Air Force buys counter-drone tech

Air Force buys counter-drone tech

It’s not clear whether it’s jamming them or shooting them down. The Pentagon is purchasing tech from Israeli defense firm that could jam or take down weaponized drones used by ISIS, according to Defense One . The $15.6 million contract was awarded for “man-portable aerial defense systems kits,” something that usually refers to shoulder-fired missiles. However, the USAF department that purchased it is in charge of communications and electronics devices, […]

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Flying Cross Aerial Productions Receive 107.51(c) and (d) Waiver

Flying Cross Aerial Productions Receive 107.51(c) and (d) Waiver

Hexacrafter HO-1250L Currently, drones cannot legally be flown when the visibility is less than 3 miles, or closer than 500′ below a cloud and 2000′ horizontally, as specified in 14CFR §107.51(c) and (d). “This is a big deal for us” says Flying Cross’ founder Scott Hess, himself a professional cinematographer and commercial pilot for over 35 years. “It allows us to operate when weather conditions are perfectly suitable for aerial […]

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Hughes to provide satellite communications for SkyGuardian drones

Hughes to provide satellite communications for SkyGuardian drones

Hughes’ contract with General Atomics aims to improve data transfer capabilities for the SkyGuardian drone. Photo courtesy of General Atomics By Ryan Maass Hughes Network Systems has been selected by General Atomics to provide satellite communications for the SkyGuardian remotely piloted aircraft. The work will support Predator B variants operated by the armed forces of Britain, and will be fitted to adhere to both U.K. and NATO flight requirements. According […]

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Drone mapping in agriculture on the rise

Drone mapping in agriculture on the rise

Drone mapping of irrigation system Start-up businesses that use drones to assess crop health through infrared mapping are becoming more popular across Australia, according to industry players and researchers. Using normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) — a mapping method that identifies whether an area contains live green vegetation or not — drone surveillance can provide an early warning of crop stress and crop health issues on farming properties. While the […]

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Math Influences Today’s Drone Regulations

Math Influences Today’s Drone Regulations

How 1960s nuclear-fallout math influences today’s drone regulations Research from drone company DJI details how today’s drone policy involves some questionable assumptions. As countries around the world establish drone regulations, they seem to have settled on using a mass of 250 grams, or about half a pound, as the threshold to require registration and/or further permission to fly. That covers all but the smallest of consumer toy drones. But a […]

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