DJI and PrecisionHawk partner on unmanned agriculture solutions

DJI and PrecisionHawk are teaming up in order to make life on the farm easier. The companies announced plans to link DJI’s drone hardware with PrecisionHawk’s software at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2016 conference in New Orleans today. The result aims to provide farmers with a complete agricultural analytics solution.

May 3, 2016 2:52:22 PM

Topics: Precision Agriculture, Releases

Amazon envisions a future with shared airspace

When Amazon first introduced its plans to create a drone delivery solution, the company knew it was an ambitious plan that was going to take a lot of time. Now that Amazon has had time to refine its business plan and look at the bigger picture, the company is looking to accelerate the integration of its delivery drones by developing a shared airspace. Gur Kimchi, vice president for Amazon’s Prime Air, spoke about the company’s idea of a shared airspace at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2016 conference in New Orleans today.

May 3, 2016 2:28:43 PM

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

Skylogic Research and BZ Media forecast U.S. drone market will reach $2.9 billion by 2018

Skylogic Research, LLC together withBZ Media LLC today released “Drones in the Channel: 2016 Market Report,” examining drone sales and distribution channels in North America.  The report offers fresh insights on the major brands and the growing role that distribution and reseller businesses play in the sale of consumer and commercial drones. The report is available for purchase here.

May 2, 2016 4:02:56 PM

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

Call for Speakers Open for North America’s Largest Commercial Drone Show

InterDrone 2015 event brought together nearly 2,800 drone builders, flyers and buyers from 48 countries and all 50 states

BZ Media LLC announced today an open call for speakers for InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition being held at the Paris Las Vegas Sept 7-9. The total number of classes, panels and keynotes is increasing in 2016 by 20% to more than 120 sessions overall.

Apr 25, 2016 1:23:11 PM

Topics: InterDrone

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