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]
Amazon completes first drone delivery, reveals plans for flying drone hub Amazon.com always seems to be ahead of the curve, but in recent weeks the company has made a tidal wave of advances showing off the strides it’s made. In December, it unveiled the first Amazon Go location, a convenience store without cashiers or checkout… [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]
Kenyan freight specialist Astral Aviation establishes dedicated drone subsidiary.Astral Aviation (8V, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has established a new subsidiary to handle the Kenyan freight specialist’s expansion into the drone niche market both at home and in Rwanda.
Disney receives approval to use drones in an aerial spectacle over a theme park.The FAA has approved Disney’s use of drones to create an aerial spectacle over one of its Orlando theme parks.They had already patented technology to use drones to carry and create displays in the skies above its resorts. On Tuesday, the FAA… [read more]
Google’s drone project is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint.The latest Google drones have just started taking flight in the real world. But the team behind the technology is slowing down, trimming headcount and shelving initiatives as the experimental unit becomes the latest target of tightening budgets across parent company Alphabet Inc.
Drone Workshop Co-Hosted by AUVSI Foundation, White House’s OSTP. The AUVSI Foundation presents the proceedings of the August 2, 2016 “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation,” an event co-hosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The day-long workshop focused on the continued issues facing the integration of unmanned… [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.