Report: The commercial drone market is soaring

The FAA’s commercial drone rules will go into effect at the end of this month, but already drones are taking off all over the world. DroneDeploy, a cloud software platform provider for commercial drones, announced it has reached 5 million acres mapped with its software, just months after it announced it had reached 2 million acres. According to the company, it took 16 months to reach the first 2 million milestone, and only a quarter of the time to more than double it.

Aug 11, 2016 12:23:48 PM

Topics: Updates

Disney Patents Projection Drones

Disney filed a patent for a UAV based projection system, which it intends to use in its extravagant light shows held nightly at its theme parks.

Aug 9, 2016 3:19:39 PM

Topics: Drone Development

Second InterDrone Film Festival Finalists Set; Ehang Named Title Sponsor

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes, with a Best Overall Grand Prize of $5,000

BZ Media LLC announced today that Finalists have been selected for the second annual Film Festival at InterDrone The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held September 7-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. In addition, Ehang has been named the Title Sponsor of the event and will award the $5,000 grand prize to the winner on stage.

Aug 8, 2016 8:42:41 AM

Topics: InterDrone

Dealing with the commercial drone data explosion

The commercial drone industry is exploding, allowing businesses and operators to rapidly and cost-effectively capture data that wasn’t readily available to them before. While this is opening up new opportunities for companies, it also comes with new complications.

Aug 4, 2016 10:31:44 AM

The Weather Company enters the drone industry

Drone operators not only have to worry about avoiding people and objects when their drone is up in the air; they also have to worry about avoiding bad weather conditions. No one wants their drone to be damaged by rain or get stuck in a severe storm. The Weather Company, an IBM business, has announced it is entering the drone space to improve drone operations.

Aug 3, 2016 2:18:05 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Google’s Project Wing to soar in the U.S.

While Amazon is moving its drone-testing activities to the U.K., Google's parent company Alphabet is getting the green light to fly in the U.S. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) announced new steps it will be taking to promote the adoption of drones in the U.S. in a safe, innovative way.

Aug 3, 2016 1:05:43 PM

Topics: Releases

160 Commercial Drone Companies to Showcase Latest UAV Technology at InterDrone

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to keynote at largest dedicated commercial drone event

BZ Media LLC today unveiled the exhibition component of the industry’s largest dedicated commercial UAV show, InterDrone. More than 130 exhibitors have already signed up and another 30 are expected before the show opens its doors September 7-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The exhibition will be paired with more than 120 sessions on all aspects of UAV design, piloting, regulations, and business management.

Aug 1, 2016 12:25:13 PM

Topics: InterDrone

Skyward’s Jonathan Evans on how to become a successful drone business

The rise of the drone industry means there are a lot of new opportunities for businesses. Drones are beginning to infiltrate every sector of the economy, and existing businesses are trying to figure out how this can help them grow while new businesses are sprouting up to figure out how to take advantage of the new market.

Jul 28, 2016 10:56:27 AM

Topics: Interviews

Amazon Secures Partnership with British Government for Delivery Drones

Amazon struck a deal with Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority to start the development of drone deliveries that operate beyond line of sight (BLOS). This puts the U.K. ahead of the U.S. in paving the way for safe package delivery by drone.

Jul 26, 2016 11:15:44 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

BZ Media and Skylogic Research Release “The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying”

Surveyors already have access to ground-based, manned flight, and satellite data, so will they embrace this new technology in earnest?

BZ Media LLC announced today the fourth in a series of critical examinations of the hype and reality behind certain vertical commercial drone markets, “The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying.”  The free report was commissioned by BZ Media and written and produced by Skylogic Research.

Jul 25, 2016 9:06:17 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Mapping