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Military drones continue to tumble to earth

The Drone Wars drone crash database has been updated with a further nineteen crashes of large (Class II and III) military drones; thirteen since the beginning of 2020 and six from 2018/19 only recently revealed. While there have been many claims and counter-claims of drones shot down in Syria, Yemen

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FlytBase and DroneLogBook Partner to Simplify Live, Remote Drone Operations

FlytBase, Inc. and DroneLogBook are excited to partner together to help drone operators, service providers and system integrators automate and scale their UAV operations. The growth of the global commercial drone industry, led by US-based enterprises, federal agencies and tech startups, is expected to accelerate as hardware gets commoditized, regulators

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Newest Virtual Surveyor Software Highlights Dangerous Slope Angles in Sand Pits, Quarries, Escarpments

Virtual Surveyor has introduced a new feature in Version 7.2 of its popular drone surveying software that automatically highlights terrain slopes that exceed dangerous steepness thresholds. Called Slope Threshold lens, this capability significantly enhances the safety of operations in sand pits, quarries and other dynamic environments with steep terrains.

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GA-ASI Completes First Production-Representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has completed the first production-representative MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). First flight of this aircraft took place on March 30, 2020 at GA-ASI’s Flight Operations Facility in El Mirage, California. “With first flight of the production-representative aircraft, we remain on schedule for delivering MQ-9B

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Northrop Grumman M-ACE C-UAS in Final Testing Phase

Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps air defence echelons within the year. A company-funded development, which draws

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Leonardo Extends Training Services to UAS

Leonardo is extending its training services capabilities to include rotorcraft unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to provide 360° training solutions to its growing customer base for maximised mission effectiveness and safety. The Company has recently obtained an Authorized Training Organization Certificate for UAS released by ENAC (Italian National Civil Aviation Authority).

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Final 3 Teams in First FirePoint C3 Challenge

The FirePoint Innovations Center at Wichita State University has announced the final three teams have been selected in the first-ever FirePoint C3 Challenge. With a combined $35,000 in funding to bring their concepts to life, the three teams will now begin putting their heads—and designs—together, collaborating to build the U.S.

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Japan to Require Drone Licenses for BVLoS Flights

The Japanese government plans to establish a licensing system for operating drones when the flights are beyond the operator’s line of sight. The proposal comes as the government hopes for increased usage of unmanned vehicles for purposes such as delivering daily necessities and medicine, or assisting security patrols in areas

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FLIR Announces First Order for Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance System

Vehicle-Launched Nano-UAV Keeps Troops Secure While Providing Real-Time Situational Awareness; First Sale of VRS Will Support Technology Concept Testing for Base Protection ARLINGTON, Va., March 30, 2020 ― FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced that the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment has procured one of the company’s Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance

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Pix4D presents the next generation of photogrammetry and analytics software

Photogrammetry leader Pix4D is announcing today the commercial release of next-generation software addressing the modern-day professional challenges. Developed in close collaboration with customers and partners, Pix4Dsurvey, Pix4Dmatic, Pix4Dinspect, and Pix4Dscan will contribute to revolutionizing the way professional customers operate and deliver their services. Breaking ground with Pix4Dsurvey & Pix4Dmatic Digital

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India – Jungleworks and the Panipat Administration collaborate with Drone Deliveries to Covid-19 patients

The Covid-19 outbreak has become a global crisis, which has left millions vulnerable, supply lines have collapsed, economies derailed, factories shunted and cities under lock down. While India continues to tackle this crisis & maintain nationwide lock down till April 14, 2020, the Panipat Administration has joined hands with the

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Avy Mechanical Engineer – Drones for Good

Avy is looking for a mechanical engineer with drone/aircraft development experience. With an understanding of flight dynamics, propulsion and production methods ranging from 3D printing to composite construction. As a mechanical engineer at Avy you will design, build, and test UAV systems and subsystems. Ranging from cargo bays to

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Airbus VOOM, AAM test to close

Clement Monnet In early 2016, we started Voom with the ambition to democratize access to the skies and transform how people move in urban environments. Over the last four years, Voom has grown from a project inside Airbus’ innovation center in Silicon Valley, Acubed, to a multinational company operating in

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First Order for FLIR Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance System

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment has procured one of the company’s Black Hornet Vehicle Reconnaissance Systems (VRS) as part of an innovative base protection program. The order represents the first sale of an integrated VRS system for FLIR. The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is

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Abionica Solutions and UAV Navigation Team on UAV Certification

UAV Navigation, a Spanish company in Flight Control Systems Solutions to UAVs, has signed a collaboration Agreement with Abionica Solutions-specialized company in engineering systems, avionics and UAVs Certification areas, to achieve their customers’ systems certification. One of the biggest challenges to UAV providers and operators in this market is the

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TerraView Introduces its Second All-American UAV

TerraView, a California-based unmanned aircraft system (UAS) development and manufacturing company, has unveiled the RangePro X8P – Pixhawk, a follow-up model to last year’s RangePro X8, now with system components and options that meet federal government and Department of Defense (DoD) guidelines. Like its predecessor, the RangePro X8P is an

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Abionica Solutions And UAV Navigation Works Together In UAV Certification

UAV Navigation, Spanish leader company in Flight Control Systems Solutions to UAVs, signs a collaboration Agreement with Abionica Solutions-specialized company in engineering systems, avionics and UAVs Certification areas-, to achieve their customers’ systems certification. One of the biggest challenges to UAV providers and operators in this market is the European

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Who’s Your Drone Overlord?

From time to time, folks like to alert me to stories that they believe need telling for various reasons. Sometimes it is just good old-fashioned FAA bureaucratic bungling, arbitrary favoritism, obfuscation and or your garden-variety industry shenanigans. Other times it might be more severe matters like national security issues, spying,

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DJI and Rosenbauer Global Partnership Advances the Digitalization of Emergency Service Response

Emergency scenarios will be able to be dealt with quicker, more safely and more efficiently thanks to a new strategic partnership between DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Rosenbauer International AG, the world-leading manufacturer of fire service vehicles and firefighting equipment. From today, the

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Drones Vs Covid 19 – Around the World

Drones are being used in a variety of ways around the world in face of the current pandemic – mainly to inform, enforce restrictions and to sanitise. Rather than dozens of individual posts, we’re collated some highlights into this one mega-post to hopefully make it all more easily digestible… UK

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University of South Australia Working on ‘Pandemic Drone’ to Detect Coronavirus

A ‘pandemic drone’ to remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions is being developed by the University of South Australia (UniSA) in partnership with a Canadian company. The drone will be fitted with a specialised sensor and computer vision system that can monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates,

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GA-ASI Installs New Predator Mission Trainer at FTTC

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. has installed a new Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) at its Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The aircraft flight simulator, produced by CAE, will be used to train operators of MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft. GA-ASI offers a

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