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Autonomous Flight Startup Xwing Raises $4M

Xwing, an autonomous aviation company, has announced the closing of a $4M seed round. Led by Eniac Ventures with participation from Array Ventures and prominent angels and aviation buffs, including John and Patrick Collison, founders of Stripe, as well as Nat Friedman of Xamarin, Microsoft and GitHub. The round allows

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Indian Institute of Drones Celebrates Its 50th Class

The Indian Institute of Drones, an institute for drone pilots across the globe has celebrated completion of 50 batches of trainees in 1 year 6 months. It started its courses in February 2017. Indian Institute of Drones provides training for commercial and industrial drone pilots across the globe by offering

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ParaZero’s Drone Safety System Tested in US

ParaZero Ltd has participated in the successful testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for potential flight over people in controlled airspace. The testing was initiated by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help it create new regulations that will enable the safe and secure integration of UAS into

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Trump Signs Defense Bill with $9.6Bn for UAS Spending

President Trump has signed into law H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, authorizing the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to spend $9.6 billion for unmanned vehicle systems. The bill increases military spending for unmanned technologies by 28 percent over last

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DroneShield’s Product Suite Accepted on GSA Schedule

DroneShield Ltd has announced that its full product suite has been approved for placement on, and placed on, the GSA Schedule. The GSA (General Services Administration) is an agency of the United States government that supplies products for U.S. government offices and operates the Federal Acquisition Service (the FAS). As

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Demon Drone Launches Grenades

Ukrainian company Matrix UAV has developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a grenade launcher! Founder Yuriy Kasyanov announced on his Facebook page that the multi-purpose unmanned attack vehicle will be called the “Demon.”

The first prototype of the Demon UAV is fitted with the RPG-26 grenade launcher. It

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US Air Force to Control Attack Drones from F-22s

The US Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th and 5th Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare. Working with

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Drones Driven by AI Track Illegal Fishing in Africa

Moroccan technology startup ATLAN Space is developing artificial intelligence (AI) to guide autonomous drones so they can scan large areas for “environmental crimes” like illegal fishing, poaching or deforestation. In June, ATLAN Space won the National Geographic Society’s $150,000 Marine Protection Prize to implement a pilot project to combat illegal

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Grenade Launching Drone from Ukraine

Ukrainian company Matrix UAV has developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) eqquiped with a grenade launcher, said Yuriy Kasyanov on 17 August. Yuriy Kasyanov announced on his Facebook page that еру Matrix UAV company has developed an attack multi-purpose unmanned vehicle, called the “Demon”. The first prototype of the

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Future Farm’s Funding Fizzles Out

Jeff Lorton doesn’t want to declare the Oregon UAS Future Farm Expo dead. He prefers the terms “in stasis” or “on life support.” Regardless of the terminology, there will be no Future Farm Expo at the Pendleton Convention Center this year, ending the agricultural unmanned aerial systems exposition after two

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Valkyrie Systems Aerospace Announces Partnership with the State of Oklahoma

VSA working to create high-tech jobs and partnerships with area universities Valkyrie Systems Aerospace (VSA), a cutting-edge developer of manned/unmanned aerial platforms, is proud to announce an exciting partnership with the State of Oklahoma. This partnership will ultimately accommodate manufacturing facilities, as well as flight operations and training in

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Insitu tapped for RQ-21A spare, sustainment parts

Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2018 –

Insitu has received a $9 million order against a previously issued contract to maintain the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial aircraft.

The order, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, provides for the procurement of spare and sustainment parts to maintain the RQ-21A Blackjack for the U.S.

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German Navy Selects the SKELDAR V-200

UMS SKELDAR has been awarded a procurement contract through Munich-based partner and prime contractor Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) for a new, unmanned, airborne reconnaissance system for the German Navy specified by the Federal military procurement agency Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The contract

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VTOL Swift020 Flies Forestry Mission in Japan

The Swift020 UAS successfully flew over densely forested areas within the Ishikawa prefecture in Japan. Working with members of the Ishikawa Prefecture Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry, the local forest cooperative association and key forestry industry leaders, the flights were held July 23-25, 2018. Due to the density of

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Komatsu Partners with Propeller Aero on Drone Analytics Solutions

With drones becoming an increasingly common worksite tool, Komatsu has identified aerial mapping and analytics as a key component of their Smart Construction initiative—a range of integrated hardware and software products designed to offer an end-to-end workflow for each phase of construction. “A Komatsu Smart Construction jobsite by definition is

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Insitu contracted for ScanEagle MEAUS surveillance drones

Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2018 –

Insitu has received a $5,000 minimum, $232 million order under an existing contract for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems.

The order, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, was issued to prevent interruption of services currently being rendered. SOC fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the

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German Navy selects the SKELDAR V-200 to provide UAV reconnaissance

UMS SKELDAR wins contract to deploy from Corvette Class 130 in 2019; package focused on pioneering NATO-compliant heavy fuel engine rotary VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and at-sea training. UMS SKELDAR, the world-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions and avionics software has been

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FAA Restricts Drone Operations over DOD Facilities

At the request of its Federal security partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about drone operations over national security-sensitive facilities by establishing temporary flight restrictions specific

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Drone Revolution Shakes Up Tort Law

At its annual meeting in July, the National Conference of Commissioners for Uniform State Laws, otherwise known as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), considered a proposal for changing law across the United States to reflect the impact of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. A ULC committee tabled for discussion a

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