Draganfly Innovations Inc. Announcing New Products at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017, Dallas, TX, May 9-11

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Uniting intelligent technologies for more than 40 years.

Shape tomorrow.

All things unmanned.

These are a few of the taglines used by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Their annual trade show for unmanned systems and robotics is recognized as the largest and most comprehensive of the year, and we can’t wait to get there and share with you what we’ve been working on at Draganfly!

We’ll be in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #136, showing off our Draganflyer multi-rotors and announcing two brand new products! These two ground-breaking vehicle systems are going to change the way emergency services personnel respond and perform their duties in serving the public, not to mention have an impact on other industries that are expanding to include unmanned systems as an important part of their toolkit.

With just 5 weeks to go before XPONENTIAL 2017 kicks off, we would like to extend an offer to join us at the show. Take advantage of a free customer pass, compliments of Draganfly, which is good for all 3 days of the XPO. The passes provide access to the keynote sessions, the exhibit floor programming, and of course, the exhibits!

Follow these tips from AUVSI on how to get your trip approved:

  1. Create a list of the manufacturers and suppliers you’ll meet at the show.
  2. Review the educational sessions and keynotes and create a customized schedule showing the technical knowledge and business solutions you’ll bring back to your company.
  3. Send a justification letter to your supervisor to get your trip approved today.

We look forward to seeing you at the XPO!

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Draganfly Innovations Partners with Surefire to Provide Night Search and Data Capture Solutions

Draganfly Innovations has partnered with SureFire LLC to integrate SureFire’s LEDs into Draganfly UAVs to perform applications that until now have been limited to daytime hours.

Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – February 28, 2017 – Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with SureFire LLC to integrate and test their LED technology as a complete system with Draganfly’s UAV’s.

With both companies deeply rooted in serving the public safety space for decades, it is a natural progression to combine Draganfly’s drone technology with SureFire’s superior optical lighting platform to provide night time operational solutions.

Draganfly will assist in preparing SureFire’s dual beam optically enhanced 2000 Lumen unit for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganfly Commander. Draganfly is incorporating the lights on their ASM (active stabilized mount) gimballed camera mount. One of the advantages of Draganfly’s ASM design is that there is space to fly multiple accessories. Various flight testing exercises have been conducted by placing SureFire’s LED unit adjacent to a high quality Sony camera. It has been successfully used in search and rescue exercises and for general night time videography.

Currently, the industry tends to use infrared sensors at night for various missions. However, infrared sensors do not always provide information that can be rapidly communicated to the field which is critical in a search and rescue or pursuit of a subject. Now with SureFire’s LEDs, lighting the night sky presents the data to the pilot in a manner they are accustomed to during daytime operations.

Having a powerful light on a UAV also allows for better situational awareness by targeting the subject that has been discovered with the light during an operation. Further, during search missions, responders can move to where the light from the drone above is pointing to locate subjects quickly and benefit from the illumination of that area.

“We are pleased to partner with Draganfly in demonstrating the value of applying our patented MaxVision™ optics in UAV applications that benefit Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and the public they serve”, said Alex Soo, Vice President of Engineering at SureFire. “Our continuing focus is to deliver world-class lighting solutions in unique low light environments, so we see our collaboration with Draganfly as paramount in proving both our technologies in areas that enable us to protect the public and also save lives.”

“We are ecstatic to be working with SureFire on this initiative,” said Draganfly CEO, Cameron Chell. “Helping our customers extend their ability to perform critical operations during the night is very compelling.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc. is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multirotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

About SureFire, LLC

Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire, LLC is the leading manufacturer of high-performance flashlights, weapon-mounted lights, suppressors, and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm’s way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations forces than any other brand. SureFire is an ISO 9001:2008-certified company.

 

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Paul Sun, CFO

416-569-5070

paul.sun@draganfly.com

 

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Draganfly Innovations Inc. Exhibiting at IDEX 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Feb 19-23

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Visit the Draganfly Innovations booth (#CP270) at IDEX 2017 to speak to our CEO, learn more about our data and imaging solutions, and see for yourself what sets Draganfly apart from the competition. Find out how Draganfly can help your business reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase productivity.

The International Defense Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX, is the only event in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region that demonstrates the latest technology in land, sea, and air defense. The event is organized in association with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces.

IDEX is a biennial event and takes place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which is centrally located in the heart of the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The show uses 100% of the 133,000sqm event space to showcase over 1,200 exhibitors to the expected 100,000+ attendees.

Event: IDEX 2017
Dates: February 19 – 23, 2017
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
Draganfly Innovations Booth #: CP270

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Draganfly Innovations To Flight Test New Miniaturized Corning Hyperspectral Sensor System

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Draganfly Innovations is proud to announce that they have signed an agreement with Optical Filter Corporation, a subsidiary of Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) to integrate their miniaturized advanced hyperspectral camera system into Draganfly’s UAVs.

Draganfly will assist in preparing Corning’s new miniaturized, fully integrated hyperspectral imaging system (HSIS) for commercial release by integrating the system onto the Draganflyer Commander. Draganfly is developing a motorized 2-axis gimbal specifically for Corning’s system, and will conduct flight testing exercises in California.

Corning’s system combines high spectral and spatial resolution in a small form factor. It is a fully self-contained system including hyperspectral sensor, INS-GPS, and on-board computer for system management and recording of imagery and navigation data. It offers a 50% reduction in size, weight and power consumption to comparable systems. Data collected by this system can be used to identify specific vegetation species, determine relative crop health, develop irrigation strategies, and create yield optimization strategies.

Flown on the Draganflyer Commander, Corning’s hyperspectral sensor system will help customers obtain higher crop quality, implement sustainable farm management practices and identify opportunities to increase revenue and profit per acre.

“We are pleased to work with Draganfly to show the value of our small form factor hyperspectral system innovations with UAVs,” said David Velasquez, commercial director, Corning Advanced Optics. “We’ve been focused on delivering an outstanding hyperspectral solution for UAV applications. Our full system is small enough to work with Draganfly’s UAV technology while at the same time being cost effective. Our work with Draganfly is an important way for us to demonstrate the value of hyperspectral technology for applications like precision agriculture.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Corning on this project,” said Draganfly CEO, Cameron Chell, “We are excited to provide our customers, specifically those in agriculture, with an easy way to take advantage of hyperspectral imaging to monitor the health of their crops more efficiently.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at http://www.draganfly.com

About Corning Incorporated

Corning (http://www.corning.com) is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.

For interviews and/or further information please contact:
Paul Sun, CFO
416-569-5070
paul.sun@draganfly.com

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The Reason I Chose Draganfly

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I recently attended the Inaugural Symposium for the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Their objectives for this Symposium include, “consolidating research teams while enhancing cross-disciplinary collaboration, working with our International Scientific Advisory Committee, and further building relationships with industry and stakeholder groups.” I spent two days visiting with PhD’s in almost every field from agronomics to computer science to economics and there is one thing that is very clear; teamwork.

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The teamwork involved in a project such as this requires experts from all departments in order to make it a success. They are each performing specific research all around the world in different environments, using different equipment all working towards a similar goal. How does this apply to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS’)?

“Working with Draganfly has been like an R&D partner, like an extension of this grant. They are real partners.”  – Steve Shirtliffe, PhD, Department of Plant Sciences

Projects are stronger working together. We are the super-professionals in this industry that spend all day talking about UAS’, regulations, applications, workflow, and best practices. If you want to develop a successful sustainable UAS program, you don’t just want to buy a UAS, you want a partner. So when you call, live-chat, or e-mail, we will provide you with information to enhance your understanding of the entire UAS ecosystem without the frustration of learning it all on your own. You have questions, Draganfly has answers.

Andrew Carson

draganfly Innovations Inc.

Customer Service & Training Lead

Toll Free: 1-800-979-9794 ext. 6112

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Email: andrew.carson@draganfly.com

 

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Draganfly Innovations Receives Permission to Test ADS-B Communications Technology

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Draganfly is the first Canadian company to receive permission for low power ADS-B Transceiver testing.

Saskatoon SK, and Venice, CA – Draganfly Innovations Inc. continues to lead the UAS industry by receiving permission to test an integrated command-and-control system that utilizes automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) avionics with their UAV. Draganfly is the first UAV manufacturer in Canada to receive this approval and will be testing in both Class G and Class D airspace with approval from governing authorities.

ADS-B is a surveillance technology that allows aircraft to determine positioning via satellite navigation, and simultaneously broadcasting that same position, enabling them to be tracked. This information can be received by air traffic control ground stations, similar to RADAR technology that’s in use today. ADS-B addresses safety concerns relating to UAVs sharing airspace with traditional aircraft. The system is capable of real-time traffic and weather updates in 3D trajectories and can be customized based on specific missions and applications.

Ultimately this is a major step in incorporating sense and avoid capabilities, and will provide UAVs with the ability to detect and avoid manned and other unmanned aircraft. This will also move the technology closer to a place where UAVs have the ability to safely operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

Draganfly is working with partners at uAvionix to incorporate their 1/2W Ping transceivers onto the Draganflyer Commander platform, and are excited to be involved in testing this leading edge technology.

“We are excited to be working with the team at uAvionix and test ADS-B on our platforms,” said Zenon Dragan, President of Draganfly, “We expect that all UAVs will require an ADS-B transceiver in the future and we’re pleased to be the first in Canada to test it out.”

“It has been a long road for us” Jeff Walker, uAvionix CTO, commented, and added “We have had to constantly innovate around the regulations to bring this technology to market. Thanks to the Draganfly team’s tireless efforts, a turning point in drone-aviation safety can be finally realized.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.
Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

About uAvionix
uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable family of ADS-B transponders, receivers and navigation tools. uAvionix’s Ping network system combines hardware, software, and real time airspace mapping to enable safe operation of and collision avoidance for manned and unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Founded in 2015, Palo Alto based uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, aviation, sUAS operations and compliance, hardware, software, and cloud services.

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Draganfly Innovations Approved for UAV Operations Across Canada

 

Even on the brightest days, the navigation lighting on the Draganflyer Commander is easy to see and serves as a valuable visual aid when manually flying the system. When operating on cloudy days or near sunset, LED brightness can be adjusted remotely from the handheld controller.

Draganfly has successfully received permission to be able to operate their UAVs across Canada.

Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – September 1, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations is pleased to announce that they have successfully received Standing SFOCs (Special Flight Operations Certificates) for all of Canada (excluding Quebec).

Draganfly is now able to conduct flight training and demonstrations as well as offer specialized flight services across the country without having to complete a site specific SFOC process.

The certification was obtained for the following regions:

  • Pacific
  • Prairie Northern
  • Ontario
  • Atlantic

Draganfly is proud to be seen as an industry leader in Canada and the United States in the UAV space, as the capability to obtain nation-wide SFOCs is not without its complications.

“We look forward to being able to share our experience with our clients and customers,” said President and Co-Founder, Zenon Dragan, “Our SFOC knowledge is industry leading, and we can now offer more assistance to our customers whether they’re looking to expand their own SFOC certification, or have us complete flight demos on site.”

Draganfly is happy to offer existing customers assistance with completing their SFOC. Please contact your sales representative for more information.

 

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Judy Garvey

403-781-6671

judy.garvey@draganfly.com

 

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