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NASA Includes Swedish UAV in BVLOS Testing

2017-03-27
NASA Includes Swedish UAV in BVLOS Testing
Swedish manufacturer SmartPlanes has announced that the SmartPlanes Freya UAV is included in the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) R&D Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL 3) project, at the FAA-designated Nevada UAS test site. SmartPlanes is represented by its US distributor Carbon Autonomous.

$1M Prize for Bridge Inspection by Drones

2017-03-22
$1M Prize for Bridge Inspection by Drones
AutoModality, whose technology allows drones to automatically conduct close-up inspections of bridges, buildings, power lines and other structures, has won the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY business competition.

First BVLoS Power Line Inspection Flight in New Zealand

2017-03-21
First BVLoS Power Line Inspection Flight in New Zealand
A Taranaki drone company has made history by flying an unmanned aircraft ”beyond line of sight to inspect power transmission lines in the Rimutaka Ranges.

DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts

2017-03-20
DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).

USAF Tests Drone for C-17 Post-Flight Inspection

2017-03-14
USAF Tests Drone for C-17 Post-Flight Inspection
The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III here March 6, 2017.

New York Power Authority Tests Drone Inspections

2017-03-10
New York Power Authority Tests Drone Inspections
A team from the New York Power Authority joined some Ontario Power Generation representatives to fly a drone around the Robert Moses Dam and St. Lawrence spillway as part of NYPA’s research into launching its own drone inspection program.

Radio Hill Technologies Block 3 DRONEBUSTER

2016-12-02
Radio Hill Technologies Block 3 DRONEBUSTER
Portland, Oregon-based Radio Hill Technologies (RHT) is launching the Block 3 Dronebuster hand-held counter-drone detection and jamming system. This is the third generation of the Dronebuster line of hand-held jammers.

Drones and Insect Biobots to Map Disaster Areas

2016-11-28
Drones and Insect Biobots to Map Disaster Areas
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a combination of software and hardware that will allow them to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and insect cyborgs, or bio-bots, to map large, unfamiliar areas – such as collapsed buildings after a disaster.

Email Chain Reveals Amazon UK Drone Tests

2016-11-25
Email Chain Reveals Amazon UK Drone Tests
An email chain shows that Amazon has been testing drones in the UK for longer than initially thought. Correspondence between Amazon and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which regulates drone flying in the UK, shows that Amazon has been testing drones in UK airspace since summer 2015. It was previously believed that Amazon only began testing drones in UK airspace in the summer of 2016.

Q-53 Radar Upgrade Counters Drone Strikes

2016-11-22
Q-53 Radar Upgrade Counters Drone Strikes
The US Army has awarded a $27.8 million contract to Lockheed Martin to provide quick reaction capability to the counter-unmanned aerial system (UAS) on the AN/TPQ-53 radar system, also called the Q-53.


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