Package-delivery drones won’t really gel until around 2020, analysts say

Package-delivery drones

Package-delivery drones won’t really gel until around 2020, aviation authorities, advisers say.

Amazon.com Inc. and others have been touting plans to use drones to deliver packages to consumers, but safety experts and federal documents indicate widespread flights aren’t likely before the next decade. Continue reading “Package-delivery drones won’t really gel until around 2020, analysts say”

Hovercraft technology – the ideal match for the Hybrid Airship (Video)

Hybrid Airship

Hovercraft can travel over land, water and ice. The technology behind the Hybrid Airship, the cargo-hauling ship of the skies, allows this hybrid craft to travel virtually anywhere.What is a hovercraft? It’s part boat, part airplane and part helicopter. While it may look a bit odd, how it works is quite simple. It’s an amphibious vehicle that travels on a cushion of air created by a downward blast. Hovercraft use air to balance their weight, allowing the craft to operate efficiently. Hovercraft can also operate across nearly any terrain, including land, water and ice.

It’s this characteristic that makes hovercraft technology the ideal match for the Hybrid Airship, the cargo-hauling ship of the skies, enabling the airship to access remote locations around the world. Continue reading “Hovercraft technology – the ideal match for the Hybrid Airship (Video)”

Current drone traffic control system cannot scale to manage the volume of forecasted traffic

unmanned aircraft

There are dozens of videos on the Internet showing small, unmanned aircraft delivering medicine, packages, pizzas and tacos.

If you believe the hype, the skies may soon be crowded with these vehicles.

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration took a big step toward defining this future by enacting the rules and regulations known as Part 107. Continue reading “Current drone traffic control system cannot scale to manage the volume of forecasted traffic”

Domino’s to start delivering pizza via drones this month

Domino’s will start delivering pizza via drones in New Zeeland this month, after trials performed earlier in August.

“It doesn’t add up to deliver a two kilogram package in a two-ton vehicle,” said Scott Bush, a general manager for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which is independent of the U.S. chain and operates in seven countries. “In Auckland, we have such massive traffic congestion it just makes sense to take to the airways.” Continue reading “Domino’s to start delivering pizza via drones this month”