Amazon’s Drone Delivery Fleet receives FAA Clearance
Retail behemoth Amazon.com Inc. took a big leap toward delivering goods from the sky by becoming one of only a handful of companies certified by the U.S. government to operate as a drone airline.
The Federal Aviation Administration designated Amazon Prime Air an “air carrier,” the company said Monday. That allows Amazon to begin its first commercial deliveries in the U.S. under a trial program, using the high-tech devices it unveiled for that purpose last year.
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Package Delivery Milestone approval for Amazon
Amazon . com Inc. said Monday it received federal approval to establish a fleet of drones and will begin limited tests of package delivery to customers in the U.S., although a number of key steps remain before widespread use of the technology will be allowed.
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Popular projects of Amazon, DHL, UPS, Boeing and recently formed knowledge centers in the context of unmanned cargo aircraft show the increasing interest in unmanned airborne transportation. Moving forward with new concepts, DLR (German Aerospace Center) has conducted a four year research project between 2016 and 2019 on cargo drones with up to a one metric ton payload capacity. This project took advantage of a newly established operational risk approach introducing a new perspective on regulating the safety of unmanned aviation.
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Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft welcomes Reliefbase as new member
About Reliefbase Foundation
Reliefbase Foundation is a Joint Innovation Initiative where public and private partners, together with knowledge institutes, community organizations and (international) NGOs, work together to test and validate new concepts, prototype products, instruments, systems and materials for innovations that can be used in the context of disasters, emergency response and relief operations, or in the day-to-day lives of people, in particular in relation to: (a) Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; (b) Disaster preparedness and emergency response (DRR & DRM); and (c) Drones and Unmanned Cargo Aircraft. Continue reading “Platform Unmanned Cargo Aircraft welcomes Reliefbase as new member”
Launch of new innovation center XLCargoDrones to accelerate unmanned cargo aircraft industry
Amsterdam, November 28th , 2018
Today, innovation center XLCargoDrones has been launched at the Amsterdam Drone Week, during Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference. The University of Twente, NLR- Netherlands Aerospace Centre and the Amsterdam University of Applied Science combine their research strengths in the field of cargo drones. The research activities are focussed on the requirements for the development and introduction of Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA). The three institutes set up a research agenda on all aspects of UCA operation from societal issues, logistical opportunities to technical challenges. Continue reading “Launch of new innovation center XLCargoDrones to accelerate unmanned cargo aircraft industry”
Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina
Matternet, a Swiss company, began a three-year test programme of its delivery drones under a program run by the N.C. Department of Transportation and authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration. The North Carolina program is one of 10 the FAA chose nationwide to try to determine how drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, can be put to commercial use in the United States. Continue reading “Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina”
What is BVLOS flight & that does it mean for commercial drone industry
“Beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial drone world today. It means that drones fly beyond the visual line of sight of the operator. There are 2 key factors that make BVLOS flight a tipping point for commercial drone industry expansion. The first is enabling service providers to conduct complex drone operations. The second is enabling drones to be able to conduct truly unmanned flight with no pilot needed for take-off or landing. Continue reading “What is BVLOS flight & that does it mean for commercial drone industry”
New test corridor to facilitate UCA flight in same airspace as manned aircrafts
Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd and Cranfield University have announced that they intend to create a new test corridor to facilitate unmanned aircraft being able to fly in the same airspace as manned aircraft. Continue reading “New test corridor to facilitate UCA flight in same airspace as manned aircrafts”
Blockchain-Based Cargo Drones, Developed by SKYF
A metal frame with four small and two large propellers – carrying a container the size of a refrigerator – rises into the air with a roar, hovering above an empty road amidst snowy fields. The video was shot on the airfield near the Russian city of Kazan, which is located to the south-east of Moscow, and the machine is a SKYF drone, designed by a team of Russian aviation engineers. Continue reading “Blockchain-Based Cargo Drones, Developed by SKYF (video)”
Food delivery by drone tested by German aerospace center DLR
German aerospace center DLR has tested food delivery by drone in hard-to-reach areas with flights of its SuperARTIS autonomous helicopter in the Dominican Republic with the Dutch company Wings for Aid and the United Nations World Food Program. Continue reading “German aerospace center DLR tests food delivery by drone”