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8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets,...

URSA Inc. has been awarded a $1.875M SBIR Phase II contract by AFWERX to integrate URSA’s commercially viable UAV forensics capabilities into the USAF’s counter UAS program to extend the CUAS kill chain to include investigation and intelligence analysis.  “We are extremely pleased to receive this award”, said David Kovar, CEO...

URSA is honored and excited to receive two AFWERX  SBIR Phase I awards. The first award is for our 18.2 proposal “Force Protection C-sUAS” that advances the development of URSA’s UAV forensics as a service offering. The second award the 18.3 proposal “A Target Drone System for CUAS Validation and Testing” will enable CUAS customers and users to evaluate the effectiveness of CUAS offerings...

A data firm startup led by a Fletcher alum investigates unmanned aerial vehicles to understand how they and other autonomous systems work By Taylor McNeil November 5, 2018 Drones are becoming ubiquitous—they help bridge inspectors examine otherwise inaccessible spaces, monitor crop health for farmers, and assist search and rescue teams. They are also...

Boston -- Ten Techstars companies, including URSA pitched to hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry experts on Friday, April 20 at 12:30 pm EDT at the The Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston. The event, Demo Day, is the culmination of the three-month mentorship-driven accelerator program where each company showcases...

Kovar & Associates LLC Becomes URSA Inc. On January 1st of 2018 URSA Inc. was born and Kovar & Associates LLC was merged into it. URSA, Unmanned and Robotics Systems Analysis, is our vehicle for building an amazing team dedicated to offering world class unmanned vehicle data analytics products and services....

Posted By: Jane Edwards The U.S. Air Force has teamed up with technology accelerator Techstars to look for startups with novel platforms that work against hostile unmanned aerial systems as part of the AFWERX program, Government Executive reported Thursday. The AFWERX program aims to facilitate collaboration with the private sector and academic institutions to develop novel technology systems designed to help...

Defense One February 1, 2018 BY PATRICK TUCKER TECHNOLOGY EDITOR A new kind of investor-innovation partnership may help speed emerging technology to the front lines. Weaponized off-the-shelf drones are a growing problem for U.S. troops, in part because commercial tech moves faster than the Pentagon programs that aim to counter it. So four U.S. Air Force captains took...

The U.S. military is committed to moving faster to get high technology into the field, according to several speakers at the opening day of AUVSI Unmanned Systems Defense. Protection. Security in Maryland. “We need new unmanned systems, fast,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commanding general, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. The USMC...

MSAB and Kovar & Associates Agree to Partner on Drone Forensics Work By Press 6 December 2017 MSAB and Kovar & Associates announced today that the two companies have signed an agreement to work together to expand the drone forensics capabilities offered by MSAB. David Kovar, president and founder of Kovar & Associates, is recognized...

MSAB and Kovar & Associates Partner On Drone Forensics Work MSAB and Kovar & Associates have announced a new partnership agreement to work together to expand the drone forensics capabilities offered by MSAB. David Kovar, president and founder of Kovar & Associates, is recognized as a leading expert on drone forensics. He will...

STOCKHOLM – Dec. 6, 2017 — MSAB and Kovar & Associates announced today that the two companies have signed an agreement to work together to expand the drone forensics capabilities offered by MSAB. David Kovar, president and founder of Kovar & Associates, is recognized as a leading expert on drone forensics....

Drone Data Security and UAV Forensics We were fortunate to be invited to an online roundtable discussion on drone data security and UAV forensics led by Gary Mortimer at sUAS News. Initially planned for about half an hour, we ran a full hour and covered a lot of interesting points. This is a great...

Getting accurate information to investigators in a timely manner is critical in most investigations, and this is true in UAV investigations as well. Using URSA we can generate this type of report from any DJI onboard flight log (FLYxxx.DAT), any DJI app log (e.g. DJI Go), and any PixHawk flight...

UAV lawnmower pattern Image courtesy of Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director of the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Appeared in Vol.5 No.5 of LIDAR Magazine I've been talking about the potential risks of an adversary gaining access to your UAV data for awhile. People are most concerned about their sensor data, the actual...

UAV forensics extracts a wealth of valuable data about UAVs, the flights they took, how the operator managed the UAV, and much more. Unfortunately, that information is often extremely dense and hard to comprehend quickly. Our system is designed to overcome that hurdle through integration with other tools. Let's use flight...

We are often asked for copies of the various presentations we've given over the years on UAV forensics and cybersecurity. Rather than emailing them out every time, we are posting them here for easy access. The material is offered with only one restriction - please do not use these materials...

See original article published on Paraben UAV Forensics for First Responders By David Kovar & Greg Dominguez 21 June 2017 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, continue to gain popularity with commercial and hobby operators domestically. Unfortunately, ISIS and other non-state actors are finding consumer UAVs to be extremely effective on...

David Kovar presented a talk on UAVs, IoT, and Cybersecurity at the LISA conference in Boston on December 7th, 2016. The abstract for the talk was: "Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) aka “drones” are all the rage—$500 UAVs are used in professional racing leagues and major corporations are building $100,000 UAVs to...

Legal Challenges Facing Civilian Counter-UAV Systems Consumer/commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) sales and operations are increasing rapidly according to sales figures, media reports, and various studies. So too are unconventional uses of these drones by non-state actors and criminals, as well as perceived privacy violations by regular operators. The result is...

On July 17th, 2015, we were asked by the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency to fly a UAV mission to collect aerial imagery to be used for damage assessment and storm severity determination. Within an hour of the request, we were on scene. All of the imagery was collected within...

There is a lot of uncertainty in the US UAV market due to lack of data. We do not have accurate sales data, number of hours flown, number of incidents, or even a good definition of what a UAV incident is. However, there is one really good UAV related dataset: Authorizations Granted Via Section 333 Exemptions. This is the FAA's list of exemptions granted to allow commercial UAV operations. Let's ask some simple questions of the data, leaving the best for last. (If you don't want to read the whole thing, please do pay attention to the last question.)
  1. How many petitions/exemptions by state?
  2. What was elapsed time between filing of petition and granting of exemption?
  3. How many petitions were there for each industry/purpose?
Before going forward please understand this - this post is not in any way a comment on the legality or appropriateness of the 333 process and it does not in any way imply that commercial operations without a 333 are in some way illegal or “worse” than operations with a 333 exemption.
I will be presenting on forensic analysis processes and techniques at the following conferences this summer: BSides NOLA – May 30th, 2015 HTCIA/ISSA in Los Angeles – June 4th, 2015 SANS DFIR Summit in Austin – July 7th & 8th, 2015 HTCIA Orlando – August 30th – September 2nd, 2015 To whet your appetite for the presentation, here is an outline of the talk. You'll note that we cover everything from why you should be interested in this material to an overview of a typical UAV to an analysis process to specific analysis steps for each component to real time analysis techniques.
Proper forensic analysis of anything starts with proper forensic collection of whatever it is that needs to be analyzed. UAVs are no different. As noted in an earlier post, there are a lot of components in a UAV system - radio controller, ground station, data/video link, and of course the aircraft itself. We developed a UAS Acquisition Form to assist law enforcement and other interested parties in the collection process.

Consumer and commercial drones are hot - they are changing the way we farm, they are crashing on the White House lawn, they are leading to $50 million VC investments, and they are firing the imagination of Amazon, Google, and Facebook. And they're not even legal for most people or...

[This is the first in a series of posts about the forensic analysis of drones leading up to presentations at BSides NOLO and SANS DFIR Summit in Austin.] Drones (properly known as small unmanned aerial systems - sUAS) are all the rage. The market is roughly $600 million this year and is expected to be $5 billion by 2021. Drones will touch many aspects of your life, overtly and behind the scenes. They are already used commercially for mapping, precision agriculture, film making, and damage assessment. Illegal uses range from commercial services in violation of FAA regulations to surveillance and drug smuggling. And the hobby community is booming with drones as one of the hottest Christmas presents of the season. With all of these drones in the air, the forensic analysis of drones is already important and making headlines. Who didn't hear about the one that crashed on the White House lawn? The demand for analysis that will stand up in court is present and increasing. Tools will not solve the problem alone - we need forward thinking analysts who can work in a variety of disciplines, write their own tools, and go beyond existing techniques. Why? The key is in the final 'S' in uSAS. They are small unmanned aerial systems, these are entire networks with multiple operating systems in flight and spread across miles of terrain.