Reports

Turkey set to become a major player on drone market
The success of Turkey’s indigenously produced Anka-S drone, and the development of the Anka-2 model, could position Turkey as a major player on the drone market, said an analyst writing in The National Interest.

Turkey began operating and experimenting with drones in the 1990s, starting its own development program. “Anka” was the name under which a line of domestic medium-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) was developed by Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI). Turkey also bought IAI Herons from Israel and started using them in 2010, said analyst Charlie Gao on Saturday.



FAA Small Drone Rule Lets Unmanned Aircraft Soar
A host of new users is changing the world of commercial aviation thanks in large part to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft rule, Part 107 (PDF), which has now been in place for a year.  

US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm
The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within 15 feet of their destination.

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Unmanned Systems

ZALA drones protect wildlife of Russia

2020-04-07
ZALA drones protect wildlife of Russia
Yokanga river is a unique place on the Kola Peninsula in Murmansk region on the North of Russia. This is where the Atlantic salmon and other valuable fish run for spawning. One individual fish may weight up to 30 kg. Although the river is located quite remotely, it is very popular among tourists and, of course, among poachers.


Developments

UAV Navigation’s Autopilots Can Now Control Sky Power’s Engines

2020-04-06
UAV Navigation’s Autopilots Can Now Control Sky Power’s Engines
UAV Navigation and Sky Power have collaborated to design cutting-edge flight control solutions. The two companies recently joined hands and agreed to integrate Sky Power’s Engine into UAV Navigation’s Flight Control Solutions.

Following this collaboration, UAV Navigation’s flight control system seamlessly integrates with Sky Power’s 2-stroke and Wankel engines. This seamless integration makes it extremely easy and convenient to use these two systems together, in one UAS platform. 


Strategy/Policy

WATCH: Drone Hovers Above New York City Reminding Pedestrians To Maintain Social Distance

2020-04-07
WATCH: Drone Hovers Above New York City Reminding Pedestrians To Maintain Social Distance
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages New York City, a drone has been hovering above pedestrians reminding them to practice social distancing.

“This is the Anti-COVID-19 volunteer drone task force,” a speaker on the drone says in the video. “Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Again, please maintain social distancing. Please help stop the spread of this virus. Reduce the death toll and save lives. For your own safety and your families’ safety please maintain social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation. We are all in this together.”