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 »

U.S. startup Zipline has teamed up with the Rwandan government to deliver blood supplies by drone | Time

For several days Delphine Twese Hamwe’s 2-year old daughter, Ghislane Ihimbazwe, had been screeching in pain as fever wracked her tiny body. A nurse at the local clinic in central Rwanda told her that an acute form of malaria was attacking her daughter’s red blood cells. There was...Read More »

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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 »

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 »

DARPA Invests in Anti-Drone System for Small Craft | The Maritime Executive

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing in technology to help Coast Guard boats and military vehicles defend against the threat of small drones. Small unmanned aircraft grow less expensive and more readily available every year, and when weaponized, they pose an array of dangers for American ground...Read More »

Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia Update

Unmanned Systems Association of Virginia (USAV) board members met Friday, September 29 with the Republican candidate for Governor, Ed Gillespie, to discuss unmanned systems in the Commonwealth.  The event, which was hosted at the Herndon, Va. headquarters of USAV member Volkswagen Group of America, provided an opportunity for USAV members...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 »

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 »

Chesapeake-based company's drone pilots fly more than 5,000 Harvey disaster relief missions in Houston area | The Virginian Pilot

A Chesapeake-based company that trains amateur drone pilots coordinated more than 5,000 disaster relief missions in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey.

DroneUp, an app that’s the main interest of Chesapeake resident Tom Walker’s company DART Ventures, allows certified drone pilots – many of them hobbyists – to sign up for...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 »

Robots have invaded Virginia Beach's libraries | The Virginia Pilot

With several objects about the size of tennis balls whizzing along the ground, Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library looked almost like a gymnasium.

A group of youngsters stood nearby, eagerly trying to move the balls by remote control. Sometimes, they crashed into walls. Sometimes, they changed colors.

What exactly was going on?

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US Army bans Chinese-made drones over 'cyber vulnerabilities' | domain-b

The US has banned Chinese-made drones that may have been used by US service members in Syria, according to a report.

“Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt Gen Joseph H Anderson, the...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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Virginia Tech assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft | sUAS News

Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems and a world-renowned injury biomechanics group — are developing methods to evaluate the risk posed by small unmanned aircraft to anyone on the ground.

This research is key to enabling flights over people....Read More »

Drones training program raises the bar for safety in aerial journalism | Augusta Free Press

For journalists, using unmanned aircraft – drones – to capture photo and video can lead to more effective reporting. But safely deploying this new technology in environments that may be complex and unpredictable requires careful preparation.

The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership...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 »

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 »

DOT Issues Autonomous Vehicle Policy | Inside Unmanned Systems

The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) released its Federal Automated Vehicle Policy Tuesday, detailing safety and regulatory requirements for testing and implementing self-driving technology.

The much-anticipated policy uses a 15-point safety assessment to set expectations for autonomous vehicle researchers and manufacturers. The assessment asks automakers to opt-in to data sharing when testing...Read More »

Drones on Campus: Navigating the FAA's New Small UAS Rule : FREE Webinar

Title: Drones on Campus: Navigating the FAA’s New Small UAS Rule
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. PDT, 1:00 p.m. CDT, 2:00 p.m. EDT

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