50 Years of Record Breaking Innovation | Drone Light Show | Intel

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50 Years of Record Breaking Innovation | Drone Light Show | Intel

Published July 23, 2018

To celebrate Intel's 50th anniversary, our drone team is breaking a world record. This time, we are flying thousands of Shooting Star™ drones to create the biggest and brightest synchronized drone light show on earth. About Intel: Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live.

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NATO summit protected against drones by Aaronia's Anti-Drone System AARTOS

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NATO summit protected against drones by Aaronia's Anti-Drone System AARTOS

Brussels, Belgium, July 13, 2018

- The Belgium Police has selected the AARTOS counter-UAV system to protect the 2018 NATO summit from the growing threat posed by unmanned aircraftsystems.

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Multiple AARTOS systems have been used e.g. positioned at the roof of the NATO headquarter and on top of the Triumphal Arch in Brussels Jubelpark, the place where the NATO delegation had dinner.

Thorsten Chmielus, CEO, Aaronia AG, said: “We are proud to have secured yet another major International summit.” This contract with the Belgium Police follows the successful missiondeployment of multiple AARTOS systems during the Trump/Kim Summit in June 2018. “AARTOS is fully automatic and developed so we have been able to meet the Belgium Police ́s rapid delivery timescale” added Thorsten Chmielus.

As the only RF-based detection system, meeting 100% of the technical requirements of the Police, with a special focus on multi target high range detection in urban environments, the choice to choose the AARTOS system has been an easy one.

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The AARTOS system can detect, track, identify and defeat a drone in approximately 3 seconds only at a range of up to 15 km or 9 miles. AARTOS detects even multi band drones using RF detection in real-time before using a radio frequency (RF) jammer to defeat the drone. A fully integrated, long range auto target tracking camera backs up the RF detection and is used toverify the drone type and payload.

Using Aaronia AARTOS Sector Jammer Solutions, the operator can effectively take control of a drone and force a safe landing. The AARTOS system is military grade, designed and proven to operate in harsh environments. It works in all weat her, day or night and the disruption is flexible, proportional and operator controlled.

AARTOS systems are in use by various government agencies, the police and military to protect high value critical national infrastructure and per sonnel or strategically important sites/events.These include nuclear power stations, borders, political or VIP events, airports and airbases.

The AARTOS detect-track-identify and defeat C-UAV system was released to the market in 2015 and already is offered in its 3 rd generation with the 4 th generation to hit the market end of 2018.

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Drones and Aerial Observation

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Drones and Aerial Observation

New Technologies for Property Rights, Human Rights, and Global Development: A Primer

source: newamerica.org

By Faine Greenwood and Konstantin Kakaes

July 22, 2015

Most people lack clear and secure rights to property—land, natural resources, and other goods and assets. That lack is in part a consequence of political and social breakdowns, and in part driven by informational deficits. Such property rights are crucial to human prosperity. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are able to gather large amounts of information cheaply and efficiently by virtue of their aerial perspective, as can unpowered platforms like kites and balloons. That information―in the form of images, maps, and other data―can be used by communities to improve the quality and character of their property rights.

New America is pleased to publish a short book about how drones can be used in furtherance of property rights and in other, related aspects of global development. This book, or primer, is meant to be useful to practitioners who fly drones, regulators who regulate them, and the general public who seek to understand their capabilities and impact.

The primer is available for download at: drones.newamerica.org/primer

It begins with a capsule history of drones, describing the coming together of a set of technologies―from the Global Positioning System (GPS) to miniaturized gyroscopes and cheap digital cameras―that have allowed small drones to become powerful mapmaking devices.

Mathew Lippincott and Shannon Dosemagen of Public Lab, a "civic science" group, try to answer the question: “How do we use drones to get good data for good purposes?”

Faine Greenwood writes about the nuts and bolts of how to use drones to make maps, from how to plan a route, to what software to use in creating 3-dimensional models from aerial imagery. She then writes about drone mapmakers in places like Indonesia, Albania, and Guyana, with an in-depth case study on the Peruvian Ministry of Culture’s drone team.

Patrick Meier of UAViators, an association of humanitarian drone pilots, writes about the use of drones in disaster response, for instance in the aftermath of earthquakes earlier this year in Nepal. Serge Wich of Liverpool John Moores University, an ecologist and drone pioneer, writes about the use of drones in conservation. Drones have been used to study animals ranging from orangutans to salmon, from the tropics to the poles. Wich provides an authoritative account of drone use in scientific conservation efforts.

Konstantin Kakaes writes a chapter delineating the limits of drones in the protection of human rights. Kakaes’s chapter discusses the tradeoffs between drone and satellite imagery, and the changing role of information in humanitarian response. The book concludes with a report by Kakaes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping operation. The eastern Congo has been at war for nearly twenty years; the final chapter of the book tells the story of the Italian drones, flown by American contractors that the UN uses to monitor the activity of armed groups.

This primer was edited by Konstantin Kakaes. It is published in conjunction with a website, drones.newamerica.org, which comprises a database of global drone use in these sectors, as well as the first comprehensive compilation of global drone regulations.

The primer and website are made possible with support of Omidyar Network and Humanity United.

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Facebook abandons its plans to build giant drones and lays off staff

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Facebook abandons its plans to build giant drones and lays off staff

  • Facebook is ditching its plans to build internet-providing drones, it announced on Tuesday.
  • The revelation comes after Business Insider reported on upheaval at the Aquila project, including the departure of its leader and a planned redesign.
  • The company is now closing the facility in England where the 747-sized drones were being developed, and 16 staff have been laid off.

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March 21 -- The World Drone Prix in Dubai was the first million dollar drone race, with the winning team taking home a cool $250,000. We meet the tech-loving thrill-seekers behind the sport who want to turn it into the next big thing. (Video by Austin Brown and Tom Gibson)(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this video incorrectly stated that a portion of the prize money was given to the winning team's sponsor, Tornado.)

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Press Release: ZIPLINE LAUNCHES FASTEST DELIVERY DRONE IN THE WORLD

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Press Release: ZIPLINE LAUNCHES FASTEST DELIVERY DRONE IN THE WORLD

Complete Overhaul Of Logistics and Delivery Service to Enable Global Expansion

Ready for Flight in the United States and Around the World

Half Moon Bay, California April 3, 2018—Today, Zipline unveiled the fastest commercial delivery
drone on earth. Zipline’s mission is to bring life-saving medicine to the most difficult to reach
places on the planet. The Silicon Valley-based company operates the world’s first and only
national scale drone delivery system, making thousands of deliveries per year. Zipline’s newest
generation of autonomous aircraft flies farther, faster and with more cargo than was ever before possible— even in high altitude, heavy wind, or rain.

The new aircraft is part of a complete redesign of Zipline’s logistics system, which dramatically
improves the system’s launch, autonomous flight, and landing capabilities. The improvements
will decrease the amount of time between Zipline’s receipt of an order and launch of a fulfilment flight from 10 minutes to 1, increase the number of daily delivery flights that each Zipline distribution center can make from 50 to 500, and expand the radius of each distribution center to serve populations of up to 10 million people.

Zipline’s new delivery vehicle is an autonomous fixed-wing style airplane. The plane is capable
of flying at a top speed of 128 km/h, and a cruising speed of 101 km/h—21 km/h faster than the
previous generation of aircraft—with a round trip range of 160 kilometers carrying up to 1.75
kilos of cargo. The new plane is capable of flying four times faster than the average quadcopter drone and can serve an area 200 times as large.

“Our first generation aircraft and logistics system allowed us to create the first and only drone
delivery service in the world, which is helping to save lives in Rwanda every day,” said Zipline
CEO Keller Rinaudo. “We’ve taken everything Zipline has learned making thousands of
life-critical deliveries and flying hundreds of thousands of kilometers and redesigned our entire
system and operation from top to bottom. The new aircraft and distribution center system we’re unveiling today will help Zipline scale to meet the needs of countries around the
world—including the United States.”

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Germany local: Back to the Future 9 – The Volocopter VC200

Back to the Future 9 – The Volocopter VC200

 21. July 2015

Consequently, in Germany people with a private pilot licence will be able to fly e-volo’s Volocopter VC200 in the near future!

Prototypes for the Volocopter VC200’s preliminary airworthiness certificate completed

In the early months of 2015 e-volo and technology partner Ascending Technologies developed and built together two remote-controlled prototypes for the carrying out of static tests as well as tests in various flight conditions in preparation for the preliminary airworthiness certificate. Both prototypes, the VC18RC and the VC4RC, have been completed now.

Prototpye – VC18RC:

With this prototype (fitted with 18 smaller drives):

  • almost all electronic boards of the VC200,
  • the fibre-optical data network used in the VC200,
  • multiple-redundant flight control,
  • and possible component failure situations,
  • as well as their response in possible extreme flight scenarios can be tested both statically and (validly) in flight.

In these failure scenarios, it is possible to test how many components can fail at the same time or perform defectively without endangering the safe landing of the aircraft system. With the control software of this prototype, we can proficiently simulate the flight characteristics of the VC200, especially the thrust and mass inertia ratio, in relation to the take-off weight of 450 kg.

Prototype – VC4RC:

With this prototype, fitted with four original drives of the VC200, the power flow and drives, comprising of the original batteries, motor controls, drive motors, and rotors of the VC200, are tested statically and with control line. This prototype can carry an additional weight of 80 kg and, therefore, is the world’s largest existing airworthy quadcopter. The VC4RC is not designed for a manned flight as this would contradict our company’s safety-focused philosophy. The failure of a single drive in the VC4RC would lead to a crash. With our manned Volocopter, we have developed an extremely failure-resistant, high-level redundancy concept with 18 drives, among other features.

With this prototype, we are in the position to thoroughly test all critical components of the VC200 prior to the manned test flights. Immediately upon successful completion of the test series with the prototypes, all flights with the VC200 will follow.

VC200 – der erste 2 Personen tragende Volocopter

As the federal ministry of economics and technology granted 2 million € as a subsidy of the project-related costs, e-volo is working together with a research and industry syndicate to build the VC200, the first Volocopter in the world to carry two people. A provisional airworthiness certificate was granted to the Volocopter after having undergone extensive endurance testing of the passenger cabin, the landing framework and the rotor array. So test flights for the trial programme can be started.

Watch the maiden flight of the Volocopter VC200 – 17.11.2013 in Karlsruhe, Germany:



The test flights will take place on the glider airfield in Bruchsal, where the factory of the DG Flugzeugbau (DG Aircraft Construction) is located. DG Flugzeugbau handles the production of the mechanical bodywork of the Volocopter VC200 in the carbon lightweight mode of construction.

At the end of the trial programme, a prototype certification of the VC200 in line with the newly created category of ultralight rotor aircraft named Volocopter will enable the future serial production.

Desired Volocopter VC200 aircraft performance

  • cruising speed of at least 54 kn (100 km/h)
  • flight altitude of up to 6500 ft
  • maximum take-off weight of 450 kg
  • more than one hour flight time
  • two persons side-by-side

Please note: Ascending Technologies develops and produces multi-rotor and autopilot technology and is technology partner from e-volo. For further information about the Volocopter VC200, please directly contact e-volo:

+49 721 754000-0 /// info@volocopter.com /// www.e-volo.com

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UK local: Britons divided on whether drones will boost security or invade privacy, Unisys survey reveals

Press release

The Unisys survey, which polled over 2,000 British adults, also gauged people’s views on the likelihood of their personal information stored by various public and private sector organisations being accessed by unauthorised personnel in the coming 12 months.

London, UK, July 16, 2015 – British citizens are divided on whether they want to see video-enabled drones used to patrol the UK’s streets and public spaces, according to the findings from the Unisys Security Insights report announced today.

Nearly half of respondents (49 per cent) believe drones will help combat anti-social behaviour, but 40 per cent fear that drones will compromise privacy. And nearly a quarter of respondents (22 per cent) see drones as a threat to the British public.

The research also showed a link between age and attitudes towards the idea of using drones for policing or monitoring public spaces; with younger respondents expressing the most doubt that drones could help combat anti-social behaviour and improve personal safety while protecting the public’s privacy.

Only one-third (33 per cent) of young adults aged 18-24 – compared to nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of seniors aged over 65 years – believe drones could help combat anti-social behaviour. The seniors surveyed also scored highest in their feeling that drones could improve personal safety (42 per cent, versus 33 percent of 18-24 year olds), and they had the lowest levels of concern about drones compromising the public’s privacy (34 per cent, versus 45 per cent of 18-24 year olds).

Police who guard London’s airports will start using drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), for airport surveillance, following an 18 months review by the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters. Moreover, there is continued discussion about drones being used more widely in British law enforcement, with the Home Office awarding Sussex and Surrey police forces almost £250,000 earlier this year to expand a drone trial.

However, as the Unisys research highlights, there is growing concern about the irresponsible or illegal use of drones. Anti-terrorism organisations estimate there are more than 50,000 privately-owned drones in the UK, and there is fear over the damage they could cause in the wrong hands.

Forbes Gallagher, Account Director Police and Criminal Justice, Unisys, comments: “These findings show an interesting British schism around drones. Clearly UK citizens are still conscious of the need to improve their personal security, but many feel drones aren’t the right answer – with a significant proportion actually finding them threatening and invasive.

“If British law enforcement wants to introduce drones as a mainstream monitoring strategy, there is clearly a lot of work to be done consulting with, and above all reassuring, the British public that it can be done safely and effectively, Gallagher said.

Confidence in Organisations Holding Personal Data in the UK

The report also found that when it comes to people’s personal data, the retail sector is perceived to be the least secure by British people, with 44 per cent of respondents expecting retailers to suffer a breach in the next 12 months. Telecoms companies and government did not fare well either, with 43 and 36 per cent of respondents, respectively, expecting a data breach in those industries in the coming year.

Banking was seen to be the most secure sector with only one-quarter of respondents expecting a breach. Airlines and healthcare were seen as the second and third most secure sectors, at 29 per cent and 30 per cent of respondents citing those industries as likely to experience a breach.

“Whilst banks fared the best in terms of citizen confidence, still a full quarter of all respondents don’t feel their personal information is safe from a breach, which is way too high. Organisations across all sectors clearly need to do more to improve British citizens’ confidence by prioritizing security and improving their security systems and processes accordingly,” concludes Gallagher. 

About Unisys Security Insights 
Unisys Security Insights is a global research that provides insights into the attitudes of consumers on a range of security related issues. The survey was conducted in April and May 2015, by Lieberman Research group in Latin America, Europe, Malaysia and the U.S.; and by Newspoll in Australia and New Zealand. Responses are from nearly 11,000 people in 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, visit www.unisys.com/unisyssecurityinsights.

About Unisys
Unisys is a global information technology company that solves organizations’ most pressing IT and business challenges. With more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world, our offerings include cloud and infrastructure services, application services, business process outsourcing services, and high-end server technology. For more information, visitwww.unisys.com.

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Swiss local: Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet start drone tests

Press release:
Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet start drone tests

Communication dated 07.07.2015

For video go to: 

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Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet are jointly testing the commercial use of logistics drones. The three companies are investigating specific uses of drone technology and examining the cost-effectiveness of these business ideas. They will be carrying out drone tests in July 2015 for this purpose. The widespread use of drones is not expected within the next five years. The focus is primarily on their use in exceptional cases or the transport of special items.

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In spring 2015, Swiss Post, Swiss WorldCargo (the air freight division of Swiss International Air Lines) and Matternet (a logistics drone manufacturer based in California) joined forces to test the practical use of drones in logistics. The possible areas of application offered by drone technology are very diverse, ranging from delivery to peripheral areas to the express delivery of goods. Until the time of their realistic commercial use in around five years, there are various requirements which need to be clarified. This includes the regulatory framework. In addition, there are technical restrictions with the drones of today, such as limited battery life.

Use in emergency situations conceivable

With these tests, the partners are pursuing the aim of playing a leading role in this significant development and pinpointing the technical possibilities and their own needs at an early stage. From today’s point of view, the use of drones in emergency situations is conceivable. This could, for example, involve bringing supplies to an area that has been cut off from the outside world following a storm. Another realistic possibility is the urgent transport of consignments with the highest priority, such as laboratory tests. Which specific uses will prevail depends on how quickly the regulatory requirements are clarified and technical obstacles dismantled. 

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Drone model to be initially used

The business partners will test several Matternet ONE vehicles. The flying device is specially designed for transporting small deliveries and it is extremely simple to operate. Matternet ONE will be used for the first time together with our partners as part of the tests. The drone has an extremely light construction and is capable of transporting loads of up to 1 kilogram over more than 10 kilometres with a single battery charge. Matternet ONE flies autonomously, following clearly defined, secure flight paths, which are drawn up by cloud software developed by Matternet.

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USA local: Helicopter Safety in the Age of the Drone

Press release: Helicopter Safety in the Age of the Drone

July 13, 2015

The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network (UCAN), Air Methods, and several other medical-flight associations are working with the national MedEvac Foundation to present the Great American Safety Drive, a Chicago-based educational event about "Flying Safely in a Shared Space: Manned and Unmanned Aircraft."

The program will focus on growing concerns about the safety of medical helicopter flights in a time of rapid increases in unregulated and unmanned flights. It includes safety presentations, drone demonstration, medical helicopters and a tour of the new corporate-helicopter facility.

It will be held on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Vertiport Chicago, 1339 S. Wood Street, in the southwest corner of Chicago's medical district.

Invited guests include:

  • All Chicago-area medical evacuation and transport programs;
  • Emergency medical service providers, including fire, police and public safety organizations;
  • News and corporate helicopter programs, and
  • Operators of unmanned aircraft.


On June 5, 2014, the National Academy of Sciences published a committee report, "A new Era of Flight," focused on the growing prevalence of unmanned aircraft.

"There is little doubt," according to a co-chair of the committee, "that over the long run the potential benefits of advanced unmanned aircraft and other increasingly autonomous systems to civil aviation will indeed be great, but there should be equally little doubt that getting there while maintaining the safety and efficiency of the nation's civil aviation system will be no easy matter."

On February 23, 2015, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) posted a "notice of proposed rulemaking," a first step in the effort to develop operational requirements for small unmanned aircraft systems operated for commercial purposes in the National Airspace System.

At a previous rulemaking, in 2012, the FAA decided that the existing safety code was sufficient. However, many people in the field now feel the agency vastly underestimated the proliferation and impact of the drone use, especially among the recreational/hobbyist market. The current emphasis is on how to integrate unmanned flights into civilian airspace and prohibit model aircraft operators from endangering the safety of the National Airspace System.

Proposed new rules address operational limitations, operator certification and responsibilities, and aircraft requirements. Small unmanned aircraft would be limited to daylight-only operations, confined areas of operation, and visual-line-of-sight operations.

The FAA currently prohibits small unmanned aircraft operations within five nautical miles of an airport unless the drone operator notifies the airport. Hospital heliports are also covered under this, but many hospital-based flight programs worry that this has not been clearly communicated to the small drone operators or the public. The FAA is working to correct the oversight.  

To register or for more information, call UCAN at 773-702-3222 or emailUCAN.365@gmail.com. Those who intend to come to the event by helicopter should contact Vertiport Chicago at 877-902-0202 or emailinfo@vertiportchicago.com.

The University of Chicago Medicine 
Communications 
950 E. 61st Street, Third Floor 
Chicago, IL 60637 
Phone (773) 702-0025 Fax (773) 702-3171

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USA local: Nasa article - Could This Become the First Mars Airplane?

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June 30, 2015

When an aircraft makes its first flight on Mars in the 2020s, a NASA Armstrong innovation may have made it possible.

A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which is a flying wing aircraft with a twist, is planned to be ready for launch from a high altitude balloon later this year. The Prandtl–m will be released at about at 100,000 feet altitude, which will simulate the flight conditions of the Martian atmosphere, said Al Bowers, NASA Armstrong chief scientist and Prandtl-m program manager.

The tests could validate how the aircraft works, leading to modifications that will allow it to fold and deploy from a 3U CubeSat in the aeroshell of a future Mars rover. A CubeSat is a miniature satellite used for space research that is usually about four inches in each dimension, a 3U is three of those stacked together.

"The aircraft would be part of the ballast that would be ejected from the aeroshell that takes the Mars rover to the planet," Bowers said." It would be able to deploy and fly in the Martian atmosphere and glide down and land. The Prandtl-m could overfly some of the proposed landing sites for a future astronaut mission and send back to Earth very detailed high resolution photographic map images that could tell scientists about the suitability of those landing sites."

Because the Prandtl-m could ride in a CubeSat as ballast aboard the aeroshell/Mars rover piggyback stack going to Mars in 2022-2024, the additional weight would not add to the mission's cost, he said. Once in the Martian atmosphere, the Prandtl-m would emerge from its host, deploy and begin its mission.

"It would have a flight time of right around 10 minutes. The aircraft would be gliding for the last 2,000 feet to the surface of Mars and have a range of about 20 miles," Bowers said.

Before that happens, a configuration will be developed for the first of three tests here on Earth.

"We have a number of summer community college students coming that are going to help us design and build the aircraft that will complete the first phase of the mission," Bowers said. "We're going to build some vehicles and we are going to put them in very unusual attitudes and see if they will recover where other aircraft would not. Our expectation is that they will recover. As soon as we get that information, we will feel much better flying it from a high-altitude balloon."

In fact, Bowers credited the idea of the Prandtl-m to a brainstorming session with colleague Dave Berger, a NASA Armstrong aeronautical engineer who specializes in flow physics and propulsion and works with the Education Office. Berger and Bowers discussed a project that college students could immerse themselves in that would be extraordinary – helping to prepare a vehicle that could lead to a Mars flier was their answer.

"The actual aircraft's wingspan when it is deployed would measure 24 inches and weigh less than a pound," Bowers said. "With Mars gravity 38 percent of what it is on Earth, that actually allows us up to 2.6 pounds and the vehicle will still weigh only 1 pound on Mars. It will be made of composite material, either fiberglass or carbon fiber. We believe this particular design could best recover from the unusual conditions of an ejection."

The Flight Opportunities Program, which is managed at NASA Armstrong, has agreed to fund two balloon flights during the next several years and potentially a sounding rocket flight following that to demonstrate how the flier would work on Mars, Bowers said. The flights will be at one of two locations – Tucson, Arizona, or Tillamook, Oregon. NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, manages the Flight Opportunities solicitation and selection of technologies to be tested and demonstrated on commercial flight vehicles.

"We are going to use GPS initially, but obviously there is no GPS on Mars, so later on we will have to find something else for navigation," Bowers said. "But the little autopilot that provides the waypoint navigation, that's one of the things we're going to exercise on a research vehicle and then on the prototype that flies on a future balloon flight."

The flight test could also include some scientific research that will apply to a Mars mission.

"We could have one of two small science payloads on the Prandtl-m on that first balloon flight," Bowers said. "It might be the mapping camera, or one might be a small, high-altitude radiometer to measure radiation at very high altitudes of Earth's atmosphere. Eventually the aircraft may carry both of them at the same time."

A second research flight from a balloon is planned for next year and would feature an aircraft capable of returning to the launch site on a flight that could be as long as five hours as it glides back to Earth, he said.

"We will do the same thing again with a balloon flight to about the same altitude," Bowers said. "On that mission Prandtl-m would actually be inside a CubeSat container. The balloon would drop the CubeSat container and then the aircraft would deploy from the container right after the drop, unfold and fly away."

Success could lead to a third mission that is already being discussed because the Flight Opportunities Program has access to a sounding rocket capable of going to very high altitudes, Bowers said.

"That mission could be to 450,000 feet and the release from a CubeSat at apogee," he said. "The aircraft would fall back into the Earth's atmosphere and as it approaches the 110,000-to-115,000-feet altitude range, the glider would deploy just as though it was over the surface of Mars.

"If the Prandtl-m completes a 450,000-foot drop, then I think the project stands a very good chance of being able to go to NASA Headquarters and say we would like permission to ride to Mars with one of the rovers."


This illustration shows what a Prandtl-m might look like flying above the surface of Mars.
Credits: NASA Illustration / Dennis Calaba

Source: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/mars_airplane.html

Jay Levine, X-Press editor
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

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France local: Press release - Acquisition of 100% of DRONEO’s capital

Acquisition of 100% of DRONEO’s capital

Lyon, 25 June 2015.

DELTA DRONE announced today the acquisition of 100% of DRONEO’s capital. DRONEO is a civiliandrone operator based in Tarbes (65). The company provides services throughout the Pyrenees region for large purchasers, both public and private.

The founder and CEO of DRONEO, Eric France, will continue to be in charge of the company within the Group. In parallel, he will also be the head of sales management for the hydrogeology activity of the MTSI HYDROGEOSPHERE subsidiary, an entity based in Axat (Aude).

DRONEO is currently a very important and known player in the field of civilian drones for professional use in the entire region of south-western France. Thanks to its strong regional presence, the company, which was created in mid-2014, should, by the end of 2015, for its first full financial year, generate sales revenue of approximately €100K and achieve a positive net result.

Christian Viguié, Chairman and CEO of the Group, commented on this acquisition: “Our discussions with Eric were largely facilitated by the fact that DRONEO was already well aware of MTSI’s level of expertise in data processing, as it partnered with MTSI on several large-scale assignments, including the one concerning the landslide in Gazost last spring. DRONEO’s arrival within the Group strengthens our offer in several ways: first of all, DRONEO is joining and completing the DELTA DRONE NETWORK in an area where the latter was not yet present and, second, Eric France will consolidate the sales development for our hydrology activity located in the same region, which has such strong growth potential.”

With the addition of DRONEO, DELTA DRONE NETWORK is now made up of 15 companies covering all of France, in line with the new development strategy.

 

About Delta Drone: The Delta Drone Group is a renowned player in the field of civilian drones for professional use. It offers a complete service, from data acquisition to data processing through a specifically developed information system, including a supply of professional pilots. These pilots are trained and certified by the Ecole Française du Drone, a subsidiary of the Group. Delta Drone is listed on the Alternext market of Euronext Paris.
ISIN code: FR0011522168.
www.deltadrone.com

http://www.deltadrone.com/press-release-jun-26-2015/

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(Drone) Test Sites in the USA

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Test Sites

State of NevadaUniversity of Alaska
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North Dakota Department of CommerceTexas A&M University Corpus ChristiGriffiss International Airport (NY)Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State
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FAA Announces Six UAS Test Sites

After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country. In selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk. In totality, these six test applications achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs.

Across the six applicants, the FAA is confident that the agency's research goals of System Safety & Data Gathering, Aircraft Certification, Command & Control Link Issues, Control Station Layout & Certification, Ground & Airborne Sense & Avoid, and Environmental Impacts will be met.

Each test site operator will manage the test site in a way that will give access to parties interested in using the site. The FAA's role is to ensure each operator sets up a safe testing environment and to provide oversight that guarantees each site operates under strict safety standards.

UAS Designated Airworthiness Representatives (DARs) at UAS Test Sites

The FAA issued an Order for Designated Airworthiness Representatives for UAS Certification at UAS Test Sites on September 17, 2014.

This order sets policy and provides training requirements limited to the issuance of special airworthiness certificates in the experimental category at UAS Test Sites. Experimental certificates are issued to aircraft that do not possess traditional airworthiness certificates, for specific operations including crew training or showing compliance with regulations.

For more information or to take advantage of this program, contact a UAS Test Site.

Final FAA Privacy Policy for UAS Test Sites

In connection with the UAS Test Site selection, the FAA is sending a final privacy policy to the Federal Register that requires test site operators to comply with federal, state, and other laws on individual privacy protection, and take other measures related to privacy. Read the Final Privacy Requirements for the UAS Test Site Program (PDF)

 

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There’s a new Silicon Valley of drones, and it isn’t in California

Nice article about a trend by Sally French

Published: June 23, 2015 11:20 a.m. ET

A vibrant startup scene

Despite the challenges, other (often smaller) drone companies benefit from the test site.

Most of those companies are based in Fargo, a city that entrepreneurs say bursts with an energy that’s akin to that of the startup scene in San Francisco. But this scene is dominated by drone-based industries.

“We’re becoming a robust startup community,” said North Dakota’s lieutenant governor, Drew Wrigley. “They are the geek squad over in Fargo. You’ve got technical companies and young, energetic entrepreneurs.”

Appareo Systems builds flight-data recorders and ADS-B, a type of aircraft tracking system. Since 2001, that startup has worked on a project in partnership with NASA and the University of North Dakota to build, design and manufacture the ADS-B equipping the airplanes.

Another company, Packet Digital, combines high-speed power electronics with advancements in solar to double drone flight times. The ultimate goal is to provide drones with unlimited flight.

“Once you extend flight time, you open up the possibility of many more types of applications and uses for drones,” said Terri Zimmerman, Packet Digital’s CEO. Those applications could include agriculture, allowing farmers to fly drones over farmland to monitor their crops.

And as more drones fill the airspace, there’s a company working on technology that gives pilots situational awareness of other drones in the area. Botlink allows operators to control a drone from a tablet and detect other drones flying nearby.

The company was founded by Shawn Muehler. He’s the guy behind DroneFocus, a meet-up group in Fargo that grew to 50 members, including Becklund, local startups and public officials. “We’re bringing the government, the private sector, the commercial side together to cut through the red tape,” Muehler said. “It’s the only meet-up where we get every industry player in one room.” Lt. Gov. Wrigley has been known to attend.

Indicative of the group’s attitude, the whole thing is organized through Meetup.com. That means anyone is welcome; you just click a button to join. When the group huddles, the gathering feels more like a block party than a rigid policy meeting with a strict agenda, according to attendees.

“We just have a different personality out here,” Muehler said. “It’s not about how we can beat our competitors. It’s how we can help each other out to propel this industry forward.”

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USA local news: Feinstein Introduces Bill to Improve Safety of Consumer Drones

Jun 18 2015

Feinstein Introduces Bill to Improve Safety of Consumer Drones

Dozens of near misses between drones, passenger airplanes reported to FAA

Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the Consumer Drone Safety Act, which would protect the public and U.S. airspace by requiring safety features for consumer drones and strengthening the federal laws that govern their operation. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) cosponsored the bill.

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Under current law, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not have the authority to require manufacturers of consumer drones to include technological safeguards. There are also no clear federal rules on when, where and under what conditions recreational users can operate drones.

In response to a letter from Senator Feinstein, the FAA released data on more than 190 incidents where pilots sighted drones over a nine-month period, including more than two dozen near mid-air collisions.

“If we don’t act now, it’s only a matter of time before we have a tragedy on our hands,” Senator Feinstein said. “Consumer drones are a new technology. They can fly thousands of feet in the air and jeopardize air travel, but the FAA can only regulate them if they are used for commercial purposes. That loophole must be closed.

“The reports of dangerous operations and near misses are only increasing. From incidents at LAX to La Guardia to the Golden Gate Bridge, the risk is clear. It is time to close the gaps in FAA’s authorities to protect the public safety and keep our skies safe.”

The Consumer Drone Safety Act would put in place commonsense safety precautions to minimize the risk of a disastrous mid-air collision or crash to the ground. The bill:

  • Defines “consumer drones” as civil unmanned aircraft manufactured for commercial distribution and equipped with an automatic stabilization system or a camera for navigation.
    • This definition does not override Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and model aircraft flown for recreational purposes would continue to be subject to the safety guidelines of a community-based organization rather than to operational regulations of the FAA.
  • Directs the FAA to regulate recreational operations of consumer drones outside the programming of a nationwide community-based organization.
    • These regulations shall include a maximum height for flight, the weather and time-of-day conditions for flight, and any areas or circumstances where flights may be prohibited or limited, such as near airports, in the flight paths of manned aircraft, in urban areas, or over public events where spectators are present.
  • Directs the FAA to require safety features for newly manufactured consumer drones, such as geo-fencing to govern the altitude and location of flights, collision-avoidance software, precautions for the loss of a communications link, a method for pilots and air traffic control to detect and identify the drone, anti-tampering safeguards, and educational materials to be provided to the consumer.
    • Requires manufacturers to update existing consumer drones to meet these requirements where feasible, such as through an automatic software update.
    • Allows the FAA to exempt particular types of consumer drones from any requirement that is technologically infeasible or cost prohibitive if other operational precautions allow that type of drone to be operated safely.

The bill is supported by the Airline Pilots Association, the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, the American Association of Airport Executives, the National Association of Broadcasters, San Francisco International Airport, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District and Captain Sully Sullenberger.

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FAA expects to clear U.S. commercial drones within a year

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By DAVID MORGAN
Reuters


WASHINGTON — U.S. commercial drone operations could take flight on a large scale by this time next year, as federal regulators finalize rules allowing widespread unmanned aerial system use by companies, according to congressional testimony on Wednesday.

A senior Federal Aviation Administration official said the agency expects to finalize regulations within the next 12 months. Previous forecasts had anticipated rules by the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.

“The rule will be in place within a year,” FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “Hopefully before June 17, 2016,” he added.

Drone advocates expect unmanned aerial systems to transform a number of industries — from agriculture and energy production to real estate, news and entertainment, transportation and retailing.

At the congressional hearing, a senior Amazon.com executive told lawmakers that the e-commerce retailer would be ready to begin delivering packages to customers via drones as soon as federal rules allow.

“We’d like to begin delivering to our customers as soon as it’s approved,” Misener said. “We will have (the technology) in place by the time any regulations are ready. We are working very quickly.”

Amazon said its plans, which call for delivering packages to customers within 30 minutes, would require FAA rules to accommodate advanced drone technology envisioned by the company’s Prime Air operations.

FAA regulations proposed in February are more restrictive — requiring drones to fly during daylight hours only and to remain within an operator’s visual line of sight.

FAA officials are in discussions with industry stakeholders including Amazon and Google Inc. about crafting final regulations that could accommodate more sophisticated drone systems capable of flying autonomously over longer distances.

Whitaker said in written testimony that advanced technology standards are scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The shortened FAA time-horizon for final rules follows a series of agency actions to accommodate commercial drones. FAA officials have been under pressure from lawmakers and industry lobbyists, who claim U.S. companies are losing billions in potential savings and revenues while waiting for regulators to open the way for drones.

The agency has also streamlined its process for exempting companies from a near-ban on commercial drone operations. Whitaker said the FAA is now allowing up to 50 companies a week to use drones as part of their businesses.

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Applied Aeronautics Begins Delivery of its Affordable Workhorse UAV

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Applied Aeronautics Begins Delivery of its Affordable Workhorse UAV

Applied Aeronautics becomes the first to bring affordable high grade UAV technology to market. Its Albatross UAV will enable businesses and individuals to tackle once impossible tasks without breaking the bank.

  • Albatross UAV - The First Affordable Workhorse UAV

"Unless we were willing to dig deep into our pockets, we were left to rely on inferior product to meet the demands of our complex tasks. We were anything but satisfied with this reality”.

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) June 18, 2015

Applied Aeronautics LLC today announced that delivery of the much-anticipated Albatross UAV platform has begun. The Albatross is the first in a comprehensive line of products designed to bring workhorse, utility UAVs to the masses. The Albatross UAV is available for purchase now through the Applied Aeronautics Online Store:http://www.appliedaeronautics.com

“The Albatross came to the team a little over a year ago when we were in search of a high grade, affordable UAV platform for personal use,” said Catherine Edmonds, Applied’s Director of Marketing. “Unfortunately we found that unless we were willing to dig deep into our pockets we were left to rely on an inferior product to meet the demands of our complex tasks. We were anything but satisfied with this reality”.

The launch of the Albatross UAV establishes Applied Aeronautics as the only provider in the market with the ability to deliver a fully composite airframe that combines the benefits of affordability and maximum performance without sacrificing quality.

This is a quick edit showing a few climbing shots, fly-bys, takeoffs, and landings on a grass field. The Airframe is the Albatross from Applied Aeronautics. More info @: www.AppliedAeronautics.com http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/the-albatross-uav-ready-to-launch Contact: Info@appliedaeronautics.com

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Applied Aeronautics designed the Albatross UAV to be the most efficient of its kind. It offers low stall speeds, high max efficiency, a large cruise window and payload capacity, built-in wing component bays, an entirely electric propulsion system and a 10 foot wingspan. It is also nearly silent, can fly for over 2 hours, reach speeds of up to 90 MPH and travel for over 100 miles.

Its transformative design allows for dynamic use. Applied offers DIY Kits and Ready to Fly models that enable the Albatross to takeoff, fly and land autonomously via predefined flight paths. The UAV's capabilities are further maximized by adding a thermal camera for heat detection, NDVI camera for crop health assessment, or HD camera for land surveying.

In conjunction with the launch of the Albatross UAV, Applied Aeronautics also announced the launch of its line of supporting products starting with AppliedHDtheir proprietary High Definition Video, Low Latency, and Affordable Streaming Device.

Product Specifications

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Wingspan: 3000 MM or 9.8 FT 
MTOW: 10+ KG or 22 LBS 
Endurance: 2+ HRS 
Range: 100+ KM / 62+ MILES 
Cruise Speed: 18 M/S / 40 MPH 
Max Level Speed: 40 M/S / 90 MPH 
Takeoff: 40 FT – 100 FT (Runway, Unpaved Roads, Catapult) 
Glide Ratio (L/D): 28:1 – 30:1

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Engine Type: Electric 
Battery Type & Capacity: LIPO / LI-ION* capacity only limited by MTOW 
Onboard Sensor Capabilities: EO/IR Sensor, NDVI 
Advanced Features: Large & versatile payload capacity, adaptable payload bay 
Analog Payload Link 1: Analog Unencrypted Video Transmission @ 1.3 GHZ 
Digital Payload Link 2: Digital Encrypted Video Transmission @ 5.8 GHZ 
Telemetry Data Link: Digital Transmission @ 915 MHZ (~40km typical range with long range unit) 
Command & Control Link: 433 MHZ UHF Transmission / 2.4 GHZ (~40km typical range w/ UHF)

Pricing & Availability 
The Albatross UAV is available today through the Applied Aeronautics Online Store. Albatross Airframes start at $875, Albatross DIY Kits start at $1500 and Albatross RTF Models start at $4800.

Source: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/06/prweb12792480.htm

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Drones used in Project Premonition: Seeking to prevent disease outbreaks

Project Premonition aims to use mosquitoes, drones, cloud computing to prevent disease outbreaks

The development, titled Project Premonition, aims to use drone technology to access inhospitable areas and analyse the genetic data of mosquitoes to assess the likelihood of disease outbreaks.

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A new Microsoft Research project aims to use autonomous drones, cutting-edge molecular biology and advanced cloud-based data analytics to detect early signs that potentially harmful diseases are spreading. http://research.microsoft.com

 

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Pictometry Delivers Canadian Research Drone Imagery via CONNECT™

Press Release:

EagleView, parent company to Pictometry, has become an acknowledged leader in the use of UAS for various applications of remote sensing, including insurance, construction, utility and infrastructure inspection work.

  • Bothell, Washington (PRWEB) June 17, 2015

EagleView Technology Corporation, a leading technology provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Pictometry International Corp., delivered Canadian imagery via drones through their CONNECT™ platform. The research and testing were completed in collaboration with Avyon using their Microdrones MD4-1000 drone.

Video and still photography footage captured during the testing shows the ability to not only obtain intelligent, geo-referenced imagery but also process and analyze the unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-captured imagery in Pictometry’s cloud-based viewing and analytical software, CONNECTExplorer™. Video of the imagery and the resulting ability to extract data through CONNECT analytical tools can be viewed athttp://www.propertydrone.org/research.php.

EagleView, parent company to Pictometry, has become an acknowledged leader in the use of UAS for various applications of remote sensing, including insurance, construction, utility and infrastructure inspection work. As founding members of the Property Drone Consortium, EagleView and Pictometry continue to work on many fronts and markets to obtain and provide research and development for key UAS processes and technologies. The ongoing goal is the use of UAS to capture intelligent imagery for property inspection.

Pictometry is continuing research experimentation in Canada as the company waits for final approvals for specific drone research exemptions in the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration 333 exemptions are pending which would allow the companies to continue the research of image capture, collision avoidance, image processing and overall imagery and data delivery for workflow integration.

“We are platform agnostic,” stated Chris Barrow, president and CEO of EagleView Technology Corporation. “Whether it is a drone, phone or airplane we feel our core competency is camera and sensor systems and the technologies of processing and delivering high-resolution, intelligent imagery that easily allows for the extraction of highly accurate data. We are focused on that and working with drone manufacturers such as Avyon to make it happen.”

About EagleView 
EagleView Technology Corporation, through its two wholly owned subsidiaries, EagleView Technologies, Inc. and Pictometry International Corp., is the unparalleled provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and GIS solutions serving the commercial, government and public utility sectors. The company’s patented image capture processes and 3D modeling algorithms coupled with property-centric analytic tools empower end-user workflows with scalable, efficient and highly accurate answer sets in support of property claims, risk management, construction, emergency response, assessment, corridor mapping and more. For more information contact (866) 659-8439 or visit http://www.eagleview.com or http://www.pictometry.com.

About Avyon 
Avyon is a drone manufacturer and distributor with offices in New York and Quebec, Canada. Partnered with international UAV manufacturer Microdrones (Germany) and Delair-Tech (France), Avyon provides customized drone solutions for its North American clients. For more information on Avyon, please visit http://www.avyon.com.

 
 

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