Students Study UAS Air Traffic

The Purdue University UAS Program has recently purchased and deployed a POLARIS system – Simlat’s simulation for UAS Traffic Management (UTM) along with Simlat’s C-Star UAS Simulator. “We are excited to partner with Simlat and incorporate this innovative technology into our UAS program,” said Dr. Damon Lercel. Simlat’s POLARIS provides simulated UAS traffic at scale, simulating the behavior of “rogue” or malfunctioning UAS while also generating the clutter made by thousands of automated flights. POLARIS includes technology from Agentfly Technologies. The UAS flight simulation is based on C-STAR, which provides the training environment for building the skill set required for modern UAS operation. It supports basic to advanced training from routine operations such as takeoff and landing, through advanced piloting skills like safe recovery …

Skydio 2 Flight-Tested

An honest review of the Skydio 2 must actually be two reviews: one that compares the aircraft with its own potential, and the other that compares it with other aircraft that can be had for a similar price to perform general aerial imaging missions. Whether the Skydio 2 is an astonishing success or a quirky outlier actually depends more on the goals of the end user than it does the characteristics of the aircraft itself. Regardless, the basic facts are the same, so here they are: the main camera—the one that actually captures video and still images—incorporates a Sony IMX577, capable of shooting 4K video at 30 frames per second (FPS) or HD video at up to 120 FPS in addition to 12 megapixel stills. On paper, that is a fairly typical …

Free-Fall Delivery Mechanism

A2Z Drone Delivery, LLC, developer of a patented tethered freefall drone delivery mechanism, is launching its flagship product, the RDS1 (Rapid Delivery System) which maintains a safe hover of up to 150 feet (45.71 meters) while its delivery mechanism controls the payload’s freefall for a safe and accurate touchdown. Offered as a modular add-on system or as a ready-to-fly platform based on the DJI Matrice 600 Pro, the RDS1 is designed for payloads up to 2 kg (4.4 lbs.). With a range of up to 3.5 km (2.17 miles), the RDS1 is ideal for rapid deployment of time-sensitive first aid and life-saving medical supplies, or to deliver material to destinations where landing the drone is problematic such as a tossing ship or dense forest. …

Best Drones Under $100

Best Drones Under $100 Making the best choice of gadgets at a minimal cost is the desire of every consumer. In this post, we will highlight the best drones that are under $100. Depending on your little budget, you will acquire the best flying machines. But if you have limited resources, we’ve selected the fastest, long-lasting, smartest, and most stylish UAVs below the $100 benchmark.  Blade Nano QX: With a market price of around $89, this is one of the best flying machines under the $100 mark. It may not perform like the Phantom 4, but it outshines its own price. As its name implies, the Nano QX is quite small. Business Insider describes it as being small enough to fit into a palm; the minuscule nature …

High-Risk Operations: Embry-Riddle bridge-inspection challenges

Pilot Report To any person who has ever uttered the phrase, “Those who can’t do, teach,” I’d like to extend an invitation: spend a day on the flight line with Dr. Scott Burgess of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Department of Flight. For myself, I’ve always had the utmost respect for the teaching profession, so I was delighted to be recruited for this mission—although my enthusiasm ebbed somewhat when I learned the details. Pictured above: Essential for demonstrating proper techniques for infrastructure inspection using drones is a close-up view of the maneuvers that are required — a subject best understood from the prospective of another drone flying nearby. I would be operating a drone a few feet from a highway …