Unmanned aircraft test flights to detect mock pipeline hazards

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by Unmanned aircraft researchers associated with the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership at Virginia Tech tested new sensor technology designed to detect potentially disruptive activities along energy pipeline routes. The flights last week near Farmville, in rural Virginia, involved a fixed-wing RS-20 unmanned…

UgCS Releases Version 2.4

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by We`re very excited to announce that UgCS 2.4 has been relased. UgCS 2.4 makes drones smarter and more agile than before. The most important new features are that it allows import of custom terrain elevation models, 3D building models…

Announcing the new GeoSnap Express from Field of View

by Field of View is excited to announce the release of their GeoSnap Express line of camera add-ons for aerial mapping. The new GeoSnap Express relies on a GPS/GLONASS receiver to provide image-associated position data and distance interval triggering capabilities.…

Drone imagery helps map flood risk

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by The use of aerial surveys from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has proved effective in mapping flood risk for the Environment Agency at the River Mole in Surrey. UAVs – commonly known as drones – are growing in popularity as…

California’s commercial drone industry is taking off

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by By W.J. HENNIGAN AND MELODY PETERSEN As the largest American maker of consumer drones, 3D Robotics Inc. sees big opportunities in selling mini-helicopters with cameras, sensors and whirling propellers that buzz like angry hornets. The Berkeley company expects to sell thousands of…

SkySkopes approved to fly UAS nationwide

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by Snowy Owl Productions, doing business as SkySkopes, will launch its commercial unmanned systems program immediately, following FAA approval (333 exemption) granted June 5th.  Skyskopes is the third company in North Dakota to secure a 333 exemption for commercial operations,…

Seven insights from the FAA’s former leader on drones

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by Matt McFarland Jim Williams, who managed the FAA office to integrate drones into the U.S. airspace, retired last week. Before departing for a vacation of visiting ballparks with his family, Williams spoke Thursday at McKenna Long & Aldrige’s unmanned aircraft systems symposium…

Why GoPro Decided To Build A Drone

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by Ryan Mac GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman, a 39-year-old billionaire with a flair for the dramatic, usually has a way of pumping up crowds. Last month though, as he was set to make one of the most significant announcements in his…