What are some of the advances in Counter Drone Technology?
For that question, we head to Paris, France to speak with Lucas Le Bell, CEO and Co-Founder of CerbAir. Cerbair was created to counter the alarming increase of drone intrusions on critical facilities, as well as the threat they represent. The company offers anti-drone solutions that adapt to the needs of each customer. Lucas co-founded CerbAir in 2015 with Olivier Le Blainvaux and in five years, the company has grown to provide anti-drone solutions to a large portfolio of customers worldwide. Today, it is recognized as one of the leaders in the emerging counter drone industry. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Lucas talks about Cerbair, the pros and cons of the technologies used to counter drone incursions and the challenges and opportunities in protecting critical infrastructure.
Would you like to pilot a personal flying drone?
It may not be technically be a drone, but as today’s guest shares, the new HEXA from Lift Aircraft looks and flies a lot like a drone and could usher in a whole new personal flying experience. Lift Aircraft is a venture of Matt Chasen, founder of uShip, the online shipping marketplace. Chasen and his company has developed an electric, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that is so simple to operate that anyone will be able to take it out for a spin and experience an entirely new kind of flying. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Kevin Rustigi, Director of Business Operations at LIFT Aircraft talks about company, its new HEXA ultralight vehicle and plans to offer rides to those looking for unique flying experience. We also talk about the future of personal flying vehicles.
Can A Drone Help Manage A Sailboat Race?
Dr. Tulinda Larsen is CEO and Founder of Skylark Drone Research, a technology company that empowers Fortune 500 companies with drone analytics, service providers with secure execution of flights and manufacturers with regulatory airspace compliance. Tulinda has spent more than 40 years in commercial aviation. She’s a private pilot, a Certified Part 107 Remote Pilot and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Tulinda also serves as an Advisor to Women and Drones.
Skylark Drone Research works with sailing organizations to develop drone programs designed for use of drones in sailing programs. The company worked with the Annapolis Yacht Club to develop policies and procedures for using drones for sailboat race management, coaching, yacht club events, and other applications.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Tulinda talks about how drones are used in sailboat race management and the best practices. She also shares two new exciting program offerings of Women and Drones, namely a new membership program and job boards for Women and Drone members.
How does the Commercial Drone Industry view the proposed Remote ID Rule?
Lisa Ellman is the Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent 501c6 non-profit organization led by key members of the commercial drone industry. The Alliance works collectively to merge policy with innovation to create relevant rules for operation. It educates on the economic benefits and humanitarian gains made possible by commercial drones and advocates for their safe and responsible use. It also brings industry and government together to solve some of the challenges facing the industry.
Lisa is widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities” on drone policy and law. She was featured in Fortune's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to develop policy governing drone use in the United States. In addition to her role with the Commercial Drone Alliance, Lisa is also a Partner at Hogan Lovells and Chair of the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group, a “one-stop shop” for all legal and policy issues related to commercial drones.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show Podcast, Lisa talks about the Commercial Drone Alliance, its view of the proposed Remote ID rule and other initiatives the Alliance is currently involved to push the industry forward.
An Update From NASA
Today, we head to the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California to speak with Parimal Kopardekar and Misty Davies. The Ames Research Center is one of ten NASA field centers. Since 1939, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center's core capabilities. Ames Research Center supports virtually every major NASA mission and initiative through its expertise in aerosciences, air traffic management, advanced computing and IT systems and many other capabilities. Dr.
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, or PK for short, serves as the Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute. In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aviation in the areas of autonomy, aeronautics manufacturing, and advanced air mobility. Dr. Misty Davies is Deputy Project Manager for NASA’s System-Wide Safety Project. Her work is focused on predicting the behavior of complex, engineered systems early in design as a way to improve these systems' safety, reliability, performance, and cost.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, PK and Misty give us an update on the work NASA is doing to support unmanned aerial systems, they talk about the challenges of developing autonomous systems and they provide some insights into NASA’s Grand Challenge for Urban Air Mobility.