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October 16, 2015

Topcon Secures FAA Exemption to Operate Rotary-Wing Aerial System in U.S.

LIVERMORE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2015—Topcon Positioning Group announces it has received a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that allows for operation of its Falcon 8 rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) in the United States. The Topcon Falcon 8 — powered by Ascending Technologies — is designed for inspection and monitoring, as

October 14, 2015

Intersil’s Breakthrough Time-of-Flight IC Revolutionizes Object Detection and Distance Measurement

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 13, 2015—Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a leading provider of innovative power management and precision analog solutions, today introduced an innovative time-of-flight (ToF) signal processing IC that provides a complete object detection and distance measurement solution when combined with an external emitter (LED or laser) and photodiode. The ISL29501 ToF device offers one-of-a-kind

October 13, 2015

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Solution to Respond to Threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2015—At this year’s Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) unveiled a new capability that will allow users to detect and counter emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The solution, ICARUS, was designed to operate defensively in various threat environments. “The U.S. government is seeing an

October 7, 2015

FAA Expands Unmanned Aircraft Pathfinder Efforts

October 7, 2015 — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has entered into a Pathfinder agreement with CACI International Inc. to evaluate how the company’s technology can help detect Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the vicinity of airports.   In testimony today before the House Aviation Subcommittee, FAA Deputy Administrator Mike Whitaker said that flying an

October 6, 2015

FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

NEW YORK, October 6, 2015 — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace. The FAA proposes a $1.9 million civil penalty against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago. Between March 21, 2012, and Dec.

October 6, 2015

Commercial UAV Expo Opens in Las Vegas

October 6, 2015, Portland, Maine — Commercial UAV Expo opens today at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The expo and conference will have 120 exhibitors, more than any commercial drone show in the market.  Over  1,500 attendees are expected, including many large enterprise technology leaders from key growth sectors for UAS integration including:  Surveying & Mapping;

October 5, 2015

Topcon Announces Rotary-wing UAS

LIVERMORE, Calif. Oct. 5, 2015—Topcon Positioning Group announces the addition of a rotary-wing unmanned aerial system (UAS) to its mass data collection solutions line.  The Falcon 8 — powered by Ascending Technologies — is designed for inspection and monitoring, as well as survey and mapping applications. “Rotary-wing systems provide the perfect solutions for small-scale sites and

October 2, 2015

SkyTraq Launches Miniature Low-Power RTK Receiver for UAS and Mobile Platform

Hsinchu, Taiwan,October 2, 2015 — SkyTraq Technology Inc., a fabless GNSS positioning technology company, introduces S2525F8-BD-RTK, a cost effective, low power, small size, single frequency RTK receiver for unmanned aerial systems and mobile platforms requiring centimeter-level position accuracy. S2525F8-BD-RTK is a multi-constellation GNSS RTK receiver that supports GPS, BDS, QZSS, and SBAS; simultaneously tracks up to

October 1, 2015

Biologists Integrate Unmanned Aircraft Technology in Canadian Wildlife Study

In a portion of Manitoba, Canada, so remote you have to fly in by helicopter, a research team led by the University of North Dakota and the American Museum of Natural History spent the summer in the polar bear capital of the world deploying the latest tool – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) -- in a

September 30, 2015

Septentrio Names New Dealer for UAV Market

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2015—Septentrio today announced the appointment of Unmanned Systems Source as an authorized dealer for GNSS positioning products in the UAV market. The two companies will showcase the Septentrio drone solutions in Booth 320 at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, Oct. 5-7. Earlier this year, Septentrio introduced its AsteRx-m UAS high-accuracy GNSS

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