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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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 (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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
(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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
We Have Better Maps of Mars than of the Ocean Floor. Drones Could Change That | Government Technology
(TNS) — Society currently has better maps of the moon, Mars and Venus than of the ocean, says Dan Stilwell with Virginia Tech’s marine robotics research. But he and others are attempting to paint a better picture of the sea floor, which may involve dropping drones into Hampton Roads waters.
Virginia...Read More »
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 »
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 »
DANVILLE — Dozens of Dan River Region students flew drones, constructed planes and learned to code during their spring break last week as part of Drone Camp at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.
The camp, a collaboration between the institute and the 4-H Virginia Cooperative Extension, ran...Read More »
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The FAA requires you to pass the Part 107 Certiﬁcation exam to fly your drone commercially. This course will prepare you for the Part...Read More »
Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show had no special guests — unless you count the drones.
Intel Drones supplied Lady Gaga and the NFL with a show-stopping show-starter — 300 Shooting Star drones painting the night sky in a pre-recorded segment in Houston, as she sang “God Bless America.” The closing...Read More »
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 »
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 »
PROVIDENCE – The journey that brought Jack Costello to futuristic technology began on the shores of Long Island, where he came of age in the 1960s. Costello loved swimming but hated jellyfish, which would become his adult passion – a passion of intense interest today to the Navy and the...Read More »
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)– Some Virginia college students are taking learning to new heights, as well as taking on global issues.
This semester, students...Read More »
How can a group of JMU students help a doctoral student in Colombia determine the effects of climate change on a historically and culturally significant wall in Cartagena?
With a drone, of course.
The six students, who have dubbed their group, “The City Walls Team,” are equipping a drone—built last spring by...Read More »
With green lights flashing, a fleet of unmanned aerial systems — better known as drones — sat at the ready Tuesday morning as Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam learned about new training for emergency services personnel at Piedmont Virginia Community College.
Since May, the community college has offered...Read More »
Understanding how professionals are actually using UAVs is a critical consideration for anyone wanting or trying to properly leverage the technology. What does it actually mean for someone to use a drone in the field? Will utilizing a UAV create efficiencies that can be quantified? How is all of...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....Read More »
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 »
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.
Piedmont Virginia Community College is now offering a drone certification class for farmers who want to use that technology.
PVCC became the first college in the nation to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Authority to conduct research and development of aircraft and sensors, including small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones,...Read More »
We are excited to announce the date for our next VIRTUES conference, the second working group summit discussing unmanned systems in Virginia! More information regarding registration will be available on this website in January. Stay tuned!...Read More »
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 »
Two quadcopter drones buzzed around the two-story lecture hall on the third floor of James Branch Cabell Library last Wednesday as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” played through the sound system and a massive video wall welcomed a small crowd to the “Cabell Aerodrome.”
“I’m a nerd, so I love stuff like...Read More »
(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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports.
STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–General Star Management Company today announced the availability of CGL coverage specifically designed to protect the manufacturers, distributors and operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly known as “drones.” In addition, contingent coverage for unmanned aircraft systems operations conducted on behalf of the insured is...Read More »
Alphabet’s innovation lab X has a drone-focused team called Project Wing which has just announced a plan to commence aerial burrito delivery, in partnership with Chipotle, on the campus of Virgina Tech next week.
Project Wing’s mission it to make fully autonomous, or self-flying drones, that can deliver anything to anyone. But the...Read More »
Virginia Tech reveals $75 million plan to emphasize intelligent infrastructure | Virginia Tech Daily
Virginia Tech will invest $75 million over five years to build teaching and research capacity in areas where it is already a national leader, including smart design and construction, and autonomous vehicles across land, air, and water, university officials said today.
The initiative will provide learning opportunities for students and unite...Read More »
Virginia Tech planning 300-acre 'automation park' to test drones, self-driving cars | The Roanoke Times
Blacksburg’s Virginia Tech Transportation Institute plans to build a 300-acre test bed for drones and self-driving cars that would look like a movie set, but aim to replicate real-world driving and flying conditions for scientists.
The Virginia Automation Park would have street signs, stoplights, roundabouts, curves, hills and even portable buildings...Read More »
AUVSI’s Hill Day 2016
September 27, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Rayburn House Office Building