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Axis and Azur Drones partner to strengthen perimeter surveillance

Axis, the IP video leader, and Azur Drones, the autonomous surveillance drone leader, are coming together to offer complete innovating solutions that revolutionise perimeter protection.

The products developed by the two businesses, which are now technology partners, are perfectly suited to strengthen perimeter surveillance on sensitive sites:

  • The Axis detection sensors (thermal cameras, radars) are used to effectively detect site

    intrusions, both during the day and at night.
  • Skeyetech, the autonomous drone from Azur Drones can take off automatically in the event of an alert in order to quickly and accurately remove any doubts. The drone can fly at speeds of 50 km/h and is fitted with HD optical and thermal cameras that can identify, interpret and monitor a situation 24/7.

The link between the detection sensors and the autonomous Skeyetech drone is provided directly by the security software (Video Management System). It directly recovers the GPS coordinates for the alert zone detected by the Axis sensors and automatically sends the surveillance drone there under the simple supervision of the security agent.

These new perimeter protection systems combining detection sensors and drones allow for faster and more effective decision making. The drone’s reactivity and mobility make it an unequalled tool to monitor an intruder, prevent a crisis or manage a fluctuating situation. These systems are also cost effective in terms of infrastructure as a few sensors and an autonomous drone are sufficient to secure sites of several hundred hectares.

“We are delighted with this new partnership that strengthens our offer on the critical industry protection market and adds a new dimension to the security of these sensitive sites. “ stated Stéphane Carré, Sales Director for France at Axis.

“This technology partnership with Axis is completely in line with Azur Drones’ innovation strategy. Our main goal is to offer turnkey solutions to increase security and safety on our customers’ sites. Thanks to the combination with detection sensors, our customers can now benefit from the full potential of autonomous drones using an effective automatic doubt removal tool. “, concluded Jean-Marc Crépin, CEO of Azur Drones.

Skydweller Announces Oklahoma City as U.S. Corporate Headquarters

Skydweller Aero Inc., a U.S.-Spanish aerospace company developing renewably powered aircraft for defense and commercial industries, announced the establishment of their corporate headquarters and engineering operations in Oklahoma City and testing and integration in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Skydweller plans to increase operations to 120 aerospace engineering and field technician jobs in Oklahoma by 2024.

“It has been my pleasure to work closely with the leadership team at Skydweller, and I am thrilled they have decided to locate their new headquarters in Oklahoma. Our state’s commitment to aviation and aerospace makes Oklahoma City an ideal choice for a cutting-edge company with a commitment to advancing the industry. At a time when job creation and economic growth are so vital, we are excited that Skydweller will be hiring our bright engineers and helping to enrich our state’s economy,” said Governor Kevin Stitt.

Founded in 2017, Skydweller recently closed a Series A funding round in September 2019. The company currently has offices in the Washington, D.C. area, Madrid and Valdepeñas, Spain. This rapidly growing multi-national startup will be recruiting top-tier aerospace and software engineering talent to further the development and deployment of their ultra-persistent, unmanned aircraft in both locations over the coming years.

“Skydweller was founded to develop ultra-persistent aircraft to enable the next generation of connectivity and global insights,” said CEO Dr. Robert Miller. “We are honored to be moving our corporate headquarters to Oklahoma, following in the footsteps of Oklahoma aviation titans like Wiley Post. Oklahoma’s inspired and dedicated engineering talent will help make our vision a reality.”

“Skydweller has chosen the right state for their new headquarters and testing facility,” US Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said. “Because of our state’s remarkable skilled workforce, Skydweller will be an excellent addition to our aerospace industry, producing cutting edge unmanned aviation technology for our military. I am confident that this facility will benefit our economy and our military both now, and in the future.”

“It’s great to welcome Skydweller to Oklahoma as they announce their plans to make Oklahoma City the new home of their US headquarters. Oklahoma is home to innovative technology across all industries, so it’s no wonder they chose our state to expand their aerospace engineering to continue production of aircraft that can carry heavy payloads. This is exciting news for Oklahoma City and our state,” said US Senator James Lankford (R-OK).

With a commitment to STEM education and ongoing civic engagement, Skydweller will partner with local educational and state and federal research institutions to further Oklahoma’s legacy of aviation and aerospace innovation. Skydweller also plans to expand their operations within the state, building a manufacturing plant and flight test facilities in Ardmore.

About Skydweller Aero Inc.

Skydweller is a US-Spanish aerospace company developing renewably powered aircraft solutions capable of achieving perpetual flight with heavy, powerful payload capacity. Utilizing technology based upon the longest continuous renewably powered flight program in history, this fast-growing startup is developing a new class of unmanned aircraft, providing the persistence of geosynchronous satellites with the powerful sensing capabilities and range of a large, airborne platform.

With a flexible payload system, including: communications relay, 4G/5G cellular, day/night full motion video, satellite communication, imaging radar, and more, Skydweller will enhance commercial and government telecommunication, geospatial, meteorological and emergency operation efforts around the world, allowing customers to operate persistently in more challenging areas for longer durations, while reducing environmental impact. For more information about Skydweller, visit www.skydweller.aero.

Solita and Unifly join forces to secure and advance international drone airspace

Antwerp/Helsinki July 2020 – Solita, the North European leader in data-driven digital transformation and business design and Unifly, the global leader in Unmanned Traffic Management, have announced their partnership. By joining forces, the partners are able to create impact combining data for operational use and UTM technologies, to further streamline the safe integration of drones into the airspace and support operators and enterprises to advance their operational use of drones.

“Future drone services are built on top of data fusion with user centric approach. Collaboration with Unifly creates great opportunity providing unique data and analytics services for U-space customers”, says Mikko Varjos, Solita Mobility Industry Director.

Ronni Winkler Østergaard, Managing Director of Unifly’s Danish branch, says “I am excited about this collaboration with Solita, as it opens a lot of opportunities to bring value to existing and new customers in the area of digitalization and facilitate more advanced use of drones for all stakeholders.”

About Solita

Solita is a digital transformation company driven by data and human insight. We create culture, services and tech solutions that help us reinvent businesses and society for the better. Our services range from strategic consulting to service design, digital development, data, AI & analytics and managed cloud services. Established in 1996, Solita employs more than 1 000 digital business specialists in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Belgium and Germany. www.solita.fi/en

About Unifly

Unifly bridges the gap between manned and unmanned aviation

Unifly’s primary mission is to enable the safe and efficient integration of drone traffic around the world. Our focus is always on safety for all stakeholders involved. Our goal is to integrate drones into the general airspace safely, so they become part of our everyday lives. www.unifly.aero

Sugu Drones select ‘best-in-class’ Altitude Angel to deliver UTM services in Canada

London, UK: Altitude Angel, the world’s leading UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology provider, today announced it is to provide UTM services to Canada’s leading drone flight operations and training institute, Sugu Drones.

Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM airspace management platform will be used to power Sugu Drones with accurate, real-time and relevant geospatial & flight awareness data for its in-house developed flight planning and logging platform.

In addition to geospatial data, Altitude Angel will also provide Sugu Drone pilots with live, interactive airspace alerts which will inform its drone operators when manned flights are due to intersect with the proposed flight plan – an essential tool for safe operations when operating on or around a commercial airfield, such as Toronto Pearson or Mississauga.

Sugu Drones are already looking to the future, with plans to incorporate Altitude Angel’s ‘game changing’ Strategic CRS (Conflict Resolution Service) in its mission control & autopilot software to de-conflict all Sugu Drone operations from other drone flights, as well as manned aviation flights operating in close proximity. It is Sugu’s goal to offer an additional layer of safety in reference to Transport Canada’s proposed certifications on BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight).

Richard Ellis, Altitude Angel, Chief Business Officer, said: “We are excited Sugu Drone has chosen to integrate our GuardianUTM API into its innovative platform, giving drone operators in Canada access to the most accurate, reliable and trustworthy data available.

“GuardianUTM makes it easy for innovators, like Sugu Drone, to incorporate real-time, high-quality and accurate data into their applications to enable safe flight operations. This allows our customers to focus on what’s important to them, delivering high-quality applications to drone operators.”

Soreign Jackson, Sugu Drone, VP Business Development, added: “We looked at several providers, but it was clear Altitude Angel are the best-in-class at delivering proven, real-time data and UTM services. As we grow our platform in several of our business verticals, it is important we have faith in the strength and reliability of our supplier’s solutions and vision. With Altitude Angel it is unquestionably there. The future is also looking even brighter, with our plans to expand and incorporate real-time air traffic integration, allowing our operations to use a world-leading UTM system.”

Altitude Angel is committed to remaining the world’s foremost UTM and drone management platform by continually expanding and refining its core services to enable its customers to do more, safely, with drones.

Get your Free Copy of the 2020 sUSB Journal!

With COVID-19 we decided not to hold an in-person event, breaking our 7-year show streak.

We did however; decide to move forward with the Journal.

The Journal usually consist of articles with lessons from the field and/or regulatory and technology issues facing the unmanned systems community. This year we have quality pieces in the same vain.

From Brock Gibson, past VP at Insitu, we get insights into what went wrong with NAS integration.

Drone Port Kentucky talks about their vision, we hear about legacy issues with Geofencing from the SF Drone School

Research Center and DroneUp’s Melanie Harris outlines the structure of a sustainable drone program.

We’ll hear insights into drone light shows, how AI is redefining drone utility inspections, and yours truly highlighting some of our domestic supply chain issues.

If that wasn’t enough, we have a history section with an article from the Aviation Unmanned Vehicle Museum; select FAA documents outlining operating procedures prior to the arbitrary FAA policy clarification, and responsible operations of UAS circa 2007.

Good reading for the holiday weekend!

http://susbexpo.com/2020-SUSB-JOURNAL.pdf

Wisk Welcomes Technical Visionary, Pete Kunz, to Company Board

Mountain View, CA – –Wisk, the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) company behind the world’s first all-electric, self-flying air taxi, is pleased to announce that Dr. Pete Kunz has been appointed to its board.

Dr. Kunz is the Chief Technologist for Boeing NeXt, as well as Boeing’s Senior Chief Engineer for Unpiloted Systems. Previously, Dr. Kunz held several leadership roles, including chief technology officer at Insitu, Inc., an unmanned aerial systems and services (UAS) company where he led both commercial and defense technical development.

“We are pleased to welcome Pete to our board,” said Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk. “His background in aerospace engineering and his experience in various aspects of the analysis, design and testing of autonomous aircraft is incredibly valuable as we continue the development and certification process for our self-flying air taxi.”

As one of the visionary leaders behind Boeing NeXt’s UAM strategy, Dr. Kunz’s background in autonomous aircraft brings additional technical and industry expertise to Wisk’s board. Dr. Kunz shares a long history of success in the industry and is recognized as a leader in the UAM space. He shares Wisk’s commitment to transforming the future of urban mobility.

“What I see happening at Wisk is extremely exciting and I love the culture that continues to be built there,” said Kunz. “I’m looking forward to helping the company work through the next phase of their aircraft development and bringing safe, autonomous flight to market.”

Dr. Kunz has a doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Penn State.

About Wisk

Wisk is an urban air mobility company dedicated to delivering safe, everyday flight for everyone. Cora, its self-flying, eVTOL (electric vertical takeoff and landing) air taxi, will make it possible for passengers to skip the gridlock traffic and get to their destination faster. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New Zealand, Wisk is an independent company backed by The Boeing Company and Kitty Hawk Corporation. With a decade of experience and over 1300 test flights, Wisk is set to shape the future of daily commutes and urban travel, safely and sustainably.

UAS Drone Corp. Completes Acquisition of Duke Robotics Inc

UAS Drone Corp. (OTC: USDR) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Duke Robotics, Inc., the purveyor of an innovative military UAS drone with advanced stabilization technology, pursuant to which Duke Robotics became a wholly-owned subsidiary of UAS Drone Corp.

The combined company will focus on Duke Robotics’ business, expanding its presence in the military drone market with TIKAD – a UAS Octocopter Integrated with Six Degrees of Freedom (“6 DOF”) Robotic Gimbal system that enables remote, real-time firing of small arms and light weapons.

  • Pursuant to the previously announced Share Exchange Agreement and the recently completed merger agreement, UAS Drone Corp. acquired a`ll of the outstanding capital stock of Duke Robotics in exchange for shares of UAS Drone Corp’s common stock issued to the shareholders of Duke Robotics, in an amount equal to 71% of the post-transaction capitalization of UAS Drone Corp.
  • Following the completion of the acquisition, Duke Robotics designated the Board of Directors of the combined company and Duke Robotics’ senior management holds all key positions in the senior management of the combined company.

About Duke Robotics:

UAS Drone Corp. (OTC: USDR) recently acquired Duke Robotics.

Duke Robotics is a forward-thinking company focused on bringing necessary products and solutions to defense sector. Duke Robotics developed TIKAD, an advanced robotic system designed to serve the growing need for tech solutions in the combat field. Duke Robotics’ revolutionary stabilization technology enables remote, real-time and accurate firing of lightweight firearms and weaponry via an unmanned aerial platform (UAV). The proprietary and confidential complex kinematic algorithms address the crucial need of modern warfare to carry weapon on remote to bear on remote hostile targets without risk to the military personnel.

We believe that troops can use TIKAD to handle potentially dangerous situations quickly and efficiently from the air. This technology also allows troops to potentially disarm a situation remotely, without ever deploying a ground presence.

For more information about Duke Robotics, please visit www.dukeroboticsys.com or view documents that USDR files with the Securities and Exchange Commission at http://www.sec.gov.

Will Drones Replace Fireworks?

After months of lockdown, people are starved for entertainment. They’ve apparently binge-watched everything they ever wanted to see on Netflix, HBO and Disney+, played video games until their eyes bled, and became bored enough to even manage to read a book or two.

So with the 4th of July rapidly approaching, many Americans are looking for something different to occupy their time and to empty their wallets, and fireworks fit the bill. But fireworks come with their own list of issues, including the fact that they terrify birds and wildlife as well as pets (more here, here, and here); they add toxic chemical pollutants to the air, water and land (more here); litter the landscape with spent plastic casings; create inescapable explosions that can trigger terror in veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (more here); and increase the risk of fires at a time when the wildfire risk in many places is already high. Further, the private use of fireworks is accompanied by the ever-present danger of damaging one’s hearing and losing body parts.

Drone light shows differ from fireworks displays because drones are reusable, and do not produce chemical and noise pollution. However, there are only a few dozen companies in the world that have the proper permits, training, technical skills and supplies to plan and carry out a large-scale drone light show. One such company is Intel, which is at the forefront of this technology. It specializes in creating dynamic 3D light shows using autonomous swarms of drones that they designed especially for light shows; the Shooting Star.

Read the rest of this story by Grrlscientist at Forbes.com.

Drone Rescues Around the World

DJI would like to keep this map as up-to-date as possible, and they need your help to do it. If you know of a drone rescue not included on this map, please report the rescue information on this form and DJI will work with you to validate the submission.

Each incident must include basic information such as the date and location of the rescue, backed up by links to news stories or authoritative social media posts from the rescuers. If you want to report a rescue that was not featured in news coverage, please provide an official public safety agency report or other documentation of the incident.

Must Watch! Programming Precision Aerobatics [VIDEO]

The drone gurus from the Robotics and Perception Group at the University of Zurich are at it again! This time the lab–founded in 2012 and led by Prof. Davide Scaramuzza–has created a drone that can fly incredibly graceful aerobatics. Watch the video, then read below to see how they did it!

From the Robotics and Perception Group: “Performing acrobatic maneuvers with quadrotors is extremely challenging. Acrobatic flight requires high thrust and extreme angular accelerations that push the platform to its physical limits. Professional drone pilots often measure their level of mastery by flying such maneuvers in competitions. In this work, we propose to learn a sensorimotor policy that enables an autonomous quadrotor to fly extreme acrobatic maneuvers with only onboard sensing and computation. We train the policy entirely in simulation by leveraging demonstrations from an optimal controller that has access to privileged information. We use appropriate abstractions of the visual input to enable transfer to a real quadrotor. We show that the resulting policy can be directly deployed in the physical world without any fine-tuning on real data. Our methodology has several favorable properties: it does not require a human expert to provide demonstrations, it cannot harm the physical system during training, and it can be used to learn maneuvers that are challenging even for the best human pilots. Our approach enables a physical quadrotor to fly maneuvers such as the Power Loop, the Barrel Roll, and the Matty Flip, during which it incurs accelerations of up to 3g.”