UAS Digest #51

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Highlights

The NEW Small UAS Rule (Part 107) will be effective on August 29, 2016
First bio-drone takes flight
CNN’s separate UAS operation
One step further than drone racing… Drone battling
For all the folks who attacked FAA for being tardy, EASA is slower
Search & Rescue operation solved by drone
Airbus in the drone business

 

News

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→  A Look Inside DJI’s Drone Arena for Aerial Enthusiasts – Late last month, drone maker DJI announced it would open a 1,395-square-meter venue in South Korea, equipped with an LED-lit racing circuit, maintenance workstations, safety nets and a screen offering first-person views for flyers. Today, that facility is officially open, and even if you’re not going to be in South Korea any time soon, it is worth browsing the newly released images of the arena.

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→  Five ways drones are being used to help the environment – (videos for each) Aerial mapping & nature monitoring, Renewable energy maintenance, Disaster relief, Protecting wildlife, and Agricultural sustainability solutions.

→  Drone Company Saving Lives in Louisiana Flood– “We here at Atmosphere Aerial want to let everyone touched by the flood that our prayers go out to you. Our homes also have been affected by the flood. But we are asking that you send us locations that we need to fly over so we can help those in and from there. Please send us address and open roads to those locations to help us get there quickly and safely. The response to our post have been beyond what we expected and now we are looking to help more people with our drones. Please share this and help get the word out. God Bless, Paul and Josh”

→  Media Advisory (Public Lecture): New Eyes in the Sky – Drones for Science – (Thursday, August 25live-streamed here) The lecture will address why there so much interest in unmanned technology recently; what the rules are to legally fly within the national airspace; and how this technology increases safety, lowers costs and leads to the collection of better scientific data.

→  Unauthorised drone causes delay at Queenstown Airport – Queenstown tower controllers spotted the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) about 3.50pm on Wednesday, airborne near the Lake Hayes end of the Queenstown Airport runway.

 

Business, Market Forecast & Investing

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→ How to Profit from the Air Drone Craze – Keep in mind it’s not going to be as simple as Buying a Drone and getting people to pay you for pictures and aerial video, you can be sure it will come with the normal government red tape. Check out our Drone Resources page for information and links to popular Organizations, Forums and a few useful Ebooks that you may find interesting.

→  How drone journalism will change CNN’s business – Over 15 months CNN has done about 50 flights, with drone footage adding production value, enhanced storytelling and news and context for stories on disasters, war zones and remote parts of the country, most with third party vendors flying quadcopters including the DJI Phantom, Parrot models and the Altus Delta.

→  Intel Releases New Aero Drone – Intel’s new fully assembled quadcopter drone runs on the company’s Aero Compute Board with a Linux operating system. The drone’s high-tech features include RealSense for vision and a pre-loaded AirMap software development kit. The AirMap feature, developed by a Santa Monica startup, helps UAV operators stay in legal and safe drone air spaces. The tech startup, launched just this week at a developers’ conference, will experience a large boost in initial growth from the deal with Intel.

→  UAS Midwest: Businesses warming to drones and their possibilities – What two years ago was guarded optimism around drones — and frustration for the slow pace for laws around them — has given way to excitement about how they can be integrated to the business world, especially with the roll-out of rules governing their operation.

→  Why Investors Are Backing Away From FinTech – On this week’s podcast, Inc. editors and writers discuss how investors are cooling off on FinTech companies, how Silicon Valley firms are encouraging employees to vote, and how drone racing could be the next big spectator sport.

→  Intel Releases New Aero Drone – Intel’s new fully assembled quadcopter drone runs on the company’s Aero Compute Board with a Linux operating system. The drone’s high-tech features include RealSense for vision and a pre-loaded AirMap software development kit. The AirMap feature, developed by a Santa Monica startup, helps UAV operators stay in legal and safe drone air spaces. The tech startup, launched just this week at a developers’ conference, will experience a large boost in initial growth from the deal with Intel.

→  Market forecasts, regulatory barriers, top vendors, and leading commercial applications – A report from BI Intelligence provides forecasts for the business opportunity in commercial drone technology, looks at advances and persistent barriers, highlights the top business-to-business markets in terms of applications and end users, and provides an exclusive list of dozens of notable companies already active in the space. Finally, it digs into the current state of US regulation of commercial drones, recently upended by the issuing of the FAA’s draft rules for commercial drone flights.

→  UAV Market Cross USD 12 Billion Global Market 2021 – Market research future published a cooked research report on Global UAV Market Information from 2011 to 2021The UAV Market is expected to grow with the CAGR of more than 11% from 2016 to 2021, and with this it is predictable to cross USD $12 billion by 2021.

→  Recent research into the Agricultural UAV Sales Market shared in new report – This report studies sales (consumption) of Agricultural UAV in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these regions…

→  Report explores the global civil UAV market 2016 – company profile, sales volume, price and gross margin – In Civil UAV Market 2016 – DJI-Innovations, Gopro, 3D Robotics, Parrot, Zerotech, AscTec, Xaircraft, Microdrones, PowerVision, AeroViroment these are the major companies covered in this report.  Civil UAV Market 2016 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Civil UAV worldwide.

→  Small UAV Research Report Now Availab at Research Corridor – Research Corridor has published a new research study titled Small UAV Market – Growth, Share, Opportunities, Competitive Analysis and Forecast, 2015 – 2022. The Small UAV market report studies current as well as future aspects of the Small UAV Market based upon factors such as market dynamics, key ongoing trends and segmentation analysis. Apart from the above elements, the Small UAV Market research report provides a 360-degree view of the Small UAV industry with geographic segmentation, statistical forecast and the competitive landscape.

→  ‘Everyone will own’ a drone, expert says – Numbers of registered users of drones have reached more than half a million in the United States and the trend points upward to higher numbers on the horizon.

 

Economic Development

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→  Drones Will Have an Impact on Your City. Here’s What You Need to Know. – Cities across America will need to decide how they want to manage widespread commercial drone use, how they want to adopt drone technology for themselves, and how best they can encourage innovation in this exciting and growing field while still ensuring public safety.

 

 

City & State Regulatory Action

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→  Civil Aviation Authority talks down drone registration, calls for education and geofencing – A report from Bard College found that there were 327 cases of drones flying too close to aircraft in the US between December 2013 and September 2015, while the Independent revealed a 352% rise in drone incidents reported to police in the UK within a year.

→  Drones: Campaigning for safer skies – Part 1 – Brian Wynne, the President and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) discusses in an exclusive two-part report the importance of safety and regulation when it comes to the exploding phenomenon of drones and their increasing democratisation into the public sphere.

→  Recreational drone use prohibited in local parks – The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation is divided into 22 districts. The department does not have a blanket ban on drones, and has left the decision on whether or not to allow recreational drones up to the 22 individual districts in the state.

→  New Report on Cities and Drones Released by National League of Cities –  The National League of Cities (NLC) today announced the release of Cities and Drones, a new report that provides cities with insight on the recently released Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules relating to drone operation. The report also provides suggestions for how local governments can craft their own drone ordinances to encourage innovation while also protecting their cities.

→  Calls to lift flight ban for drones in parks – A ban on the use of private drones in the state’s national parks is unnecessarily restrictive, a drone owner has declared. Recreational drones are currently banned in the state’s national parks by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.

→  ‘Everyone will own’ a drone, expert says – Numbers of registered users of drones have reached more than half a million in the United States and the trend points upward to higher numbers on the horizon.



Competition

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→  UAVs take flight at first Ag Drone Rodeo – Hosted by the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range and Oregon Future Farm, drone manufacturers and vendors like RDO, Insitu and MicaSense flew their UAS. Each company talked about their drone’s crop imaging capabilities and ease of use while piloting it on a short mission.

→  How to make a flying, racing drone business card – Marque Cornblatt, Founder and CEO of the Aerial Sports League has the coolest business card in town, and he wants to share it with the rest of us.

 

→  Drone racing kicks off at Gateway Motorsports: St. Louis tech events – (Schedule) Ends Saturday.

→  The rise of drone battling for the BattleBots generation – Unlike drone racing, which has trended toward off-the-shelf drones made just for racing and carefully planned events, drone battling still has a Wild West feel. Each competitor starts with three points and loses one each time their drone hits the ground or becomes tangled in a net. Repairs are allowed between rounds. But that’s pretty much it for rules. Competitors build drones with goofy shapes or rely on their piloting skills to outmaneuver their opponent.


Education

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→  Sinclair unveils $300K mobile drone lab – Sinclair Community College has unveiled a nearly $300,000 mobile lab as a new platform to train and simulate unmanned systems, or drones.

→  FAA sUAS Part 107 Study DeckStudyBlue is the leading crowdsourced learning platform, provides intelligent learning tools including flashcards, notes, study guides and more, that empower more than 10 million students to study smarter.

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→  Flight school accepting students for drone pilot courses – (Paid subscription) HAGERSTOWN, Md. – V1 Aeronautics, a flight school, air tour operator and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved knowledge testing center at the Hagerstown Regional Airport in Hagerstown, Maryland, is accepting students for its new commercial drone pilot certification courses.

→  Camp Shelby hosts second drone workshop for public sector agencies – Law enforcement officers and representatives from South Mississippi government agencies met with federal government officials at Camp Shelby Thursday to discuss drone technology.

→  Seminar Hosted to Educate on Public and Private Use of Drones – Attendees learned about preliminary rules and regulations of drones, the devices’ capabilities, and knowledge applicable to industry, commercial, education and general public use of drones.

 

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