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FAA: Hurricane Response to be Known as ‘Landmark’ in Drone Evolution

FAA: Hurricane Response to be Known as ‘Landmark’ in Drone Evolution As it did for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in the Houston area, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given out a number of authorizations to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following Hurricane Irma in Florida. According to the agency, drones have […]

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Champaign, Ill., Fire Department Gets Drones, Begins Training

Champaign, Ill., Fire Department Gets Drones, Begins Training The Champaign Fire Department in Illinois is launching a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program in an effort to “provide the best performance and service” to the community. The department has announced it is sending eight firefighters to Parkland College, also located in Champaign, […]

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New Jersey Partners Deploy UAVs to Help Restore Communication in Houston

New Jersey Partners Deploy UAVs to Help Restore Communication in Houston The New Jersey Innovation Institute’s (NJII) Defense and Homeland Security Innovation Lab has been working with New Jersey-based Maser Consulting PA to conduct unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based inspections of cell towers in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. NJII explains […]

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North Carolina DOT Hosting Another Workshop to Spread UAS Knowledge

North Carolina DOT Hosting Another Workshop to Spread UAS Knowledge The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is holding a drone workshop in Wilmington on Sept. 28 for commercial and government operators. Taking place at the McKeithan Center on the Cape Fear Community College North Campus, the workshop is hosted by NCDOT’s […]

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U-space: Global Partners Demonstrate Drone Traffic Management

U-space: Global Partners Demonstrate Drone Traffic Management Along with its project partners, skyguide, an air navigation service provider in Switzerland, demonstrated yesterday in Geneva how drones can be safely and efficiently integrated into existing airspace (i.e., unmanned aircraft traffic management). The project partners – which included AirMap, SITAONAIR, senseFly and PX4 – […]

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Oregon Legislators to Feds: More UAS Need to be Fighting Wildfires

Oregon Legislators to Feds: More UAS Need to be Fighting Wildfires U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio are asking federal officials what’s being done to deploy more unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fight wildfires raging throughout Oregon and the west. As ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, […]

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Origami-Inspired Delivery Drone Folds Up, Protects its Cargo and Flies on its Own

Origami-Inspired Delivery Drone Folds Up, Protects its Cargo and Flies on its Own A new delivery-focused drone developed at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland features a foldable, carbon fiber cage that protects the aircraft and its cargo in case of a collision or fall. The origami-inspired drone, which was […]

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Drone Search and Rescue Mission a Success in Indiana

Drone Search and Rescue Mission a Success in Indiana On early Thursday morning, the Bargersville Community Fire Department in Indiana used its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to successfully locate a missing woman who had wandered from her home. According to a Facebook post from the department, the firefighters were called in to […]

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UAV-Mounted Laser Helps Detect Gas Leaks in Hurricane Area

UAV-Mounted Laser Helps Detect Gas Leaks in Hurricane Area In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Heath Consultants Inc. and Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) recently demonstrated the usefulness of drone-mounted, laser-based leak detection for emergency response. The remote methane leak detector unmanned aerial vehicle (RMLD-UAV) was deployed to inspect underground gas lines around […]

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Parrot Launches the Mambo FPV Quadcopter

Parrot Launches the Mambo FPV Quadcopter Parrot is rolled out a new minidrone suited for first-person-view (FPV) racing, the Parrot Mambo FPV. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) uses an FPV HD camera with a 120-degree field of view, Parrot Cockpitglasses 2 with a 96-degree field of view and the Parrot Flypad piloting […]

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