FAA Announces Drone Registration Rules

Today, the FAA announced their long-awaited requirements for drone registration, as well as an online registration portal. These rules are intended to help the agency combat potentially unsafe UAV operations as drone sales grow. What are these rules, and what do they mean for commercial operators? The Rules The FAA plans to issue their official…

Kespry’s Drone Prototype Recognizes Worksite Equipment

Commercial drone system company Kespry recently demonstrated a prototype drone that recognizes construction vehicles, building materials and other structures on the worksite. The prototype is based on the Kespry Drone System commonly deployed by customers in the materials, mining, and construction industries. Its object recognition is handled by an NVIDIA Jetson TX1 module, which is…

Why Autodesk Invested in Skycatch

UAV startup Skycatch has announced a $25 million series B funding round, with investors from Riverwood Ventures, Bee Partners, and Autodesk. According to Skycatch’s official announcement, the investment will help the company fund expansion, launch a new “services and consulting” arm, and more generally scale the enterprise solutions they offer to customers in AEC space.…

What the FAA and DOT Drone Registration Means for Commercial Operators

The United States Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation will require drone operators flying in the US to register their aircraft. In a press conference today, US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced a task force that will be charged with developing recommendations for the registration process. The group will include…

Patrick Meier and Drones for Good

Patrick Meier, founder of the Humanitarian UAV Network, kicked off the inaugural edition of the Commercial UAV Expo with a keynote and a request. He began by noting the great wealth of UAV expertise in the room, calling the attendees experts in the field. The goal of his presentation, he said, was to catalyze partnerships…

Dyan Gibbens’ Blue Sky Vision for UAVs

Dyan Gibbens, CEO and founder of UAV service provider Trumbull Unmanned, gave a UAV Expo keynote address on what she called her “blue sky” vision for UAVs for global asset owners. The term “blue sky,” she explained, has a personal significance for her. When parachuting in the Air Force, she learned the term, which evokes…