Dedrone raises $10 million to protect the airspace

On one hand drones can be used to do a lot of good; on the other hand, give drones to the wrong people and they can be destructive. Dedrone sees a flourishing future for the industry of drones, but it wants to make sure people on the ground are protected from the misuse of drones from above.

May 18, 2016 4:03:29 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

FAA looks to detect rogue drones at JFK

In an effort to keep the national airspace safe from drones, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into new ways to detect the misuse of drones around restricted airport space. The agency announced it is joining forces with industry and academic partners to evaluate drone detection technology.

May 17, 2016 2:20:36 PM

Topics: Regulation

Second Women in Drones Event Planned for InterDrone

Top women executives from UAV industry to lead panel discussion and luncheon at InterDrone fostering unique networking opportunity for women in the commercial drone market

BZ Media LLC announced today the second Women in Drones Luncheon, a special networking event at InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held September 7-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Gretchen West, a Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells US LLP and former executive at Drone Deploy and AUVSI, will moderate the panel discussion.

May 12, 2016 9:18:37 AM

Topics: InterDrone

ParaZero gives drones a parachute for added safety

Safety is a huge concern and obstacle in the emerging drone industry, but how do you prevent a drone from crashing down from the sky? The short answer is you can’t: Crashes and falls are unavoidable, but you may be able to prevent any damage from happening.

May 11, 2016 3:21:59 PM

Hololens and Drones: A Perfect Match

At AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL conference, Drones-as-a-Service provider Insitu announced the establishment of a specialized commercial business unit. The new division will leverage its existing airframes, data science teams and Inexa Control (the commercial version of its ICOMC2 control system) to provide solutions to an expanding base of clients in industries like firefighting, energy and railway monitoring.

Greer Carper, ICOMC2 product manager at Insitu, illustrated the capabilities of Inexa Control with hands-on demonstrations of the system utilizing the Microsoft HoloLens. The walkthrough consisted of an interactive augmented reality overlay of a real-world wildfire scenario complete with a 3D map and variety of fixed-wing and UAV drones at the user's control.

All of the airframe’s core functions were available for the user to manipulate. Tapping into a drone’s camera was a matter of only a couple of gesture-based clicks, and important flight information like trajectory could be mapped with waypoints placement. From an operations standpoint, the benefit of tracking the airframes in 3D space is clear: Altitude is only a number on a 2D map, but was a tangible reality in the HoloLens demo.

The demo took some time getting used to. The HoloLens still has that wishy-washy scanline feel of Google Cardboard, but the setup and operation is more mature. Also, using your own hands to move things around is mildly disruptive to the simulation at first, but the visual feedback is its own teacher. Overall, the demonstration proves at least one use case for Hololens in the enterprise.

Carper explained that Insitu built Inexa Control on Unity to ensure multi-platform use. That means regardless if the client’s device of choice is a smartphone or tablet (or even a device as complex as the HoloLens), a bespoke solution can be carved out to match their needs with a common codebase for all devices. For example, the UAV controls are provided by a simple plug-in for ArduCopter-based vehicles.

Development editions of the Microsoft HoloLens are shipping now for $3,000, and as only a prototype, Carper believes they’ve just begun to tap into its potential. “We’re not expecting to sell tons of $3,000 devices to teams, but this is only the first round, and as the chips and form factor improves, more and more teams will want them.”

May 6, 2016 4:18:26 PM

Topics: Updates

GoPro’s anticipated drone gets delayed

GoPro has been teasing its entrance into the drone market with its upcoming drone, Karma. The drone was expected to be released earlier this year, but it seems the wait will be a little longer. In GoPro’s first-quarter 2016 results, it was revealed that the company decided to delay the drone until the holidays.

May 6, 2016 11:40:48 AM

Topics: Updates

The commercial news from AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016

The AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016 event happened this week in New Orleans. While the focus was meant to be on unmanned systems in general, the interest in the commercial drone space was evident. Companies and attendees from all around the globe wanted to learn and hear about the market space and how to make the industry grow.

May 5, 2016 3:40:43 PM

Topics: Updates

Panel: Drone industry needs to take commercial future into its own hands

If you are in the drone industry, it is well known by now the benefits unmanned systems can bring to every sector of the economy. But outside the drone industry, the public has some serious privacy and security fears, which can halt innovation and stop the growth of the industry. In order for the commercial drone space to really grow, the industry needs to take hold of its own future, according to a commercial drone panel at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016 conference in New Orleans today.

May 4, 2016 4:59:48 PM

Topics: Regulation

The Aerodrome provides new educational drone opportunities

The drone industry is growing by leaps and bounds every day, and the Aerodrome wants to help foster that innovation by educating drone operators. The Aerodrome is a provider of drone educational and training services as well as the organization behind the commercial droneport. The organization announced it is now making its facilities available for other companies to rent in order to test, train, fly or hold meetings related to unmanned aircraft.

May 4, 2016 3:14:15 PM

FAA announces new commitments to the drone industry at AUVSI

The Federal Aviation Administration understands its drone work has only just begun, and it needs to work with the industry in order to organize, manage and refocus its priorities while preserving the growth of innovation. The administration unveiled plans to launch a broad advisory committee that will advise the FAA on key unmanned issues at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016 event in New Orleans today.

May 4, 2016 1:25:59 PM

Topics: Regulation