UAS tech: platforms, sensors, better data streaming and power management

Praetorian and DroneSense team up Pergam Technical Services Inc. released the first UAS sensor designed to detect and measure methane gas Panoptes Systems Corp. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has developed the eBumper4, a sensor system that keeps UAVs a safe distance away from objects Verizon Wireless and Florida-based Tayzu Robotics, a UAS manufacturer, are developing a site in the Cayman Islands …

Walkera’s methanol-fuelled range extender keeps a QR X900 hexacopter in the air for more than an hour

Hexacopter flight times over an hour should soon become possible. Chinese drone manufacturer Walkera has decided to go beyond the battery, teaming up with micro-generator producers at GenSmart to build a new hybrid powertrain for its QR X900 professional heavy lifter. A tiny, efficient methanol motor charges the battery during flight, allowing long flight times and instant refueling and it …

Fuel cell could let drones fly for hours without recharging

Last May, we heard about how Horizon Energy Systems was developing ahydrogen-powered quadcopter that could (hopefully) stay airborne for hours at a time. Soon, however, that drone may not be the only one doing so. That’s because Intelligent Energy has unveiled a fuel cell/battery range extender that could become standard equipment on third-party drones.

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Typhoon H hexacopter features folding landing gear, swivelling 4K camera and more

Camera-carrying hobby drones are now large and sophisticated enough to allow anyone to take stills and videos that once would have required a helicopter. Unfortunately, that capability is marred when the drone’s landing gear keeps getting in the way or when getting that video of a mountain glen means trekking in with an unwieldy flying machine.Yuneec International‘s Typhoon H hexacopter …