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Bihrle and BNSF Achieve Truly Automated UAS Inspections-Includes Image Processing and Reporting

Bihrle Applied Research Inc. and BNSF Railway successfully demonstrate automated detection, classification and reporting of infrastructure conditions found during long-range UAS railway inspections Computer vision technologies enable BNSF Railway to process terabytes of imagery captured during Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone operations HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 21, 2018 – Bihrle

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Texo DSI appoint eminent professor as non-exec director

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (Texo DSI), the owner operators of the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr David Flynn as non-executive director. David will provide strategic support as well as being a special adviser to the business

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Kansas State Polytechnic offering UAS training for law enforcement

SALINA — Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can utilize unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first-course offering runs April 9-12 at the campus in Salina. Kurt Carraway, a retired

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Kratos Gets $81M US Government UAS Contract

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a National Security Solutions provider, announced that its Unmanned Systems Division (USD) recently received a single award IDIQ contract with a maximum potential value of $81,000,000 from a U.S. Government Agency related to unmanned drone systems and associated command, control, and communications. This

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Skyrobotic Get ENAC Certification for Overflying Cities

Skyrobotic, a company in the production of drones under 25 kilograms entirely Made in Italy, part of the Italeaf Group, announced that the company has obtained “project certification pursuant to art. 10.6 of the SAPR regulation” from the Italian National Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) for the SR-SF6c system. The certification

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Conspiracy to Export Drone Parts to Hezbollah

A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. The U.S. Attorney’s office for Minnesota said two of the suspects — brothers Usama and Issam Hamade — are now

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Vodafone 4G IoT Technology Tracks Rogue Drones

Vodafone has announced the commencement of trials of the world’s first air traffic control drone tracking and safety technology. Vodafone’s pioneering approach uses innovative 4G Internet of Things (IoT) technology to protect aircraft from catastrophic accidents as well as prevent inadvertent or criminal drone incursions at sensitive locations such as

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Putting Magnesium Back in to the Spotlight

Students in Birmingham, UK, are being challenged to showcase the potential uses of magnesium within the aerospace sector as part of a competition being set by Birmingham City University and the world’s largest producer of magnesium components, Meridian. At 1.8g/cm³, magnesium is the lightest of all structural materials, the eighth

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IARPA Wants Better Tools for Drone Surveillance

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a group within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that deals in “high-risk/high-payoff research programs,” is looking for help. In a challenge posted to Challenge.gov, IARPA offers prizes totalling $75,000 for algorithms that can enhance and restore images “acquired under less

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DroneShield’s DroneGun Gets NATO Approval

DroneShield has received the ultimate stamp of approval in the form of a “stock number” from NATO for its DroneGun MKII. The issuing of the stock number by NATO opens up the opportunity for sales to potentially dozens of military units around the world for Droneshields unique drone combating device.

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Colorado Students Create Drone for Studying Whales

Student researchers at the University of Colorado are planning to add the study of sperm whale communication patterns to the fast-growing list of tasks that can be aided by drone technology. And they — the students, not the whales — could use the public’s help. CU’s 12-member Search and Help

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Lithium-ion Batteries Key to Powering UAVs

By Felix Frisch, VP Marketing and Sales, Epsilor Electric Fuel Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are gaining more popularity in both the defense and civilian sectors thanks to their effectiveness and ease of operation when compared to manned aircraft. Battery-powered aerial vehicles are already in use for various functions of military

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Team UAV & PDG Aviation Services Sign Services Partnership Agreement

PDG Aviation Services and Team UAV have signed an integrated services partnership agreement to provide the global infrastructure, survey and broadcast industries with manned and unmanned aviation services. This agreement will allow for the timely and efficient collection of data using a wide range of aviation platforms, bespoke sensor suites

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North Carolina Calls for Drone Delivery of Medical Supplies

Physicians and providers in North Carolina may soon have faster access to supplies by air rather than wheels thanks to a proposal by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The state government office is seeking to join the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in a move

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Texo DSI Launches Texo Drone Hire Division

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection Ltd (Texo DSI) has announced the launch of its new UAV platform and associated payload rental service – Texo Drone Hire Division. As owner operators of the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of UAV’s and pioneers of disruptive survey and inspection technologies for industry;

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Airline Groups Call on US Congress to Regulate Drones

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), Airlines for America (A4A), and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) called on Congress to reverse legislation that limits the ability of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to regulate all aspects of drone operations. In a letter to Members of Congress, the

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RQ-4 Global Hawk Reaches 20,000 Flight Hours

A significant milestone occurred for the aviation community on Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates last week, when an RQ-4 Global Hawk reached 20,000 Flight Hours on Feb. 13, 2018. “This milestone was the original lifespan of the aircraft,” said Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Pipes, Hawk Aircraft Maintenance Superintendent

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DJI Phantom Blamed for Helicopter Crash

Local and federal authorities are investigating a helicopter crash on Daniel Island, Charleston, South Carolina that reportedly was caused by a drone last Wednesday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed Thursday that a Robinson R22 helicopter struck a tree and crash landed near the southern tip of the island around

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Texas Launches Public Safety UAS Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the launch of a public safety unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program. The department’s multi-purpose, small UAS will be used for a variety of public safety missions across Texas, including flight missions related to: officer safety, search and rescue, disaster support,

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Spain Adopts Permanent Regulation for Civil Drone Use

On 15 December, the Council of Ministers approved a Royal Decree 1036/2017 regulating the civil use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) more commonly known as drones. This new regulation directly replaces the former temporary regulation in Articles 50 and 51 of Act 18/2014 on urgent measures for development, competitiveness and

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President Buhari Didn’t Launch Same Drone as Jonathan

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has reacted to claims in some quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari had inducted an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) commissioned by his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan. President Buhari launched Tsaigumi UAV, a ten-hour capacity drone for day and night operations on Thursday, January 15, 2018 in Kaduna.

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MicroPilot now Flies Transitioning VTOL UAS

MicroPilot autopilots already fly a wide range of UAVs, including fixed wings, multi-rotors, helicopters and even tail sitters. Now, MicroPilot has added support for transitioning drones. UAV manufacturers making and designing transitioning drones now have a high-reliability professional autopilot option. Transitioning drones will benefit from the many options that are

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Fortem Announces DroneHunter Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

Fortem Technologies, Inc., has announced the release of DroneHunter, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over

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Ultra Electronics Gets $1.2 M Fuel Cell Contract for UAS

Ultra Electronics USSI has announced the receipt of $1.2 million contract award for D245XR and D350XR fuel cells for use in Group 1 unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Representing the most advanced solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power technology available today, the D245XR and D350XR fuel cells provide UAS platforms advanced

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