Michael Pehel

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DJI Responds to the Army Ban with No-Internet Mode

The U.S. Army recently banned the use of off-the shelf DJI drones by service members amid concerns drone data could be compromised by the data link back to the Chinese manufacturer's headquarters. DJI has responded by announcing the development of a new offline mode to help it sell to enterprise and government customers concerned about data privacy.

Aug 15, 2017 11:27:40 AM

Topics: Regulation

Kansas DOT Works with AirMap to Manage Drone Traffic

The Kansas Department of Transportation has partnered with unmanned traffic management (UTM) software provider AirMap to provide safer skies over Kansas and stimulate growth within the states burgeoning UAV industry.

Aug 9, 2017 1:27:49 PM

Topics: Control Systems, Regulation

Amazon Patents Mobile Drone Repair and Launch Workstations from Trains, Trailers, and Shipping Containers

Amazon's commitment to delivery drones hasn't diminshed. The silicon valley giant has recently filed a patent for ground-based mobile maintenance facilities for UAVs.The patent covers a broad swath of possible locations in which the mobile maintenance facilities can be attached to such as locomotives, container ships, road tractors.

Aug 8, 2017 10:54:05 AM

Topics: Control Systems, Deliveries

Atlas Dynamics Raises $8 Million in Latest Funding Round

Atlas Dynamics (, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, announced today it has raised $8 million from private and institutional investors.

Aug 1, 2017 10:10:52 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta to Deliver Grand Opening Keynote Address at InterDrone

Heads stellar lineup of keynotes at commercial drone industry’s largest dedicated event

BZ Media LLC today announced that Michael P. Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, will give the Grand Opening Keynote address at InterDrone, September 6 at 10:00 am. He will be joined at InterDrone by a high-level lineup of commercial drone thought leaders who will frame the state of the industry at the conference, being held September 6-8 at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas.

Jul 31, 2017 9:01:01 AM

Topics: InterDrone

Another Drone Distance Record Set in England

No drone distance record seems to last for long as drone professionals continue to break beyond visual line of sight flight records on a monthly basis. Chichester firm FlyLogix recently completed a 50-mile offshore round trip flight, smashing the British distance record.

Jul 27, 2017 9:47:29 AM

Topics: Inspection

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

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