Tesla, Google, Uber and other autonomous car makers are talking about creating self-driving cars in the next three to five years, but, what about airplanes? In June 2016, the Chinese firm EHang received clearance from Nevada to test the world’s first passenger drone. The Guardian reports that the drone can fly at up to 11,500 feet at 63 mph, but only for 23 minutes. On the other hand, Uber Elevate, an on-demand air transportation service, is going to be created within a decad
Civilian drones are making the skies more congested than ever before, and with it, the increase of incidents involving drone have developed in several countries. The UK Airprox Board, which monitors safety issues in British airspace, identified 56 air proximity incidents involving drones since last year. Meanwhile in the U.S, 583 drones incidents have take place between August 2015 and January 2017. Most of them were minor incidents, but others have been in airport airspace.
Valparaiso Indiana Police have begun using UAS to assist during investigations, search missing people and capturing crime scenes, police said. The department included two drones in their program, which are equipped with cameras, thermal imaging, and holds two certifications for use by the FAA. IT Officer Phil Rochon said the more advanced level of certification allows for some use at night. According to Valparaiso spokesman, Sgt. Mike Grennes, drones are specially useful duri
Locating and rescuing people from fires is not an easy task. Pillars smoke will hide objectives and blurry vision for firefighters. Also, high concentrations of carbon dioxide make it hard for victims to survive long enough to be rescued. To reduce tragedies resulting from a fire, firefighters in the Greater Manchester area of the U.K. launched a drone equipped with an infra-red camera during a massive fire in the city center. Thanks to the help of the UAS, firefighter were a
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) solutions represent astounding market potential for the commercial marketplace, according to recent report by business consultants PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC). The firm believes the global market potential for drone powered solutions to be USD $127.3 billion.
PwC believes the infrastructure sector represents the largest opportunity at $45.2 billion. The fact that many companies in the infrastructure sector perform hazardous work and operat
SUMMARY: A unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can perform a visual inspection of a large aircraft over 85% faster than traditional visual inspections conducted by humans. Imagery from the UAV can be fed into a computer to create a three-dimensional (3-D) model of the aircraft for more extensive analysis and archiving.
PROBLEM: Visual inspections are required to evaluate the condition of aircraft including scratches, dents, and other defects. Traditional inspection methods involv
SUMMARY: UAV's can help identify diseased trees from the air, and send dogs and ground personnel to specific tree for further analysis to help stop the spread of disease and infection among various crops. This can help mitigate crop damage and loss.
PROBLEM: The Redbay Ambrosia beetle is wreaking havoc upon avocado trees. The beetle is about the size of a grain of rice. Research indicates it probably first arrived as a stowaway from Southeast Asia in 2002 or 2003. The b
One of the standing requirements the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established for the safe and effective operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) is that they must be flown within a direct line-of-sight of the Pilot in Command (PIC). Yet some companies are already starting to look beyond the horizon by applying for a special exemption (waiver, a/k/a COA) that will allow them to operate without this restriction in place. Only three companies; CNN, BNSF Rai
SUMMARY: Drones represent a valuable tool for police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to use when responding to dangerous situations with armed suspects. It is essential for SWAT teams to train with UAV's to develop tactical proficiency between the drone pilot and the rest of the team.
PROBLEM: A 48 year-old Wisconsin man dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that he was armed with a 9mm handgun and ammunition and wanted to harm himself. After the call, the man fled
SUMMARY: Drones are an essential tool for helping Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) response teams conduct a rapid aerial, and up-close assessment of incidents in which they respond to. UAV's can feed photos and videos back to subject matter experts located around the world to help assess dangers and risks associated with a HAZMAT response. PROBLEM: In spring 2016, a train derailment in Callaway, Minnesota had the region on edge. Potentially hazardous materials may pose significan
IBM is edging into the airborne safety and maintenance market early with a deal to bring its Watson internet of things (IoT) technology to unmanned aircraft systems built by Netherlands-based Aerialtronics. Per the agreement, IBM will connect Watson's visual recognition application programming interfaces, IBM's cloud, drones, and high definition cameras to perform inspections on assets such as wind turbines, oil rigs, and cell towers. The basic concept revolves around the pre
The first meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) offered some enlightening insight into the current projections on the U.S. drone industry; they were low. Apparently very low.
More than 550,000 civilian small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) have been registered with the FAA in the nine months since the agency created the registration program, according to Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's drone office. That means in les
Historically, police air units have been the domain of large law enforcement organizations with massive budgets that enable support of such an expensive mission. Now, for the first time in history, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) allow police departments of all sizes to utilize the many benefits traditionally derived by those departments having their own aviation units. From event monitoring, to tactical situation, to crime scene analysis, sUAS' provide a cost effecti