Diversity and Hype in Commercial Drone Market Forecasts

Diversity and Hype in Commercial Drone Market Forecasts

by Have you noticed the growing number of market forecasts for the commercial drones industry? I have. Not a week goes by that a new one doesn’t hit my radar. I’m currently tracking about 15. Each in one way or another delivers growth projections for the drone or unmanned aerial system (UAS) sector that are nothing short of phenomenal. But are they, really? In this post, I’m going to share […]

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Sam’s Club Bets Drones Will Fly Off the Shelves at Christmas

Sam’s Club Bets Drones Will Fly Off the Shelves at Christmas

by By SARAH NASSAUER Move over BB guns and videogames. Christmas morning may have a new menace. Sam’s Club is betting drones will be a popular holiday gift this year and plans to stock about a dozen kinds—from $100 models to $4,000 versions with high resolution cameras or the ability to pick up small objects, said Dawn vonBechmann, senior vice president of technology, entertainment and office products for the wholesale […]

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Business boon as CASA set to relax rules for lightweight drones

Business boon as CASA set to relax rules for lightweight drones

by Professor Rod Walker (1969-2011) A relaxation in drone rules should see more Australian businesses take to the skies. Until now, only recreational users could fly drones without a licence. Their use for any commercial purpose in Australia needed an unmanned operator’s certificate. This required a business to document what it proposed doing with drones and to provide a series of manuals detailing procedures. Alternatively, firms could pay an approved […]

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Why BNSF Railway is using drones to inspect thousands of miles of rail lines

Why BNSF Railway is using drones to inspect thousands of miles of rail lines

by David Z. Morris Unmanned inspection vehicles will increase safety and efficiency for the freight network. After years of accusations of foot-dragging on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulation, the Federal Aviation Administration has recently been speeding exemption approvals and announcing new regulatory programs. One beneficiary is BNSF Railway, which has gained approval for a pilot(less) program to use drones to inspect its far-flung network of rails. The inspections could help […]

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