Category: Americas

20 m/s in a warehouse!

Members of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program used the 102nd Intelligence Wing's hangar to test small UAVs in an indoor, controlled environment.

They may not have zoomed flawlessly around obstacles like the Millennium Falcon did as it careened through the hull of a crashed Star Destroyer in Star Wars VII. But the sensor-loaded quadcopters that recently got tested in a cluttered hangar in Massachusetts did manage to edge their way around obstacles and achieve their target speeds…

UAS Project to Increase Snowpack in Nevada Mountains

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A new industry-academic research partnership will bring together Nevada’s top atmospheric scientists and leading unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) engineers, designers, and data experts to develop and test innovative applications focused on increasing snowpack depths in the Lake Tahoe region. Led by the Desert Research Institute (DRI), and supported by Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, this first-of-its-kind project will…

A Giant Step for Micro Drones

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On February 11, 2016, Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis introduced an innovative Micro Drone amendment to the AIRR Act, which is the latest FAA Reauthorization Act. The amendment creates a new “Micro UAS Classification” of unmanned aircraft systems, and would permit non-hobbyists to operate the smallest and the safest drones under regulations that are safety-oriented, but contain simplified and streamlined requirements…

The Aerospace Corporation Demos Counter-Drone Technology for Security Organizations

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El Segundo, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2016) – The Aerospace Corporation recently gave a demonstration of counter-drone technology for a group of organizations that control critical infrastructure. The demonstration was held at a meeting of the Los Angeles Regional Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Working Group, which is a Los Angeles regional group co-hosted by Aerospace and…

DroneDeploy Opens the Skies to Free Autonomous Aerial Mapping

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​­DroneDeploy, the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones, is making powerful aerial data accessible and productive for everyone. Today DroneDeploy announced the launch of its free iOS flight app to simplify and automate the capture of aerial data for the iOS community. Now anyone with the latest drones from DJI, the world’s leading drone…

‘Give it a shot’: Drone locates B.C. man’s stolen motorbike

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Nick Wells, CTVNews.ca A Vancouver Island man went to some unusual lengths to track down a stolen dirt bike. Ryan Sandnes’ bike was stolen last Friday, and despite security camera footage of the thief, RCMP hadn’t made much headway in retrieving his stolen property. That’s when he decided to investigate a different way. “I kind…

sUSB Expo 2016, speaker list.

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Its that time of year again, The Silicon Valley Drone Show, sUSB Expo is almost upon us. The speaker list is filling up. This year it takes place on April 27,28 and 29 as in previous years its at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio, SFC. This is the forth year that we have run the…

Jobs:- KoptR Image inc Technician or engineer – Drone – Design, maintenance and test

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Technician or engineer – Drone – Design, maintenance and test This is an excellent opportunity to convert a passion into a profession and be part of a renowned team. We are a young and ambitious team offering leading edge drone technology products and services. We are looking for a technician or engineer having experience; either…

Agribotix Partnership With The Nature Conservancy Provides Drone-Enabled Aerial Survey, Imaging And Analytics

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Agribotix LLC is providing The Nature Conservancy with drones, image processing, data analytics and consulting to assist with aerial surveys for the organization’s conservation work. Agribotix provides complete drone-enabled agricultural intelligence solutions to farmers and agricultural service providers. While their core market is agriculture, their hardware and data processing technology is well suited for land…

Drones, Citizen Science, and El Niño Monitoring of California’s Coastline

On January 25, 2016, a state of emergency was declared in Pacifica, California, after king tides and storm surge pummeled the coastline. Many of the apartments in Pacifica are hanging off of soft sandstone cliffs and are in danger of falling off.  Photo taken January 26, 2016.

Eric Cheng I’m writing about an exciting citizen science project that fits strongly into the “Drones Are Good” message—an idea many of us in the drone industry share as widely as possible in order to highlight the great things that drones can do for the world. The Nature Conservancy’s “Phones and Drones” project gives casual volunteers the opportunity…