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Percepto Raises $15m to Accelerate Adoption of Autonomous Dr…

Israeli drone-in-a-box provider Percepto has announced a $15m Series A funding round led by U.S. Venture Partners. The company has to date raised a total of $27.5m, with previous investors including R&R Venture Partners and Hyundai Motors. The funding will be split between driving Percepto’s autonomous drone-in-a-box solution into emerging …

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DJI to Install AirSense (ADS-B receivers) in New Drones from…

DJI has committed to installing airplane and helicopter detectors in its new consumer drones from 2020. The pledge is part one of a 10-point plan – also released today – to ensure the world’s skies remain as safe as possible as the drone industry takes off. The addition of the …

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UK CAA Launches ‘Innovation Sandbox’ With 6 Drone Industry P…

Back in 2017 the FAA’s drone integration pilot program was announced, paving the way for a number of interesting and innovative explorations of drone technology. The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has this week launched a similar program, although the scale and practical outcomes are still unclear. The CAA says …

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PrecisionHawk’s Michael Chasen to Lead Drone Advisory Commit…

photo courtesy PrecisionHawk The FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) has been instrumental in helping to form commercial drone regulations, and the best example in the drone sector of industry working in collaboration with government.  On Friday, the FAA and Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced that PrecisionHawk CEO Michael …

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Australian Firm Releases Wearable Drone Detector

Photo courtesy of DroneShield Australian counter-drone firm DroneShield has released a wearable UAV detection product that weighs just over 2 pounds. RfPatrol is designed for use by military, law enforcement, security and VIP customers. Since it doesn’t emit jamming signals, it’s legal in more jurisdictions than many other counter-UAS products. Rogue …

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The FAA’s New Rules for Recreational Drones

image public domain It’s time.  The FAA will now implement some of the changes in regulations for recreational drones which will follow on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act passed last year. The FAA Reauthorization Act repealed Section 336 of the previous FAA Reauthorization, which protected recreational aircraft from …

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Zurich Researchers Teach Drone to Dodge with Dynamic Obstacl…

One of the many things preventing urban drone deliveries reaching Amazone Prime levels of mass adoption is the threat of interference, whether that’s from pets, kids, thieves, gun-toting neighbors or rogue footballs. Researchers at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, are working on sense and avoid technology that could provide drones …

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TORUS: Atmospheric Scientists Using Drones To Understand Tor…

During spring and summer supercell thunderstorms roam through the central United States, bringing with them lightning, huge hailstones and dangerously high winds. Some develop tornadoes, and a collective of atmospheric scientists led by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are using drones to better understand why. The TORUS research project (Targeted Observation …

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