The battle between open-source and proprietary software for drone development

Open-source software is helping move along the drone industry with easy access to code, software, designs, and features that can be shared, modified, redistributed and implemented into developers’ applications and hardware. But proprietary software is also trying to mold the industry by providing advanced hardware and software solutions, as well as new technologies. So which is better when it comes to drone development?

Jul 23, 2015 10:19:53 AM

Topics: Software

Sony joins the drone industry

Sony is entering into the world of drones through a joint effort with ZMP Inc., a robotics startup. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on the development and launch of enterprise solutions that utilize autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles.

Jul 23, 2015 9:44:00 AM

Topics: Releases

First Legal Drone Delivery in US Brings Med Supplies to Remote Areas


Jul 22, 2015 10:20:10 AM

InterDrone Las Vegas Conference Program Announced

Largest, Most Comprehensive Conference Program for Commercial Drone Market in History

BZ Media LLC announced today the InterDrone™ technical conference featuring more than 104 classes, panels and keynotes. The event will debut at the Rio in Las Vegas, Sept. 9-10-11, and will also include an Exhibit Hall with more than 85 industry-leading exhibitors, a Yes-Fly Zone for drone demos, the InterDrone Film Festival, and the Women in Drones Networking Luncheon. Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones, will deliver the Opening Keynote address to more than 3,000 drone builders, flyers and buyers on Wednesday September 9.

Jul 20, 2015 1:00:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone

Drones Help Secure Our Beaches

Summertime is here, and people will be flocking to the beaches, ready to hit the water. Wanting to keep swimmers safe, researchers, lifeguards, and search and rescue teams are increasingly using drones in their efforts to improve safety and respond to emergency situations.

Jul 8, 2015 9:20:18 AM

Topics: Updates

NASA tests drone collision-avoidance technology

NASA, along with its government and industry partners, has begun testing how drones will be incorporated into the national airspace. This is the third series of tests, which will include testing all the previous and new technology together for the first time.

Jun 24, 2015 3:57:00 PM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

Dronecode – Common, shared open-source platform for UAVs

Craig Elder has joined the Linux Foundation as the Community Manager for Dronecode after years in various roles in the industry.  He will be speaking at the upcoming InterDrone conference about Dronecode so we wanted to reach out and ask him a few questions ahead of the event.

Jun 22, 2015 10:32:56 AM

Topics: Interviews

DJI unveils new developer tools and an object avoidance system for drones

DJI is giving developers a new platform to research and test their drone applications and technology. The company announced a new quadcopter designed specifically for developers to take their hardware and software solutions to the sky.

Jun 8, 2015 5:21:00 PM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

Drone safety – Critical for the growth of the industry

Todd Van Epps will be teaching a class on Safe and Efficient UAV Operations at the upcoming InterDrone Conference in September.  Todd teaches flight instruction to new aircraft operators as well as creates custom helicopter builds for unique applications. He has developed UAVs for the agriculture industry, public safety and resource protection. He has flown for a variety of events, individuals and governmental agencies over the years, and instructs at an accredited university teaching students the basic applications and safety of UAV technology.  Todd knows drone safety.

Jun 8, 2015 8:45:57 AM

Topics: Drone Development

Boeing Patents Mid-Air Recharging System for Drones

Well-known aircraft manufacturer Boeing was granted a patent for a mid-air recharging system. Each aircraft or drone would be comprised of an electrically powered buoyant aircraft, a control system to maneuver the aircraft, and a retractable tether to couple the aircraft with a ground charging station. The aircraft would be able to disconnect autonomously when a call for a delivery is made.

Jun 4, 2015 11:06:00 AM

Topics: Drone Development