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Summit UAS OneButton Bundle

DAT/EM Systems International and Icaros, Inc. has announced the release of a collaborative software solution that processes and analyzes Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) data. By combining OneButton™ by Icaros and Summit UAS™ by DAT/EM Systems International, UAS enthusiasts will be able to derive valuable 3D information from their UAS-collected data. The Summit UAS™ OneButton™ Bundle requires no training in photogrammetry and is tailored to produce resourcegrade data processing and analysis.


DroneMetrex has announced that unsurpassed NIR mapping data were captured with the TopoDrone-100. It is for the first time in the UAV’s mapping history that such high quality Near Infra Red (NIR) imagery was captured!

DroneMetrex offers their Extended Spectrum Mapping (ESM) camera modification as an option with the TopoDrone-100. After ESM modification, the camera is supplied with 3 external screw-on lens filters. Using simultaneously the NIR filter and also high accuracy L1/ L2/L5/GLONASS/COMPASS(BeiDou-2) PPK Direct Georeferencing Solution the TopoDrone-100 captures 3-band imagery, with the near infra-red band recording unparalleled radiometric quality and chlorophyll discrimination.

Airspace surveillance and senseand- avoid tool for UAS by Exelis

Exelis has launched its first airspace situational awareness tool designed specifically for unmanned aerial system (UAS) operations in the US. Symphony® RangeVue™ puts realtime Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) surveillance data, flexible background maps and weather information in the hands of UAS operators and test range personnel. The system provides significant improvements to the safety and efficiency of UAS operations, whether on the test range or in the field. It enables to have access to both real-time and historical surveillance information via a Webhosted platform, helping to manage mission operations from multiple locations with full visibility of assets.

ISU receives grant for project with J.R. Simplot Company to use UAS

Idaho State University received a $179,000 grant from the state’s Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) to pursue a project with the J.R. Simplot Company to use unmanned aircraft sensors (UAS) to improve agricultural field productivity and grower profitability.

IGEM’s mission is to create new enterprises and high-paying, knowledge-based economy jobs by increasing strategic areas of research and development through targeted partnerships among industry, higher education and government that leverage new and existing resources. http://

Chicago man lands first FAA exemption in state to fly drone for aerial photography

Chicagoan Colin Hinkle received word this month that he’s allowed to fly small drones, becoming the first in Illinois to be granted permission – under Federal Aviation Administration rules – to launch the small aircraft for his aerial photography business. The FAA is on the cusp of implementing new rules and regulations for the operations of the unmanned aircraft, including drones.

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