The Alaska UAS test site stands up, the X-37B space drone reaches 500 days in orbit, the National Park Service says no drones but archaeologists say yes, a drone delivery gone wrong, and armed drones for everyone.
The FAA issued a two-year Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the Alaska UAS Test Site. They’re using the Aeryon Scout for data collection in demanding weather conditions.
An X-37B Orbital Space Vehicle built by Boeing has been in low Earth orbit for 500 days. It’s similar in appearance to the Space Shuttle, but smaller. The U.S. Air Force is using the unmanned vehicle to look at reusable space-vehicle technologies, but mission specifics is a matter of speculation.
The U.S. National Park Service issued a notification that “the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries” at Yosemite under all circumstances.
Thermal imaging drones can locate archaeological dig sites, leaving more time for the actual dig.
Canada Geese are prolific poopers. They make a mess and its unhealthy. Petrie Island in Ottawa has been suffering from this but they have a solution: the Goosebuster hexacopter.
Applications include commercials and aerial videos for real estate companies. Since 2010, the RCMP have been using UAVs help with traffic accident reconstruction, and also for search and rescue efforts. Stewart Baillie, chairman of Unmanned Systems Canada, says “It really is a disruptive technology. It’s changing the game.”
A college student ordered a lifting bench, but the box also contained componets for an Aerovirorment Puma owned by NOAA.
Countries across the globe are developing armed drones, for their own use and sometimes to sell to others.