ReliableRobotics400x275Reliable Robotics, which develops automated aircraft systems, has announced raising $100 million in a Series C funding round, led by Coatue Management. The round brings the total funds raised to more than $133 million for the company and its Remotely Operated Aircraft System, designed to expand safe, flexible and efficient air transportation services. The company said it will use the capital to scale its team to support its first aircraft certification program and expedite the launch of commercial cargo operations.


SenseraSystems400x275Sensera Systems, which develops all-in-one compact-solar site cameras, has announced the release of its third-generation camera models. The new models represent seven years of refinement and lessons learned from customers across thousands of job sites, and incorporate advancements to lower pricing, increase reliability, and improve performance and ease of use.


VoloDroneFlight400x275Volocopter announced that its electric, heavy-lift drone VoloDrone has conducted its first public flight, held at the ITS World Congress 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. With international logistics firm DB Schenker, Volocopter demonstrated the VoloDrone’s seamless integration ito the logistics supply chain with an end-to-end cargo transport demonstration. In early 2020, DB Schenker became a strategic investor in VoloCopter, and the demonstration showed their progress since that investment, the company said.


BRINC drone400x275BRINC, an American technology company building a new class of drones in response to active, mass shooter situations, has announced it raised $25 million in Series A funding to expand its mission to keep people safe in dangerous situations. 


CitadelFamily400x275Citadel Defense announced it has expanded their intelligence and counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS, or counter-drone) with a suite of new solutions under the Titan brand. The family of C-UAS solutions are designed to keep the U.S. military ahead of the threat curve through industry-leading autonomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities.


FLIR IONM640x 400x275Teledyne FLIR has announced the launch of its ION M640x tactical unmanned aerial system (UAS). The American-designed, developed and manufactured UAS builds on the capabilities of the ION M440, and aims to provide military and other government customers with best-in-class capabilities for their unique missions.


PteroTranswing400x275A recent article from Business Insider weighed in on the future of drones, suggesting that “whether these unmanned aircrafts [drones] are controlled by a remote or accessed via a smartphone app, they possess the capability of reaching the most remote areas with little to no manpower needed, and require the least amount of effort, time, and energy."


ShieldAI VBAT400x275Shield AI, which uses self-driving software to enable teams of robots to oeprate in GPS- and RF-denied environments has announced that its Martin UAV division successfully flew its V-BAT unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on numerous missions with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Portland (LPD 27), including a flight where the V-BAT crew demonstrated the aircraft’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability by using the system to successfully link sensor to target in less than three minutes from receipt of tasking.


RedTail RTL 450 400x275RedTail LiDAR Systems, which develops microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirror-based light detection and ranging (lidar) technology, has announced delivering six lidar systems to the 707th Ordnance Company, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The systems will provide Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians an opportunity to assess how lidar can be used to enhance their operations.


Honda eVTOL400x275Honda Motor Co. has announced the technology development direction the company is pursuing while leveraging its core technologies. The direction will lead to the fulfillment of Honda’s 2030 Vision of serving people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential.”


Citadel Titan DF 400x275Citadel Defense has announced it received three new counter unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) contracts from the U.S. government for their newest product, Titan Drone Finder (Titan DF). The latest solution allows operators to track drones, their flight path, and autonomously neutralize threats that cross a user-defined alert zone.


UAE MarineChallenge400x275A group from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking registrations for its latest robotics challenge – the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) Maritime Grand Challenges will focus on finding real-time solutions for maritime safety and security. The challenge will be held in Abu Dhabi in June 2023, with more than $3 million in prize money being offered to teams.


KamanKargo400x275Kaman Corporation has unveiled its KARGO UAV, a new unmanned aerial vehicle designed for expeditionary logistics within military environments. Built with the U.S. Armed Forces future operating concepts in mind, Kaman said the KARGO UAV includes a rugged design, a compact form factor that can fit in a standard shipping container, and easy deployment that can be unloaded and operated by as few as two people.


XAG Ecuador400x275XAG has announced that its agricultural drones were recently introduced to a series of on-farm spraying trials for high-altitude specialty crops. Flying into the Andes mountains of Ecuador, the demonstrations on potato fields have presented the potential of fully autonomous drones to reduce labor costs and agricultural pesticide exposure, the company said.


RoboticanDrones400x275Robotican has announced it successfully delivered its first indoor unmanned aerial system (UAS) to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) for operational evaluation. The Isreal-based company, founded in 2013, specializes in autonomous robotics and drones for challenging operational needs.


MilremRoboticsCUAV 400x275MSI-Defence Systems Limited (MSI-DSL), which develops leading-edge weapon and underwater systems, has teamed up with European robotics and autonomous systems developer Milrem Robotics to present a highly mobile, kinetic counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system.