Drone Inspection of Offshore Wind Turbines

Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, who began commercial operation of the first U.S. offshore wind farm in 2016, recently authorized deployments of drone technology to capture high-resolution data of all five of its offshore wind platforms just off Block Island. Imagery and data obtained during the flights will be used as a baseline for comparative data…

Lithium-ion Batteries Key to Powering UAVs

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 intelligence, as well as for commercial, recreational, scientific, surveillance and agricultural applications. The large potential…

Whirrx – Turnkey Drone System

What is SurveyWhirrx? SurveyWhirrx is a turnkey photogrammetry-based drone survey system that enables a surveyor to fly their own surveys and receive a digital survey deliverable with ground verifiable accuracy of 1 – 1.5 cm on hard surfaces.  This enables you to achieve the same accuracy as traditional topographic surveys with better resolution, less interpolation and…

The Future Belongs to Flying Robots

The once-small community of drone hobbyists has transformed into a worldwide phenomenon. In 2016 especially, significant technology improvements and regulatory clarity have paved the way for even more dramatic changes in the coming years. Among the biggest adopters of drones, and experimenters with them, have been universities. As the director of the University of California system’s Center…

DroneClash: the Dutch answer to the Gatwick Incident

DroneClash is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Defence (the head sponsor) and the Dutch Police. In the spirit of international collaboration, the Dutch Police have extended a warm welcome to their counterparts in other European countries to either join forces in an international police team or to join a Counter-Drone Coalition meeting which will…

Unmanned Air Systems,UAV Design, Development and Deployment

      Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)    An over-simplistic view of an unmanned aircraft is that it is an aircraft with its aircrew removed and replaced by a computer system and a radio-link. In reality, it is more complex than that, and the aircraft must be properly designed, from the beginning, without…

New York Police Unveil Drone Program

Members of the New York Police Department’s Technical Assistance Response Unit, or TARU, will use 14 drones, which will cost the department $480,000 in 2019, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. A member of the unit will operate a drone remotely to make three-dimensional projections of traffic accidents, search for evidence and collect details in spills…

Wingcopter & DHL delivers medicines for life

DHL Medical Delivery Drone Tanzania “UNICEF is proud to partner with the Vanuatu Government in such an innovative initiative to trial drones for delivering a reliable supply of vaccines to children living in remote communities,” said UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett. “The challenges of reaching children in the remote islands of Vanuatu are immense, nurses…

The Solar Solution for Extended Flight Mission Time for Drones

Technology and capabilities that will extend flight times and increase payloads took center stage in more ways than one at the Commercial UAV Expo.We’ve already highlighted some of the solutions that are designed to help drones stay in the air longer, but there were numerous companies that showcased and innovative ways to increase TiTA (Time in The Air)…

AeroVironment Provides Raven UAS to Portuguese Army

AeroVironment has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide Raven unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) equipped with Mantis i23 sensors and pocket Remote Video Terminals (p/RVT) for the Portuguese Army, with delivery scheduled over a three-year period. “AeroVironment’s Raven unmanned aircraft system, equipped with our Mantis i23 gimbaled sensor suite and pocket Remote Video…

UAVOS Completes Flight Tests of New Fixed-Wing UAV

UAVOS Inc. has announced that it has completed a series of test flights with its new Sitaria fixed–wing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle). The new UAV is designed for patrol and observation missions, and for aerial photography of terrain area with a radius of up to 120 km. It has also been designed to work with a…