UTM NASA’s low-altitude air traffic management research for UAS

Parimal Kopardekar will be a panelist at the upcoming InterDrone Conference in September speaking about how to successfully integrate drones into the NAS (national airspace).  His work at NASA on UTM (the NASA’s low-altitude air traffic management research for unmanned aerial systems) is going to be a critical component to this effort, so we reached out to our friends at NASA to ask a few questions and learn more.  What follows is our interview with a NASA Spokesperson about this work.

Jun 4, 2015 10:15:58 AM

Topics: Control Systems

A Brief Talk About Drone Policy with DJI’s US Policy Leader

Jon Resnick leads DJI’s drone policy efforts in Washington DC. Prior to joining DJI, he was a senior television planning editor with the Associated Press, leading news planning for AP’s national elections coverage. Jon spearheaded AP’s program to incorporate drones into professional news-gathering operations. He also played a leadership role in the News Media Coalition which is now conducting formal testing at an FAA sanctioned site.

May 29, 2015 12:42:04 PM

Topics: Regulation

Georgia prepares for the drone industry

Georgia wants to get the ball rolling with drones, believing it is a prime spot to spur innovation. The state has a big aerospace industry with more than 500 companies, 88,000 people working directly in it, and universities to support it, according to Steve Justice, director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace.

May 27, 2015 5:38:17 PM

Airware, Accel and DJI look to fund the future of commercial drones

As the global adoption of commercial drones grows, organizations want to ensure the progress of commercial drone innovation worldwide. Airware just launched the Commercial Drone Fund, while DJI and Accel recently partnered up to launch the SkyFund.

May 27, 2015 5:19:00 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Gender equality is a struggle in many fields and the drone market too

Sally French, well known for her popular Drone Girl website, will be a panelist at the upcoming InterDrone Conference in September.  The topic?  Women in the drone industry.  Gender equality is an important topic for all of us.  As the father of two daughters I am passionate about ensuring a bright future for them and ensuring that the world sees them as individuals is a key to that.

May 26, 2015 8:57:00 AM

Topics: Drone Development, Women in Drones

InterDrone Film Festival Announced

Nine experts in the field of aerial cinematography will judge six categories and award over $8,000 in cash and prizes

BZ Media LLC announced today the opening of the InterDrone Film Festival, giving aerial cinematographers a stage where they can show their best footage shot by a UAV, at InterDrone, the International Drone Conference and Exposition being held September 9-10-11 at The Rio in Las Vegas. The celebration of finalists and winners will happen Wednesday evening, September 9, during a reception at InterDrone.

May 21, 2015 1:57:00 PM

Topics: Cinematography

Leading Women Join InterDrone for Special Drone Networking Lunch

Panel discussion on accomplishments so far, new opportunities, and the impact women can bring to an exploding industry

BZ Media LLC announced today the addition of the Women in Drones Lunch and Panel, a special networking event, to the International Drone Conference and Exposition being held September 9-10-11 at The Rio in Las Vegas. The event will be led by Lisa Ellman, a partner and leading public policy lawyer at Hogan Lovells and co-chair of the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group. She will be joined by Sally French, journalist at the Wall Street Journal, blogger behind, and social media editor for MarketWatch; Dyan Gibbens, leader of Trumbull Unmanned and Unmanned Cowboys, and Gretchen West, who supports NASA on a variety of UAS integration programs and formerly Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs at DroneDeploy.

May 19, 2015 8:52:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Women in Drones

Amazon Prime Air plans emerge

Amazon has a lot of hoops to jump through before it can bring its drone delivery service to life in the United States. But new details have surfaced that shed some light on what the company is planning—and it’s not your average drone delivery service.

May 11, 2015 5:50:30 PM

Topics: Releases

Yamaha’s RMAX ready for liftoff in the United States

Yamaha has been looking to get an exemption to fly its drones in the United States for almost a year, and now it finally can. The FAA has granted it approval to use its drones to spray crops in the U.S.

May 6, 2015 5:08:00 PM

Topics: Releases

FAA looks to expand drone horizons while ensuring safety

The Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) is furthering its commitment to safely implement drones into the national airspace with a number of announcements made today at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems conference in Atlanta. First, the agency announced a new initiative to work with industry leaders to figure out the next steps for drones beyond the proposed regulations.

May 6, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Topics: Regulation