Our top 10 most read articles of 2019

By Caroline Rees / 30 Dec 2019

There’s no doubt that 2019 was another year of significant growth and innovation for the unmanned industry. There were many, many announcements covering product releases and milestone achievements specifically for drones, robotic systems and autonomous vehicles; articles that focus on not only the platforms themselves, but also the technology used on those systems, and the applications for military, commercial and industrial uses.

Here’s our round-up of the ten most read articles of the year on UnmannedSystemsTechnology.com.

1. Fuel Cell Module Powers Record-Breaking UAV

MetaVista quadcopter with Intelligent Energy fuel cell module

Intelligent Energy confirmed that its fuel cell technology successfully broke the Guinness World Record for longest flight time of a multirotor UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), recording an official flight time of 12 hours, 7 minutes and 22 seconds. Read more…

2. First Approval for Fully Autonomous Drone Flights in Europe Granted

Azur Drones Skeyetech systemAzur Drones received the first approval from the French Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) for the Skeyetech drone system.

The fully-automated quadcopter takes off from a docking station and does not require a remote pilot. Read more…

3. VTOL Drone Conducts 51 Mile BVLOS Utility Inspection

Sentaero v2VTOL Hybrid DroneCensys Technologies confirmed that their Sentaero v2VTOL successfully completed a 51-mile BVLOS utility inspection in just six hours, to identify damage to critical infrastructure caused by Hurricane Barry.

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4. Selecting Connectors for UAV Applications

Connectors for UAV applicationsThis article outlined some of the key options and considerations, such as SWaP (size, weight and power), signal types, and environmental requirements, in selecting connectors for drone-based applications.

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5. Heavy-Lift VTOL Crop-Spraying UAV to be Developed

Cormorant UAVADAMA and Tactical Robotics announced a partnership to perform a joint feasibility study for a high-payload UAV for high-capacity aerial agricultural spraying.

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6. High-Resolution SAR Imagery Captured with Small UAS

SRI International SAR UAVSRI International demonstrated high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from a small, low-cost hobby-grade drone. The small form factor SAR instrument was developed to detect and measure solid earth vertical deformations. Read more… 

7. Hybrid Quadrotor VTOL UAS Technology Developed

L3 Latitude hybrid UASL3 Technologies received a patent for a new Hybrid Quadrotor vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV concept.

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8. New Propeller Technology Developed for More Efficient VTOL UAS

Blainjett Aviation dynamic-variable-pitch propellerBlainjett Aviation unveiled new dynamic-variable-pitch propeller technology, designed to allow both manned and unmanned VTOL aircraft fly faster and more efficiently.

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9. Hydrogen-Powered VTOL UAV Achieves 15-Hour Flight-Time

MMC Griflion H with 15 hour Flight TimeMMC UAV launched a new hydrogen-powered vertical take-off and landing drone, which completed a record-breaking 15-hour flight-time.

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10. New Drone Data Collection & Analysis Service Uses Artificial Intelligence

Aria Insights droneAria Insights introduced new intelligent, autonomous drone solutions featuring AI and machine learning software designed to collect and analyze data for actionable insights.

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Posted by Caroline Rees Caroline co-founded Unmanned Systems Technology and has been at the forefront of the business ever since. With a Masters Degree in marketing Caroline has her finger on the pulse of all things unmanned and is committed to showcasing the very latest in unmanned technical innovation. Connect & Contact