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Shenzhen, China-based DJI, the world’s leading drone manufacturer, has been granted the first C1 EU-type examination certificate allowing drones to operate under the new European drone regulation framework. TÜV Rheinland, the international testing service provider charged with certifying civilian unmanned aerial vehicles for operating in European Union-affiliated countries, announced the granting of the certificate on August 18.
Red Cat Holdings subsidiary Teal Drones announced a partnership with Reveal Technology in order to equip Reveal’s “Farsight” mapping software with the ability to generate high-fidelity 3D maps by autonomously joining imagery from multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This significantly accelerates the rate of production, providing users with access to maps and analytics much more quickly, as was recently demonstrated to U.S. Army Special Operations Command near Fort Bragg.
$2.7 million has been granted to 5 universities in FAA drone research awards, which will support work on leveraging drone technology for disaster preparedness and emergency response. For years now, drones have proven to be invaluable in search and rescue, firefighting, mapping of flood areas, and other disaster response efforts. Now, the FAA is supporting research insitutions as they study how best to deploy and coordinate drone use in emergencies.
The U.S. Navy has awarded Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers Nikolaos Gatsonis and Michael Demetriou with $347,843 for the development of a computational model utilizing data from a system of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) or underwater drones to provide real-time evaluations of the concentration and source of a contaminant liquid or gas plume as it circulates throughout the ocean. Upon being deployed on an AUV network, the estimator could assist in determining responses to chemical or biological threats, accidents, and environmental disasters.
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Reality capture is the name of the game for industries all over the world – and at the DroneDeploy Conference 2022, held in Dallas on October 6 – 7, industry leaders from DroneDeploy’s global customer base will discuss how it’s done. DroneDeploy was one of the first drone mapping platforms on the market. At the very first DroneDeploy Conference, CEO Mike Winn talked about his goal of one-button processing: and the company has kept their eyes on goal since then.
Canada’s drone service providers IN-FLIGHT Data have partnered with remote traffic management software solutions provider AirMatrix to conduct SAIL 4 BVLOS urban drone operations – flying over urban neighborhoods to measure aerial network performance over the city of Calgary, with a population of over 1 million.
The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Fortress Information Security announced the launch of an industry-wide partnership concentrated on establishing an enterprise cybersecurity model and a set of voluntary standards meant to safeguard uncrewed systems and robotics against cyber risks. Leveraging Fortress’s past experience in establishing voluntary risk-based standards, AUVSI will lead an effort to achieve a consensus, set standards and promote cybersecurity policies and actions among uncrewed systems manufacturers and suppliers.
Hitec Commercial Solutions as announced their new ultra-precise, magnetic encoder MD141SH and high-resolution D141SH digital wing servo actuators. “Engineered with coreless motors and wide operating voltage ranges, these slim wing servos are the perfect answer for all commercial and military-grade fixed-wing UAS, as well as larger gliders,” says the announcement. “The durable steel gears and 32-bit programmability provide the resilience and precision that critical, tactical missions demand and in-wing applications require.”
Since introducing the first EHang passenger eVTOL at the CES in 2016, the company has been at the forefront of developing passenger eVTOLs for applications that range from emergency response to aerial tourism. At the Q2 earnings call, company executives said that they’re close to achieving a first-of-its-kind airworthiness certificate from China’s airspace authorities – a step forward which will open the skies for EHang.
The New York Power Authority will use drones for power line inspections, and airspace management leader ANRA Technologies has been chosen to provide the New York Power Authority (NYPA) with its MissionManager Software as part of a five-year contract. This new agreement will see ANRA equip NYPA with technology enabling the deployment of robotics for use in conducting transmission line inspections and observation required for power restoration following weather events. MissionManager will help NYPA reach the goals it set in its VISION 2030 strategic plan, as well as aid in the advancement of New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act clean energy agenda.
DJI on August 25 introduced its newest model drone, the DJI Avata, a rugged first-person view FPV drone, designed for both beginner and experienced UAV pilots. DJI’s new FPV drone is packed with features and available now. The compact design of the Avata, DJI’s second foray into the world of FPV drones, strips down the chassis of a traditional drone into a body built for speed and agility. The Avata weighs only 410 grams and incorporates safety features, such as built-in aerodynamic propeller guards and a Turtle mode, which flips the drone upright in the case of an upside-down landing.
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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