NASA Spends $1 Million on New Drone Tracking and Detection Research

Nasa's effort to track drones in the National Airspace continues with a new $1.33 million grant to researchers at North Carolina State University. The NC State project aims to develop high-performance communications, networking, and air traffic management systems.

The project has several elements. The researchers plan to use good ol' fashioned radar to detect and categorize consumer-grade drones. This is no easy task given the comparably small size of off-the-shelf UAVs to manned aircraft, so some computational signal parsing will probably be necessary. On the simpler side of things, the team plans to track common video and remote control signals that drones generate to follow them. Lastly, the team is taking on the task of tracking jamming signals that don't travel in straight lines. Overcoming the masking created by this intentional obfuscating signal will be a challenge that researchers are up for.

Part of the effort will be to educate other institutions about communications bands like 5G which rests in the millimeter wave zone of the spectrum.

Jul 26, 2017 2:56:59 PM

Topics: Control Systems

"THOR": The New VTOL Airframe that Goes the Distance

Imagine detaching the rotor from a helicopter, attaching a brain to it, and calling it a drone. The Transformable HOvering Rotorcraft (THOR) prototype from the Singapore University of Technology and Design captures the simplicity of that concept and makes it functional. The unique airframe they built combines the distance covering capability of a fixed-wing with the quick take off of a quadcopter.

Jul 25, 2017 1:44:31 PM

Topics: Drone Development

Intel® CEO Brian Krzanich to Deliver Grand Keynote Address at InterDrone 2017

Showcases Intel’s commitment to growing UAV sector with speech at commercial drone industry’s largest dedicated event

BZ Media LLC today announced that Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation, will give a Grand Keynote address at InterDrone, September 6 at 10:30 am. Krzanich will follow opening keynote remarks by FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta and frame the state of the industry for the more than 4,000 attendees expected at the conference, being held September 6-8 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Jul 24, 2017 1:22:31 PM

Topics: InterDrone

DARTdrones and DroneDeploy Launch Drone Mapping Training Program

DARTdrones announced a new partnership with prominent drone mapping software company DroneDeploy. The program starts this fall with its first workshop, Aerial Mapping and Modeling with DroneDeploy.

Jul 13, 2017 8:58:51 AM

Topics: Mapping, Startups and Partnerships

Automate your Drone Data with FlytBase's Drone-API as a Service

FlytBase plans to bridge the drone data gap with its Drone-API as a Service, connecting drones to common platforms like SAP, DroneDeploy, Pix4D, Instagram, YouTube, Salesforce and more.

Jul 12, 2017 12:20:07 PM

Topics: Software

Commercial Drone Repair Service Launched by Fortress UAV

Jul 12, 2017 11:31:47 AM

Topics: Releases

BZ Media and Skylogic Research Release “5 Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations”

In-depth report dives into recent data points showing how drones are adding value to police, fire, and emergency services operations

BZ Media LLC announced today the fifth in a series of critical examinations of important trends and strategies in vertical commercial drone markets, “5 Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations.”  The free report was commissioned by BZ Media and written and produced by Skylogic Research.

Jul 12, 2017 8:43:45 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Search and Rescue

Skylogic Research Announces Launch of In-Depth Survey of Drone Market

Study will examine the consumer and commercial sectors to pinpoint business use and market share of major UAV and software brands

REDWOOD CITY, CA, July 11, 2017 Skylogic Research, LLC  today announced the launch of its 2017 Drone Market Sector Research study examining worldwide drone sales, service providers, business buyers, and software services. This independent research, which is being underwritten by Airware and DroneDeploy, promises to find fresh insights on the various drone industry sectors and the growing demand for businesses to use drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations.

Jul 11, 2017 9:27:05 AM

Dual Spectrum Computer Vision Platform Revealed by Aerialtronics

This Monday Aerialtronics released Pensar, a twin-sensor computer vision platform for drones. Pensar combines a 30x zoom Sony daylight camera and a FLIR Boson thermal IR camera sensor data and parses it via a deep learning algorithm. The platform rests on the NVIDIA Jetson module for real-time processing and feedback.

With its real-time video processing, it can track objects for annotation, such as deviations in points of interest or blurring out people or signage for privacy reasons. Its computer vision algorithms are robust enough to read the characters on a license plate and virtually any other alphanumeric signage at a distance while in flight. Overall, the system decreases the time needed for post-processing and allows for in the moment emergency detection like gas leaks, or perimeter breeches when used for security surveillance.

Jun 21, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Releases, Control Systems

Aeropmapper Talon Completes 30km BVLOS mission

Canadian UAV manufacturer Aeromao successfully completed a mission that brought its fixed-wing Aeromapper Talon 30km away from its operators, way beyond the limits of human line of sight. The Talon maintained communications and control link over the entire flight which measured 60km back and forth.

Jun 21, 2017 9:39:08 AM

Topics: Control Systems