An Ingenious Parachute System to Keep Drones from Crashing

At every Commercial UAV Expo, either in the USA or Europe, there are always innovative technologies that catch our eye. This was the case during the recent Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Amsterdam when we walked into the booth of Drone Rescue Systems, an Austrian-based company that has developed an ingenious parachute system to keep…

UL and the Release of a Battery Safety Standard for the UAV Industry

Over the past 18 months we’ve been writing about the frustration with the current state of affairs in terms of time in the air (TITA) for battery powered multi-copters and small fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. We have interviewed many people with innovative ideas to extend TITA, ranging from the more traditional tethered solutions to the really…

Regulatory Update & U-Space Developments from Commercial UAV Expo Europe

A fascinating session about the current state of the regulatory framework in Europe took place at Commercial UAV Expo Europe. Chaired by Alain Siebert of SESAR, it provided and a comprehensive update on U-Space developments and much more. First we heard from Benoit Curdy from the Global UTM Association who gave us a 30,000 ft…

Skyguide And AirMap Develop Europe’s First National Deployment of U-space

On March 5, Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider, and AirMap, a leading airspace management platform for drones, announced an agreement to develop and deploy the first national drone traffic management system in Europe. The proposed system aims to be the first national deployment of U-space, Europe’s vision for the digital infrastructure that will…

LiquidPiston Enters the UAV Arena with a Revolutionary Rotary Engine

On March 6th, LiquidPiston Inc., an advanced internal combustion engine technology company, announced its intention to enter the UAV market with a revolutionary rotary engine aimed at powering medium-sized drones. As part of the company’s push into the UAV market, it presented at the Starburst Accelerator’s Selection Committee in Israel on Wednesday, March 7th. The…

Analysis of the 2018-2038 FAA Aviation Forecast

On March 15th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its aerospace forecast for the fiscal years 2018 to 2038. The report covers all the areas of interest to the federal agency, notably commercial airliners, general aviation and now unmanned systems, as well as all items pertaining to the safety of operations over the national airspace.…