The UAS Policy Landscape

Even in the absence of significant federal legislation, the policy landscape for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has continued to evolve. The FAA recently released its highly anticipated UAS remote identification rule, along with new frameworks for operations over people. Read more

The Autonomous Future of UAVs

In October 2020, Skydio announced that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) was granted a first-of-its-kind approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct operations beyond visual line of site (BVLOS) for bridge inspections. These inspections are conducted using Skydio Autonomy, an AI-based flight engine that enables operations in obstacle-dense environments and areas without GPS.  Read more

Mayflower Autonomous Ship is loaded with future-focused technology as it prepares for historic, fully unmanned trans-Atlantic voyage

Roughly 400 years ago, 101 people known as pilgrims made a risky, historic trans-Atlantic voyage from Plymouth, UK, toward Plymouth, Mass., in a ship called the Mayflower. This month, a collaboration of maritime boundary pushers aims to launch a second Mayflower to repeat the journey  – this time with no humans aboard. Read more

Andy Stanford-Clark

BEYOND THE DIVERSITY TAB: IF WE WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD, WE MUST GET OUR HOUSE IN ORDER.

Organizations across the unmanned systems industry are seeking to increase diversity and improve inclusiveness, recognizing that doing so improves decision-making, innovation and engagement. Read more

Mignonne Hollis

Rep. Graves identifies opportunities for industry-govt collaboration

To kick off the final day of the virtual segment of XPONENTIAL 2021, Congressman Garret Graves delivered keynote remarks on the current state of of government-industry collaboration. Rep. Graves represents Louisiana’s Sixth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he serves as the Ranking Member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation. In his remarks, he identified opportunities to build consensus and support innovation that advances shared priorities.  Read more