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Despite rain, Kroger launches historic first commercial drone flight

Never mind the rain. The Kroger Co. took flight with its first retail drone delivery Wednesday morning in Centerville, flying a box containing two packages of long-grain rice to Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton on the front lawn of city offices on West Spring Valley Pike. Also delivered with the rice — a piece [...]

By |2021-06-11T21:24:06+00:00June 11th, 2021|UAV|

Teledyne Optech’s CL-360 serves as building block for next gen, best-in-class UAVs

Teledyne Optech’s CL-360 is a survey grade 360-degree laser scanner that enables OEM hardware manufacturers and integrators to develop the next generation of best-in-class UAV, mobile, and terrestrial scanning solutions for various surveying applications. Being a survey grade lidar scanner means that the resulting 3D points derived from the CL-360 are suitable for applications such [...]

By |2021-05-25T20:44:54+00:00June 1st, 2021|AUV, AV|

Zoox gains approval to test autonomous vehicles without safety drivers in California

Amazon-owned Zoox today announced that it received a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). With it, Zoox becomes the fourth company to hit that milestone after Waymo, Nuro, and AutoX. The new permit will enable Zoox to test “at least two” autonomous vehicles on streets without a driver behind the [...]

By |2021-05-25T20:53:41+00:00May 25th, 2021|AV, News|

The Incredible Shrinking LiDAR

The term LiDAR comes originally from the mixture of the words light and radar, although it also responds to acronyms such as light detection and ranging or laser imaging, detection, and ranging, or sometimes replaced by the term 3D laser scanning. Basically, we are talking about a method using terrestrial, aerial and mobile applications to [...]

By |2021-05-25T20:43:42+00:00May 25th, 2021|UAV, UUV|

Japanese Firms Drop Chinese Drones Over Security Concerns

Leading Japanese infrastructure companies will end their use of Chinese-made drones, joining in the government’s efforts to curb the potential security risks. There have been concerns that drones made by Chinese companies transmit sensitive data to their manufacturers, and the U.S. essentially blacklisted drone maker DJI last year over national security concerns. While Japanese users are also [...]

By |2021-05-04T16:22:02+00:00May 4th, 2021|AUV|

Drone Delivery – Wing Seeks FAA Approval to Expand US Drone Operations

Wing has asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to waive some drone rules, a move that would allow it expand operations beyond a small city in Virginia, the FAA said in a notice. “Wing is now seeking to expand and improve upon these operations to serve additional communities,” Wing said in asking the FAA for [...]

By |2021-04-27T04:54:41+00:00April 27th, 2021|UAV|

US Air Force Issues Solicitation for C-sUAS Technology

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate, Rome NY (AFRL/RI) has a requirement to provide a focused yet flexible, rapid, agile contracting vehicle between Air Force Research Laboratory, its Products Centers, and the Operational Community to support rapid research, development, prototyping, demonstration, evaluation, and transition of Counter small Unmanned Aircraft System (C-sUAS) capabilities. These [...]

By |2021-04-21T16:58:08+00:00April 21st, 2021|Hardware|

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter Flies on Mars

On Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover at 6:46 a.m. EDT (3:46 a.m. [...]

By |2021-04-21T02:47:34+00:00April 21st, 2021|News|

Remote GeoSystems Awarded Patent for Essential Geospatial Full Motion “Video Geo-editing” Technology 10 March 2021

FORT COLLINS, Colorado, USA, – Remote GeoSystems, Inc., a global provider of immersive geospatial full motion video and survey data mapping software and recorder solutions, is pleased to announce the award of US Patent Number 10,893,287 on January 12, 2021 for essential elements of “video geo-editing” technology capabilities. The patent covers map-based GPS data and [...]

By |2021-03-11T01:57:24+00:00March 11th, 2021|News, UAV|

Aeronautical Knowledge and Safety Test Updates

The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) The FAA's 2018 Reauthorization Bill (PDF) introduced new requirements for recreational drone pilots (see P.L. 115-254, Section 349 (PDF) – exception for limited recreational operations of unmanned aircraft). The law requires all recreational flyers pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of passage when flying. [...]

By |2021-02-22T21:08:06+00:00February 22nd, 2021|AUV|
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