Dronerise: gradually, then suddenly

by Jon Evans Drones feel a bit like old news already, don’t they? At least in the Valley, with its hyper-fragmented mayfly attention span. The military has used them for decades. DJI, the undisputed (consumer) polycopter industry leader, was founded in 2006. We tech journalists can’t stop talking about drones, but they’re still mostly playthings, curiosities. One might well ask: what became of all that hype? It’s a fair question, given our raised expectations — drones replacing Read More

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Vigilant Aerospace Releases List of Commercial Drones for BVLOS Flight

BY MIRIAM MCNABB Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc. has released a list of all commercial drones currently available in the US market that have the flight and communications range to be flown beyond line-of-sight (BVLOS), including some aircraft with ranges of many miles.  As the FAA begins to consider and issue waivers to commercial drone flyers for beyond line-of-sight flight under the new Part 107.200 rule, Vigilant Aerospace expects the demand for these powerful new aircraft to Read More

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Report: LiDAR Drone Market Will Soar into 2020

BY JASON REAGAN LiDAR sensors and drones go together like PB&J and an industry report paints a rosy picture for both industries. “Global market intelligence company” Transparency Market Research released a study last week predicting an increase in the Light Detection and Ranging market as it relates to drone combos. Following the explosion in drone adoption across precision industries such as mining, construction, utility,   inspection and agriculture, sales of sensors ranging from Read More

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Report: Agriculture Drone Sector To Yield $2 billion crop by 2021

BY JASON REAGAN The agriculture drone business will yield a healthy economic crop over the next four years, according to a recent market report. Zion Research released “Agriculture Drone Market: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Segment, Trends and Forecast, 2015 – 2021,” a 100-page analysis last week. Covering areas such as fixed and rotary drones as well as data management, imaging software and data analysis, the report pegs the precision Read More

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Europe Advances Small Drone Regulations, ‘U-Space’ System

by Bill Carey A German-made microdrones md4-1000 quadcopter is depicted operating in an urban environment. (Photo: microdrones) Policymakers plan to complete work this summer on rules allowing for uniform operation of small drones within European Union member states. The European Commission (EC) is also advancing a “U-Space” drone traffic management system comparable to the UTM model in the U.S., with the goal of “making drones part of the European citizens’ daily lives by Read More

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Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

Posted on January 15, 2017 by The Drone News GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license, and some companies that employ such pilots have started selling classes that help students prepare for the FAA test or just figure out whether they would be interested in such a career. “I think a lot of Read More

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DronetheWorld Video of the Week! Holland

BY FRANK SCHROTH Each week we feature a video sent to us by Dronetheworld.com, a site that collects and maps drone videos from around the world. from the folks at DronetheWorld: This week we present you a amazing video from Holland. It´s simple, that´s what makes it special! Read More

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14 YO Gujarati Boy Lands Gov Deal to Produce Land Mine Detecting Drone

BY MIRIAM MCNABB image: Twitter A 14 year old Gujarati boy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government’s Department of Science and Technology to produce the landmine-detecting drone he designed. Harshwardhan Zala was present at the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit to sign the deal yesterday.  Zala has already filed a patent and created 3 prototypes of the drone, which he started working on last year.  He has also started his own company, Aerobotics, and developed a Read More

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Unable to fund production of its camera drone, Lily will shut down and refund customers

by Fitz Tepper Lily, the autonomous camera drone that sold a whopping $34 million in preorders, has announced it is shutting down. In an email sent to customers about an hour ago, the startup said that it was unable to raise an additional round of funding which would have allowed it to start production of the drone. So it announced instead that it will be winding down the company, and offering an automatic refund to all preorder customers. From the email: At the same time, we have been Read More

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Agribotix and senseFly Team Up to Provide Drone Driven Agriculture Solution

BY FRANK SCHROTH eee SQ Collaborations between drone hardware and software continue. Agribotix, a developer of drone-enabled agricultural intelligence, has partnered with senseFly, a manufacturer of professional fixed-wing drones, to offer a new combined solution for professional users. This technology solution combines the drone, sensor and agricultural data processing technologies available today to make collecting and analyzing aerial data easy, with several times more coverage, per Read More

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