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Navy Drone Finds Corrosion

Navy Drone Finds Corrosion

“Topside Drone” is a development of a corrosion/anomaly detection sensor payload and processing scheme, outfitted to a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) UAV. The technology will inspect and detect material defects, corrosion, warping and other conditions plaguing naval vessels. The drone flies around the area of inspection and takes photographs and measurements for evaluation to determine if corrosion […]
Autonomous Drone Flight Over Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Autonomous Drone Flight Over Trans-Alaska Pipeline

Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announced today that its EchoGuard airspace management radars were the ground-based sensor for the first-ever UAS mission to operate beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight without ground observers. The ground-based sensors worked in coordination with Iris Automation’s onboard detect-and-avoid system. The demonstration of a nearly four-mile […]

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Percepto’s Autonomous “Drone-In-A-Box” Flies On 5G

Percepto’s Autonomous “Drone-In-A-Box” Flies On 5G

Percepto today announced that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous drones over SK Telecom’s 5G trial network. SK Telecom is the largest mobile operator in Korea, leading the world in the field of mobile telecommunications by commercializing its 5G network in December 2018. Dain SNT, Percepto’s representative in Korea, has been collaborating with SK Telecom […]
senseFly introduces Solar 360

senseFly introduces Solar 360

senseFly, leading provider of fixed-wing drone solutions, introduced its new senseFly Solar 360 at this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL, the latest addition to its senseFly 360 solutions range. Created in collaboration with software company Raptor Maps, this new offering is a uniquely efficient thermal drone solution that enables the automatic assessment of solar plant performance at a sub-module level. […]

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Finding Buried Treasure

Finding Buried Treasure

Buried treasure is often the stuff of legend, but that didn’t stop PrecisionHawk from recently traveling more than 7,000 miles to hunt for buried treasure in the Philippines left by the Japanese during World War II. Working alongside the History Channel on a show called Lost Gold of World War II, a production company called Ample […]

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Drones on Mars?

Drones on Mars?

“Small free-flying spacecraft might be the ideal robotic platform for the exploration of lava tubes on Earth, the Moon, and Mars for the simple reason that they would not need to come in direct contact with any of the rough and potentially unstable surfaces found inside caves and lava tubes,” says Andrew Horchler, Director of […]
Indoor Inspections

Indoor Inspections

Plenty of companies are using outdoor drones to inspect pipelines, power infrastructure, and other hard-to-reach or dangerous locations. But when those locations are indoors or require access to confined spaces, the challenges become different and more difficult. Swiss startup Flyability, which makes aerial inspection indoor drones specifically designed for confined spaces, is leveraging its recent $11 million […]

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A Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co. (DJI) Phantom drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

State Farm Flies Over People & BVLOS

State Farm has become the first company granted a national waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones over people and beyond the pilot’s line of sight. The Bloomington-based insurer says increased use of drones will help it more efficiently deploy claims workers after a catastrophe strikes, when people may be blocked by water, […]
Solar Drones Help Native Americans

Solar Drones Help Native Americans

A Native American community in northern New Mexico will soon get help from solar-powered drones to monitor its vast land holdings from above. Under a new partnership with Santa Fe-based Wildflower International, unmanned aerial systems made by Albuquerque-based Silent Falcon UAS Technologies will assist Pojoaque Pueblo in managing its roaming bison herd, mapping cultural sites […]
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