Category Archives: Non-Military & Commercial UAS

Dutch Drone Maps Seychelles National Park

The interior region of Silhouette Island, one of the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean, is a national park, with some of the richest biodiversity in the entire Indian Ocean. It is also home to several, critically endangered, plants and animals. In order to keep track of the different species on the island and gain insights into the unique ecosystem, an up-to-date map is an essential tool. Continue reading

RIEGL Wins MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Award for Technology Innovation

The team of RIEGL USA proudly presenting the MAPPS Geospatial Excellence Award for Technology Innovation. From left to right: James Van Rens, Senior Vice President; My-Linh Truong, ULS/UAS Segment Manager; Joshua France, Mobile Systems/Support Manager; and Susan Licari, Sales and Marketing Director

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, RIEGL became the proud recipient of the 2017 MAPPS Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Award. This prestigious award was bestowed upon the RIEGL miniVUX-1UAV miniaturised LiDAR sensor for unmanned laser scanning in the Technology Innovation category at the 2018 MAPPS Winter Conference.

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Chinese Hybrid Achieves 7 Hour World Endurance Record


A Chinese hybrid multirotor drone achieved 7.3 hours world record endurance. It was a Hexa multirotor with 44 lbs (20kg) all up weight powered by hybrid system and carried 2.8 gallon (10.5 liter). Continue reading

Skyfire to Develop LA Fire Department’s UAV Program

Skyfire Consulting, a public safety-focused drone company, kicked off 2018 by gaining the FAA’s sign-off on the Los Angeles Fire Department’s in-house UAV program. LAFD, one of the nation’s busiest fire/rescue agencies, put their trust in the four-year-old consulting company, based on their proven track record of success with FAA filings in the public safety space. Continue reading