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Drone News Roundup: DroneAnalyst Seeks Survey Participants, Parrot Partners with Skyward, and More

BY Zacc Dukowitz
25 September 2020

This week we’re covering DroneAnalyst’s 4th annual survey, which is currently seeking respondents—to entice people to fill out the survey, anyone who fills it out is automatically entered to win one of two DJI Mavic Minis.

We’re also covering Parrot’s partnership with Skyward, Kansas State University’s new program for the use of drones in firefighting and HAZMAT scenarios, a program created by CalPoly students to forecast shark encounters using drones and AI, and FAA Administrator Steve Dickson’s remarks at Commercial UAV Expo, which included some information about what might be coming next for Remote ID.

Now on to the links!

DroneAnalyst Seeks Respondents for 4th Annual Survey

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This will be the fourth year in which DroneAnalyst releases a report providing comprehensive information about the drone industry. That report is created based on the answers survey respondents provide—which is where you come in. DroneAnalyst wants anyone who works in or engages with the drone industry to fill out its survey. And if you’re reading this, that means you. What’s in it for you? For participating in the survey, you’ll get a free copy of the report as well as be entered to win one of two DJI Mavic Minis.


Parrot Partners with Skyward

Photo credit: Parrot

At Commercial UAV Expo’s annual conference, which is being hosted virtually this year, Parrot and Skyward announced a new partnership. The partnership will “deliver Parrot ANAFI drones along with Skyward drone program management, flight log sync, and training to U.S. enterprises,” allowing companies to use Parrot’s drones and Skyward’s fleet management software in an integrated, end-to-end solution for commercial drone work.


Kansas State University Launches UAS Training Course for Firefighters and HAZMAT Personnel

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As fires continue to rage on the west coast, Kansas State University recently announced a new course aimed at training firefighters and HAZMAT personnel in the use of drones to support their work. The course is a four-day intensive, and will take place from October 5-8 near Salina, KS. We should note that Kansas State is no stranger to drones. It was the first university in the U.S. to receive a BVLOS waiver, and it has been providing drone trainings since the FAA launched its Part 107 rules back in 2016.


CalPoly Students Use Drones and AI to Forecast Shark Encounters

Shark Detecting Technology

We’ve been seeing drone videos of shark encounters for some time now, but so far these have primarily been scary evidence of what we all suspected—that sharks are swimming much closer to us than we’d like to believe. But a new project led by students at CalPoly is aiming to forecast where shark encounters may happen by training computers to recognize sharks in the water using visual data collected by drone. The project is being conducted in partnership with Cal State Long Beach’s Shark Lab—watch the video above to learn more, and click the link below to get the full read.


FAA Administrator Steve Dickson Addresses UAS IPP Outcomes, Future of Remote ID in Commercial UAV Expo Keynote

Photo credit: Commercial UAV News

Commercial UAV Expo’s 2020 conference took place last week. The keynote from FAA Administrator Steve Dickson held some key insights into the U.S. drone landscape, including information on what has been accomplished over the last three years and what might be coming soon. Specifically, Administrator Dickson spoke about the accomplishments realized by the UAS IPP as it winds to a close (the three-year program will end next month). He also said that the FAA has been carefully sifting through the 53,000+ comments that its Remote ID NPRM garnered, and that the agency “envisions” finishing the Remote ID rule by the end of 2020.


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