Sen. Mark Warner highlights benefits of drone use in visit to Ferrum | The Roanoke Times

FERRUM — When asked about the future of Virginia’s economy, there is one industry at the top of Sen. Mark Warner’s mind. “If I was starting all over again, the area that I would go into is unmanned systems,” he said.

Warner, who was an early investor in cellular service provider...Read More »

Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries | NPR

One shred of solace that surfaced as hurricanes and tropical storms pummeled Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico last fall was the opportunity to see drones realize some of their life-saving potential.

During those disasters unmanned aircraft surveyed wrecked roads, bridges and rail lines. They spotted oil and gas leaks. They inspected...Read More »

When disaster strikes, drones can go where reporters can't | Poynter

As Hurricane Irma churned inland over the Florida peninsula in early September, photojournalist Brian Emfinger readied his drone. After the eye passed over Naples, calming the 100-mph-plus winds and torrential rains, he lifted off.

“Five minutes later, I’m flying over these destroyed mobile homes,” he said. “Fifteen minutes later, I tweet out...Read More »

Manta ray robot takes to the pool – and maybe soon the sea | New Atlas

Manta rays swim through the water with a flying motion, allowing them to travel quickly with little effort, while also being quite agile. These are qualities that would likewise be desirable in an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV. To that end, scientists from the National University of Singapore have...Read More »

Mobility Unmanned taps Senator Warner, Governor McAuliffe, Secretary Jackson and USAV to speak at upcoming conference

Mobility Unmanned, a conference bringing together government and industry stakeholders, is the first event of its kind designed to facilitate dialogue on automated vehicle policy and regulation across all transportation modes.

The Commonwealth of Virginia will play a high-profile role in the conference, held November 1-2 at the Hyatt Regency...Read More »

Local businesses are at the forefront of the developing robotics world | C-ville

For years, Charlottesville has been quietly becoming a leading tech hub in Virginia and on the East Coast. Meet three of the businesses and programs that are spearheading the charge into the growing field of robotics.

Perrone Robotics

Crozet residents are aware that big things are happening in their...Read More »

Battlefield internet technologies, interconnected robots focus of new Army programs | EurekAlert

ADELPHI, Md. (Oct. 4, 2017) – The U.S. Army Research Laboratory recently announced the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Pennsylvania as lead research organizations for two enterprise research programs that will address challenges the military faces in internet-connected, robot-rich congested and contested battlefields.

Through its Internet of...Read More »

The Army is working on combat-deployable robots | DefenseNews

Unmanned vehicles in ground combat units will likely first serve in resupply, transport and other logistics-based roles, said a lead Army Research Laboratory researcher.

Stuart Young, head of ARL’s Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance project, told audience members at the...Read More »

Perrone Robotics to create 127 new jobs in Albemarle County | Augusta Free Press

Perrone Robotics, a developer of autonomous car software, will invest $3.8 million to expand its research and development operation in Albemarle County to add to its test track and facilities. Virginia successfully competed against California, Michigan, and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 127 new jobs over the next...Read More »

Drone inspections of natural gas pipelines may soon be reality | TRIB Live

Drones may be able to detect incipient leaks in underground natural gas pipelines, and even prevent them, once technical and regulatory hurdles have been resolved.

Officials cited corrosion as a factor in a natural gas pipeline explosion that rocked Salem last year. But Conshocken-based drone entrepreneur David Yoel, a...Read More »

MathWorks Advisory Board 2017

On October 12, MathWorks will hold its annual customer advisory meeting between MathWorks senior development managers, application engineers, and key customers at the Grand Hyatt Washington DC.

This once-a-year program is a highly interactive event featuring a full day of presentations plus a technical showcase. This year, Chris Portal, senior engineering...Read More »

Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia | Henrico Citizen

Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but...Read More »

An Integrated Drone Multi-Spectral Mapping Solution for Agriculture | Commercial UAV News

The Fairfax-based company Icaros Inc. partnered with the supplier of multispectral sensors and analytics software Agrowing to deliver an integrated drone multi spectral mapping solution for agriculture. This new bundled solution integrates Icaros’ OneButton Standard Edition with Agrowing’s agriculture and multispectral sensor solutions. What this means is that Agrowing users can...Read More »

Virginia Aviation Safety Week presents: General Aviation and UAS Integration around Airports

You are cordially invited to attend the discussions where a panel of experts from the DOAV, AOPA, AMA and AUVSI will address issues and your thoughts related to General Aviation and UAS operations in the vicinity of airports. Topics include:

  • Determining whether your location is legal for flight and near an...Read More »

House passes law to accelerate adoption of self-driving technology | ars technica

The House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to streamline rules governing self-driving cars. The legislation passed unanimously in a voice vote.

In a highly polarized era, the debate over self-driving cars has been remarkable for its lack of ideological divisions. Self-driving technology is advancing rapidly in Detroit and Silicon Valley, and...Read More »

Harvey humanitarian efforts aided by Virginia's DroneUp | delmarvanow

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) — Houston is overwhelmed when it comes to search and rescue efforts, so they are seeking help from the skies above.

Not from helicopters, but drones.

A company called DroneUp is mobilizing a team of independent volunteer drone operators to go to Houston, and starting Thursday,...Read More »

James Madison University Advances Unmanned Systems Research | USAV

Multidisciplinary drone class leads to aerial data company. JMU’s Virginia Drones Project brought together students from 7 majors, 4 professors and entrepreneurs form Nova Labs to use collaborative learning, design thinking, social entrepreneurial skills, and a variety of technologies to develop real-world prototype uses for 6 UASs that are custom-built...Read More »

Virginia First Responders Use Quadcopter Drones to Help Rescue Injured Logger | The Drive

Emergency services continue to progress with the times, and these days, that means the incorporation of drones into rescue ops has become more and more common. Last week in Virginia, Pittsylvania County’s Danville Life Saving Crew utilized several drones to assist in...Read More »

Meet the man teaching robot artists to paint like humans | Vice News

Pindar Van Arman has spent more than a decade teaching robots to become painters. He’s trying to build real artists — not glorified printers or Instagram filters but algorithms that make creative decisions and develop their own style over time.

Van Arman is a computer security contractor in northern Virginia. The hardware...Read More »

This bricklaying robot can build walls faster than humans | Vice

Meet the Semi-Automated Mason, or SAM, a robot that’s so good at building walls it could take over the construction industry. Created by New York-based Construction Robotics, the bricklaying robot promises to both increase productivity while reducing overall labor costs.

While the efficiency rate at construction sites has been stagnant for...Read More »

Robotic lawn mowers have arrived in Southwest Virginia | Richmond Times-Dispatch

CHRISTIANSBURG — Honda’s new robotic lawn mower buzzed around a patch of grass in front of Power Zone on Thursday, the only store in Virginia where the device is sold as part of a limited U.S. launch.

“Is it cutting the grass?” a skeptical passerby asked, adding as he walked...Read More »

Sen. Warner among Senators to present bill supporting commercial drone use | WBDJ

(WDBJ7) Drone delivery could be one step closer to a reality after a bill presented Thursday by U.S. Senator Mark Warner, who represents Virginia.

It’s not so much for the benefit of private drone fliers who use the unmanned aircraft for fun.

The bill, the Safe Drone Act of 2017, would make...Read More »

Lowe's tests robotic exosuit for retail employees | Plant Services

Working alongside a robot not futuristic enough for you? How about wearing a robot while you work? That’s an actual thing that’s happening at a Lowe’s store in Christiansburg, VA, thanks to a partnership between the home improvement retailer and Virginia Tech.

Store employees are testing out a robotic exosuit developed...Read More »

Law enforcement sees potential of drones at demonstration in Lynchburg | News Advance

Skies were clear above Riverfront Park on Thursday morning as area law enforcement representatives watched drone flight demonstrations and learned more about potentials for their future use.

Leaders from Project Lifesaver International, including founder and CEO Gene Saunders, explained the history and details of how agencies use...Read More »

New law paves way for delivery robots | WRIC

RICHMOND, VA (VCU CNS) – Having your groceries delivered by a robot sounds like something out of The Jetsons, but that prospect is not as futuristic as you may think.

For the second year in a row, the Virginia General Assembly has passed a law to legalize the operation of autonomous...Read More »

McAuliffe First Governor to Fly in Autonomous Aircraft | sUAS News

The quest for unpiloted air taxi service took a step forward yesterday as Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe became the first sitting governor to fly in a fully automated aircraft.  The 8-minute flight took place Thursday following the opening of NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Research Center unmanned aerial systems (UAS) runway...Read More »

Cloud Based Drone Management Software Announced by HAZON Solutions | Geeks News Desk

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ HAZON Solutions (“HAZON”), the national leader in drone inspection services, announced today the launch of the HAZON Drone Management System (HAZON DMS).HAZON DMS is a secure, web-based management tool providing every drone operator, whether a hobbyist with a single drone or a...Read More »

Fly Times | Richmond Magazine

While out on a springtime stroll, you look up and spot something hovering overhead. Is it a bird? A plane? Nope. It’s an unmanned aircraft system, more commonly referred to as a drone. Get used to the sight, because you’ll be seeing a lot more of them.

The Federal Aviation...Read More »

This state wants to usurp California as the capital of driverless cars | Washington Post

Gov. Terry McAuliffe bounded into the spare offices of a start-up incubator to make a rapid-fire pronouncement: He will spend the last nine months of his term trying to make Virginia “the capital of automated vehicles.”

It was his economic development-meets-standup routine, and the commonwealth’s salesman in chief had industry leader...Read More »

Tech students launch drone racing team | The Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG – Nestor Folta’s drone sounded like a mosquito as it buzzed around an empty field on a recent afternoon, flying around 60 mph through a homemade obstacle course of PVC pipes.

The practice course was designed to be identical to what Folta, 21, and two other Virginia Tech...Read More »

Unmanned Systems Achieve Significant Successes in 2017 Virginia General Assembly

As the Commonwealth’s first and only association dedicated to lobbying on behalf of all sectors of the unmanned industry, the Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) played a key role in the 2017 Virginia General Assembly, helping to protect the industry from efforts that would have created barriers and stymied...Read More »

Rolling robots could soon be making deliveries in Virginia | Tampa Bay Times

RICHMOND, Va. — Robots about the size of a beer cooler could soon be rolling down Virginia sidewalks to deliver sandwiches, groceries or packages.

Supporters say proposed legislation to allow the robots would make the state the first in the nation to regulate such devices.

State lawmakers partnered with European company Starship...Read More »

Henrico to employ new firefighting tool — drones | Richmond Times- Dispatch

When fire crews were called to tame an inferno at a marina in eastern Henrico County that set boats afire Dec. 9, a drone hovered overhead, spotting what the human eye, alone, could not.

From above the James River, an aerial video was live-streamed to county Fire Chief Tony McDowell in...Read More »


The purpose is to begin the discussion on capabilities and needs for unmanned systems in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

For more information and to register, click here.

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Another sign drones will be a major part of the economy | Lincoln Journal Star

The Appalachian coal miner is having a tough time finding work. Sustainable energy, like solar and wind, has eaten into coal mining at a major clip. But there’s one existing technology that could get displaced coal miners back to work. And no, it’s not a new model of...Read More »

Obama is pledging more than $2 million to train coal miners to pilot drones | recode

As the U.S. transitions to more sustainable forms of energy, the Obama administration has been steadily investing in retraining programs for people who used to work for the once-booming American coal industry, where states like West Virginia and Kentucky are losing thousands of jobs a year.

This week,...Read More »

Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia names board members and elects officers | Virginia Business

The Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV), a new trade association representing the unmanned systems industry in Virginia, elected officers and its board of directors at its first meeting on Monday.

The organization includes 10 founding company members, whose representatives were named to the board of directors. The board then elected...Read More »

Virginia Utility to Expand Use of Drones in Power Line Inspections | Government Technology

(TNS) — Dominion Virginia Power has been using unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for 13 months to inspect Hampton Roads’ power lines — a program the company plans to expand on the Peninsula soon.

Before Dominion started using the drones to take photos of the power lines, they had...Read More »

The entrepreneurs behind the new drone economy | TechCrunch

he FAA released some staggering numbers as it welcomed Part 107, otherwise known as the rules governing — or perhaps creating — the commercial drone industry in the U.S.: Within one year, the FAA estimates that 600,000drones will be active in commerce in the...Read More »

Meet the 3D-printed robots with soft skins | ZDNet

MIT CSAIL researchers have developed a new way to 3D-print robots which make the devices less prone to damage — by giving them soft skins.

These days, robots are used in many critical areas — working for the military, used in surveillance and land surveys, and are the prized possessions of...Read More »

Uber wants to fly customers around in massive autonomous drones | Quartz

Self-driving cars just aren’t enough.

Uber, the ride-hailing taxi service, is apparently seriously exploring whether it can develop aircraft that could take off and land without a runway, and fly passengers autonomously to wherever they want to go.Recode reported Sunday (Sept. 25) that Uber’s head of product,...Read More »

Flybrix’s LEGO powered drones are finally available | The USB Port

San Francisco-based startup Flybrix formally began shipping its crash-friendly LEGO drones on Thursday, September 22. The basic package costs $149 and includes everything the user needs to build a drone skeleton from scratch, to later customize it with as many LEGO pieces as the aircraft can support.

A deluxe package, with...Read More »

Unmanned systems on the rise JMU, 4-VA positioned for burgeoning industry | James Madison University

SUMMARY: A combination of new FAA rules and Virginia legislation that is “getting regulation out of the way of innovation” makes this an ideal time to ramp up research, marketing and other efforts to attract and boost the industry.

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Walmart and Five Elements Robotics Working on Robotic Shopping Cart | IEEE

It’s been a few years since we first met Five Elements Robotics at RoboBusiness, where they introduced Budgee, a sort of robotic stuff-carrier that will follow you around with up to 22 kilograms of your junk by homing in on a small ultrasonic emitter. Last week at the Bloomberg Technology Conference,...Read More »