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The AUDROS system, a drone solution that captures foreign drones in a net, has completed successfully testing in the Czech Republic. As opposed to other interception systems, which operate by shooting down or electrically paralyzing the intruding drone, the AUDROS (AUtonomous DROne System) solution provides a fully safe alternative that poses no risk to people or property in the removal of its target. The tests were conducted using Fly4Future’s Eagle One drone, which would take off from its docking station after detecting the presence of an unwanted drone. Upon approaching a foreign drone, Eagle One releases a net from its chassis to capture the intruder.
Archer Aviation and Honeywell Aerospace have entered into an agreement regarding the supply of flight control actuation and thermal management technologies for Archer’s production aircraft. Honeywell’s offerings are invaluable to Archer’s operations, with the aerospace company’s actuation technology playing a crucial role in Archer’s 12 tilt 6 configuration, and its thermal management technology to be utilized to elevate Archer’s in-cabin experience.
A 3-judge appellate panel has ruled that the Remote ID rule for drones, which would require all drones to utilize technology that will identify the location of both aircraft and pilot, does not violate a citizen’s reasonable expectation of privacy. (Read the ruling here.).Tyler Brennan, owner of drone reseller RaceDayQuads, sued the FAA last year, claiming that the Remote ID rule violated the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, amounting to surveillance. However, the judges ruled against the argument.
Drones are delivering coffee, food, groceries, library books, and more – but residential delivery is so far limited to light weights. (Cargo drones and larger aircraft are already offering a huge benefit to industrial customers around the world.) Over time, aircraft and regulations may evolve to support heavier payloads and expand the items that can be delivered by drone. A new study by open source drone platform Auterion indicates that most residents in the US expect packages to be delivered by drones – and while they do have concerns, the majority have a positive view…
Join Dawn and her special guest from Skydio, Anna Wiesenthal-Birch, the company’s VP of People Operations! Skydio is our sponsor-of-the-month for August, which focuses on the theme of “Developing Industry Leaders.” Skydio has made itself a strong reputation as a leading manufacturer of autonomous and cyber-secure American made drones. But Skydio is also leading the way on developing industry leaders, both within the company and external to it. Listen in as Dawn and Anna discuss the company’s focus on developing the diverse workforce of tomorrow, the leaders our industry needs!of tomorrow, the leaders our industry needs!
Japan has shown major committment to the drone industry, since the late Prime Minister Shinzo Abe referred to the sector as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Since then, Japan has simultaneously heavily regulated the recreational industry while making significant accommodations in testing and bandwidth for the commercial industry. As Japan struggles with labor shortages – especially in remote areas – drones offer a tool that can bring products and services to island regions and perform industrial tasks with less manpower…
NASA recently signed a Space Act Agreement with San Francisco-based Zipline “to pursue a future vision of U.S. aviation that includes delivery drones and air taxis,” says the NASA announcement. The agreement will help NASA to explore the concept of one pilot operating multiple drones, which they refer to as m:N operations. In order for commercial drone operations like widescale delivery or security to scale economically, the industry must be able to move away from the concept of one pilot per aircraft. NASA is working with the aviation and drone industry to understand both the applications and the processes for these operations.
Drone inspection leader Skypersonic successfully tested its software and hardware on Mt. Etna, an active volcano in Sicily where the terrain is comparable to the geology of Mars. In 2021, Skypersonic signed a five-year contract with NASA for the supply of drone and rover software, hardware and support for NASA’s forthcoming simulated Mars mission. Skypersonic’s “Skycopter” drone, capable of being piloted remotely in nearly any location, was flown by the Skypersonic team on Mt. Etna as part of a test that lasted 15 days. Utilizing Skypersonic’s Long Range Real-Time Remote Piloting System, the drone and rover on Mt. Etna were piloted in real time by operators based in Houston, Texas.
Today, at the White House Summit on Advanced Air Mobility, stakeholders expressed concerns over security, the possibility of uncrewed technology being used by bad actors for terrorism or warfare, and the critical need for the reauthorization and expansion of the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 set to expire October 5, 2022..
DroneShield, a leading developer of artificial intelligence based multi-mission solutions, has received and fulfilled a follow-on order for its portable and handheld Counter-UAS (C-UAS) solutions issued by a U.S. Government agency. DroneShield has received recognition for its best-in-class C-UAS (“Counter-drone” or “Anti-drone”) systems, including its RfPatrol and DroneGun MkIII. The company has previously received contracts from DoD, DHS, Federal and State level Law Enforcement agencies. As drones become an important tool in conflicts, detection and mitigation of small drones is increasingly critical for soldiers.
A solution for finding both birds and drones is at hand. Today, DeTect Inc announced “the world’s first dual function bird and drone radar” for operation on US Military Installations. The MERLIN BDR-DDR was developed for real-time, tactical operational birdstrike avoidance: and MERLIN now has TRUE3D for simultaneous bird and drone detecting capabilities.
DeTect specializes in advanced radar and remote sensing technologies, designed to protect the airspace around a wide variety of critical sites from airborne hazards.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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