The Cargo Drone Challenge

The Cargo Drone Challenge

In early 2016, Airbus , the giant European aerospace company, and Local Motors , a USA-based company that operates a growing global network of microfactories, launched the Cargo Drone Challenge . Until now, Airbus had focused all of their drone efforts in a military context, but with this initiative, Airbus seems to be sending a message to the market that it is ready to enter the commercial space. The rules […]

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Commercial Drone Markets: 2016 Year in Review

Commercial Drone Markets: 2016 Year in Review

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2015 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs in the U.S. Back then we saw only 2,500 Section 333 grants for commercial activity, and the press’s narrative that ‘drones are cool’ turned to ‘drones are a privacy invasion headache.’ This was tempered by a proliferation of the drone conferences that […]

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NTSB Accident Report on Facebook Aquila drone crash

NTSB Accident Report on Facebook Aquila drone crash

aquila ntsb Optimized The National Transportation Safety Board ( NTSB ) this week released their accident report on the June 28 mishap that befell the Facebook Aquila UAS on final approach near Yuma, Arizona. The incident occurred in the final phase (the approach to land) of the maiden flight of the full-scale version of Facebook’s Aquila. The NTSB concluded that the probable cause of the crash on final approach was […]

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Great mission log from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research team using UAVs for surface monitoring

Great mission log from the Schmidt Ocean Institute research team using UAVs for surface monitoring

https://schmidtocean.org/wp-content/uploads/FK161010-UAVcameraIntegration02_20161027-Naranjo-320×213.jpg 320w, https://schmidtocean.org/wp-content/uploads/FK161010-UAVcameraInteg… 1140w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" />Love these updates from the crack Schmidt team “It took half an hour to drill those three holes” sighs Scott Brown, Physicist and Electronic Engineer, looking at the tiny penetrations on top of the UAV. Fiber optic cables now poke out, ready to measure sunlight and send the information to the payload (scientific package) inside the aircraft to be recorded. It has […]

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Arctic innovative Solutions +Drone App

Arctic innovative Solutions +Drone App

+drone app During the past year, the number of adverse events between drones and commercial aircraft has exploded. Secure integration of drones in aviation is one of the key topics among the international aviation organisations. Therefore Arctic innovative Solutions developed the + Drone app as one important tool we hope will lead to a safer airspace. The +Drone application shows at all time where there is drone activity worldwide. By […]

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The Government of Malawi and UNICEF announce first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa

The Government of Malawi and UNICEF announce first humanitarian drone testing corridor in Africa

On 12 March 2016, children in Malawi look on amazed in the community demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) flying in Lilongwe. The Ministry of Health and UNICEF launched the first 10km auto programmed flight in a trial to speed up the testing and diagnosis of HIV in infants. Malawi has a national HIV prevalence rate of 10% – still one of the highest in the world. An […]

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