First Transmission Line Cable Construction with Drones

Sharper Shape and SkySkopes, in cooperation with an investor owned utility, have developed an innovative and unique way to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for powerline construction.  The mission used the Sharper A6 UAS to string sock lines for a 675 kV line construction project.  Matt Dunlevy, CEO and President of SkySkopes, said, “this use-case […]

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Small Consumer Drones Unlikely to Cause Head Injury

Researchers at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, the site of an FAA-sanctioned drone testing facility, concluded that the risks of a catastrophic head injury were less than 5 percent in an impact with a 2.6-pound unmanned vehicle, according to results published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Larger drones create higher risks of injury, which […]

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US Border Patrol to Test the Operational Use of sUAS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) will begin evaluating Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) in the operational environment this month as part of a pilot program. Testing will take place in three USBP sectors beginning with Tucson followed by Rio Grande Valley and Swanton later this year. The remotely […]

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New Swarming Drone Technology Could Help Find Lost Hikers, Study Wildlife

CU Boulder researchers have developed an advanced drone “swarming” technology that allows a single operator to control multiple unmanned aircraft for a variety of tasks, which could include searching for lost hikers or studying wildlife. The CU Boulder team spent three weeks in August on the project at the Pawnee National Grassland near Greeley, Colorado, […]

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Kongsberg Geospatial and eSmart Systems Partner to Deliver Real-time BVLOS Powerline Intelligence

Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of real-time, mission critical, geospatial visualisation software, and eSmart Systems, who develop digital intelligence for the energy industry and smart communities, announced that they have integrated the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS situational awareness system into the eSmart Systems Connected Drone solution for powerline inspection. The Connected Drone solution collects real-time […]

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Origami-Inspired Drone for Last-Centimeter Delivery

 A new drone developed at EPFL uses cutting-edge technology to deliver parcels weighing up to 500 grams. The device will never get stuck in traffic, it’s programmed to avoid obstacles, and it can reach destinations on steep or uneven terrain. Its protective cage and foldable design mean that it can be carried around in a […]

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UMS SKELDAR and JetLease Launch First Global UAV Leasing Platform

UMS SKELDAR has joined forces with JetLease, the world’s largest private aircraft leasing company, to launch the first global leasing product for its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) portfolio, including flagship unmanned helicopter, the SKELDAR V-200 UAV. The new leasing product was announced on the opening day (12th September) at Europe’s largest military and security equipment event, DSEI 2017, […]

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Avitas and NVIDIA Enhance AI for Drone Inspections

Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, is partnering with NVIDIA to use some of the latest advances in artificial intelligence computing to optimise the use of robotics for inspection and better detect defects on industrial assets with advanced data analytics. Avitas Systems can target specific points of inspection and develop paths to collect data in the […]

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Ohio State Engineers Set UAV World Speed Record

Jim Gregory was confident his team of Ohio State engineers would set the world speed record for an unmanned aerial vehicle of any size. After all, there was no record on the books. The first thing they needed to do, though, was make sure their UAV completed its route. “That’s actually the hardest part here,” […]

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HAZON Offers Free DMS Accounts for Hurricane Areas

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com HAZON Solutions is offering its drone fleet management software for free to anyone involved in U.S. hurricane recovery efforts over the next three months. HAZON’s recently introduced Drone Management System (DMS) provides unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators with a Web-based tool to track flights, manage drone maintenance, and monitor […]

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