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Naval Research Drones Shines in Solar Research

Alta Devices has a new place in the sun after garnering a contract from the Naval Research Laboratory for delivering light-weight solar drone technology. Alta’s Hybrid Tiger program will integrate research into a single drone system designed for long range endurance. The program deploys high-efficiency flexible solar cells, a hydrogen fuel cell, and energy-aware guidance algorithms […]

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Mapping Asia’s Largest Copper Ore Mine, Using Drones

A Czech drone services company, UpVision, has been using UAVs to map the largest copper ore mine in Asia. The mapping mission spanned more than 10km² near the city of Erdenet, Mongolia. In support of Czech geologists investigating the site, the UpVision team deployed a MAVinci Sirius, produced by the German manufacturer acquired by Intel back in 2016. […]

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Drones in Mining: A Special Kind of Drone for Inaccessible Spaces

Mining is a growing vertical for the drone industry.  Drones have a lot to offer mining: monitoring of remote operations, measuring stockpiles, and other geospatial applications have been adopted at scale in open mines. But there’s an entirely different area of the mine that may get even more benefit from drone technology: inside.  Inspections around […]

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Uber Gives the Army a Sweet Ride to Quieter Drones

When it comes to quieter drones of the future, the U.S. Army may well be calling an Uber to help. The army’s research laboratory will partner with the ride-sharing giant in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to “advance technologies supporting Future Vertical Lift (drones),” – with an emphasis on developing silent UAVs. Announced during […]

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Major Consumer Tech Group Lauds FAA Drone Integration Program

The Consumer Technology Association is bullish on the FAA’s recent announcement concerning the UAS Integration Pilot Program partnerships. According to the FAA: “The results from the Program will help to inform the development of future enabling regulations that will expand safe UAS operations and help to transition many of the new and novel operational concepts that […]

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