Liteye Systems and Chess Dynamics Sign Strategic Alliance for Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS)

Kenneth Geyer, CEO of Liteye and Graham Beall, MD of Chess Technologies sign Strategic Alliance for (C-UAS)

Liteye Systems, Inc. (USA) and Chess Dynamics (UK), a Cohort plc company, have announced the signing of a new strategic alliance agreement between the two companies. The agreement grants Liteye the exclusive right to market a portfolio of Chess products and services in the United States. The strategic alliance provides a robust array of layered technologies available to address force protection and surveillance.

“This agreement is a huge accomplishment for both companies,” said Graham Beall, MD of Chess Technologies. “It enables us to expand our US business in support of the current and pending future contracts for Department of Defense, civilian agencies and other US based security customers.”

“This new agreement significantly expands our force protection and surveillance product portfolio beyond Counter UAS to now include fire control solutions, airport sense and warn, Naval gunnery systems and more,” said Kenneth Geyer, CEO of Liteye Systems. “This is a huge win for Chess Dynamics and Liteye Systems and we couldn’t be more proud.”

About Liteye Systems, Inc. (www.Liteye.com)Located in Centennial Colorado, Liteye Systems, Inc. is a world leader and technology solutions manufacturer and integrator of military and commercial Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS), manufacture of US AUDS, Drone Sense and Warn Systems, rugged high-resolution head mounted displays (HMD), augmented sights, thermal surveillance systems, convert surveillance systems, electronic warfare packages, radar systems, and fire control software solutions. With offices in the UK and sales affiliates worldwide, Liteye is protecting critical infrastructure from real world threats. Liteye Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020!

About Chess Founded in 1993, Chess is a world leader in advanced integrated systems and technologies for detecting, tracking, classifying and disrupting a wide range of potential naval, land and air threats. The company provides a unique suite of innovative surveillance and fire control system capabilities that are fundamental to critical defense programs and vital commercial infrastructure projects. One example is its highly capable military counter-UAS solution, AUDS, that provides an effective defense against this growing threat. Chess was acquired by Cohort plc in December 2018.

Orbital UAV announces half-year revenue of A$11.4M for the six months ended 31 December 2019

Orbital Corporation Ltd (“Orbital UAV”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce unaudited preliminary revenue of A$11.4 million for the first six months of the financial year 2020 (“FY20”).

Revenue for the period was underpinned by shipments of Orbital UAV’s initial engine model under its Long Term Agreement (“LTA”) with Insitu Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

“The significant improvement in our half-year result is testimony to the investments made over the preceding years in our UAV strategy,” said Todd Alder, CEO and Managing Director of Orbital UAV.

“Building on this momentum is our second engine model, now into production, which will accelerate Orbital UAV’s revenue and targeted profitability at the full year,” he said.

The Company confirmed the shipping of the second engine model under the Insitu LTA in January 2020 (see ASX announcement 15 January 2020).

With two engine models in production, Orbital UAV’s development team now turns its focus to the third engine design under its LTA with the Boeing subsidiary.

The Company maintains its revenue guidance of A$25-35 million for FY20.

DroneUp Launches Airspace Planner with Native LAANC Integration

DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has been named an Unmanned Aircraft System Service Supplier (USS) to provide the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). DroneUp’s LAANC capability will be available in-app through Airspace Planner providing its client base the next level of efficiency for complete drone pilot management.

Prior to this release, DroneUp had provided LAANC request capability through AirMap deep linking beginning in April of 2018 and has since worked to develop a one-stop solution for drone pilots within its own platform. DroneUp’s Airspace Planner provides pilots the capability to create plans within FAA controlled Flight Information Regions (FIR), to seek LAANC approval, and to verify insurance for their DroneUp missions. In addition to executing DroneUp missions, Airspace Planner is also available to anyone that wants to create a plan and request airspace authorizations. While this release will only integrate authorizations FAA FIRs, the platform was built to be extended to quickly allow for authorizations globally.

As a UAS industry leader offering complete drone solutions to private and public sector organizations, DroneUp has been working to offer essential compliance and regulatory features. Today’s announcement underscores DroneUp’s commitment to providing safety to its drone pilot network and to the customers in which they provide solutions.

“We are proud to provide LAANC and our additional initiatives within Airspace Planner,” said Tom Walker, CEO of DroneUp, “Our acceptance as a USS by the FAA provides proven ability to generate efficient and safe flight planning in a real-time experience.”

Compared to the manual waiver process, which has several steps and can take up to 90 days to process airspace authorizations via LAANC, Part 107 users will be able to create an auto-approved only plan in-app easily. Users will file their first and last name, a verified phone number, and they must have registered their drone with the FAA. Each user will be able to create plans for up to 90 days in advance. Airspace plans submitted through the DroneUp app will receive approval, rescinded, and invalidation via push notification as well as SMS message when the LAANC authorization is processed, updated, or airspace rules are changed.

Download the DroneUp app from the Apple Store or Google Play: https://www.droneup.com/registration/

Iridium CloudConnect Goes Live, Extending IoT on Amazon Web Services Globally

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that Iridium CloudConnect, the first and only satellite cloud-based solution offering truly global coverage for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, is now actively serving customers. This new service combines Iridium® IoT capabilities with Amazon Web Services (AWS) IoT and cloud services extending customers’ IoT reach to the more than 80 percent of the Earth that lacks terrestrial coverage.

By combining the unique attributes of the Iridium network with the breadth of AWS supporting infrastructure and services, Iridium customers can reduce engineering time, lower fixed operating costs, and experience faster development and deployment of new IoT products and applications. For existing AWS customers, Iridium CloudConnect is providing the ability to easily expand their current service footprint beyond terrestrial coverage, creating the opportunity for additional service offerings and improved performance through the addition of satellite connectivity.

“There’s been great anticipation for this service since it was first announced, and now our partners and customers can easily experience the full power of IoT using AWS, combined with the only network offering truly global coverage,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Iridium. “We’ve built a direct, private connection between our gateway and AWS, making it secure and redundant. This is now a premier satellite cloud-based IoT service.”

The service makes it easier to do business by translating between industry-standard cloud protocols and Iridium’s Short Burst Data® service. This allows virtually any IoT device connected through the Iridium network to speak natively with AWS IoT services as well as other value-added elements available in AWS Marketplace.

Iridium’s IoT services continue to experience strong subscriber growth. Commercial IoT data subscribers grew 25% from the third quarter of 2018 through the third quarter of 2019, to 767,000 customers.

“Iridium CloudConnect illustrates how the Iridium network can connect, monitor, and control assets virtually anywhere on the planet,” says Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “This validates why we have continued to become the de facto network of choice for customers to develop their satellite IoT services.”

Through its constellation of 66 crosslinked satellites, Iridium is the only communications company that offers truly global coverage and is ideally suited for IoT applications.

For more information about Iridium IoT please visit: https://www.iridium.com/solutions/iot/

For more information on AWS IoT solutions please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/iot

New powers for the police to enforce drone laws

Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill, giving greater police powers to prevent misuse, has second reading.

  • police will have the power to land, inspect and seize an unmanned aircraft thanks to new legislation
  • new stop and search powers around airports and prisons will help tackle illegal drone use, and those breaking the law could face on the spot fines
  • drone users will still be able to obtain permission to fly drones for purposes such as photography and surveying

The government has acted to give police forces across the country new powers to tackle the misuse of unmanned aircraft, including drones, as the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill has its second reading in Parliament today (27 January 2020).

The legislation will give the police new powers to land, inspect and seize drones if an offence has been committed and a warrant is secured.

Drone users could also face an on the spot fine for certain offences such as failing to provide evidence that they have the correct permissions and exemptions if found to be flying their device too high or too close to buildings, or failing to provide evidence of competency or registration.

The bill will also grant the Transport Secretary new powers to ensure that airports modernise their airspace, delivering quicker, quieter and cleaner journeys. Modernising flight paths and the infrastructure of the sky will help reduce CO2 emissions from aviation, minimise noise for those near flight-paths and improve punctuality for passengers.

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said:

Drones have incredible potential, whether that’s by transforming how we move goods around or saving lives in search and rescue missions.

Most people using drones want to do so responsibly, and we encourage them to familiarise themselves with the law.

We are confident these police powers will be used proportionately to both deter careless drone use and to tackle serious, malicious criminal activity.

The bill will also give the police new stop and search powers around airports, prisons and other restricted areas. It will amend the Police Act 1997 to allow the police and senior prison authorities to authorise the use of counter-drone measures to combat illegal drone use.

This is just the latest action from government to ensure drones and other unmanned aircraft are used safely and responsibly. In October 2019, the government published its Counter-drone strategy and in November 2019 it became mandatory for operators of small unmanned aircraft to register themselves and take an online competency test, with 80,000 having registered so far.

Security Minister Brandon Lewis said:

This bill is a vital part of the government’s strategy to tackle the illegitimate use of drones and protect the UK’s growing drone industry.

For the UK to establish itself as a global leader in this exciting technology it is vital that police have the powers to crack down on those who intend to use drones to cause harm or disruption.

The government is also reviewing the UK’s approach to tackling the malicious use of drones, including testing and evaluating counter-drone technology.

IAIELTA Successfully Tests its Airport Anti-Drone Solution

ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAIELTA), has successfully tested its Drone Guard solution at several large international airports in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Airport operators globally are actively seeking countermeasures to assist in handling the threat of drones around airport terminals and especially on the runways. The demand for drone management solutions has grown rapidly following the incident where Gatwick Airport was forced to shut-down due to drones flying around the runway areas, affecting over 1,000 flights. The Drone Guard demonstration was performed during the airports’ daily routine operating hours to observe how the system would detect the drones and neutralize them without hindering any flights or alarming passengers in the terminal area.

The Drone Guard system is a drone detection, tracking, identification and disruption system, and has already sold hundreds of units to date. It features an integrated multi-layered sensor system that includes: 3D X-band radar that detects and tracks all types of drones; dedicated COMINT system that classifies the drone by its transmission (using the information to verify the target and reduce false detection rates); an EO/IR camera used to classify the detected object; and a Jammer that neutralizes and intercepts the object. All the sensors are managed by a unified command and control unit. The key advantage of the layered configuration is that it provides added protection should one layer fail. The system is specifically configured to operate in the airport environment and has been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the airport operators, proving its effectiveness as well the ability to operate and not interfere or interrupt the airport’s normal operation.

The Drone Guard provides a significant advantage for users that wish to operate drone counter-measures at airports and populated areas due to its ability to operate in tandem with radio transmitting systems such as radars, communication systems, and others within an airport’s complex electromagnetic spectrum. The Drone Guard radar operates in X-Band which does not interfere with airport radars that typically operate in S-Band. In addition, Drone Guard’s advanced mitigation measures can neutralize a threat with minimal interference to the airport’s surroundings.

Yoav Tourgeman, IAI VP and CEO of ELTA, said, “Drone Guard system is operational worldwide and was used to protect major events such as the G20 in Argentina last year. We are proud to provide the Drone Guard system to some of the main airports around the world. Since the Drone Guard is lightweight, transportable and easy to set up, we have been able to meet these demands with an excellent level of performance. In September, we participated in the REP(MUS) 19 NATO exercise in Portugal where we successfully demonstrated the Drone Guard’s ability to protect harbors against hostile drones, UASs, USVs and other airborne and surface threats.”

Silent Arrow GD-2000 Cargo Delivery Drone to be Unveiled at the 2020 Farnborough International Airshow

Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), whose Silent Arrow platform is bringing disruptive innovation to the heavy payload, unmanned cargo delivery market, today announced the design completion and specifications of a wide-body version of its successful GD-2000 cargo delivery drone, with unveiling set for July 20-24, 2020 at YEC booth 4470, Farnborough International Airshow, UK.

Developed by YEC based on real-time demand from U.S. and allied foreign government Special Operators including the U.S. Army 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR), the new wide-body is 60% larger than the standard Silent Arrow® GD-2000, with a 140cu/ft cargo bay that accommodates five times more life-saving supplies, medicines and tactical cargo.

“The YEC engineering team used current flight data from the inaugural GD-2000 product line along with extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to optimize the aerodynamics and glide ratio of this rather massive cargo delivery platform,” said Chip Yates, YEC’s founder and CEO. “With two launch customers on hand, our accelerated schedule delivers development units by the end of March 2020 and 10 flight test units throughout the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2020.”

Specification highlights of the new Silent Arrow GD-2000 WB include:

  • Gross Weight: 2,000lbs (907 kg)
  • Cargo Weight: 1,250lbs (567 kg)
  • Cargo Volume: 140cu/ft (4 cu/m)
  • Glide Ratio: 7.63:1
  • Standoff: 36 miles (58km)
  • Logistics: 48ft wingspan (4 spring-deployed wings) stowed in 3.5ft x 3.5ft x 13ft fuselage

A full scale, flight-ready Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone was unveiled on September 10-13, 2019 at the Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI) show in London, co-hosted by The MEL Group, whose Silent Arrow® contract manufacturing license has been extended to include serial production of the GD-2000 WB, and who will support YEC at Farnborough 2020.

DroneSphere, Delft Dynamics’ spherical DroneBox revealed!

The first prototype of Delft Dynamics’ DroneSphere is revealed, thanks to students of the Avans University of Applied Sciences, Minor Aerospace Engineering & Maintenance (Breda).

This is the first ball-shaped DroneBox in the world, as far as known, and the biggest advantage is its perfect water resistance thanks to a rotating hemisphere.

These types of DroneBoxes can e.g. be put on poles or sideways against structures. The aerodynamic shape will have less drag compared to rectangular shaped boxes. There is also no need for a lifting system and the DroneSpheres can be equipped with automatic charging systems or (powered) tethers for continuous deployment. In a network of DroneSpheres, drones can fly from one shelter to another. The dimensions can, of course, be adjusted depending on the types of drones to be used.

Interested? Please contact Delft Dynamics.

MAG Aerospace Mission Coordinator – Unmanned Systems

At MAG, we provide and enable real-time situational awareness to help our customers make the world smaller and safer. We are laser focused on serving our customers by providing technical expertise, operational excellence, and flawless execution. Relentlessly driven by our dedication to service and performance, we have become the leading independent provider of manned/unmanned full-spectrum outsourced ISR services in the world. Our success is due entirely to the high caliber of employees we recruit, hire, and retain. At MAG, we look for individuals who thrive in a high-performance environment where challenges are the norm and success is expected.

Position Summary

MAG Aerospace is seeking a Mission Coordinator for an unmanned ISR contract. In this position, you will be responsible for:

  • Liaising with our government customers
  • Coordinating intelligence briefings and disseminating target packages
  • Maintaining diligent lookout and listening doctrine with available sensors, radios, and other ground station equipment
  • Assist with mission planning and briefings
  • Utilizing checklists and other standardized manuals

***Training for this position is currently held in Augusta, GA. for 1 week. Deployments to Forward Operating Bases in OCONUS locations for 4-6+ months***

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Mission Coordinator is also responsible for:

  • Performing Full Motion Video (FMV) analysis
  • Performing Video to Map Correlation
  • Operating radio equipment
  • Utilizing various classified military software solutions
  • Utilize mIRC, Google Earth, Microsoft Applications, and various other software
  • Maintain a high level of precise, effective, and concise communication with customer and management
  • Additional duties as assigned

Locations can be austere with minimum comfort access. While operating from the deployed location, all personnel are responsible to, and work directly for, the assigned Site Lead, regardless of parent company. Personnel should expect to participate in all facets of the operation to support mission requirements.

Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Active TS/SCI within 5 year scope is required for this position
  • High School Graduate
  • Prior experience with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Moderate computer skills are required
  • Must meet minimum military health standards for worldwide deployment and unmanned aircraft flight qualifications

Preferred Skills

  • Prior Military Intelligence MOS qualification
  • Recent deployed operations
  • Prior military experience

MAG Aerospace (MAG) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to Diversity and Inclusion. We encourage diverse candidates to apply to our positions.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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MAG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants under the guidance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam-Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and certain state and/or local laws.

If you need assistance due to a disability, please contact MAG Aerospace Recruiting at:

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Heliguy DJI Mavic 2 Drone Cage Available For Pre-order

UK drone specialist Heliguy has unveiled a bespoke DJI Mavic 2 drone cage, which is now available to pre-order and offers a lightweight and collision-proof solution ideal for internal inspection and enhanced flight safety.

Designed and built by Heliguy’s expert in-house research and development team, this new robust product will maximise data collection and missions in hostile environments, confined areas, and hard-to-reach spaces.

Priced at £499, this cage is an affordable entry to the internal inspection and caged-drone markets.

The protective frame is compact and easily transportable, affords up to 15 minutes of flight time, weighs 200g, and offers an unobscured camera view. This out-of-the-box cage can be attached and removed quickly and easily – perfect for rapid deployment.

Made from carbon fibre, aluminium, and nylon, the cage is collision-proof, with an impact resistance of up to 3m per second.

The development of the cage has been prompted by feedback from Heliguy customers, who have been crying out for an affordable solution for the popular Mavic 2 drones.

Because it is compatible with the DJI Mavic 2 Series, the cage offers versatility for a range of jobs; whether it is utilising the 20MP camera on the Mavic 2 Pro, capturing visible and thermal imagery with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, or using the zoom camera on either the Mavic 2 Enterprise or Mavic 2 Zoom.

Integrating one of the Mavic 2 Enterprise drones with the cage also means that you can take advantage of the accessories. Options available are the dual spotlight, ideal for illuminating dark areas during an internal inspection; the beacon, which offers a visual warning during jobs; and the loud-speaker, which can be used to communicate with others during a flight.

The cage has already been tested by a number of Heliguy’s technology partners and received positive feedback. Now, the first batch has been sent out to major enterprise clients across a range of industries – to be used on critical infrastructure, internal inspection, and surveying jobs.

The cage can be pre-ordered via www.heliguy.com/cage

Heliguy’s Product Designer Ross Embleton, who has made the cage, said: “Cages are becoming an incredibly important drone accessory, helping to increase flight safety and drone protection.

“A caged drone is also an important tool when it comes to remote visual inspection, asset maintenance and high ropes work – increasing workers’ safety, reducing asset downtime, lowering the cost of operations, reaching inaccessible places and helping to get up close and personal to objects in a safe and controlled way.

“Here at Heliguy, we have listened to what our customers want and the majority of them said that they want some sort of affordable collision-proof cage for the Mavic 2; a drone series which is reliable, popular, lightweight and small enough to carry out internal inspections.

“Thanks to the versatility of the Mavic 2 Series, the cage can be utilised in numerous ways, including being a thermal solution with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual or they can zoom in on certain objects with the Mavic 2 Enterprise or Mavic 2 Zoom.

“The cage could also be used by videographers who are flying the Mavic 2 Pro to capture some truly great shots. It means that it can be an indoor drone cage, or taken and used outside.

“I am really excited about this product because it opens new doors for enterprise users. It allows them to operate safely – especially in confined areas – and the fact that the drone’s camera is unobstructed by the camera means that they can get the same data as before but with greater protection.

“Our drone containment cage is robust, compact, allows users to capture reliable data in the

safest way, and utilises sophisticated DJI technology – all while being an affordable and cost-effective solution.”

Heliguy is one of DJI’s largest and trusted European channel suppliers and is recognised as a Gold Partner. The company has also won a Top 10 Partner of the Year (Europe) award from DJI Enterprise.

Heliguy is based in the North East of England, and recently opened in America, as part of an expansion to serve the USA drone market.

Being a one-stop-shop drone provider, Heliguy has a DJI-accredited repair centre, R&D lab and is a renowned training provider, running industry-leading courses, such as the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Emergency Services Drone Operators Training (ES-DOT).

Heliguy is accredited by the CAA, Achilles, CPD, and Cyber Essentials, and is ISO 9001 rated.