This week in Drone News: The US Department released a list of 5 approved UAS manufacturers. The FAA will test counter-UAS technology to mitigate safety risks. Amazon released information on a patent for a drone system designed to pull skiers and surfers. And lastly DJI Airworks is going on in full swing this week.
00:41 US Department lists 5 approved Manufacturers
04:18 FAA to test Counter UAS Equipment
05:48 Drone to pull Skiers or Surfers
07:02 DJI Airworks this week
US Department lists 5 approved Manufacturers
The US department has released a list of government-approved drones from 5 different manufacturers.
Skydio, Parrot, Altavian, Teal Drones, and Vantage Robotics.
The goal is to create small UAS for the US Government. The UAS are called “Blue UAS”
This comes after the year-long battle to ban Chinese drones from being used in federal government agencies.
This will give a big advantage to those 5 companies, some of which are shifting their focus on this market.
Vantage Robotics is switching fully to public sector market.
Skydio, who released the X2 earlier this year, a rugged version, had received $100m in investment earlier this year to ramp up production.
FAA to test Counter UAS Equipment
The FAA announced late last week that it plans to evaluate Counter UAS technologies that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by UAS.
As part of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, the FAA was required to make sure that these systems don’t interfere with safe airport operations.
Example was given at the FAA symposium of cruise lines who were talking about GPS jammers without thinking that it would mess with their own system and possibly airports around them.
Drone to pull Skiers or Surfers
Amazon released a new patent for a drone-powered towing system designed for skiers, surfers, skaters, etc.
Patent was filed in 2016 and explain how the drone would includes collision avoidance, point to point navigation, and ability to lift the user.
DJI Airworks this week
DJI Airworks is going on this week with lots of great presentations.
I will have a full review on the important topics next week.
Pilot Institute update
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