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Sea & Sky

Sea & Sky

At Xponential, DroneTech UAV was showing off its latest creation: the Pelican, a fixed-wing platform with an optional vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability intended to provide for payload delivery in the maritime environment. With a 12-foot wingspan and a maximum take-off weight of 90 pounds, the Pelican can deliver a 10-pound package to the […]
Customized for Every Mission

Customized for Every Mission

The Ascent Aerosystems booth certainly stands out at a show like AUVSI Xponential, mostly because of the unique configuration of the drones they sell: Rather than a multirotor, or a fixed-wing platform, or some fusion of the two, its aircraft resemble nothing so much as a pair of vertically oriented rolling pins with a pair […]

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Big Plane, Small Package

Big Plane, Small Package

It sounds like a riddle: How do you fit an entire airplane with a seven-foot wingspan inside a backpack? If I were to answer that question for myself, it would be something like, “Make sure you don’t miss any pieces after the crash.” However, the enterprising folks at WingXpand (prounounced like “wingspanned”) have an entirely […]
Commercial UAV Expo Projects 200+ Exhibitors

Commercial UAV Expo Projects 200+ Exhibitors

Organizers of Commercial UAV Expo, the world’s leading commercial drone trade show and conference, have announced an impressive list of top UAS companies from around the globe that have signed on to exhibit at the 2022 event. More than 200 companies are projected and 175 have officially confirmed. Commercial UAV Expo will take place September […]

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Da Vinci’s Aerial Screw Reimagined as a Drone and Flown!

Da Vinci’s Aerial Screw Reimagined as a Drone and Flown!

In the fifteenth century, artist and engineer Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a craft that flew using a single helix-shaped propeller — the aerial screw — viewed by many as the first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) machine ever designed. In 2020, the Vertical Flight Society’s (VFS) 37th Annual Student Design Competition challenged students from across […]
UAV ENGINES, LTD. Wankels Powering over 30 Aircraft Types

UAV ENGINES, LTD. Wankels Powering over 30 Aircraft Types

At the recent Xponential 2022 technology show held in Orlando, FL, in late April, these smart looking power plants were displayed in the UAV Engines LTD, exhibit. Based in the U.K., UAV Engines was formed in 1992 specifically to develop and market Wankel engine technology for use in UAVs. The firm has many thousands of […]

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ParaZero Drone Safety Solutions Mitigate Flight Risks over Populated Areas

ParaZero Drone Safety Solutions Mitigate Flight Risks over Populated Areas

At the recent Xponential 2022 trade show in Orlando, FL, Doosan, a South Korean UAV firm, was showing the extended flight times provided by hydrogen power systems. Doosan included a ParaZero safety system in its exhibit. ParaZero addresses the need to design drones that can safely fly over populations and infrastructure. ParaZero Drone Safety Solutions […]
Collision-Tolerant LIDAR Drone

Collision-Tolerant LIDAR Drone

Flyability’s Elios 3 is the world’s first collision-tolerant drone equipped with a LiDAR sensor for indoor 3D mapping. The drone is powered by a new SLAM engine called FlyAware that lets it create 3D models as it flies and accompanied by a new version of Flyability’s software for inspectors, Inspector 4.0. Flyability pioneered confined space […]

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Purdue to offer drone-delivery at games

Purdue to offer drone-delivery at games

Purdue Athletics has collaborated with hospitality partner Levy, Levy’s innovation studio, DBK Studio, Chicago-based Valqari, and USOG to pilot the first drone-delivered food and beverage service at a sports & entertainment venue. The pilot took place from Wednesday, April 27th through Saturday, April 30th at Alexander Field, home of Purdue Baseball, leading up to and […]
The Drone is the Gimbal

The Drone is the Gimbal

Even on the show floor at Xponential 2022, with innovative ideas on display in nearly every booth, this new platform from Orthodrone in Germany stood out. Looking at is it might have dropped fully formed from the imagination of George Lucas—to hunt down the Rebel Alliance on behalf of the Galactic Empire—the unnamed multirotor features […]
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