Commercially operated autonomous drones may be on the horizon, especially since Google and Amazon have announced plans to start drone-based parcel delivery in 2017. A policy problem is likely to follow: allocation of scarce airspace and preferred flight paths — an issue complicated by the need to ensure that each drone’s flight is safe and that each flight-path segment stays within capacity.
Drones may soon have the capability to save thousands of lives each year by detecting terrorists’ improvised explosive devices and active land mines from long-ago wars thanks to innovative technology developed at UW-Madison. Continue reading
UAV Vision (Australia), a leader in the ISR payload market, has announced the commencement of a strategic partnership with Ascent Vision (Bozeman, MT) that will provide regional distribution, an expedited support network and integration engineering assistance of UAV Vision products within the Americas. Continue reading
Germany’s planned drone purchase is currently causing massive confusion where realistic military demands, unrealistic and sometimes naive expectations, lobbyists’ promises and constant pressure and squandered tax millions are all colliding.
Textron Systems Unmanned Systems has announced that it has received a $116.5 million award from the U.S. Army for an additional 24 RQ-7B V2 Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) upgrades. Deliveries of the 24 systems are expected to begin in 2018.