European unmanned maritime surveillance testing set to begin this summer


The AR5 Life Ray UAS, developed by TEKEVER (, has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to demonstrate the first European maritime surveillance system where drones are integral to operations. The first demonstration will be performed this summer over the Maltese waters of the Mediterranean sea,…

Aeryon SkyRanger with the Wave Relay® Network


Aeryon, the leader in small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS), and Persistent Systems, LLC(“Persistent Systems”), the leader in Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) technology and developers of the Wave Relay® system, today announced the integration of Wave Relay® technology into the airframe of the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS. This integration will enable Command and Control (C2) and…

DRONE VOLT enters the world of virtual reality with the JANUS 360° Drone


DRONE VOLT, the French leader in professional drones, revolutionizing the world of Photography and Cinematography with the JANUS 360 by DRONE VOLT, a Drone dedicated for 360° Virtual Reality content production. Drones and Virtual Reality: a revolution! Virtual reality has a tremendous future and points to a growing need for 3D content filmed in 360° for cinematography,…

Navy uses tiny drones to find safe route through Antarctic ice for the first time

The Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship HMS Protector has launched tiny pilotless aircraft from her decks for the first time to assist with navigating through the Antarctic.

A quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft have scouted the way for the survey ship so she can find her way through the thick ice of frozen seas.

It’s the first time the Royal Navy has used unmanned aerial vehicles in this part of the world. The Service has been operating ScanEagle ‘eyes in sky’ from frigates in the Gulf for the past couple of years which feed vital live imagery back to ships on maritime security patrols.

The craft launched from Protector are smaller and less hi-tech, but still provided the icebreaker with real-time high-quality information courtesy of a detailed picture of the surrounding environment from a perspective that is only available from the air.

The quadcopter has been used for short-range reconnaissance missions, while the 3D-printed mini aircraft has been sent off on longer patrols.

The brainchild of experts at Southampton University, the Laser-Sintered Aircraft – shortened to SULSA – is made of nylon, printed in four major parts and assembled without the use of any tools – it is the world’s first ‘printed’ airplane.

It is controlled from a laptop on board, cruises at nearly 60mph and is all but noiseless thanks to its tiny engine. Each one costs no more than £7,000 – cheaper than an hour’s flying time by a Fleet Air Arm helicopter.

HMS Protector has been trialing small drones to help her negotiate the Antarctic ice for the first time. The survey ship, which has just completed her third stint around the frozen continent this austral summer, has launched both a tiny quadcopter and a 3D-printed aircraft equipped with cameras. It’s the first time the Royal Navy…

RIT joins Property Drone Consortium


Rochester Institute of Technology was named a technology member of the Property Drone Consortium, a collaboration of insurance carriers, construction industry leaders and supporting enterprises. The organization promotes research, development, the establishment of regulations and comments on standards for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems across the insurance and construction industries. Research focuses on…

FAA Administrator Makes Two Major Drone Announcements


Speaking today at a conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing abroad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft (PDF) as part of their coursework. Huerta said the drone advisory committee is…

Incredible image acquisition by drone for the Freeride World Tour


Located in Verbier, in Switzerland, “Le bec des rosses” is a famous summit to practice freeriding. With its +500 meters of vertical drop, the face is known as very technical and demanding by the best riders. Only the best of them will participate to the final stage of the “freeride world tour” located in Verbier.…

Precisionhawk and DJI deliver easy to use drone and data packages for farmers


  The pre-assembled package, which includes DJI’s hardware platform plus PrecisionHawk’s flight and analytics software, is seamlessly integrated to provide a cost-effective and easy remote sensing tool for agriculture PrecisionHawk and DJI, global leaders in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) space, announced Tuesday an exclusive partnership to offer the agriculture market with a complete agricultural…

Introducing concurrent GNSS timing modules with Galileo support


  New firmware for u-blox LEA-M8T and NEO-M8T multi-GNSS timing receiver modules adds support for the Galileo constellation u-blox today launched a firmware release that adds Galileo constellation support to u-blox LEA-M8T and NEO-M8T multi-GNSS (GPS/QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo) timing receiver modules. This release is part of the u-blox FW 3.01 family, which brings…