Drone Information of the Week February 17

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Pierce Aerospace has partnered with Counter-UAS leader DroneShield to integrate Pierce Aerospace’s Flight Portal ID Remote ID technologies into DroneShield’s C-UAS and Command and Control systems, including DroneSentry-C2, granting end users enhanced situational awareness and advanced UAS identification capabilities starting in 2023 .

The Latest DJI Mini: Mini 2 SE

Civilian drones and creative camera technology leader DJI announced the DJI Mini 2 SE, an ultra-light, palm-sized foldable camera drone suitable for both beginners and experienced drone pilots. Weighing under 249 grams, the regulation-friendly Mini 2 SE is exempt from drone regulations in various regions. Its 1/2.3-inch CMOS camera sensor takes 12MP photos and films video at 2.7k, and enables 4X digital zoom for seamless transitions between shots at varying distances.

20 Drones, 1 Pilot: Matternet’s New Waiver Could Change the Economics of Drone Delivery

Last week, leading drone delivery system developer Matternet was granted to an FAA waiver that will enable the company to carry out operations that simultaneously deploy a total of 20 aircraft under the control of only a single remote pilot. Valid only at Matternet’s Pittsburg, California test site, the 20:1 waiver allows the aircraft to fly beyond the sight of the remote pilot and the visual observer. The visual observer’s presence is required to guarantee that the airspace is clear. This new waiver follows a series of other accomplishments by Matternet, including its recent FAA Type and Production certifications.

GAO Report on Drone Integration Urges FAA to Develop Comprehensive Strategy

News and Commentaries. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Drone Integration found the need for a more comprehensive strategy and better communications.

The GAO report on Drone Integration concluded with four recommendations:

  1. “The Administrator of FAA should develop a drone integration strategy that includes all seven elements of a comprehensive strategy”;
  2. “The Administrator of FAA should evaluate its current documentation to identify options to more clearly communicate how applicants can satisfy drone operational request requirements, and communicate FAA’s internal process for reviewing and approving operational requests”;
  3. “The Administrator of FAA should develop and document a formal lessons-learned process for its drone integration activities that includes all six key practices for a lessons-learned process”;
  4. “The Administrator of FAA should implement the formal lessons learned process it develops for its ongoing drone integration activities, including Part 107 waiver reviews and the BEYOND program.”

HevenDrones Launches New Commercial Hydrogen Drone: H2D55

Today, HevenDrones launched the H2D55, the company’s first hydrogen-powered drone for commercial use. Boasting 5-times greater energy efficiency than that of a traditional lithium battery-powered drone, the lightweight H2D55 can fly for 100 minutes with a payload capacity of 7kg. The H2D55 will be unveiled at IDEX later this month. The H2D55 is the first in a planned lineup of 3 hydrogen fueled drones made to address lithium battery-powered drones’ flight endurance and payload capacity limitations, in addition to the long term environmental impact of lithium mining

Zeitview’s Advanced Inspection Services Will Help Develop North America’s Largest Solar and Storage Installation

Zeitview, which recently rebranded from DroneBase, has announced its advanced inspection services will be employed in the development of North America’s largest solar and storage utility-scale power plant, Gemini, in partnership with the site’s developer Primergy Solar. Zeitview’s advanced inspection services will be utilized to capture every stage of the construction process from a bird’s eye perspective, providing essential data that cannot be obtained from the ground. The company’s services will also be employed to ensure that the 6,000 acre facility’s site management is conducted with greater efficiency, guaranteeing that projects are completed within time and budget constraints.

Skyports Designs for Vertiports in Dubai Approved: Check Out These Images

Advanced air mobility (AAM) vertiport infrastructure leader Skyports Infrastructure has had the development of its vertiport designs for Dubai approved by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The design was presented by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Skyports Infrastructure and Joby Aviation at a closed presentation held before the World Government Summit 2023.

Spright on Elsight’s Drone Source Podcast: Drone Healthcare Delivery

Don’t miss this episode, with Spright on Elsight’s Drone Source Podcast. Host Ben Gross interviews Spright’s Justin Steinke on the Spright story, working with FAA and EASA regulators, and how Spright is using the Elsight Halo for the BVLOS operations.

UAVaid Brings Drones to Sierra Leone Reforestation Project

A Sierra Leone-based pilot project is set to utilize drone-based remote sensing and data management technologies for the verification and monitoring of reforestation programs. Sierra Leone has lost over 30% of its tree cover since 2000, and has little in ways of funds with which to create new forests. At COP26, the Government of Sierra Leone committed to planting 25 million trees by 2030 over 960,000 HA.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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