The UAV Digest is an audio podcast devoted to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems. We cover new developments in the industry, regulatory issues, unmanned technology, and a lot more. We consider both commercial and military applications, from all perspectives.
Lessons for the eVTOL Industry
What the eVTOL industry can learn from helicopters, a counter-unmanned aircraft missile/drone, a birthday drone light show, saving lives with a drone, fused sensor data across manned and unmanned aircraft, and getting the most from the DJI Mavic 3 drone.
5 Lessons eVTOL Can Learn from Legacy Helicopter Airlines
We see what the emerging eVTOL industry can learn from the history of helicopter airlines: safety first, encouraging public acceptance, keeping a critical eye on operating costs, maintaining tight routes, and including the first and last mile.
Dog owner spends nearly $16K on drones to celebrate pooch’s birthday
A woman in China hired 520 drones to spell out “Happy 10th birthday to Doudou” for her dog. The drone light show featured a birthday cake and a jack-in-a-box-like present. Authorities said they would have shot down the drones if they had seen them.
This Footage Of Jet-Powered Coyote Drones Obliterating Other Drones Is Incredible
Raytheon Missiles & Defense released a video showing Coyote missiles launched from a truck and taking out different fixed-wing drones. In partnership with the U.S. Army’s Integrated Fires and Rapid Capabilities Office, the tests used precision targeting radar and mobile sensing radar to detect and defeat drones of varying size and range. Raytheon says the Coyote 2s have a "dogfight-type of capability" and are capable of engaging highly maneuverable targets.
Video: Raytheon Missiles & Defense proves counter-UAS effectiveness against enemy drones
Drone helps save cardiac arrest patient in Sweden
A 71-year-old man suffered a cardiac arrest while shoveling snow in Sweden. Everdrone dispatched an autonomous drone with an Automated External Defibrillator. It arrived within 3 minutes and a doctor on the scene used the defibrillator at the man’s house - all this before the ambulance arrived.
Video: Everdrone’s emergency medical delivery service in action in Sweden
Two GA-ASI Avengers Equipped with Lockheed Martin Legion Pods Autonomously Send Fused Air Threat Data to Command Center
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) has demonstrated sending fused sensor data to a command center. The long-range air threat data was captured passively by two Avenger® Unmanned Aircraft Systems and fused by an advanced sensor algorithm. The Avengers were each equipped with a Lockheed Martin Legion Pod®. GA-ASI Senior Director of Advanced Programs Michael Atwood said, “Avenger with Legion Pod demonstrates how collaborative autonomous platforms with advanced sensing can deliver persistent, shared air domain awareness.”
Video: Legion Pod Flies on F-16
28 MUST KNOW Tips & Settings for DJI Mavic 3
Dan from DansTube.TV recently created a tips and settings video for the DJI Mavic 3, a professional-grade cinematic drone with a 4/3 CMOS Hasselblad camera and 28x hybrid zoom.
Video: 28 MUST KNOW Tips & Settings for DJI Mavic 3
UAV Video of the Week
Drone that can fly and swim unveiled
Developed by telecom company KDDI, the drone floats on water and releases a second, underwater drone from its belly cage. The underwater drone can survey fish and shellfish farms or perform infrastructure inspection of f...
RaceDayQuads v. FAA
RaceDayQuads v. FAA and the Remote ID rule, drones for law enforcement and telehealth, Russian attack drones and drones that recharge from power lines, a DARPA program for underwater drones, and finding lost hikers.
D.C. Circuit May Blow Up the Remote Identification Rule for Drones
Oral arguments were heard in the RaceDayQuads v. FAA case where the FAA’s remote identification (RID) rule is being challenged.
In brief, the RID rule applies to small drones (0.55-55 lbs) which would broadcast a “digital license plate” over WiFi and/or Bluetooth with a unique identifier, position, altitude, velocity, control station coordinates, and other “message elements.” The broadcast would be openly accessible by anyone.
This RID capability must be either hardwired into the drone (Standard Remote ID) or attached externally in the form of a module (Broadcast Module RID or BMID). Drones without RID can only fly in FAA-recognized identification areas (FRIAs) under the purview of community-based organizations and educational institutions.
Manufacturers have until September 2022 to comply. Drone operators have until September 2023 to comply.
RaceDayQuads (RDQ) is a large online retailer that supports first-person view (FPV) drone-racing customers. RDQ’s co-founder and CEO, Tyler Brennan said he seeks “to protect the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens to be free from unreasonable searches from the government when they are flying in their own backyards.” RDQ alleges that:
The rule is a violation of the Fourth Amendment because it allows warrantless tracking in a backyard.The FAA arbitrarily and capriciously relied on undisclosed ex parte communications during the rulemaking process.The final rule was not a logical outgrowth from the NPRM.The FAA failed to comply with a legal mandate to consult with Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).The FAA failed to address significant public comments as required by the Administrative Procedure Act.
For its part, the Government contends:
Merely requiring RID technology onboard a drone does not equate to an unreasonable search. Planes flying in public view do not give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy.Even if the rule did violate the Fourth Amendment, the special needs exception would legally justify it.
A ruling is likely to come sometime in early 2022.
Autonomous drones to respond to gunshots in new policing system
US company ShotSpotter and Israel-based Airobotics are teaming to provide Israeli law enforcement agencies with a system that detects and locates gunfire, alerts the police, and provides live drone video footage and stills of the scene. ShotSpotter would identify and locate the sound of gunshots with a network of acoustic sensors. Airobotics would deploy its autonomous drones to the ShotSpotter coordinates.
Special Delivery: Drones bring the doctor to you: Medicine’s next big thing?
Manish Kumar, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati says, "We are building a telehealth drone that will have the ability to go inside people’s homes.” Engineers are designing and testing a system with sensors that allow the drones to maneuver through a front door and into a patient’s living room. Patients would connect with a doctor for a telehealth appointment. A medical kit on the drone would be used to measure and transmit health information.
Russian Orion Drone Downs Unmanned Copter
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Kinetic Energy and Flight Over People
Measuring drone kinetic energy, Dedrone funding, endangered heritage sites, heavy-lift multirotors, MQ-25 tests, the next Reaper, FAA grant for UAS training, drone swarms harass Navy.
Gliding Cargo Delivery Drone
Silent Arrow guided cargo delivery drone, best cities for flying a drone, bringing power to those without, sailing the Gulf Stream, airline plans drone delivery, rogue drone, DJI end of support.
A Perching Drone
A perching drone, connecting communities with drones, photography drones, vaccination deliveries, combat drones, law enforcement, Airmap acquires DroneUp, NOTAMs and drones.
12 Days of Drones
FAA 12 Days of Drones campaign, dangers to aircraft, local drone rule injunctions, Sony video drone, long-endurance electric solar drone, amphibious drone tanker, Navy drone hub.
There’s more to drones than DJI
I started listening to UAV Digest shortly after buying a Mavic 2 Pro. Although I was aware the world of UAV was much deeper than consumer drones, I didn’t know how much. Thanks to Max and David, my outlook on the potential of this industry has grown. Their show is very informative and well produced. I look forward to downloading it every Friday. Thanks guys!
Thank you for your weekly shows!! I look forward to listening to you guys on my drive to work!!!
Great industry and hobby news
Great industry and hobby news