UAS Digest #16 —News before the 25th
Holiday Message courtesy of Ascending Technologies created a “light painting” wishing all a Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas
Business and Competition
· DJI Opens Drone Store in Shenzhen— “Whether you are curious to learn how to fly or a professional looking for the latest aerial imaging technology to create your next big idea, the flagship store will provide you with the opportunity to really experience the DJI brand up close and in person. More importantly, it will allow us to engage our customers in a deeper and more meaningful way.”
· UAS range gets $300K— The commitment from the state will also be used to construct hangars and storage facilities at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.
· EPRI Holds First UAS Conference –“This event specifically focused on inspection and assessment of transmission assets,” said Andrew Phillips, who directs EPRI’s drone research. “It was really targeted. When you go to an average UAS conference they might talk about inspecting golf courses or flying UAS for real estate, but this was targeted to the utilities industry, and specifically transmission assets. It was so targeted that a lot of value came out of it.”
· Drone flights prompt federal warnings With the “exponential” growth of drones, Transport Canada wants to ensure operators know how to fly them safely
FAA actions and reactions
· Emerging UAS Technology Deserves Federal Guidance, Not Conflicting Local Rules, says Consumer Technology Association—argues that FAA should preempt the field
· Top 10 spatial disruptions of 2015— Drones/UAV/UAS/RPA fill the skies, land and sea…Whatever you choose to call them, and however you plan to use them, unmanned technologies are becoming commonplace for both professional and civilian use. 2015 was the year of the drone, more than any other technology. ..The potential applications of this technology will cease to end: from star wars drones, to tracking endangered species the list of drone projects will only further skyrocket in 2016.
· Drone used for photography in big fat Indian wedding—says that illegal drone flight was detected by radar, really?
· Twitter Inc (TWTR) Granted Patent For a Tweeting Drone—“Account holders of the messaging platform may control the UAV with commands embedded in messages and directed towards an account associated with the UAV. Controllable elements of the UAV include UAV location, camera orientation, camera subject, UAV-mounted lighting, a UAV-mounted display, a UAV-mounted projector, UAV-mounted speakers, and a detachable payload.”
· Pro-Cam Rentals Launches New Aerial Division For Broadcast and Motion Pictures With Acquisition of Multiple SHOTOVER U1 Professional Grade Unmanned Aerial Systems –by definition, will require §333 authorization.
People in Drone Nation
· Mark Meyer UAViators Humanitarian UAV network