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$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.

Leidos Pilots New Service for UAS

2017-03-21
Leidos Pilots New Service for UAS
Leidos Flight Service has created an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) service that helps safeguard the airspace by sending automatic notifications of unmanned aircraft operations to relevant groups.

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.).

Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs

2017-03-20
Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs
A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)

US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells

2017-03-17
US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells
US Air Force security forces, as well as other military personnel and federal law enforcement agencies, may soon be getting a new tool to take down small commercial drones: shotgun shells with a net. The special cartridge is just one system the Pentagon has been looking at to manage the growing threat from small and readily available quad-and hex-copter-type unmanned aircraft.

Chinas Rainbow Solar UAV to Make Maiden Flight

2017-03-16
Chinas Rainbow Solar UAV to Make Maiden Flight
China’s aerospace engineers boast the “Caihong” is the worlds largest solar-powered drone, dwarfing NASAs Pathfinder series that never made it into mass production. The prospect of the drone leading in disaster monitoring is in the horizon.

US Deploys Gray Eagle Systems to South Korea

2017-03-15
US Deploys Gray Eagle Systems to South Korea
The U.S. military is deploying a new Gray Eagle attack drone system in South Korea as it moves to bolster capabilities against a growing threat from the North.

Alpha Releases New Unmanned Helicopter

2017-03-15
Alpha Releases New Unmanned Helicopter
The ALPHA 800 is the evolution of the SNIPER and includes all the developments and improvements of the last year and a half of extensive work of research, development and innovation. Improvements apply to all the systems in the helicopter from the mechanics to the electronics on board or available payloads.

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.


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