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Drone Traffic Management Tests Take Off

NASA Drone Traffic Management Tests Take Off in RenoNASA

NASA Drone Traffic Management Tests Take Off in Reno NASA and its partners are in the midst of testing the next, more complex version of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) technologies with live, remotely-operated aircraft, or drones, at six different sites around the nation. The three-week campaign, known as Technology Capability Level 2 (TCL2) National Campaign, began…

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EEI to test drones

EEI to test dronesUtility Dive

EEI to test drones – push for new legal framework Despite visions of a future where drones remotely survey power lines, bringing cost savings and reliability to power customers, EEI said the bulk of inspections of transmission and distribution lines are done via helicopter or manually from the ground. BVLOS drone flights could provide “significant benefits by enabling a safe, efficient and…

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SmartPlanes UAV in BVLOS Testing

NASA Includes SmartPlanes UAV in BVLOS Testing

NASA Includes SmartPlanes UAV in BVLOS Testing SmartPlanes is proud to announce that the SmartPlanes Freya UAV is included in the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) R&D Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL 3) project, at the FAA-designated Nevada UAS test site. SmartPlanes is represented by its US distributor Carbon Autonomous. SmartPlanes already has a long-term plan for Beyond Visual Line…

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ArcticShark UAS to Undergo Flight Testing

Arctic Atmospheric Data Collection UAS to Undergo Flight Testing

ArcticShark UAS to Undergo Flight Testing The ArcticShark UAS designed to collect sophisticated atmospheric data in the Arctic, is to begin flight testing at Pendleton UAS Test Range prior to its scheduled launch in 2018. To be owned by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and managed by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, a DOE national scientific…

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LTA looking to test drones

LTA looking to test drones for MRT and road tunnel inspections

LTA looking to test drones for MRT and road tunnel inspections The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is looking into using drones to inspect train tunnels. In a statement on Wednesday (March 1), the LTA said that it has issued a request for information to source for people who can design and develop trials for conducting automated MRT tunnel inspections using…

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UPS tests drone deliveries in Florida

UPS tests drone deliveries in Florida

UPS tests drone deliveries in Florida, with eye to cost cuts Package delivery company United Parcel Service tested home delivery by drone in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, the first step in what the company hopes will be a move toward more automated delivery. A drone launched from a UPS car roof, flew autonomously toward its destination, dropped a package and…

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A Desert Oasis for Testing Big UAS

Arcturus UAV VTOL Jump-20 take-off

Mesquite, Nevada Is A Desert Oasis for Testing Big UAS The UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) industry includes a variety of aircraft and platforms necessary to accomplish a growing number of mission profiles and applications. There is a lot of interest in small (under 55 lbs.) platforms for commercial applications and for hobbyist, but there is also a growing demand for…

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MnDOT testing drones for bridge inspections

MnDOT could soon be going high-tech in its bridge inspections. (Photo: Collins Engineers)

MnDOT testing drones for bridge inspections ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation could soon be going high-tech in its bridge inspections. The agency is in the midst of a drone study. It’s hoping the technology will help save some money and provide another perspective of how our bridges are holding up. On the side of a pedestrian bridge…

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Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA

Near Space Corp.'s High Altitude Shuttle System (HASS), a drone that carries new technologies to high altitudes for testing, was used to simulate the return of a spacecraft through controlled airspace. Credit: Near Space Corp.

Drone Tests New Tech to Help FAA Track Commercial Spacecraft A drone that drops into flight from a high-altitude balloon is helping the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test new technologies for surveillance of commercial spacecraft in national airspace. Near Space Corporation (NSC), a private spaceflight company that operates at the Tillamook Naval Air Station in Oregon, sent its High…

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