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Three hour forty three minute fuel cell flight

Montreal, Canada: EnergyOr Technologies Inc., a leading developer of advanced PEM fuel cell systems, recently demonstrated the world’s longest multirotor UAV flight, flying for a record 3 hours, 43 minutes and 48 seconds, improving upon its previous world record of 2 hours, 12 minutes and 46 seconds from March 16 th, 2015.

This demonstration was performed to…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on June 16, 2015 at 3:00am — 7 Comments

T3 Back to the Future

Remember back, way back in autopilot years probably about 20. The year 2009 and the first round of our gentlemens (ladies are allowed just none have ever entered) competition the T3 challenge.

Back then just flying way points was hard and all this gear was expensive. Ardupilots were made at Sparkfun in batches that ran out…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 27, 2015 at 8:00am — 179 Comments

New Drone Show on the block

This time coming out of the UK from EpicTV makers of online extreme sports video content and drone re seller. Nice show, I appreciate the humour.

Blast this embedding! It does not work the video is here…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on May 14, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments

sUSB Expo 2015, just about to start

As ever we will be live streaming on our YouTube channel if the web allows it. Things should kick off at 0900 Pacific (ish)(you know what we are like))…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on April 29, 2015 at 8:45am — 4 Comments

3D Robotics introduces Solo, the world’s first smart drone

All details here

Added by Gary Mortimer on April 13, 2015 at 7:00am — 91 Comments

sUSB Expo 2015

Its that time of year again, this time Chris Anderson will be joined by tech evangelist Robert Scoble, Eric Cheng from DJI and Jim Williams head of the FAA's airspace integration efforts there are 30 more speakers full list here.…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on April 11, 2015 at 1:39am — 4 Comments

UAV Challenge Medical Express 2016

Announcing UAV Challenge Medical Express 2016 at an unmanned systems conference associated with the Avalon Airshow, event co-ordinator Dennis Frousheger said the 2016 challenge was designed to push UAV technology to the limit.

“It’s unlikely that traditional fixed-wing unmanned aircraft or small multi-rotor vehicles will be capable of meeting this…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 22, 2015 at 9:44pm — 10 Comments

The Mexican immigrant who set up a global drone firm

Less than ten years ago Jordi Munoz left Mexico for the US and is today boss of the one of world's biggest commercial drone maker…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 22, 2015 at 9:00pm — 10 Comments

FAA to announce new rules for sUAS, today Sunday (yes sunday)



I'm still a little bewildered that folks are calling yesterdays FAA document a leak as we were sent it. Perhaps it was sent at the wrong time. They stuffed up with AIC 91/57 late last year which was withdrawn by accident. Maybe today sees the real removal of AIC 91/57 but on a Sunday. The Phantom on the lawn incident has done more to shove…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on February 14, 2015 at 11:00pm — 38 Comments

DJI to release mandatory firmware update

DJI will release a mandatory firmware update for the Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, and Phantom 2 Vision+ to help users comply with the FAA’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 0/8326, which restricts unmanned flight around the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The updated firmware (V3.10) will be released in coming days and adds a No-Fly Zone centered…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 28, 2015 at 7:30am — 30 Comments

Trappy ended up paying

By  JACK NICAS

Raphael Pirker agreed on Thursday to pay the FAA $1,100 to settle the agency’s $10,000 fine for allegedly flying a drone recklessly to film the University of Virginia in 2011. Under the settlement terms, Mr. Pirker doesn’t admit to guilt and the FAA agreed to drop some of its accusations against…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 22, 2015 at 10:39pm — 17 Comments

3D Robotics' CEO weighs in on the future of drones

Seems familiar

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/07/3d-robotics-ceo-chris-anderson-interview/

Gesture based control, the thing we were chatting about way back in 08 or so. Mention of Tango again as well, that's my most exciting…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 9, 2015 at 3:39am — 7 Comments

FAA has given green light for commercial flights with DJI Phantoms

Ok so they have given a 333 exemption to a particular real estate company but you get my drift.

Here's the sUAS News story

This is the money statement.

The FAA’s…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on January 6, 2015 at 1:33pm — 10 Comments

Its small rule NPRM day (maybe)

Expect the FAA to finally start the three month small rule NPRM process today Monday the 22nd of December. But remember we have been here before many times. Should it happen I can finally remove the Miss-O-Matic from sUAS News. I believe the Small UAV Coalition of which Chris Anderson was a founder is having a telephone call with the FAA today…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on December 21, 2014 at 10:33pm — 16 Comments

Great Stuff

A quadriplegic man who is confined to his bedroom has used his computing expertise to see the world from his bedroom, by flying a camera-mounted drone up to thousands of miles.

Stuart Turner could soon be looking round the Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls using the 2kg flying device, which he controls by moving his head his head…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on November 26, 2014 at 12:10am — 7 Comments

The Solution Has Got To Be In Here Somewhere

By Patrick Egan who is currently on a plane to Norway

(The go-forward plan for the rest of us.)

The FAA has long since…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on November 10, 2014 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

New Phantom?

Something is coming from DJI on the 12th, sUAS News will be at the launch party.The teaser video does not give much away.

More on the patent that popped up from a…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on November 6, 2014 at 9:21pm — 60 Comments

New FAA TFR prohibits model aircraft/RPAS flight within 3nm of large sporting events

Watch out if you are tempted to look over the wall at the ball game. The FAA have issued a NOTAM that no doubt event operators will enforce on their behalf. It brings model aircraft and RPAS within a NOTAM previously enacted post 9/11 for full sized aircraft.

What does it mean, if your flying field is within 3nm of major sporting events you should not be…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on October 29, 2014 at 12:55am — 6 Comments

No hiding behind AC 91-57 anymore

The FAA just cancelled AC 91-57 the one that many folks used to justify commercial aerial photography from unmanned aircraft in the USA. 

Now look to the “full special” interpretation for Model Aircraft for your…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on October 10, 2014 at 11:30am — 50 Comments

RIEGL RiCOPTER with added LiDAR



First one I think to come with LiDAR as standard, that's an interesting development for sure. I see the sun setting on…

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Added by Gary Mortimer on October 7, 2014 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

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