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2012-04-02

Project Ursula at Precision Farming Event
Project Ursula is a two-year research and development programme between Callen-Lenz and Environment Systems to explore the potential for field-specific scanning using unmanned drones to capture high-definition field images.

Viewed as an alternative to satellite imagery, it captures a greater level of detail – useful for the basis of a Green Area Index for example – to allow greater adoption of precision farming principles and strategies.

Subject to ongoing trials with growers, Environment Systems consultant Mark Jarman says the system should be commercially available for 2014.




Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  UAV


Do Hobby Fliers Need to Take the Part 107 Test?

2016-08-28
Do Hobby Fliers Need to Take the Part 107 Test?
Part 107, the Small UAS Rule, takes effect on Monday – and recreational drone operators as well as commercial drone pilots may have to take the Part 107 Test. 

Ohio Turnpike Preparing to use Drones for Inspection

2016-08-26
Ohio Turnpike Preparing to use Drones for Inspection
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in September will complete its first bridge inspection using an unmanned aircraft system, or drone.The drone will be used to inspect the Sandusky River Bridge, a 970-foot-long bridge in Sandusky County on either Sept. 13 or Sept. 14, depending on the weather.

US Army Seeks to Retool Mobile Radar to Track Drones

2016-08-26
US Army Seeks to Retool Mobile Radar to Track Drones
The US Army has issued a sources-sought notice for software to expand the versatility of mobile radar to track threats posed by military drones.

Amazon Patent Filing Reveals Delivery Drone Designs

2016-08-18
Amazon Patent Filing Reveals Delivery Drone Designs
A newly published patent application almost literally delves into the nuts and bolts of the package-delivering drones that Amazon is developing – but it also makes clear that the look of the drones could vary, depending on where and how they’re being used.

Northrop Grumman Employees 2016 Quad Cup Innovation Challenge

2016-08-18
Northrop Grumman Employees 2016 Quad Cup Innovation Challenge
Northrop Grumman conducted a mini-drone Olympic-type competition as a way to further foster innovation within the firm and advance small-drone ISR and attack technology.

NASA Licenses UAV Auto-Tracking Mobile Antenna Platform

2016-08-17
NASA Licenses UAV Auto-Tracking Mobile Antenna Platform
NASA has designed an innovative antenna-mounting platform that meets the needs of the unmanned aircraft market by providing a low-cost, low-power mobile auto-tracking antenna. The patent-pending platform offers continuous rotation of nearly 60 pounds of antennas, transmitters, and receivers along with customized software to automatically track a target such as an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, which can be any size aircraft.

 DARPA Wants Ideas for Protecting Against sUAS

2016-08-17
DARPA Wants Ideas for Protecting Against sUAS
The rapid evolution of small unmanned air systems (sUAS) technologies is fuelling the exponential growth of the commercial drone sector, creating new asymmetric threats for warfighters. sUASs’ size and low cost enable novel concepts of employment that present challenges to current defense systems.

 USAF to Provide More Pay, Bases for RPAS

2016-08-16
USAF to Provide More Pay, Bases for RPAS
The US Air Force is about to take two more major steps as part of its “get well” program for the remotely piloted aircraft enterprise—a big pay boost for RPA pilots and new operating bases for the aircraft.

US Navy Deploys RQ-20B AeroVironment Puma AE

2016-08-12
US Navy Deploys RQ-20B AeroVironment Puma AE
AeroVironment, Inc. announced the United States Navy has tested and deployed the RQ-20B Puma small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aboard a Flight I Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG Class). Some of these exercises included the use of AeroVironment’s fully autonomous system to recover the aircraft aboard a ship. The US Navy issued a report on August 3 from the Arabian Gulf describing how Puma AE is also being utilized (see “US Ships Utilize Small Eye in the Sky”) on Navy Patrol Craft.

Medical Deliveries by Drone in Maryland USA

2016-08-12
Medical Deliveries by Drone in Maryland USA
The White House approved a pilot program last week that will allow Maryland’s Smith Island and two other remote communities in the U.S. to start receiving medical supplies via drone.