First the FAA talks to open up civilian UAV traffic and now Trimble announced Friday that it's buying Gatewing.
I posted about Gatewing a few weeks ago: Are (non-orbiting) UAVs the Future of Aerial Imagery?
Here's a little more about them.
in 2008, Gatewing designs and provides one of the world's fastest and
easiest to use remote sensing solutions for the surveying and mapping
industry. Based on its revolutionary X100 lightweight unmanned aircraft,
Gatewing has built a solution for rapid terrain mapping that consists
of image acquisition field operation and fully digital and automated
image processing. By making this technology highly accessible in terms
of price and ease of use, Gatewing's goal is to revolutionize the
surveying and mapping industry.
Trimble press release.