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

Begun the Drone War has!


In one of the latest examples of Star Wars fanaticism, Olivier_C created a working TIE Interceptor out of a Prophecy 335 quadcopter.

Mar 4, 2015 2:55:27 PM

Google's Internet Drones Set to Fly This Year

Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google, announced at Mobile World Congress that the company’s Internet relay drones will hold their initial test flights by the end of the year.

Mar 2, 2015 2:00:18 PM

Topics: Drone Development

K-State Salina Granted Statewide Airspace Access for UAS

Kansas State University Salina became the first entity to gain Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly unmanned aircraft systems statewide in research operations.

The university received three certificates of authorization that allow it to conduct research using unmanned aircraft on all public property in the state and on private property with landowner permission. The COAs are effective for two years.

“Our statewide access will allow us to continue to provide practical applications of technology to our students and will further develop our research abilities for the university, the FAA and our industry partners,” says K-State Salina’s UAS Flight Operations Manager Kurt Carraway...Read More

Feb 27, 2015 12:56:57 PM

Topics: Regulation

FAA's New Rules Proposal Only the First Step Towards Regulation


Feb 17, 2015 1:49:00 PM

Topics: Regulation

DOT and FAA propose new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

Feb 17, 2015 12:12:14 PM

Topics: Regulation

MotionDSP Delivers Computer Vision Software to Top Drone / Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Universities

MotionDSP, a leading provider of image processing and computer vision software, announced it is proactively collaborating with several key unmanned aircraft systems (UASes) research sites in the United States to discover ways to tackle critical issues facing the oil and gas, agriculture, health and wildlife, law enforcement, and search and rescue sectors. Partnering with several universities, MotionDSP is providing advanced software combined with expert analyst training to help uncover new perspectives using video.

Feb 12, 2015 10:18:00 AM

Topics: Software, Control Systems

3D Robotics open-sources drone flight control code

Drone development has made huge advances recently, but once the drones get off the ground, users need to be able to fly, control and track them. Drone maker 3D Robotics has announced it has open-sourced its Tower flight control app for drones. The application not only provides users with a feature-rich flight experience, but the open programming interface also allows developers to create or customize features.

“3D Robotics is a big believer in imaginative uses of drones for business and pleasure, as well as in ways that benefit society,” said Colin Guinn, chief revenue officer of 3D Robotics. “By opening up our Tower programming interface to the public, we’re giving enthusiasts and entrepreneurs the ability to impact those uses in a very positive manner. We’re excited to see how people use their talents to improve and innovate on Tower.”

Feb 10, 2015 3:57:01 PM

Topics: Releases

A look into the future of drones, with Dronecode’s Andrew Tridgell

Commercial drones are taking software development by storm these days. Drone development is being looked at in all industries from agriculture, journalism, insurance, film, search and rescue, and even real estate. The Linux Foundation launched an open-source platform for drones late last year in order to bring developers the tools and resources they need to innovate and create affordable and reliable drones. InterDrone News caught up with Dronecode’s Technical Steering Committee chair Andrew “Tridge” Tridgell to get an update on Dronecode since its launch, and a look at the future of drones.

Feb 6, 2015 4:52:00 PM

Topics: Interviews