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U.S. Government and Citadel Defense Collaborate to Deploy Safe, Trusted and Reliable Counter Drone Solutions at Live Events

Citadel’s commercially available CUAS technology safely and cost-effectively protects against nefarious and unauthorized drone operations

San Diego, CA – Citadel Defense has worked with three undisclosed U.S. Government agencies for six months to deploy counter-drone technology that meets regulatory, safety, and critical infrastructure protection requirements. Throughout the pilot program, Citadel’s Titan technology has been successfully operated in real-world missions for CUAS protection at live events throughout the continental United States.

“Our team has been impressed with the multi-agency collaboration that will safely integrate counter-drone technology into everyday operation,” explains Christopher Williams, CEO of Citadel Defense. “Our technology is proven and immediately available to protect high-value assets.”

Designed and developed in the United States, Citadel’s Titan is part of an ecosystem of counter-drone capabilities that cost-effectively addresses U.S. Senate and Congressional requests for safe national security protection from nefarious or careless drone use in 2020.

Citadel’s technology applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to reliably detect, identify, track (coming soon), and defeat unauthorized drones that pose a threat. The Titan has been effectively use for on-demand, marquee event, VIP, port, and critical infrastructure protection under the pilot.

Continued purchases of Citadel’s technology, highlight the U.S.Government’s commitment to rapidly field commercially available technology to address urgent national security challenges where solutions do not exist.

When asked what makes Citadel’s solution unique, Christopher Williams explained, “Our products appeal to military, government, and commercial audiences because we focus on unmet needs, operational employment, and mission constraints that our operators face. Citadel’s solution is designed

and engineered to meet end-users’ top priorities – protection, safety, and ease of use.”

Drones have been notoriously difficult to defend and protect against. They are easily purchased, adapted for weaponization, can execute cybersecurity attacks, and can be extremely dangerous in wrong or careless hands. While other companies have focused on solutions that only address fixed locations, Citadel continues to build solutions alongside government agencies that address their dynamic and always changing threat environment.


Citadel Defense is a counter-drone (C-UAS) technology company that builds industry-leading drone mitigation solutions for military, homeland security and commercial applications. Citadel technology is

trusted by commercial, Government, and military users including, U.S. Special Forces, Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Coast Guard.

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GA-ASI Awards Gray Eagle ER Modernization Contracts

SAN DIEGO –12 December 2019 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has teamed with the U.S. Army to enhance the capabilities and survivability of the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range (GE-ER) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). The Army awarded GA-ASI multiple contracts to upgrade the Gray Eagle ER’s avionics, datalinks and software in order to improve the UAS’s operational capability in contested environments. The modernization initiative provides an open architecture concept on the aircraft that is capable of hosting government-owned software, as well as increased autonomy required to support Scalable Control Interface and the rapid integration of long-range sensors. These enhancements will enable the Army’s vision for Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).

“The Army is investing in the Gray Eagle system because they get a tremendous performance increase as a return on their investment,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “GE-ER provides the U.S. Army with a UAS that adjusts to the changing threat environment and mission needs with unmatched endurance.”

GA-ASI recently completed an open competition to modernize the datalinks on the platform. Tenets for the “best of breed” datalink competition included modular architecture with government-owned interfaces, reduction in size, weight, and power, with increased reliability, Soldier maintainability, and growth for future MDO requirements. Vendors selected include L3Harris Technologies, Airbus, Hughes Network Systems, LLC and Ramona Research, Inc. The modernized datalink solution, while significantly more capable, will cost less per aircraft than the current datalink suite.

KlauPPK: Versatile, with More Data, More Accuracy, More Options

Klau Geomatics, manufacturer of the KlauPPK system, has released a new hardware system that offers increased versatility in accurate positioning for UAV and manned aerial mapping. KlauPPK offers more versatility; the modular design can move between drones, cameras and modes of operation, PPK, PPP real time and PPP post processed.

More Data Equals More Options

All KlauPPK hardware now captures full constellation GNSS data; technology powered by NovAtel OEM7 multi-frequency boards. More satellites are tracked simultaneously with advanced noise and multipath mitigation. If a signal is blocked in the working environment, the receiver will simply pick up a signal from another constellation, ensuring solution continuity. Data is logged on the aircraft and is not affected by losses experienced due to RTK radio link and range limitations.

The larger volume of high-quality captured data opens up opportunities for enhanced PPK processing for harsh environments, near real time PPP processing and real time PPP streaming.

PPK. Users of KlauPPK hardware can always process their data as PPK, with base station data they collect or download. The new full constellation option enables stable, accurate PPK positioning in harsh environments such as the base of a headwall with limited sky view.

Autonomous Accuracy, Near Real Time

PPP NRT. The same PPK data can now also be processed as PPP, without any base station data input. The Klau Geomatics near-real-time positioning solution (NRT) integrates global satellite corrections to process the raw GNSS data without any base station data or network RTK. No base station range limits, this system works everywhere.

This is an incredible solution for enterprise customers looking for one system that will work anywhere in the world, regardless of proximity and access to a local base or CORS data. Manned aerial systems can map dispersed remote projects without any base station considerations.

The NRT corrections are available shortly after the mission, via the KlauPPK desktop software. The KlauPPK software also applies smart photo synchronization logic, 3D dynamic lever arm corrections, coordinate transformations, geoid models and site localizations.

Autonomous Accuracy, Real Time

PPP RT. For those applications needing immediate real-time high precision, the Real Time PPP option offers precise positions that can stream directly to a sensor or flight management system. This enables precise real time navigation for applications such as drone delivery or real time data applications. These solutions are compatible with most quality cameras on UAVs or manned aerial systems.

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Aston Martin and Airbus prepare to take to the skies

New partnership between Aston Martin and Airbus Corporate Helicopters brings together automotive and aeronautical design teams

First creation to be revealed early in 1Q 2020

Oxford and Gaydon – Aston Martin Lagonda and Airbus Corporate Helicopters today revealed a new partnership that brings together the best of automotive and aeronautical design. For the past 12 months, designers from both brands have worked together on the aesthetic styling of the first product from this collaboration, which is set to be revealed early in Q1 2020.

Commenting on the new partnership, Aston Martin Lagonda Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman said: “Applying our own automotive design principles in the aerospace world is a fascinating challenge and one that we are very much enjoying. I’m looking forward to the reveal in the New Year so we can show everyone what we have accomplished together.”

Airbus Corporate Helicopters is the global market leader in the private and business aviation (PBA) sector with more than 1,800 aircraft fielded in 130 countries and a market share in excess of 50%.

Frédéric Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, said: “This is a bold cooperation which corresponds to our tradition of experimenting with new design approaches, the result is a unique creation of breathtaking design accomplishment and beauty.”

The first creation of the Aston Martin / Airbus Corporate Helicopters partnership will be revealed at Courchevel, in the French Alps on 3 January 2020.

The drone that knows where to go: Making decisions on the fly

A drone capable of flying independently of an operator has cruised beneath the treetops of a Rotorua pine forest along a flight path it had mapped itself in what is thought to be a world first.

The use of drones to capture data like photographs and video from the air is common, but it relies on the operator keeping the drone in sight and the drone talking to a GPS system, so it knows where it is.

The drone that recently took to the air in the Scion forest trial area was different. It was an industry-standard DJI M600 carrying an Emesent Hovermap sensor unit that can create a map when GPS is unavailable by using simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM), and a laser-scanner that doubles as a collision-avoidance system to keep the drone safe while flying close to obstacles. The Hovermap sensor fully integrates with the drone flight control system.

“Lidar has been used in forestry for almost 20 years to carry out forest inventory, however the resolution has always meant that we can’t get enough information about the quality of the trees,” says Robin Hartley, who leads Scion’s unmanned aerial vehicle research programme.

“The problem is that the scanner is not being able to penetrate the canopy enough from above, and up until now, we have not been able to fly a drone safely under the canopy to fill in these gaps.

“Another issue is that we have to be able to keep the drone in our line of sight to operate it, which really limits what we can do standing on the ground in the middle of a tall forest.

“The Hovermap system has changed all that,” says Robin. “It can build a 3D map on the fly and uses that to find a viable route to a target. This includes making decisions to avoid dead ends, and to re-plot new routes to reach the target. The system also enables the craft to sense new obstacles that appear as it is scanning and flying.”

A safe, efficient and effective way to gather under canopy data is the last piece in the puzzle of representing a forest digitally and creating a complete picture of the forest from above and below that identifies and characterises individual trees.

Scientist David Pont, says the system is a game-changer for measuring individual trees in forest inventory and research trial settings. “We can now develop the methods to detect tree stems and take detailed measurements including location, diameter, height, stem volume, branching, and stem defects, all of which determine the value of wood in the trees.

“This information will be used to guide precision forest management such as tree thinning operations, targeted applications of fertilisers and more accurate information for tree harvest and marketing.

“Data like this has the potential to revolutionise the measurement of research genetics trials” says David. “Exceptional individual trees for inclusion in tree improvement programmes can be identified, and improved descriptions of tree characteristics will help us make better tree breeding selections, resulting in better trees shaping tomorrows forests”.

Autonomous flying will also speed up the data gathering process and make it safer. A drone can move above uneven ground cover in scrub faster than someone pushing through blackberry hoping they don’t twist an ankle in a hole. Areas that have been previously completely unreachable will also be able to be surveyed. Hovermap-enabled craft will also be able to carry additional sensors, providing more data than ever.

This work has concentrated on data-gathering in a plantation forest but the technology is equally usable in native and urban amenity forests, for example. Forest health, predator damage and control, storm damage etc could all be monitored to keep all New Zealand’s forests growing strongly.

For more information about the work and UAV use in forestry contact David Pont or Robin Hartley.

Emesent is a spin-out from CSIRO’s Data61. It specialises in robotics, AI, drone autonomy, mapping, and data analytics and is leading the way in automating the collection and analysis of data in challenging environments.

The Hovermap sensor was originally developed for use in underground mines where there is no GPS signal, and the environment is confined, dark and and hostile. Forests are equally challenging environments, with no GPS, rough terrain with hidden obstacles such as rocks, holes and fallen trees buried in thorny, scrubby undergrowth.


Drone Festival of India

The Drone Festival of India hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Government of India is India’s largest UAV conference. Drone Festival of India hosts Keynotes and Panel Discussions on the Drone Policies of the World, Advancement of Drone Technology, Operations and Traffic Management in the Drone Ecosystem and the Future of the Drone Industry.

Speakers and Audience

Attend the event to meet and network with Aviation Regulators, Drone Manufacturers, Drone Services Companies, Drone Software Companies, Flying Training Organisations, Pilots, Enthusiasts and Consumers of Drone Services from both Government and Private sector companies in the Agriculture, Cement, Chemical, Energy, Infrastructure, Insurance, Logistics, Mining, Oil and Gas, Telecom, Solar and other sectors.


  • How drones are contributing the economy by enabling Jobs, Investment and Taxes.
  • Current regulatory framework and its phase-wise rollout.
  • How regulations across the world are facilitating the safe integration of Manned and Unmanned Aviation in the airspace.
  • Drone manufacturing in India: Opportunities and Challenges.
  • Enabling your enterprise through Drones: Right from inspecting oil refineries to mapping the whole country.
  • Today’s special: Tomorrow’s mainstream: Spraying Pesticides to Augmented Reality on Drones.
  • Aeromodelling and Drone racing enabling innovation.
  • Best Practices for Operations and the Role of flight training organizations.
  • The need for Insurance Products: Insurance Models and Challenges
  • How drones are used in Disaster Management, Wildlife Conservation
  • Role of Drones in Homeland Security
  • Role of Unmanned Traffic Management Systems in Airspace conflict management
  • How telecom is going to be the biggest enabler of Unmanned Aviation

Date & Time: 6th January 2020 and 7th January 2020 | 9:30 AM to 5:30 PMVenue: Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi | Google Maps

About Drone Federation of IndiaThe Drone Federation of India (DFI) is an industry-led body that promotes and strives towards building a safer and scalable Drone industry in India. DFI addresses issues of the Drone Industry and helps solve them by forging strong Global Industry Partnerships, Extensive Research, Technology and Knowledge Transfers, Business Case Studies, Pilot Projects, engage with Policymakers and providing members access to industry insights.

Registrations start at 8:15 AM.

Event starts at 9:30 AM sharp.

Entry to the main auditorium will not be permitted during sessions.

All attendee tickets include 3 meals during the event days.(Tea break + Lunch Break + Tea Break)

Event Rules and Regulations

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  • There will be 3 breaks through the course of the event for networking including a lunch break. (Tea Break + Lunch Break + Tea Break).
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Altitude Angel to power Dutch UTM

London, UK; Altitude Angel, the industry-leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology provider, has today announced it has been awarded the contract to provide Netherlands’ ANSP, Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL), with its first nationwide UTM platform following an open and competitive tender process.

The solution presented by Altitude Angel, which proved impossible to fault during the procurement process, will provide the Netherlands with a technically advanced, nationwide, UTM platform. It will be the foundation for safe integration of UAVs and further increase their use in Dutch airspace for years to come.

A rich history in electronics and data innovation has resulted in the Netherlands being widely regarded world-leader in automotive & mobility solutions. It is therefore no surprise LVNL has had the foresight and ambition to begin integrating general aviation with the burgeoning UAV industry.

With an initial three-year contract, Altitude Angel will provide several products and services to LVNL which will allow for the safe integration of drones into LVNL controlled airspace. This will include a foundation U-Space platform enabling LVNL to open Dutch airspace to commercial drone use.

In addition, Altitude Angel will also provide LVNL with a drone registration system as well as web and mobile flight planning platforms.

“Together with Altitude Angel, LVNL will deliver innovative functionality and facilitate new possibilities for the U-Space industry in the Netherlands, said Jurgen van Avermaete, LVNL, General Manager Procedures.

“It was clear they are providing a ‘best in class’ solution, both functionally and technically, as well as having a high focus on safety. Altitude Angel was able to demonstrate how their production platform will seamlessly integrate with our current systems but will flex and scale as the use of UAVs increases.”

“Our ambition is to be the world’s best air traffic control organisation in terms of safety, people and delivering reliability. Altitude Angel embodies those values, will be an important cooperating partner helping us realise our goals.”

The Netherlands is an ideal testbed for mobility solutions owing to its innovation-minded government, modern infrastructure and strong traffic management expertise.

The country is already the world’s 5th largest market for electric cars with the densest charging infrastructure in Europe and one of the most reliable in the world. Using electric UAVs, or drones, for deliveries which would

previously have been taken by road is seen as one of the many ways the technology can be used to combat climate change.

Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder added: “At Altitude Angel, our goal is simple; we want to enable our customers to unlock the tremendous potential of drones and UAM to transform lives and revolutionise businesses, safely and securely. Through our partnership, we’re enabling LVNL to deploy new capabilities to serve – and catalyse – the emerging drone and UAM industry.

“These are absolutely exciting times and, with LVNL, we’re together looking forward to playing a pivotal role in future developments with growing number of UAV’s entering the Dutch airspace.”

About Altitude Angel:

Altitude Angel is an aviation technology company delivering solutions which enable the safer integration and use of fully automated drones into airspace. Through its Airspace Management platform, GuardianUTM O/S, they deliver the essential software platform which enable national deployments of USpace compatible services, safely unlocking the potential of drones and helping national aviation authorities and air navigation service providers to establish new services to support the growth in the drone industry.

The foundation components of GuardianUTM O/S are also available to enable third-party UTM developers to incorporate enterprise-grade data and services into their UTM solutions.

Altitude Angel was founded by Richard Parker in 2014 and is headquartered in Reading, UK.

Altitude Angel’s developer platform is open and available to all


AVY – Wing-Drone Pilot & Flight Operator

Rock your work at one of the most innovative companies in Amsterdam (Holland) and help save lives across the globe with state-of-the-art drone & aviation technology.

You will experience first-hand what it is to work in a fast-paced tech-startup that builds astonishing aircraft that contribute to a better world.

Avy is looking for an experienced drone pilot. We hope you get as much energy from innovative aerospace & drone technology as we do, and that you share our passion to apply this exciting technology to save lives, in impact markets like healthcare, wildlife conservation and medical delivery.

Your main goal is to pilot Avy’s wing-drones. This can be for a one-day flight period at test fields near the office, but also for a multi-week flight campaign on the other side of the world. As a pilot, it is your job to set-up flight plans, brief your crew and fly our drones. Understanding the drone from a technical and flight point of view, you are able to fix whatever needs to be fixed during a mission. Safety and quality are in your DNA, and risk assessment comes natural to you. Because of this, you can push Avy’s drones to its limits without taking any unnecessary risks.

As part of the flight operations team, you will also focus on enabling more complex flights when you are not flying. You are aware of the European drone legislation, and know exactly what to file where to get the flight exemptions that are needed for a new mission.

You are invited to join, think along and help get Avy to the next level. Join the Avy team to deploy our state-of-the-art drones and contribute to a better world (oh and you can also work in our office-swing chair, rooftop terrace, behind the piano, in the sauna, at the bar or on our disco toilet).


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Major “Remote ID” Drone Tracking Standard to be Published by ASTM International

A highly anticipated ASTM International standard aims to satisfy the growing demand for better identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft systems (commonly known as drones) in airspace systems worldwide.

Similar to the function of a car license plate, the Remote ID standard supports technology that allows the general public and public safety officials to identify a drone using an assigned ID while preserving privacy of the operator’s personal identifiable information. The robust standard (to be published in the coming weeks with the designation F3411) was developed by the ASTM International unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) committee (F38).

According to Gabriel Cox, drone system architect at Intel, the new specification outlines how drones will transmit the assigned ID, location, speed, and direction by broadcasting over the air and/or sending over a wireless internet connection to a UAS service supplier (USS). “A receiver could be a common smartphone that will be able to associate the ID with the location of the drone,” he says.

“Remote ID is paramount for the continued integration of drones,” says Mike Glasgow, UTM Architecture and Standards, with Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc. “We believe that this new standard, that supports both broadcast and network solutions, promotes growth while maximizing the safety of our airspace and the communities where drones and drone companies will have a growing presence.” He adds, “Working with standard bodies like ASTM International on unmanned traffic management interoperability helps build a future ecosystem that fosters safety, efficiency, and scalability.”

Cox notes that this development will help civil aviation authorities, public safety officials, drone manufacturers, service suppliers, independent software vendors, and hardware solutions providers by providing a common interoperable standard. He also says that Remote ID is key to unlocking the next step of more advanced drone operations.

“This new standard is yet another example of how technical standards are crucial to driving innovation on a global scale,” said Katharine Morgan, president of ASTM International, which recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association. “We look forward to seeing even more groundbreaking standards come out of the hard work of our unmanned aircraft systems committee.”

For more information on ASTM International’s efforts in the drone sector, read this overview.

ASTM International welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at

To purchase standards, contact ASTM International customer relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; [email protected]).

SimActive Introduces New LiDAR Workflow

Montreal, Canada, December 3 rd , 2019 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces a new LiDAR workflow integrated in its Correlator3D™ product. The capability allows to import a point cloud in the software and to perform registration with an image dataset. Using LiDAR as control eliminates the need for traditional ground control points (GCPs) when processing the photos.

The registration occurs during aerial triangulation, leading to precise alignment of imagery with the LiDAR data. Following this, Correlator3D™ can output colourized point clouds as well as seamless orthomosaics.

“Removing the need to manually tag GCPs facilitates the integration of LiDAR data with imagery”, said Dr Philippe Simard, President of SimActive. “Our clients can benefit from different data sources, with perfect co-registration.”

About SimActive

SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D™ software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics, 3D models and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-

core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D™ to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support.

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