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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI Statement on Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill Legislation looks to future uses of UAS technology, coordinated spectrum for small UAS ARLINGTON, Va — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), issued the following statement on the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S. 1405), which was introduced yesterday by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee: “Like the House FAA reauthorization bill, the U.S. Senate ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) working out of professor Yasamin Mostofi’s lab have conducted a demonstration in which they used two UAS working in tandem, and WiFi, to capture the three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls. In their experiment, which the results of that and the proposed methodology appeared in the Association for Computing Machinery/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN), researchers use two autonomous octocopters to fly outside of an enclosed, four-sided brick ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI Statement on UAS Provisions in House FAA Reauthorization Bill Measure would pave way for UAS Traffic Management System WASHINGTON — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), issued the following statement on the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provisions in the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform & Reauthorization (AIRR) Act (H.R. 2997), which was introduced today by the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “The provisions for UAS in the House ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI CEO to Deliver Remarks at Drone World Congress in Shenzhen Wynne will also meet Chinese companies exhibiting at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL SHENZHEN, China — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will deliver a keynote address on Friday, June 23, at the Drone World Congress 2017 in Shenzhen, China. The conference will bring together delegates from around the world to discuss the latest advances in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. AUVSI, the world’s largest non-profit ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   Intel has announced a long-term technology partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which will, among many things, bring Intel’s drone light show technology to future Olympic games, in an effort to create “never-seen-before images in the sky.” Through the partnership, which is expected to “transform the Olympic Games and the Olympic experience," Intel will join “The Olympic Partner” (TOP) worldwide sponsorship program, and thus, become a Worldwide TOP Partner through 2024.   “We are excited to join the Olympic Movement and integrate Intel’s innovative technologies to advance the Olympic ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 21, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 AUVSI Statement on New Aviation Rulemaking Committee for Remote Identification Standards for UAS WASHINGTON — Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), today issued the following statement on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s announcement of a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to explore remote identification standards for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS): “AUVSI is proud to participate in the latest Aviation Rulemaking Committee, which is yet another example of government ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   3D Robotics (3DR) has announced a new partnership with one of Japan’s largest distributors of information and communications technology, SoftBank C&S, which will result in 3DR providing its Site Scan UAS data platform to AEC professionals in Japan. Site Scan will be the only commercial UAS software offered by SoftBank, which will open up the power of UAS data to Softbank’s customers across Japan. “Aerial data software like Site Scan is already driving productivity for our customers in Japan,” says Matt Harrison, Head of Sales at 3DR . “The partnership with SoftBank will allow 3DR to meet the demand ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN AUV has been selected by the University of Gothenburg, and the AUV will be used to expand the capabilities of Sweden in the field of marine research, using unmanned vehicles and platforms. The AUV, which is expected to be delivered in February 2018, will be recognized “as a national asset for marine research projects around Sweden and further afield.” “In order to map the ocean environment to the degree that vital climate change research requires, we need to focus more on increasing our use of autonomous observation platforms,” says  Anna Wåhlin, Professor in Oceanography, University ...
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Tweet General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has selected the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system to support the company’s MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAS. In an effort to simply civil airspace access, Rockwell Collins will offer support to GA-ASI to “efficiently upgrade the proven Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system.” The UAS ground control station will utilize the capabilities of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, to support customers and missions that require operations in civil airspace. “Our Pro Line Fusion avionics bring a proven, civil-certified pedigree ...
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Tweet During the Bayonet Focus (BF) 17-03 exercise, Shadow UAS operators and maintainers of 7th Infantry Division worked on their skillset at the Yakima Training Center in Washington, at a recently built UAS airfield. Imagery support for units conducting the BF 17-03 exercise was provided by the soldiers, which gave UAS personnel and service members in the field more realistic training. “This is different than training back at Joint Base Lewis-McChord because we are in a more tactical setting and we move a lot faster,” says Spc. Brysen Borja, a UAS operator with 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, via DVIDSHub.net . “The biggest ...
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Tweet First responders from New Jersey took part in a simulated post-disaster scenario on Tuesday where an unmanned aircraft provided cell phone connectivity, something often lacking in the wake of natural disasters. The exercise was a joint venture of Verizon, drone services provider American Aerospace Technologies and the Cape May Office of Emergency Management. “Every time there’s a major incident, the biggest drawback is communications,” said Marty Pagluighi, director of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management. “So any kind of communication enhancements we’re willing to look at. And if we can help them advance this ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   Kespry has formally entered into the insurance sector, which will allow the company to “extend its end-to-end and easy-to-use enterprise drone platform by offering insurance specific functionality such as inspection-quality imagery for roofing and automated analysis to assist claim adjusters.” The Kespry UAS captures data that delivers high-resolution imagery with 1 mm per pixel resolution, which can detect physical damage and granule loss. Rooftop imagery is available onsite in less than 10 minutes, giving field and desk adjusters access to comprehensive roof dimensions and automated damage detection. ...
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Tweet At the 2017 Paris Air Show, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems introduced its NIGHTWARDEN Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS), which has a maximum speed of up to 90 knots, an endurance of up to 15 hours and a payload capacity of up to 130 pounds. With more than 400 hours of flight time under its belt for potential customers, including delegations from the Mideast, the Asia-Pacific region, and from Europe, the NIGHTWARDEN TUAS has undergone thorough internal testing and demonstration efforts.   The NIGHTWARDEN TUAS builds upon the lineage of TUAS that Textron Systems has developed, and according to the company, the NIGHTWARDEN ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   On June 15, the Douglas County Search and Rescue team in Colorado used a UAS to locate two missing hikers and a dog in the Pike National Forest, after they mistakenly left the Devil's Head trail. The hikers were able to call 9-1-1 with limited cell service, and the Douglas County Search and Rescue volunteer teams responded to the area. More than two dozen people responded, which included foot searchers, ATVs, a K-9 team, and the UAS team. About two hours after the teams responded to the area, the UAS team made visual contact with the lost hikers, and shortly after that, a search team on foot made contact ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 Automated Vehicles Symposium to Return to San Francisco, July 11 to 13 AUVSI and TRB to host gathering of automated vehicle professionals WASHINGTON — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB), part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, will host the fourth annual Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco from July 11 to 13. The event, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, will bring together more than 1,500 representatives ...
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Tweet Northrop Grumman has announced that using the high-speed AQS-24B sensor, the company has successfully demonstrated unmanned mine-hunting capabilities during the Belgian Defense Technology and Industry Day trials at the Naval Base at Zeebrugge, Belgium. The demonstration, which is a follow-on to a successful operation that took place in October 2016 during Unmanned Warrior in Scotland, showcased the high area coverage rate (ACR) that is attainable when combining Northrop Grumman’s AQS-24B mine hunting system with the Atlas Elektronik UK ARCIMS USV, a platform that has proven to be extremely stable, and shown that it is ideally suited ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 16, 2017 Contact: Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org , (571) 255-7786 UAS Organizations Raise Concern Over Jurisdiction of Nation’s Airspace Warn of “dramatic unintended consequences” if long-standing federal governance is changed WASHINGTON — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and 13 other organizations have sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry if legislation was enacted affecting the federal sovereignty of the airspace. The letter was signed by a diverse group of organizations, ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   After being awarded a $24 million contract, Angelo Iafrate Construction, which is a Michigan-based company that has experience in heavy civil and transportation construction, will oversee phase one of the construction of a connected and automated vehicle proving ground at Willow Run for the American Center for Mobility. The first phase of construction, which is expected to be complete and open for testing in December of this year, will include the building of a two-and-a-half-mile highway loop with on- and off-ramps and a 700’ curved tunnel. A garage for customers will also be constructed, and an operations ...
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Tweet by AUVSI News   This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed a bill that mandates the creation of a study on how UAS can help public safety agencies with their missions, and in turn, lower their dependence on manned aircraft. Through H.B.1070, a UAS pilot program will be established, and the Department of Labor and Employment will receive authorization “to provide resources for the training and development of eligible pilot program members.” The results of the program (which will be funded through gifts, grants and donations) and the study will be submitted to General ...
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Tweet For Immediate Release : June 16, 2017 Contact : Tom McMahon, tmcmahon@auvsi.org, (571) 255-7786 UAS Organizations Raise Concern Over Jurisdiction of Nation’s Airspace Warn of “dramatic unintended consequences” if long-standing federal governance is changed WASHINGTON — The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) along with 13 other organizations today sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry if the legislation was enacted affecting the federal sovereignty of the airspace. The letter was signed ...
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