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UAV038 Lockheed Martin Builds sUAS

Lockheed Martin Indago

Lockheed Martin gets into sUAS, Texas EquuSearch files suit, drones for weather forecasting and wildlife protection, a fixed wing VTOL drone, an Optionally Manned UH-60, a North Carolina UAS law, drone journalism goes indoors, and an unmanned R&D forecast.

The News:

Lockheed Martin Marks Significant Milestone in Research & Development for Unmanned Technologies

Lockheed Martin is advancing their push into the sUAS segment with their Indago VTOL Quad Rotor for mobile surveillance. The quad and accompanying handheld ground control station (GCS) and new Commercial Avionics Suite are intended for both Commercial and Military applications.

The 32 inch diameter Indago is man-packable, unfolds, and can be deployed in minutes, with up to a 45 minute flight time. LOS range is 5km, payload 180g. It folds into a 12x9x6 package.

Texas Nonprofit sues FAA

Texas EquuSearch has gone ahead and filed a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C. federal appeals court. The suit claims there is no basis in law to prohibit the operation of model aircraft for humanitarian search and rescue activities.

Drones could revolutionize weather forecasts, but must overcome safety concerns

The promise is that drones could be deployed to collect meteorological data for weather prediction models.

German mini drones rescue Bambis from hay shredders

Every year in Germany, about 100,000 animals are killed by combine harvesters cutting hay. Small aerial drones are being deployed in a wildlife rescue project to keep fawn hiding in tall grass from being shredded.

Five drones are being used in a pilot program where digital and infrared sensors find the young deer, radio beacons are attached to the animals, and farmers can subsequently detect the deer.

Arcturus UAV

Arcturus gets the Jump on vertical takeoff and landing for fixed wing UAVs

For some missions a rotary wing UAV is best, and for others a fixed wing UAV provides superior results. But what do you do when you need the best features of each? Arcturus UAV has a solution: Add-on electric rotors that bring VTOL capability to a fixed wing UAV.

Sikorsky demonstrates optionally piloted Black Hawk

The first flight of an Optionally-Piloted Black Hawk (OPBH) was conducted at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, Florida facility.

The OPBH demonstrated autonomous hover and flight operations under the control of a man-portable ground control station (GCS).

North Carolina Legislative committee approves proposed law to regulate “drones”

The proposed legislation [PDF] contains privacy regulations, a drone operator knowledge and skills test developed by the state Aviation Division, and licenses for commercial operation of drones.

University of Missouri brings drones class indoors after feds complain

Last summer the FAA told the University of Missouri School of Journalism to stop flying drones outdoors. What did they do? They fly them indoors, of course.

Europe, Asia plan to spend big on drone development

Consulting firm Forecast International has a report out that predicts that by 2022, less than half the worldwide total spend on drone research will be by the U.S.

Videos of the Week:

Flying Robot Rockstars: KMel Robotics presents a team of flying robots that play musical instruments.

Meet Your Creator – Quadrotor Show: A troupe of 16 quadrotors dance to and manipulate sound and light at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase 2012.

UAV033 Sharing the Sky

Sensefly eBee

A near miss between a UAV and a crop duster, a new social network for the multi-rotor community, UAVs that survey cemeteries, no beer delivery by drone in the UK, and a red hot video of the week.

The News:

Victorian mine drone in near miss with aircraft

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has issued a final report that says that a Sensefly eBee 178 UAV came within about 100m horizontally and up to 70m vertically from an Ayres S2R crop duster. The ATSB rated this incident, which occurred in September, 2013, as serious. The eBee was flying a four-hour photogrammetric site survey mission over an unused mine.

Drone and Rescue Chopper Almost Collide as Drone Crashes Mount

The ATSB is investigating the incident.

Social Network for the Multi-Rotor Community in Beta Test Phase

DronedUp.com is a new social network for the multi-rotor community. You can contribute to forums and upload your photos and videos. It lists UAV groups and there is a section for pilot reviews. DronedUp also allows the creation of “pages” for content that centers around a specific topic or company. It’s free to join.

UAS Mapping of Cemeteries in the Czech Republic

Czech unmanned aerial systems company UPVISION, and the Brno City Hall, used a hexacopter and a fixed wing UAV to capture images of cemeteries. They’ve put the data into a GIS system which allows them to administrator city cemeteries.

Beer today, gone tomorrow: regulator bans booze drones

As we previously reported, the folks at Lakemaid Beer were told by the FAA that they could not commence operations to deliver beer to ice fishermen in Minnesota by drone. But what about elsewhere? In the UK, UAVs are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority CAA), under articles 166 and 167 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.

North Carolina lawmakers consider creating board to govern drone use

The North Carolina Office of the Chief Information Officer has recommended that a UAS Governance Board be created to develop UAS policy and create standards for their use and operation. Also that they approve or deny requests for drone use.

Video of the Week:

Dji Phantom flies into Volcano, sent by Todd.

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