sUAS Industry News
Corporations, municipalities, and public safety agencies across the United States are exploring the applications and uses for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). sUAS platforms can perform practically every function a manned helicopter can at a fraction of the cost. UAS CORE GROUP facilitates these types of programs by being an organization’s background expert source for training, regulatory compliance, and flight operations. Below is a list of current sUAS industry news articles.
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Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is announcing new steps, sustained by public and private support, to promote the safe integration and innovative adoption of unmanned aircraft systems across the United States. These announcements build on the Administration’s efforts over the past seven and a half years to support the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the highly-complex network that comprises the National Airspace System, including: air navigation and air traffic control facilities, airports, technology, and the appropriate rules and regulations. Most notably, these announcements expand on the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s “Small UAS” rule announced earlier this summer to provide national guidelines for the operation of non-recreational unmanned aircraft under 55 pounds.
Technology, innovation and cost saving were the focus of this year's Queensland Mining Exhibition, and infrared drones took centre stage. The quadcopters have been designed to protect miners from tyre explosions on mine sites, and Jim Whelan, business development manager for Redfox Solutions, is one of the creators behind the idea. A number of miners have been killed after tyres have overheated and exploded, so the drone has been designed with infrared technology and cameras that detect heat and prevent explosions from occurring. "The best way to describe that camera is in the way that police on their search helicopters can switch from a normal camera to one that detects heat. That is exactly what this quadcopter does," Mr Whelan said.
Aerial Agriculture LLC, a startup company launched by Purdue University students, aims to revolutionize the agricultural industry by building drones in-house to capture multispectral images of entire crop fields. This technology could allow farmers to reduce excess fertilizer and input costs while simultaneously increasing yields. erial Agriculture uses specialized cameras to convert images into valuable vegetation indices that represent crop health and allow agronomists to determine the amount of nitrogen and fertilizer that needs to be applied in specific locations throughout the field.
July 21, 2016 - Commercial beyond-line-of-sight UAS operations achieve milestone
A milestone in using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial beyond-visual- line-of-sight operations has been achieved by avionics developer Rockwell Collins in collaboration with the University of Iowa Operator Performance Lab (OPL). Earlier this month, a UAS test flight was successfully completed using Rockwell Collins end-to-end integrated avionics technology which the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company said will help integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system (NAS). OPL provided two TBM-3M Ferox UAS for the flight testing.
Growing demand for air surveillance and remote sensing are expected to drive the commercial drones market over the coming years. Commercial drones are widely used in a broad range of applications, including law enforcement, aviation, agriculture, infrastructure, media and entertainment, and scientific research.
Matt Thompson, president of Kansas Wesleyan University, said he talks a lot about the power of the word “AND.” A new collaboration between KWU and Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is a great illustration of the meaning of the word “AND,” he said. Thompson, along with K-State Polytechnic Dean and Chief Executive Officer Verna Fitzsimmons and staff members at both schools, announced a plan to jointly offer minor degrees in both emergency management and unmanned aircraft systems at their educational institutions.
July 7, 2016 - Xcel Energy UAS program lead explains expansion efforts
Eileen Lockhart, UAS program lead at Xcel Energy, has helped the major utility provider transform what was once a good idea into a company-wide UAS initiative and soon-to-be operational UAS team. Lockhart oversees Xcel Energy’s new program to implement unmanned aircraft systems into day-to-day operations in the field and the data center. “We need to work more efficiently,” Lockhart said, “and the promise of UAS is very attractive.”
July 4, 2016 - Are you a criminal? These police drones will terrify you
The capital’s Metropolitan Police have launched a review into how it pursues criminals on motorcycles, including the possible use of drones, according to a new report by the Evening Standard. The revelation came courtesy of Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey who, while speaking at a meeting of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, confirmed the Met’s investigations into police drones.
June 24, 2016 - FAA OKs 'Drone Journalism' Starting in August
Drone journalism is coming to a newspaper and TV station near you within 60 days. New Federal Aviation Administration rules on the flying devices opens the door to newsrooms using drones to cover events, peer into buildings and capture images like never before, according to the founder of the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska.
June 21, 2016 - DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.
San Bernardino International Airport and the Tesla Foundation Group have been working to find partners, resources and systems to support the National Commercial Drone Research Center.
June 12, 2016 - Babylon Town’s own municipal drone soars in its test run
Babylon Town’s first municipal drone made its maiden flight last week, soaring 110 feet over Town Hall before returning to hover, waist-high, in Town Hall Park. Officials said the device, a gift from an Amityville Village businessman, could be used at fires, in building inspections and even at town beaches. “It’s a great tool,” said Pat Farrell, deputy safety commissioner.
June 11, 2016 - Louisville police asking for an $80K drone
The Louisville Fire Department became one of the first public entities in Kentucky to use the craft in day-to-day operations last year after the Federal Aviation Administration began relaxing restrictions. The fire department drone's first mission – flying above a fire at General Electric Appliance Park in April, 2015 to help investigators identify the blaze’s source.
June 10, 2016 - NASA flight tests help finalize detect-and-avoid standards
By the end of the year, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. government customers flying the MQ-9 Predator should be another step closer to operating in U.S. and international airspace.
Horticulture and agronomic crop growers can learn the latest on drones or unmanned aerial systems from a series of eXtension webinars.
Flying up and down the seemingly endless aisle is a drone with a custom-built camera that takes 30 pictures a second. The aircraft is capturing images of every item to make sure it's placed in the appropriate spot on the shelves so employees can quickly find it when it's needed by a store.
Sheriff Rick Walter said this drone will be a tremendous help to his department. “We’ve had rescues before where we’ve had our people within twenty foot of somebody and they couldn’t for whatever reason holler," Walter said. "We couldn’t figure out where they were and we end up walking away, and eventually going back and finding them. If we had this at night with the flare it would be able to find it more quicker and a lot easier.”