prior NRL power and energy programs into a single UAV to achieve multi-day endurance with a Group 2 UAV.

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Iran Showcases Drones at Annual Military Parade

Iran has shown off an extensive collection of its military drones during the country’s annual National Army Day parade on April 18. The models demonstrated included an aircraft fitted for a variety of purposes – from committing simple kamikaze attacks and surveillance to carrying out precision strikes. Military trucks carried

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NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Flies on Mars

On Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46

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AgEagle Announces Acquisition of Measure in the Next Step to Become the Company of Choice for End-to-End Drone Solutions

AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. (NYSE American: UAVS) (“AgEagle” or the “Company”), an industry leading drone solutions provider, today announced its acquisition of Measure Global Inc. (“Measure”), an award-winning aerial intelligence solutions company, in a combination cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $45 million. This is the third acquisition by

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DV day showcases innovative unmanned technologies

SAN DIEGO – Navy officials and Fleet commanders attended a Distinguished Visitor (DV) day on Naval Base San Diego April 16 to showcase various Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21 systems and capabilities. The Naval leadership in attendance, including Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas W. Harker, represented a

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Altavation Provides On-Demand Nationwide Drone Imaging for Real Estate

Altavation is now available nationwide – accessible and affordable on-demand drone photography and videography for real estate. Altavation is a premier aerial imaging provider of the United States, which holds partnerships with a number of the nation’s leading real estate agencies. Drone photography captures breathtaking landscape views, memorable indoor videos,

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Sony Airpeak – Elevating Creativity

Sony has updated the development status of its upcoming drone, Airpeak, announcing that they are combining their expertise in imaging, sensing and AI robotics technology in a continuous development of Airpeak. At CES 2021, Airpeak was unveiled as a drone system designed with professional filming in mind. From the perspective

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Xwing Conducts Fully Autonomous Gate-to-Gate Cargo Flight with Cessna Aircraft

Xwing, a San Francisco startup developing technologies for self-flying aircraft, announced that it has completed what it called the world’s first fully autonomous demonstration flight of a commercial cargo aircraft from gate to gate. The Cessna Grand Caravan 208 pulled away from Xwing’s hangar in Concord, California, taxied, took off,

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Electrolyzers are First Step to Green Hydrogen Production

The hydrogen market is always associated with fuel cells and vehicles, but this is actually a tiny portion of the overall hydrogen market. In fact, to use hydrogen in fuel cells and industrial applications, it is necessary to produce hydrogen cost-effectively. The strong potential of hydrogen is driven by the

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Germany Approves €3BN Eurodrone Contract

The German Parliament’s budget committee last week approved a 3 billion euro ($3.59 billion) contract for the development of a European military drone to be built by Airbus, Dassault and Leonardo a parliamentary source said. The German military will receive 21 drones, 12 ground control stations and four simulators from

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