Echodyne’s EchoFlight Radar is Now Cleared for Export from the US

first_imgThe EchoFlight radar from Echodyne has received a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) determination from the US State Department. This means that the radar is now considered to be a commercial product exportable under the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR) rather than the more restrictive International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that apply to military items.EchoFlight is the first electronically scanning radar technology designed for mass production at commercial price points. This compact, low power, light-weight radar is the perfect sensor for integration into a wide variety of UAS platforms. Its long-range all-weather detection and tracking is critical for receiving authorization to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights. The precision of our beam-steering radar minimizes collision risk by tracking aircraft locations at all times across a broad field-of-view.Echodyne will now be able to offer its groundbreaking air-to-air radar to US companies that employ non-US nationals and to non-US companies, promoting growth and safety of the commercial UAS market globally.The key to unlocking the potential of the commercial UAS industry is the ability for UAS to fly beyond visual line of sight and, eventually, autonomously. But to safely fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), commercial UAS must be able to detect and avoid other aircraft and obstacles. For manned aircraft, the pilot performs this function. For unmanned aircraft, there needs to be a technological solution supported by an appropriate regulatory framework. EchoFlight radar offers this technological solution.Click here to learn more about the EchoFlight radar solution.last_img read more

Mourinho appears in Madrid court over tax fraud allegations

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho was grilled by a judge in Spain on Friday over accusations of a 3.3 million euro ($3.8 million) tax fraud during his time in charge of Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012.The 54-year-old did not speak to reporters as he arrived for the court hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, an upscale Madrid suburb where he used to live, which comes just over 48 hours before he is set to return to Stamford Bridge to face old side Chelsea on Sunday.The Portuguese coach, who wore a suit with no tie, is the latest high-profile football figure to be questioned over his tax affairs.He entered the main door of the court without his lawyers, who arrived before him.Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho, who coached Madrid between 2010 and 2013, of failing to declare income of 1.6 million euros in 2011 and 1.7 million euros in 2012.The basis for the case, as with a series of football stars based in Spain, is how income from Mourinho’s image rights was managed and declared.Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens, Mourinho committed fraud by not declaring the income those companies made from his image rights.Mourinho is just one of a number of super agent Jorge Mendes’s clients to be investigated in Spain, including World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.Revelations from the whistleblowing website Football Leaks have lifted the veil on the practices supposedly used by Mendes to optimise often enormous earnings from image rights by his clients.Media consortium European Investigative Collaborations(EIC) has claimed that no less than 185 million euros worth of income escaped the attention of tax authorities through the use of shell companies and offshore accounts.Other clients of Mendes to be investigated in Spain include the former Real defenders Fabio Coentrao and Ricardo Carvalho, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, now with Monaco but formerly at Atletico Madrid, and Paris Saint Germain’s Angel di Maria, who also spent four years at Real Madrid.Ronaldo, Messi tax woesA statement in June from Mendes’s Gestifute agency claimed Mourinho had already settled his tax obligation in Spain.“Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than 26 million euros in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 percent, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013.“The Spanish Government in turn, through the Tax Department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations.”In July, Ronaldo gave evidence at the same Pozuelo de Alarcon court in northwest Madrid as Mourinho, accused of evading 14.7 million euros through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014.A judge is yet to decide whether Ronaldo’s case will proceed to trial.Barcelona’s five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month suspended jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine last year for tax fraud related to his image rightsHowever, the jail term was later replaced by an extra 252,000 euro fine.Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007 to 2009.Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.last_img read more

Cougars unable to overcome slow start

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] BYU game at a glance Relatedcenter_img LAS VEGAS — This time the comeback fizzled for the BYU women’s basketball team.New Mexico answered the Cougars’ spirited second-half run with an amazing four-minute burst of their own to take a closer-than-it-looks 63-49 victory in the finals of the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament Saturday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.For the Lobos, it is their fourth Mountain West Conference tournament championship in five years and puts them in the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year.The Cougars, who were looking for their first tournament title since 2002, expect to get an NCAA berth when they are announced Monday.A day earlier the Cougars had found themselves down to Utah by five points with less than seven minutes to play, only to surge past them for a 55-49 victory.This time the Cougars trailed by just two with four minutes left but watched the Lobos score 14 straight points to put a quick end to their championship hopes.Lobo junior Dionne Marsh, who was the tourney MVP two years earlier as a freshman, was quiet for much of the game. But she turned it on when it counted and earned MVP honors again.She scored 13 of her game-high 20 points during the final six minutes when the Lobos put on their late spurt. She also finished with five rebounds, four steals and three assists.”It was such an evenly matched game that I wasn’t sure who was going to win with about four minutes left to go and then all of a sudden we separated in a hurry,” said New Mexico coach Don Flanagan.”They made the plays down the stretch when they had to,” said BYU coach Jeff Judkins. “Marsh hit some big baskets when they needed it. We had some opportunities and just didn’t quite seem to get it done.”Perhaps the key play of the game happened with UNM up 45-42 and just more than five minutes remaining. Marsh drove inside against BYU’s Dani Kubik Wright and made contact with Wright, who appeared to stand straight with her arms up.Both players had four fouls at the time, but Wright was whistled with the foul and then BYU’s Jennie Keele was called for a technical foul for apparently saying something to the official after the foul call.Marsh made the free throws and although Julie Briody missed the technical shots, the momentum seemed to shift to New Mexico.”Sometimes a technical can fire your team up, but it kind of backfired a bit,” said Judkins. “That foul went on Kubik and it fouled her out.”Judkins thought it could have just as well been called a foul on Marsh.”She had four fouls also, so it might have been a different situation,” he said.Marsh was certainly fired up from then on as her coach said later.”I hate to say this, but Dionne plays better when she’s mad,” Flanagan said. “She got mad at her fourth foul. As soon as she got mad, she got motivated.”Marsh scored on consecutive drives inside and after a drive by Katie Montgomery, scored on another drive and was fouled for a three-point play. That made it 56-47 with 2:42 left and the Cougars wouldn’t score again until the 19-second mark.Briody, who joined Marsh on the all-tournament team, scored 14 points, Montgomery scored 13 and Brandi Kimble had 10 points and nine rebounds.After their emotional win over Utah on Friday, the Cougars came out flat and couldn’t score, shooting just 20 percent in the first half when they trailed 27-17.They found their range in the second half when they shot 56 percent and gradually pecked away at the lead. A three-point play by Lauren Riley, who finished with 10 points and 14 rebounds, gave the Cougars their first lead of the night at 40-39 with 8:00 left. Others named to the all-tournament team along with Marsh and Briody were BYU’s Gillespie and Riley, and Wyoming’s Hanna Zavacz. last_img read more