That Drone Show | April 2014

At UASUSA we believe unmanned aircraft systems are civil servants in the air. With a different pedigree and no resemblance to the well-known military drone, we develop and sell small civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) that are helping governments, businesses, and non-governmental organizations resolve some of society’s biggest commercial, environmental, and scientific challenges. As with any new technology, the market is currently flooded with young companies and hobbyists selling unmanned aerial vehicles. We advise you to look closely and ask the hard questions; we know that when you learn about our company’s deep experience with small UAV flight, and investigate our superior autopilot and user-friendly ground controls, you will agree that what we offer is an unmanned aerial system unparalleled in mission capability.  We have a great solution for your group’s aerial mission needs!

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Top 10 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Taking Flight


When everyone else is running for cover from a violent storm, the Tempest unmanned aerial vehicle is going straight into it. The UAV and its instruments are part of a large-scale scientific research project called VORTEX2 that aims to understand tornadoes. The 10-foot-wide, 20-pound Tempest can move at 100 miles per hour, and has sensors to measure air pressure, moisture, wind speed, and temperature. Initially, researchers from the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska who developed the Tempest were unsure that their UAV would be able to make measurements in a supercell storm, the kind that spews heavy rain, hail, wind, and sometimes a tornado. Yet last May, when the team got the green light from the FAA, they flew the Tempest into a supercell thunderstorm over northwestern Kansas. The UAV flew for 44 minutes, successfully transmitting meteorological data, along with its position and status, wirelessly to a control station and tracker vehicle on the ground. Kochersberger, who has seen the Tempest up close, says it’s a novel use for a UAV. “I’ve talked to their researchers. I like their design philosophy,” he says. “They certainly got closer to bad weather.”

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Tempest Featured on Airware's New Website

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Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this year, including autopilot hardware, navigation, software, and cloud infrastructure for storing and analyzing data from a drone’s sensors. Kleiner’s Mike Abbott will join the board, and previous investors Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital are also in on the raise that brings Airware to $40 million in funding.

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The Future of Drones | April 2014

 Skip Miller was a guest speaker at the Boedecker Theatre in Boulder, Colorado, to discuss the future of drones, how drones can benefit our society and how his company, UASUSA, is positioned to be a leader in the industry.

Kenyan Game Reserve Evaluates UAV To Counter Poaching

Screen Shot 2015 04 17 at 4.48.09 PMUS company Airware has deployed an Aerial Ranger unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to track down rhino poachers in Kenya’s Ol Pejeta conservancy – East Africa’s largest black rhino reserve – in an effort to showcase the potential of such aircraft.

Airware in December sent a three-person team to Kenya to carry out in-field tests of the Aerial Ranger to see how it could observe, track and protect wildlife. Airware specialises in building UAV hardware, software and firmware.

The company plans to launch its commercial UAV platform later this year and in anticipation of this, it wanted to educate people on the positive uses of UAVs, according to Airware founder and CEO Jonathan Downey. As a result, Airware deployed the Aerial Ranger to Kenya to monitor for poachers, with Airware supplying the autopilot and control software. “The drone, equipped with Airware’s autopilot platform and control software, acts as both a deterrent and a surveillance tool, sending real-time digital video and thermal imaging feeds of animals – and poachers – to rangers on the ground using both fixed and gimbal-mounted cameras,” Airware said.

The company’s digital mapping interface has been designed for ease of use – users click a spot on the map to either get the UAV to fly there or point its camera there. Another feature is an autoland instruction. As it is able to capture real time video and thermal imaging data, the UAV can operate day and night. The footage captured by the UAV could be used to identify poachers and help convict them in court.

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Laws Lag Behind Drone Technology

BOULDER - When most of us hear the word "drone," we immediately think of the military flying machines being used overseas in the war on terror. However, there's a growing demand to put unmanned aircraft in the sky here at home. Entrepreneurs are champing at the bit to use the technology already at their fingertips, but they and privacy experts alike have concerns that our laws are lagging behind the technology.

9NEWS got the first inside look at a company in Boulder that makes a model of drone called the "Tempest."

It has a ten-foot wingspan, and boasts speeds up to 120 mph, all powered by a battery that's like a large version of what's in your cell phone. The company is called UAS USA. UAS stands for "Unmanned Aerial System," the unassuming technical name for the aircraft.

The name "drone" is much more likely to stick with the public.

Tempest inventor Skip Miller held up an issue of time magazine that demonstrates the image problem he faces. "It's a predator flying over suburbia with lights on in the house," Miller said. The Tempest is designed to be the opposite of that.

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Times-Call Local News | April 2015

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UASUSA will manufacture drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems like the TEMPEST (shown) from a subleased hangar in the Vance Brand Municipal Airport. Skip Miller, founder and CEO of drone manufacturing company UASUSA thanked the Longmont city council for allowing them to "land" in Longmont before the council voted unanimously to lease part of the airport hangar to the company Tuesday night. UASUSA won't be flying drones at the airport anytime, Miller said. Instead, the company will only manufacture them and sell them there for the time being. Councilmembers in March approved the city working with another drone (or Unmanned Aircraft Systems, as Miller prefers) company, Iron Ridge Engineering, on a sublease of a Vance Brand Municipal Airport hangar.

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White House Student Film Festival

Our own Arthur Daily helped to film the aerial shots of  this Official entry for White House Student Film Festival "The Impact of Giving Back" featuring the 2015 2nd grade class at Friends School.