Pipistrel And Its 1 Patent Forced To Partner With Honeywell (Which Has Hundreds)

Honeywell is providing its next-generation Attitude Heading Reference System and Air Data Module to Pipistrel, the cargo UAV manufacturer. Pipistrel will add this critical navigation and motion-sensing data to its Nuuva V300 cargo UAV,…

Wing Does Not Like the New Drone ID Rule. Who Owns that Space?

Wing Aviation said the FAA’s new rule for UAVs to radio broadcast remote ID messages for tracking will have “unintended negative privacy impacts for business and consumers.” The rule replaces the requirement that the UAVs transmit location…

Uber divests another company for $100M+. Good thing it had lots of patents…in ride-hailing

As part of its profitability strategy, Uber is turning over its unmanned aerial vehicle unit, Elevate, to Joby Aviation, which is developing eVTOLs. Uber has now invested $125M total in Joby and is transferring assets.  A few days…

No GPS? No Problem!

Worried about GPS going down? Planck AeroSystems has the answer - not just a GPS-free landing system - but one that can land a drone on a moving target.  Based in San Diego, Planck's vision-based system uses computer vision,…

Your First Air Taxi Ride Might Be in a Batplane

Pipistrel, a Slovenian aircraft manufacturer, has chosen Honeywell's Compact Fly-By-Wire system for its Nuuva V300 cargo unmanned aerial vehicle.  Honeywell's decades of experience with airliners went into the new compact system,…

Wildlife Conservation Utilizing Drones

Recently there have been several articles in the news of conservationists utilizing drones to aid their efforts in protecting wildlife, including this article about utilizing a drone to feed an endangered griffon vulture chick in Israel.…

Blackberry and DeDrone Partner for UAV Security

Blackberry and DeDrone have announced a partnership that will allow DeDrone to leverage Blackberry's communication software with DeDrone's drone detection and counter-measure technology.  DeDrone currently holds patents for both drone…

Wal-Mart delivery paying off

Walmart saw more than half of its 40% growth in U.S. e-commerce sales last year come from expanding online grocery pickup or delivery service. Fast delivery is the new battleground. Automation is necessary to make it cost-effective and…

Drone Wars: U.S. And E.U. Regulators Face Off

Regulating drones is an issue on both sides of the Atlantic, with FAA and the EASA both developing urban air mobility (UAM) and unmanned aircraft systems traffic management (UTM) regulations. The first step - remote ID of drones - is still…

First-In-The-Nation 50-Mile Drone Corridor Finished

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo this week announced the completion of the state-supported 50-mile unmanned traffic management drone corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley. The first-in-the-nation corridor is the most…

Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

Wing, FedEx Express and Walgreens have teamed up on a pilot drone delivery service in Christianburg, Va. Walgreens became the first U.S. retailer to do a store-to-customer doorstep delivery via drone, while FedEx is the first logistics…

$7.75 million Air Force contract

A $7.75 million Air Force Research Lab contract has been awarded to AX Enterprize and Thales USA. They will use state-of-the-art air traffic management (ATM) systems to investigate how civilian and military UASs will safely coexist…

Phones + Cars = Drones

AT&T announced its new partnership with Uber for exploring 5G applications in the field of eVTOLs and cargo drones. They hope to combine the telecommunication company's 4G and 5G expertise with the airspace management and flight…

NASA is preparing to manage drone traffic

NASA announced last week that it has entered the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invited media to watch drone demonstrations earlier this week. Given the increasing number of…

Two drone startups will lift each other up

FlytBase and AirMap, two startups in the unmanned aerial vehicles space, have partnered to advance unmanned traffic management (UTM) technologies. This collaboration addresses the importance of establishing a controlled airspace for safe…

Partnership creates UAS airspace

Harris Corporation has partnered with Grand Sky to launch America's largest UAS airspace to support beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations and UAS traffic management research. This BVLOS "super corridor," which stretches up…

DJI drones helped save Notre-Dame

Drones played a part in quenching the fires at The Notre-Dame de Paris last week. The emergency response teams used at least two UAVs: a Mavic Pro and a Matrice M210, both by DJI. The drone footage helped the fire-fighters gauge the…

Delivering blood in Ghana with drones

Zipline International, an American startup that delivers blood and medical supplies via drones, will begin operating in Ghana in April 2019. With its recent success in Rwanda, the company signed a performance driven contract with the…

New law for fighting fire with drones

On 3/12/2019, President Trump signed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. Sec. 1114, titled "Wildfire Technology Modernization," states that state and federal agencies will cooperate to use unmanned aerial…

Bell Helicopter has partnered with NASA and the FAA to develop a cloud-based UAV traffic management system.

Bell Helicopter, headquartered in Fort Worth TX, is developing a hybrid unmanned aircraft system that has a vertical takeoff and landing flight mode and a forward flight mode.NASA and the FAA are partnering with private companies such as…

NASA has selected Nevada’s UAS Test Site for its operation

NASA is detecting and localizing power line corona discharges and/or electrical arcs using a UAV with an ultraviolet sensor and a reflective parabolic dish. On 2/15/2019, NASA announced that it has selected Nevada's UAS Test Site for…

Dynamic Flying Lane Management Systems and Methods for Drone Air Traffic Control

ETAK Systems, located in Charlotte NC, is developing dynamic flying lane management systems for drone air traffic control. The systems consider the geographic region, weather conditions, congestion, obstructions, and more.

Method for Adaptive Mission Execution on a UAV

DroneDeploy, located in San Francisco CA, is developing a method for adaptive mission execution by a UAV.Multivista, part of Hexagon, has announced a partnership with DroneDeploy to expand project management capabilities for the…

Drone Collision Avoidance via Air Traffic Control over Wireless Networks, and Systems and Methods for Drone Air Traffic Control Utilizing Geographic Boundaries for Management

ETAK Systems, located in Huntersville NC, is developing an air traffic control system over wireless networks for drone collision avoidance. It is also developing systems for drone air traffic control utilizing geographic boundaries for…

Apparatus and Method for Communication Management, and a Lighter Than Air Vehicle

BAE Systems, located in the UK, is developing an apparatus for the management of communications resources of a moving platform, such as a UAV. They are also developing a lighter-than-air vehicle with a device that redirects light.BAE…

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