FAA Issues an RFI for a Remote ID System for Drones

On December 20th the FAA quietly announced the release of a Request for Information (RFI) looking for partners to help develop a realistic approach to sharing data that would be required to remotely identify small drones in controlled airspace. The data collected would include a unique identifier for the UAV, tracking information as well as…

FlightWave Creates the Tiltpod to Transform the Drone Industry

Over the last couple of years, we’ve covered the rapid transformation of drone technology and the development and commercial deployment of new UAV designs. Of particular focus has been around innovations that increase TiTA (Time in The Air) and offer multi-function platforms in one vehicle, which is something FlightWave Aerospace Inc. has been working on since…

Geocue Adds Third Party GNSS Capability to Phantom 4 RTK

I was lucky enough to be part of the team that developed the first rudimentary RTK techniques in 1992 while working for a small Canadian firm, GeoSurv, in Ottawa, Canada. At the time, GPS was a very unreliable signal and SA/AS (selective availability and anti-spoofing) played havoc with our early attempts to establish good locations…

CodigoDelSur and the Art of Developing Applications at Affordable Prices

During the recent Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, we had the opportunity to see numerous hardware innovations as well as a plethora of new versions of established software solutions. One that caught our attention was CodigoDelSur, an application developer based in Uruguay. Their solutions are currently working behind the scenes for current market leaders…

Cape CEO Chris Rittler Discusses the Role of Autonomous Drones in Public Safety

One of the great advantages drones represent relates to how they can perform certain tasks, over and over, in exactly the manner. This repeatability is set to open up tremendous opportunities, especially when it’s combined with autonomous capabilities so that certain tasks that don’t require much or even any human supervision can be completed. The…

The Art and Science of Modern Drone Design

For over a hundred years now, men and women have been designing flying machines of all kinds. Beautiful machines, ugly machines, odd contraptions and crazy ideas alike have taken to the sky after emerging from the design table to enter a prototype stage. All of them have a story, but only some have been able…

Icarus Aerospace Standardizes UAV Training for Public Safety Agencies in the USA

Every Police Officer, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) has annual qualifications/continuing education requirements. These are requirements that are applicable to everyone in the field, regardless of whether they’re working in a major metropolitan city or in a rural farmland community. Although scheduling and the availability of these sessions can create complications for Public Safety…

Sunhillo Works to Make BVLOS Drone Operations a Daily Reality

One of the hottest topics during the recent Commercial UAV Expo was centered on drones operating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and the inevitable integration of manned and unmanned aerial vehicles through controlled airspace. Earl Lawrence of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) addressed the topic on the first day of the event, and later…

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