Christina Cardoza

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Kespry drones transforms worker life at Whitaker Contracting

When Whitaker Contracting project manager and estimator John Davenport was told his company was looking to integrate an unmanned aerial system into his daily work, he was very skeptical. “I thought this thing is a toy. I did not believe in it at all,” he said, “But when your boss says he wants you to look at this, then anyone with any sense is going to say ‘yes sir.’ ”

May 3, 2016 10:52:39 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Construction, Updates

New battery solution aims to extend drone flight life

One limitation drones face today is that their battery life isn’t long enough for some operators, but adding more power to a drone could potentially weigh it down. Kokam, a battery solution provider, is developing a new battery that won’t impact the weight or size of a system’s battery time, giving operators the ability to extend their operations.

Apr 28, 2016 10:59:39 AM

Topics: Releases

Drones take on biofuels

Drones are embarking on a new mission next month to help biofuels grow. Biofuels have the potential to be a great energy source for transportation, but one biofuel in particular needs a helping hand to get off the ground.

Apr 28, 2016 10:43:57 AM

Topics: Updates

Qualcomm gets deeper into the drone industry

Qualcomm, a company known for its wireless technologies, is looking to expand its reach from powering smartphones, wearable devices, and other mobile devices to powering drones. The company first announced its Snapdragon Flight drone platform in September 2015, and just recently it announced it received a Federal Aviation Administration certificate of authorization (COA) to further expand its drone research.

Apr 26, 2016 3:38:12 PM

Algorithm controls team of drones

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new algorithm with the ability to control drone swarms. It is a planning algorithm that takes stationary as well as moving obstacles into account.

Apr 25, 2016 4:14:36 PM

Topics: Control Systems

Senate passes FAA Reauthorization Act

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate 95 to 3 on Tuesday, and is now moving onto the House of Representatives. The bill is designed to reauthorize the FAA and its programs through the 2017 fiscal year. This is a significant step for the drone industry because it includes how the FAA will continue its work to integrate drones into the national airspace, and what will be on the forefront of its priorities in the upcoming year.

Apr 19, 2016 4:31:22 PM

Topics: Regulation

Drone delivery comes to Australia

While companies like Amazon, Google and Walmart wait to make their dreams of drone delivery a reality in the United States, Australia has already begun testing delivering small parcels via drones. The Australia Post has announced it is testing the new technology to deliver packages safely and securely to customers.

Apr 19, 2016 10:42:15 AM

Topics: Updates

DJI brings photography and cinematography to new heights

DJI is introducing a new solution for photography, filmmaking and industrial apps. The company has announced the Matrice 600, its next-generation aerial platform designed to give more power to photographers and cinematographers.

Apr 18, 2016 2:20:55 PM

Topics: Cinematography

Report: The commercial drone industry is growing

The commercial drone industry is already touching almost every sector of the economy today, and its reach is only expected to increase. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released a study based on more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, finding that 38 types of businesses have been approved for drone operations, and the FAA has already granted drone exemptions in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Apr 14, 2016 11:56:47 AM

DJI drones to assist first responders

DJI drones will soon be taking on emergency missions across Europe. The company and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) announced they will be teaming up to integrate drones as first responders in emergency situations.

Apr 14, 2016 10:43:32 AM

Topics: Search and Rescue