It is clear that Colorado has embraced drones. As the second-largest chapter in the Drone Racing MultiGP league, and with fifth-highest number of exemptions to an FAA rule, Colorado has requested a certificate to of operations to operate a test site, and the FAA gave the blessing. A 8,000-square-mile area in San Luis Valley is available for “medium-sized birds,” or drones weighing at least 55 pounds. Drones can fly up to t 9,000 feet above the ground. With attractive features
Quad-copters are very popular this time of the year. Hobbyist, private companies, entrepreneurs and even government entities are getting this UAS drones for different applications. But, even though this can be rare, some users are abusing their drone privileges to trespassing and privacy. A panel of UAS experts gathered in Colorado Springs at the Colorado Countins Inc. The goal of the discussion was to examine current regulations and guidelines of the usage of drones. "Do we
In 2017, growers will need to adopt unmanned aerial systems for the supervision of their fields, agriculture experts said. With the new FAA regulations for flying drones, the aerial systems will be simple to operate, with no rules to worry about. The global market for drone is increasing exponentially, and $32.4 billion are designated to agriculture accounting, according to PricewaterhousCoopers. DroneDeploy, a cloud-based image processing and data analysis software, wants to
The 2016 Commercial UAV Expo has just concluded in at the MGM Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Established and emerging unmanned aerial vehicle companies from around the globe descended for three days of product showcases and seminars highlighting the many grown opportunities in this rapidly emerging industry. Highlighting the conference was the proliferation of direct geo-referencing workflows emerging by building UAV platforms that incorporate both payload sensors an
With the commercial unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAV) industry evolving, the issue of insurance has been thrust into the forefront as a key component for certified remote pilots who seek to build a reputable business model. One company has emerged to provide an on-demand insurance options to solve this part of the equation. Verifly offers $1,000,000 of smartphone app-based, on-demand drone liability insurance for a 1/4 operating radius around a fixed GPS point. The cost is ty
I start to cringe now every time I hear the phrase; "We're going to be the 'Uber for [insert industry name here].'" The unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry is no exception. Companies are starting to emerge with plans to round up remote pilots into a comprehensive, on-demand database so they can attempt to replicate the Uber model and seek out ridiculous valuations from venture capitalists. Good luck with that. I don't see it happening. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge sup
The rapid pace of the civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry will continue through 2025, according to market analysis firm the Teal Group. Analysts project the growth rate will quadruple over the next decade to $10,9 billion by 2025.
Growth will be based on both near-term, and longer-term adopters. Near terms adopters will include end users such as construction and survey firms who can reap immediate benefits from UAS technology. The agriculture, communications,
Bell Helicopters (a Textron company) manufacturers of the tiltrotor V-22 Osprey that combines aspects of helicopter and airplane design into a single aircraft, is poised to cause waves with the U.S. Navy's new "TERN" vertical-landing and take-off drone program. The drone is the Bell V-247 Vigilant. It weighs eight tons empty and carries up to 13,000 pounds of munitions and fuel under it's 65-foot wingspan and 30-foot rotor diameter. Vigilant is also being designed to carry
ASIS 2016 was billed as one of the largest security expositions in the world boasting over 20,000 security professionals from around the globe in attendance and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show features the latest and greatest in technology and gear for all facets of the security industry. Especially telling was the number of UAV companies exhibiting at ASIS 2016; two.
Yep, just two. Nightingale Security captured immense interest with thei