Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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.

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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.

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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 »

Virginia students head to Drone Camp | Richmond Times Dispatch

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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Yes, those were drones at Lady Gaga's Super Bowl 51 halftime show | ForTheWin

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 »

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 »

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 »

PC scientist's discoveries about jellyfish may propel future drones | Providence Journal

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 »

Learning at new heights: The Virginia Drones Project | WHSV

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 »

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JMU students equipping drone to save historic wall in Colombia | Augusta Free Press

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 »

'It’s the future': PVCC shows off drone programs to lieutenant governor | The Daily Progress

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 »

How are Drones Being Used in the Classroom? | Commercial UAV News

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.

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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 »

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 »

College classes now cover drone technology for farmers | Augusta Free Press

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 »

VIRTUES II Save the Date

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!

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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 »

VCU students get hands-on experience with flying drones — inside Cabell Library | VCU News

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 »

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 »

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 »

How Do Drones Work (Infographic) | UAV Coach

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Drone Racing Becomes ESPN’s Newest Televised Sport | The New York Times

First there was poker. Then there was the spelling bee, Scrabble and the recent emergence of e-sports.

Now ESPN is betting that speeding drones will be the next noncontact “sport” to find a mass audience.

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General Star Launches Coverage for Unmanned Aircraft Systems | Business Wire

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 »

Chipotle to test burrito delivery by drone with Project Wing at Virginia Tech | TechCrunch

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 »

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September 27, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

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DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work | TechCrunch

A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform.

The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and industrial drone use.

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Domino’s Is Finally Delivering Pizza Via Drone | Grub Street

In a highly sought-after industry-wide first, Domino’s announced today that it has developed a viable drone delivery system in partnership with Flirtey, the start-up that just helped 7-Eleven complete the first-ever FAA-approved drone delivery. Since drone delivery in America remains a rat race, the...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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Early Days for Drone Use in Higher Education | Education Review

Unmanned aircraft systems offer numerous possibilities in the academic environment, from creating programs aimed at UAS design and construction to finding ways to use them in traditional research across academic disciplines.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), also known as drones, offer numerous benefits and vast potential in the academic community both for...Read More »

MECC To Host Lecture On UAS Use In Coal Mine Reclamation| MECC

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will host a lecture by Dr. Robi Stark, CEO of Sensilize, an Israeli-based company using a sensor mounted on an drone. The technology has the potential to revolutionize coal mine reclamation efforts in the Appalachian Mountains.

Stark’s lecture is open to the public...Read More »

2016 International Drone Photography Contest Winners | dronestagram

Thousands of entries were submitted from everywhere in the world by talented professional photographers and amateur drone photo enthusiasts.

The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts including National Geographic Deputy Director Patrick Witty as well as Emanuela Ascoli, Photo editor of National Geographic France and Dronestagram.

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Leadership transition for the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership | Virginia Tech

Mark Blanks has been named the director of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) and Virginia Tech’s test site for unmanned aircraft systems.

Blanks, currently the partnership associate director for Virginia, assumed the director role July 1. He will build on the organization’s track record of success in combining innovative...Read More »

New U.S. drone rules get positive reviews from researchers | Science Magazine

New U.S. rules on drone operations are getting a general thumbs up from researchers who rely on the unmanned aircraft to collect data and make observations. That marks a shift from a few years ago, when worried researchers went to court to block Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone regulations that...Read More »

The Breeze: Student-Built Drones

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Madison Scholar: Students Test Drones at the Convo

JMU now offers the only undergraduate drone course in Virginia. And how cool is it that we got to do our first flights in the Convocation Center?

All you future roboticists and engineers—check out JMU’s growing undergraduate robotics program. Dr. Kevin Giovanetti’s class is taught with remote engineering support from Read More »

WHSV Report: JMU Students Build and Fly Drones

James Madison University is ramping up its robotics program through Professor Kevin Giovanetti’s class with the help of Nova Labs team: Fred Briggs, Chris Vo, Bo Pollett, and Ted Markson.

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