At this year’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando, Hitech exhibited products ranging from their well-known actuators to their advanced drone systems, but of special interest were the company’s newest American-made and marketed sensors and electronics.


PurdueDroneDelivery400x275Purdue Athletics has teamed up with its hospitality partner Levy, DBK Studio, Chicago-based Valqari and USOG to pilot a drone-delivered food and beverage service at its sports and entertainment venue. The pilot program took place from April 27-30 at Alexander Field, home of Purdue Baseball.


XponentialComposite400x275Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) brought its annual conference, XPONENTIAL, to Orlando, Apr. 25-28. The event invites industry innovators, technology experts and end users together to experience new technology that is solving real world problems, from safety and defense, to energy and infrastructure, business, construction, health, and the environment.  

Aergility VTOL aircraft at Xponential 2022 setup daySetup day at Xponential 2022 was a bustling day of booth building accented by many old hands in the robotics industry working with setup crews and saying hello to professional friends passing by. 


Voxl2 400x275ModalAI, which manufactures autonomous drone and robot technology under the Blue UAS Framework, has announced availability of its VOXL 2 system, powered by Qualcomm’s Flight RB5 5G platform. The new computing platform aims to accelerate the development of commercial drone and robot solutions to realize the benefits of autonomous artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G wireless connectivity.


Lucid Drone Technologies and T-Mobile partner on industrial spraying dronesWireless carrier T-Mobile has announced that Lucid Drone Technologies will use T-Mobile as the exclusive provider of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and management for Lucid’s fleet of industrial spraying drones. The two companies are collaborating to put maintenance teams and exterior cleaning companies out of harm’s way by using drones for high-risk facilities maintenance work, such as exterior soft-wash cleaning and high-rise window cleaning.


Supernal VertiPort400x275Supernal and Urban-Air Port have announced the debut of Air-One - a proprietary deployable operations hub for manned and unmanned vehicles that can handle future electric air travel. The vertiport is open for public visitation in Coventry, U.K., and will be redeployed in additional cities worldwide later this year to continue to highlight future Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) passenger journeys and operations.


LEMO M Connectors400x275The new LEMO High Power Connectors combine the light and compact M series bodies with new gold-plated high power contacts. Safe, lightweight, rugged and fully waterproof, the connectors offer comprehensive interconnect solutions for robotics, motorsport, defense, aerospace and drone markets.


EPC2221 400x275EPC has announced the EPC2221, a common source dual gallium nitride (GaN) FET rated at 100 V, 58 mΩ, and 20 A pulsed current. The integrated circuit is designed to be used in lidar systems for robots, surveillance systems, drones, autonomous cars, and vacuum cleaners.


Iris CasiaG Copter400x275Iris Automation has announced the commercial availability of Casia G, its ground-based version of its detect-and-avoid (DAA) surveillance solution. Using the same patented artificial intelligence and computer vision technology as Iris Automation’s onboard solutions, the Casia G provides a full optical 360-degree field of regard designed to detect, alert and enable operators to avoid both cooperative and non-cooperative aircraft for safe beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight.


Iris TrueWeather400x275TruWeather Solutions, which develops micro-weather data and analytics solutions, has announced a partnership with Iris Automation to integrate its micro-weather services and weather sensors into the Iris Automation Casia G ground-based surveillance system (GBSS). The combination and meshed network will provide real-time integrated communications, collision avoidance and micro-weather data to operators.


FAA DroneGrants400x275The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced awarding $4.4 million in drone research, education and training grants to seven universities. The research will focus on three areas – electromagnetic compatibility, detect-and-avoid classifications, and cybersecurity oversight.


Spot robot 400x275Teledyne FLIR Defense, a division of Teledyne Technologies, has announced it teamed with MFE Inspection Solutions to integrate the FLIR MUVE C360 multi-gas detector on Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot, as well as commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The integrated solutions aim to enable remote monitoring of chemical threats in industrial and public safety applications.


Iris Casia G 400x275Iris Automation has announced it was granted a second waiver for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) autonomous operations on behalf of the City of Reno, Nev., utilizing its Casia G ground-based system.


MaxonDroneMotor400x275The new EC 69 flat drone motor is a brushless motor optimized for unmanned aerial vehicles and drone applications.


FedEx ElroyAir400x275FedEx Express has announced teaming up with Bay Area-based Elroy Air, which is building an end-to-end autonomous vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aerial cargo system. FedEx Express said it will test Elroy Air’s Chaparral autonomous air cargo system within the company’s middle-mile logistics operations, moving shipments between sortation locations. FedEx said this is the latest initiative to explore and adopt emerging technologies across its networks.