DroneDeploy Raises $9 Million, Partners with DJI and 3DR

DroneDeploy raised $9 million in funding from Emergence capital for their new drone operation and data platform. Investors expect a high adoption rate as DroneDeploy integrates with drones from popular UAV companies DJI and 3D Robotics.

Mar 31, 2015 10:57:52 AM

Topics: Mapping, Startups and Partnerships

Hearing Reveals State of Commerical Drones in U.S.

A Senate Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee hearing revealed earliest acceptance of the recently proposed FAA rules regarding UAS would occur in the last quarter of 2016. In the interim, the FAA will be taking other critical steps to expedite the exemption process and remove some hurdles for commercial drone testing and usage, but will remain committed to addressing issues of safety, and dealing with the complexity and volume unique to US airspace.

Mar 26, 2015 9:55:23 AM

Topics: Regulation

3D Robotics releases a free and open-source drone application development platform

3D Robotics (3DR) wants to make it easy for developers to add custom features or create applications for their drones. The company has unveiled a free and open-source drone app development platform.

Mar 26, 2015 9:19:00 AM

FAA Makes it Easier to Fly Commercial Drones

The FAA recently announced it will help streamline the exemption process for companies and individuals applying for commercial drone usage and testing. Under the interim policy, before the official UAS rules are changed, the agency will grant a COA (Certificate of Authorization or Waiver) for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS operator with a 333 exemption.

Mar 25, 2015 1:14:32 PM

Topics: Regulation

Amazon’s drones cleared for takeoff in the U.S.

UPDATE: Amazon has filed for a new certificate to fly an updated drone. The company states that the previous drone from last week's approval is already obsolete.

Just when it seemed Amazon’s drone delivery service would never take off in American skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement giving Amazon the green light to test its drones.

Mar 25, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Topics: Regulation

PrecisionHawk joins NASA collaboration to develop tools for UAS traffic management system for low-altitude drone operations

Precision Hawk, a manufacturer of UAVs and cloud-based software to collect, manage and analyze aerial data across civilian applications, today announced that they will join the NASA collaboration to build a traffic management system for drones. In January, PrecisionHawk launched the working prototype for a 'Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System', otherwise known as LATAS, to serve as a solution for the safe integration of drones into the National Airspace. By bringing this operational tracking system to the conversation, PrecisionHawk will have the ability to outfit every UAV platform, commercial or hobbyist, with the technology to send real time flight data transmission based on world-wide cellular networks.

Mar 25, 2015 10:12:48 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Control Systems

3D Robotics CEO, DIY Drones Founder Chris Anderson Keynotes InterDrone

More than 70 Media and Association partnerships already on board to help build Las Vegas

Mega-event for commercial drone market

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 20, 2015 BZ Media LLC announced today that Chris Anderson, New York Times best-selling author, CEO of 3D Robotics, and founder of DIY Drones will deliver a keynote address at InterDrone™, being held September 9, 10, 11 at The Rio in Las Vegas. Anderson’s keynote is scheduled for the morning of September 10. More than 3,000 drone builders, flyers and buyers are expected to attend the largest annual event bringing together all the key participants in the growing market for commercial drone aircraft.

Mar 19, 2015 9:42:00 AM

Topics: InterDrone

Exelis Takes First Steps Toward Highway for Drones

Aerospace company Exelis provided a preview of its a low-altitude surveillance system to Reuters yesterday. The system will be fully integrated with the data on manned aircraft that Exelis currently supplies to FAA eliminating the concern for collision with commuter air traffic.

Mar 11, 2015 12:21:44 PM

Topics: Control Systems

These Drones Make a Difference

Somewhere between military drones and paparazzi drones, people are finding uses for drones that improve the world and help noble causes. As UAS technology becomes more ubiquitous, use cases for conservation, search and rescue, and safety are appearing with increasing frequency.

Mar 10, 2015 3:20:02 PM

Topics: Drone Development

InterDrone, CTIA Partner to Create Las Vegas Mega-Show

Super Mobility 2015 and InterDrone™ to offer Direct Shuttle Service Linking Industry Events

Both conferences held September 9-11 in Las Vegas; attend both shows, see latest/greatest synergistic technology advancing today’s mobile landscape

Mar 4, 2015 3:23:00 PM

Topics: InterDrone