Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? Remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are increasingly used for commercial operations and recreational purposes. This has coincided with an exponential increase in reports of RPA operating dangerously close to manned aircraft and airports.
Parcel service company UPS successfully tests car-based drone. UPS has successfully tested a car-based drone, the parcel service says. The Workhorse Group Horsefly UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) Delivery system can launch from a UPS truck to autonomously deliver a package to a home as the driver continues on route to make another delivery and return… [read more]
Dubai to launch autonomous flying taxi by this summer. Just over a year after EHang’s passenger-carrying autonomous drone was unveiled in Las Vegas, officials in Dubai said this week they plan to provide flights to the public in the aircraft by this summer. “The AAV [autonomous aerial vehicle] on display at the World Government Summit… [read more]
Pilotless plane, developed by BAE Systems. Engineers at BAE Systems have already launched a series of test flights in which the high-tech prototype flies by itself using computers while being monitored by operators sitting 15,000ft below it. BAE, which hopes it can open the door to unmanned flights in commercial travel, has transformed a small… [read more]
Amazon has lifted the lid on its top secret laboratory in Cambridge – which has been developing drones to deliver packages to people’s homes. In a world exclusive, the News was given a tour of their workshop today in Castle Park, just off Castle Street, along with eight children from the Year 5 class at… [read more]
Rwanda Launches National Drone Delivery Service Powered By Zipline. Today, Rwandan President Paul Kagame launched the world’s first national drone delivery service during a ceremony in the country’s centrally located Muhanga District. Starting today, the Rwandan government will begin using drones to make up to 150 on-demand, emergency deliveries per day of life-saving blood to… [read more]
First drone for medical supply delivery launched in Rwanda today. The pioneer project, in Muhanga District in southern Rwanda, will see drones used in delivery of much needed supplies to ensure efficiency and timeliness.
UPS announced that it has begun testing the use of drones to make commercial deliveries of packages to remote or difficult-to-access locations, working together with drone-maker CyPhy Works. Testing began on Thursday when the companies staged a mock delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to Children’s Island, which is about three miles off… [read more]
UK ‘should be leading’ on integrating new drone technologies. The issues of UAVs and airspace management were debated at Cranfield University’s Technology Conference Visions of an Autonomous Future on 16 September 2016 part of its celebrations of 70 years since the foundation of the College of Aeronautics. Our air traffic control systems run on the… [read more]
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.