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  • Montana Looks to Drones for Weed Control

    Montana is not one of the nation’s leading drone states.  The Virginia-based Mercatus Center, which ranks all 50 states, places Montana fairly low, at #18.  Geography would seem to favor the Big Sky State which has more acres of farmland than any other state except Texas.  But Montana lacks the powerful stakeholder support one finds... Read More

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  • UAV Missions:  Real-Time Situational Awareness is Critical

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are conducting far-flung missions on every continent these days.  Some are surveying damage to rainforests in South America; others are tracking endangered wildlife in Australia; still others are delivering badly needed medical supplies to remote villages in Africa.  Whatever the need, and the locale, drones are proving they can do the... Read More

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  • Drones Can Be Weapons of Peace, Too

    For years, critics of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have tried to stigmatize them as “weapons of war.”  While there’s no question that armed drones are increasingly present on today’s battlefields the world over, UAVs are also — at least potentially — instruments of “peace.”  Drones are not only assisting companies, and now even schools and... Read More

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  • Hendricks Motorsports Showcases Next-Generation Drone Cinematography

     It’s a one-of-a-kind drone video with such dazzling never-before-seen aerial footage that you’ll wonder if it’s even real. For five awe-inspiring minutes, a small drone proceeds to soar and speed across vast outdoor expanses of an automotive complex, then suddenly dives low and zooms through buildings and open door ways, under work tables, and... Read More

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  • Mergers and Acquisitions Are Driving Drone Industry Growth

    The exponential growth of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) has become a major feature of the U.S. economy.  Already at record levels in 2020, M&As grew by 55% during 2020-2021 with even larger increases expected this year.  Rising pressure from global competition in high-technology sectors combined with chronic labor shortages for skilled talent is leading many... Read More

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  • Australian Delivery Drone Mishap

    Last month, a remote food delivery drone owned by Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company Alphabet, crashed into electric power lines en route to a suburban home in Brisbane, Australia.  The collision caused a fire that briefly knocked out power to area residents.  The company apologized for the incident, which may have been caused... Read More

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  • Drones Can Help Coffee Farmers Meet Rising Global Demand

    A number of countries that produce coffee as their major export commodity are using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to protect and nurture their crop yields.  But none, perhaps, is more dedicated to this task than the central African nation of Uganda, the world’s seventh largest coffee producer.  Uganda actually harvests two annual coffee crops, and... Read More

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  • Is North Dakota the “Silicon Valley of Drones”?

    North Dakota might seem like an unlikely venue for a major commercial drone exposition. But last week’s 16th Annual UAS Summit and Expo held in Grand Forks – which attracted more than 600 academics, business leaders and state and local politicians – confirmed the state’s reputation as the epicenter of the US drone industry.  North... Read More

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  • Drone Captures Rare Footage of Great White Sharks Under Siege

    Conservationists are tracking various types of endangered mammals as well as fish species whose numbers have reached dangerously low levels – to better understand how to protect them.  But scientists in South Africa have taken a special interest in the plight of a fearsome predator that is still thriving – the Great White Shark.  In... Read More

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  • Inside the Eye of the Storm: Tracking Hurricane Fiona in Canada

    Hurricane Ian isn’t the only extreme weather event wreaking havoc on the North American continent.  Further north, in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, Hurricane Fiona has been pummeling coastal towns destroying homes and property and leaving thousands without power.  Residents are calling it the worst hurricane in Canada’s history.  But thanks to unmanned wind drones deployed... Read More

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