Reports

Europe Wants UAS for Migrant Route Surveillance
EU border patrol agency Frontex announced Friday that it is in talks with industry for using remotely piloted aircraft for maritime surveillance, adding drones to its existing portfolio of satellite and sensor technologies for monitoring vessel traffic and migrant flows.

AUVSI Study of FAA Exemptions Published
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released an interactive analysis that finds 38 types of business operations have been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aircraft systems commercially in the National Airspace System (NAS). According to the report that analyzed more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, aerial photography received the most, followed by real estate and aerial inspection. The report also finds that exemptions have been approved in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Senate Bill Calls for Certification of Unmanned Aircraft
The Senate’s version of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 has finally made it out of committee, and it contains 65 pages of requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Some of these provisions go to the heart of the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) philosophy for dealing with unmanned aircraft. If enacted, the legislation could have a profound impact on the development of this industry.

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Unmanned Systems

Space Ship or Tractor? First Look at a Hydrogen Drone

2016-04-29
Space Ship or Tractor? First Look at a Hydrogen Drone
While this drone may remind you of a space ship – maybe something from Star Wars, Star Trek, FireFly or Lost in Space MMC, the maker of the HyDrone 1800 commercial hydrogen drone, would like you to be thinking about tractors: John Deere, Kuboto, Ford, or International Harvester. Tough, rugged, durable and ready to work.


Developments

Dutch University Team Works to Improve Corrosion Measurement by Drone

2016-04-29
Dutch University Team Works to Improve Corrosion Measurement by Drone
A Dutch university is working to develop technology that would allow drones to more accurately measure corrosion on oil and gas structures.


Strategy/Policy

Volunteer Rescue Group Wants Canadian OK for Drones

2016-04-27
Volunteer Rescue Group Wants Canadian OK for Drones
A group of Canadian search-and-rescue volunteers wants the British Columbia government to draft a policy permitting drone-related SAR missions.