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PrecisionHawk joins NASA collaboration to develop tools for UAS traffic management system for low-altitude drone operations

Precision Hawk, a manufacturer of UAVs and cloud-based software to collect, manage and analyze aerial data across civilian applications, today announced that they will join the NASA collaboration to build a traffic management system for drones. In January, PrecisionHawk launched the working prototype for a 'Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System', otherwise known as LATAS, to serve as a solution for the safe integration of drones into the National Airspace. By bringing this operational tracking system to the conversation, PrecisionHawk will have the ability to outfit every UAV platform, commercial or hobbyist, with the technology to send real time flight data transmission based on world-wide cellular networks.

Mar 25, 2015 10:12:48 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Control Systems

3D Robotics CEO, DIY Drones Founder Chris Anderson Keynotes InterDrone

More than 70 Media and Association partnerships already on board to help build Las Vegas

Mega-event for commercial drone market

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 20, 2015 BZ Media LLC announced today that Chris Anderson, New York Times best-selling author, CEO of 3D Robotics, and founder of DIY Drones will deliver a keynote address at InterDrone™, being held September 9, 10, 11 at The Rio in Las Vegas. Anderson’s keynote is scheduled for the morning of September 10. More than 3,000 drone builders, flyers and buyers are expected to attend the largest annual event bringing together all the key participants in the growing market for commercial drone aircraft.

Mar 19, 2015 9:42:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone

Google's Internet Drones Set to Fly This Year

Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google, announced at Mobile World Congress that the company’s Internet relay drones will hold their initial test flights by the end of the year.

Mar 2, 2015 2:00:18 PM

Topics: Drone Development

DOT and FAA propose new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

Feb 17, 2015 12:12:14 PM

Topics: Regulation

MotionDSP Delivers Computer Vision Software to Top Drone / Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Universities

MotionDSP, a leading provider of image processing and computer vision software, announced it is proactively collaborating with several key unmanned aircraft systems (UASes) research sites in the United States to discover ways to tackle critical issues facing the oil and gas, agriculture, health and wildlife, law enforcement, and search and rescue sectors. Partnering with several universities, MotionDSP is providing advanced software combined with expert analyst training to help uncover new perspectives using video.

Feb 12, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

Top 5 Things you Need to Know about Drones and the Law

If you want to fly your drone for commercial purposes you must obtain an FAA airworthiness certificate and exemption.

In February of 2007, the FAA published a federal register notice that delineated the separate uses of UASs, unmanned aircraft systems, and the regulations concerning each category of use. According to the document, commercial usage would require the acquisition of an airworthiness certificate (CofA). At the time CofAs were only being issued in the experimental category, but Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act granted the FAA the authority to grant other exemptions. What has been maintained is the need for a pilot license.

Feb 6, 2015 10:04:56 AM

Topics: Regulation

Airware Receives Investment from GE Ventures

Airware, creator of a hardware, software, and cloud services platform for commercial drone development and operation, announced today it has raised a strategic investment from GE Ventures, the investment arm of GE. GE and Airware will work together to identify ways that Airware’s platform can help deliver safer, more efficient solutions for GE’s industrial customer base and allow them to collect better data and make more informed decisions. Airware will use the funding to continue preparations for the commercial launch of its platform and continue to expand its engineering, sales, marketing, and customer support functions

“GE, a Fortune 50 company, sees commercial drones as a promising way to collect richer, faster and more effective data in a wide range of markets,” said Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “The company operates in more than 170 countries globally and across many industries, and we’re thrilled to provide it with a platform to explore the space further.”

Nov 19, 2014 1:28:18 PM

Topics: Updates