Banking on drones: France’s Parrot increases capital by €300m; Bpifrance takes 5% stake for €33m

Banking on drones: France’s Parrot increases capital by €300m; Bpifrance takes 5% stake for €33m

This happened last week but seems to have been largely overlooked by non-French media: Parrot , the publicly-listed, Paris, France-based maker of drones and other consumer electronics, has increased its capital by just south of €300 million . Bpifrance , the French government-backed investment group, is injecting €33 million (PDF) into the company in exchange for a 5% stake. Founded in 1994 by current chairman and CEO Henri Seydoux, Parrot […]

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Drone sales to spike this Christmas

Drone sales to spike this Christmas

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.56.25 AM Drone sales expected to spike this Christmas Jackson, Miss. ( WJTV ) — Drones come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. This year, the Consumer Technology Association expects more than 400,000 to be sold. CTA Chief Economist Shawn DuBravac says it’s because of growing interest among consumers, “Drones this season are showing up in the Black Friday circulars. We’ve seen them really […]

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Drone registration? We’ve been doing it for years…because we had to

Drone registration? We’ve been doing it for years…because we had to

Without a serial number and without a registration number, how on earth were we supposed to insure these things? How could we know that the aircraft we were insuring even existed? Or ever existed for that matter? That’s a big problem when it comes to insuring something. When Transport Risk Management began insuring drones five years ago, we immediately discovered a problem that had to be resolved before we could […]

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Surf Life Saving to use drone for rescues

Surf Life Saving to use drone for rescues

Surf Life Saving to use drone for rescues A West Auckland surf lifesaving club will be receiving a drone from the mayor to help its rescue efforts. The drone was given to Mayor Len Brown by the Mayor of Guangzhou. Mr Brown decided to gift it to the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club after a discussion with club stalwart and Auckland Champion Sir Bob Harvey. The drone will be trialled at […]

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How drones are helping Scots scientists to grow better potatoes

How drones are helping Scots scientists to grow better potatoes

DRONES, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are used for many different purposes these days – everything from remote warfare to parcel delivery and good old-fashioned fun. But crop scientists at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute believe the aircraft can take potato breeding into the future. Resembling scaled-down stealth bombers, these remotely controlled drones are mounted with a camera and take hundreds of pictures as they fly […]

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Skytango: Connecting drone flyers with aerial content buyers

Skytango: Connecting drone flyers with aerial content buyers

Award-winning film-makers, Susan Talbot and Steven Flynn , are the brains behind Skytango , a new aerial content service aimed at those producing broadcast or online video content. Skytango was born out of necessity when the couple, who set up Aerial Filming Ireland in 2012 to capture images using remotely piloted aerial systems [better known as drone] camera platforms, came up against unlicensed operators on their patch. Their aim was […]

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