NearEarth Copter400x275Kaman Corporation has announced an investment of $10 million in Pittsburgh-based Near Earth Autonomy for a minority interest in the outstanding equity of the company and a seat on its board of directors. The funding will allow Near Earth to accelerate its technology to establish an industry standard in autonomous solutions for the next generation of aviation. Kaman said the partnership also leverages its core competency in precision parts manufacturing as the preferred manufacturer of autonomous parts and components for Near Earth.


SoftBank ST Flex400x275SoftBank’s mobile carrier division has announced completion of the initial testing of Altaeros’ ST-Flex, an autonomous aerostat (tethered blimp). Operational and telecommunications tests were performed at Japan’s Hokkaido Spaceport in Taiki Town.


IndoorRobotics Tando400x275Israel-based Indoor Robotics, which is developing the Tando indoor drone, has announced raising $15 million in Series A funding. The round will enable the company to boost product development and enable more intelligent indoor security around the world.


AmazonDrone400x275Amazon has announced that customers in Lockeford, Calif., will be among the first to receive Prime Air drone deliveries in the U.S. later this year.


AsylonZeroEyes400x275ZeroEyes, which has created an artificial intelligence-based gun detection video analytics platform, has announced a partnership with Asylon Robotics, which automates security operations by leveraging aerial and ground robotics for perimeter and drone security and intelligence services.


VoloConnect400x275Volocopter, which is developing urban air mobility systems, announced that its fixed-wing passenger aircraft, the VoloConnect, completed its first flight in May 2022. The company said it is the only electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) developer worldwide to have an entire fleet of distinct aircraft configurations undergoing flight tests.


ICYMI XPO Roundup400x275Over the past few weeks, we've been detailing individual booth visits of companies exhibiting unmanned products and components at the recent Xponential 2022 event in Orlando. Here is a roundup of links that includes site visit reports of nine firms notable for their innovative technology, impressive management and likely staying power.


WovenPlanetHydrogen400x275Toyota Motor Corporation and its Woven Planet Holdings subsidiary have announced a working prototype of its portable hydrogen cartridge. The design aims to facilitate everyday transport and supply of hydrogen energy to power several daily life applications inside and outside the home, including mobility vehicles, drones, and robots, among others. 


OSS XpoBooth400x275At the One Stop Systems (OSS) booth at Xponential 2022, we saw several computer systems designed for use in autonomous vehicles of several types, or at ground stations. The San Diego-based company designs and manufactures edge computing modules and systems.


UAVEngines 400x275At the recent Xponential 2022 event in Orlando, we got a quick look at some smart looking power plants that were on display at the UAV Engines exhibit.


AlarisPro400x275At Xponential 2022 in Orlando, we spent some time at the AlarisPro booth to discuss their advanced fleet management software for the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market.


IrisCasiaG Closer 400x275At Xponential 2022 in Orlando, we caught up with Lori DeMatteis, Iris Automation’s global vice president of customer success, and got more information about its Casia G system, a 360-degree ground-based detect-and-avoid airspace perimeter monitor.


WalmartDrone AR 400x275Walmart has announced it plans to expand its DroneUp delivery network to 34 sites by the end of the year, with the potential of reaching 4 million U.S. households across six states – Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. The retailer said the expansion would give them the ability to deliver more than 1 million packages by drone in one year.


Aergility Closer400x275While exhibitors at Xponential 2022 provided an abundant array of products and components for unmanned systems, particularly impressive was Aergility’s ATLIS cargo UAV, a 24.33-foot wingspan hybrid-powered eVTOL cargo transport airplane.


SkydioAxon400x275Axon and Skydio have announced an upgrade to its Axon Respond software that will allow public safety agencies flying Skydio Drones and using the Respond software to access drone live-streams to provide more comprehensive views of incidents.


maxonmotor400x275At the recent Xponential 2022 event, we caught up with maxon and its latest precision motors and drives for robots, drones, and other equipment.