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February, 2018 Edition

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We would like to thank all our readers for their continued support. We are continuing to evolve the Surface, Underwater, Air and Space areas of our business, building on our already strong air based model to establish SUAS as the world's only and largest network for the entire drone industry.

The London Assembly recently unveiled it's 'Future Transport' report which details how London is responding to technological innovation. The report details the development and potential of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in London's future in light of the recent announcement by Chancellor Philip Hammond that it is the government’s objective to have “fully driverless cars”, without a safety attendant on board in use by 2021. The full report can be found HERE.
As the BSI Committee responsible for the development of drone standards shakes out into a full Technical Committee, the Chairman and our Chief Executive, Robert Garbett has identified the latest revision of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) ‘Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles’ (IMCA R 004 Rev 4) as a basis for the development of a future national safety quality standard for underwater drones.

The guidance provides a pertinent reference document for the safe and efficient offshore operations of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and of ROV support systems, and is designed for use by both contractors and clients” and it is believed that the guidance will contribute to a safe and efficient industry that operates to common standards.

The full revision can be found HERE.
EASA has now published its opinion on the Regulatory Framework for the Operation of UAS. The proposed regulations will provide flexibility to Member States (MSs), mainly by allowing them to create zones within their territories where the use of UAS would be prohibited, limited or, in contrast, facilitated. Pursuant to the new Basic Regulation, market product legislation (CE marking) ensures compliance with the technical requirements for mass-produced UAS operated in the 'open' category.

The FAA intends to initiate a national rollout this spring of the Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), an automated process drone operators can use to request and obtain authorization to fly in the vicinity of airports.

A copy of the latest opinion document can be found HERE.
Drones on Mars? NASA Projects May Soon Use Drones for Space Exploration. NASA's JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) recently announced testing of what they've termed a Mars Helicopter Scout (MHS). The scout may be included on the upcoming Mars 2020 mission, a collaborative project led by NASA with a primary mission of determining if life once existed on Mars. See the full story HERE.

As part of our continuing effort to improve our systems and add value for our members, we have introduced our new Jobs Board and Tender opportunities worldwide - A dedicated online system to cope with the increasing amount of opportunities that we are sourcing for our members.

Employers are also able to register their company and post jobs. We will continue to develop this valuable resource for our members and we are delighted with the feedback that we are receiving so far.

The National Standards Drone Committee is now being formed by the BSI. The existing UAS committee will be transformed into a full technical committee and will shake out to form sub committees on specific areas of interest such as UTM and Training as well as other groups to focus on the development of underlying safety quality standards for wider drone applications. If you are a specialist in the operation or manufacture of drones in any environment (Surface, Underwater, Air & Space) and you would like to help shape the development of these critical standards both nationally and internationally, please get in touch HERE.

Our Ambassador programme has launched and we are currently sending out all Ambassador Packs, if you wish to express interest in becoming an ambassador you will need to register, please do so here.

Please keep sending your drone news articles so we can share with our audience.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Fox Sports is adding a tethered drone to its lineup of production tech innovations to cover the Great American Race, the Daytona 500, from the Daytona International Speedway, Sunday Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET on the Fox broadcast network.

Tethered along the backstretch of the speedway, the drone will deliver live coverage as it hovers and moves around outside the racing area to deliver new angles on the race. Tethering the drone will allow the broadcaster to extend flight times by eliminating the need to change batteries.

As the old saying goes, there's plenty of drones in the sea, and of course the skies are full of them too. Drones are increasingly crossing between these two worlds, and now engineers from North Carolina State University have developed the EagleRay XAV, an amphibious fixed-wing drone that can fly or dive as needed.

YellowScan has announced the launch of its Surveyor Ultra LiDAR system for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The company will be demonstrating the use of the system in flight at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum event, with the help of Velodyne's VLP 32C Sensor and the Applanix APX-15 IMU.

The Skydio R1 is years ahead of just about any other autonomous drone. Almost two years ago, a startup called Skydio posted video content of a drone autonomously following joggers and cyclists along paths and around trees.

Long-time miner Leon Mackrell has become an innovator in the mining industry which means he no longer has to get his hands dirty.

Airbus completed its first flight demonstration of an air vehicle which will eventually deliver parcels to stations around a university campus in Singapore. Unmanned drones will begin flying between parcel stations on campus by the middle of the year.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are making headway in this field. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are making headway on just that.

The FAA intends to initiate a national rollout this spring of the Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), an automated process drone operators can use to request and obtain authorization to fly in the vicinity of airports.

Preventing collisions is vital for the safe operation of drones, especially in an urban airspace with many potential obstacles. Drones with obstacle detection and collision avoidance sensors have become more prevalent in both the consumer and professional sectors.

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