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23
JAN
2017

Drone Flight Tests FAA Spacecraft Re-entry Technologies

High-altitude drone tests new Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, surveillance technologies potential to support commercial spacecraft. A drone released from a high-altitude balloon carried a payload to evaluate how the equipment could help the FAA detect and track commercial... Read More →
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22
AUG
2016

So What’s Happening at the Oregon UAS Test Ranges?

SOAR’s COO has the answer We are really excited about the recent activities at our Oregon UAS Test Ranges. All three FAA-designated test ranges are experiencing an uptick in flight activity that we haven’t seen previously. We’ve had Trillium Engineering, Pacific Northwest... Read More →
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08
JUL
2016

A word from our Executive Director

With July 4th behind us, summer is really here. I can step outside the office and watch all the people on floating things drifting down the Deschutes river and know that will be the scene for the next few months. Summer will also bring out more and more UAS activity as vacation... Read More →
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10
MAR
2016

Exploring the #SiliconSky – Visiting Pendleton’s RQ-7 Shadow Unit

Climbing the hill out of the city of Pendleton, Oregon, John Stevens and I made our way to the Oregon National Guard facility on a gray Thursday morning. Up until this trip, John, a former Marine, had been my only exposure to the armed forces of America. I had never been to a... Read More →
24
JUL
2015

How Many Drones Does It Take To Screw In A Lightbulb?

First of all, a disclaimer: the flying robots are more appropriately called Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS, not Drones. That said, even industry must eventually buckle to colloquial pressure and so I’ll use the terms interchangeably. Now, to the good stuff… So, robots can fly now... Read More →
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17
JUN
2015

The Next Path to UAS Commercialization

As the UAS industry looks forward to the FAA’s impending release of formal rules to integrate small UAS into the National Airspace System, SOAR Oregon is particularly excited about the next big step towards larger UAS commercialization – FAA Type Certification.  For decades of... Read More →
09
JUN
2015

Rise of the Drones – The Advent of Autonomous Aircraft

The world we live in is changing in fundamental ways – and we are all fortunate to be living to experience it. Within a generation a majority of the cars on our roads will drive themselves. Within ten years, most cargo flights will take place without pilots on-board. And... Read More →