Blockchain-Based Cargo Drones, Developed by SKYF (video)

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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)”

Dronamics’ Black Swan fixed-wing cargo drone can carry 800 pounds

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Dronamics’ Black Swan fixed-wing cargo drone can carry 800 pounds

Svilen and Konstantin Rangelov have made the first airplane designed in Bulgaria in 70 years, in the form of a fixed-wing cargo drone capable of carrying nearly 800 pounds for up to 1,550 miles. Svilen is CEO of Dronamics, with Konstantin serving as chief technology officer. Together with a small team of engineers, the brothers Rangelov have worked on this autonomous cargo drone for four years, eager to not only compete with other delivery drones in the industry but leave them in the dust. Continue reading “Dronamics’ Black Swan fixed-wing cargo drone can carry 800 pounds”

Drone deliveries in China are on the fast track

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Drone Deliveries in China are on the fast track

JD.com and SF Holding are building networks of large and small UAVs, and working with regulators to create rules for widespread use.

The day after Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc.’s mid-year sale, a company drone took off from a playground in the city of Xi’an to deliver one of the orders in a football-sized box to a village in the mountains to the south. Continue reading “Drone deliveries in China are on the fast track”

Federal Aviation Administration approves 10 new drone projects

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Federal Aviation Administration approves 10 new drone projects

The Federal Aviation Administration, after soliciting proposals for drone testing, has approved 10 of them. These tests should start to help the agency lay the framework for how and where the technology will be used.

On this episode of Industry Focus: Energy & Industrials, host Sarah Priestley is joined by Motley Fool contributor Daniel Kline to talk about a few of the drone projects that have been approved for testing. These include a test in bad weather in Alaska, two that involve delivery, and another that tests the precision agriculture application. Continue reading “Federal Aviation Administration approves 10 new drone projects”

Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu – Submit your tender by June 20

Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries

Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu – Submit your tender by June 20

The Republic of Vanuatu is a Y-shaped archipelago consisting of 83 relatively small islands of volcanic origin that run 1600 kilometres north to south. 65 islands in the archipelago are inhabited and only 20 of them have functional airfields and established roads. Many islands and villages are accessible only by boat, and the roads on the major islands only connect the most important towns and villages. Roads are in bad condition, and they are flooded or washed away quite often due to the predominant climate conditions..

Due to these limitations, vaccine and health supply logistics are expensive, risky, and unreliable. Mobile teams are frequently required to walk to villages and communities in remote areas.carrying temperature-sensitive vaccines and equipment. If the cold chain is disrupted, vaccines rapidly degrade and do not provide the children the required immunization. The challenges faced to access remote communities and support the vaccine supply chain also contributes to the frequent lack of stock within health facilities. Continue reading “Drone-based Vaccine Deliveries in Vanuatu – Submit your tender by June 20”

US set to announce participants in new slate of drone tests

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US set to announce participants in new slate of drone tests

(Reuters) – Major technology and aerospace companies including Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O), Apple Inc (AAPL.O), Intel Corp (INTC.O), Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and Airbus SE (AIR.PA) are vying to take part in a new slate of drone tests the United States is set to announce on Wednesday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The wide interest in the U.S. initiative, launched by President Donald Trump last year, underscores the desire of a broad range of companies to have a say in how the fledgling industry is regulated and ultimately win authority to operate drones for everything from package delivery to crop inspection.

The pilot program will allow a much larger range of tests than are generally permitted by federal aviation regulators, including flying drones at night, over people and beyond an operator’s line of sight. Continue reading “US set to announce participants in new slate of drone tests”

NASA & Amazon are researching traffic between drones and airplanes

NASA & Amazon

NASA & Amazon are researching traffic between drones and airplanes

NASA and Amazon.com Inc. are tapping experts in France to figure out how to coordinate drone traffic, bolstering the country’s role as a hub for evolving regulation of unmanned aircraft.

While Amazon hired a team in a Paris suburb, NASA headed closer to plane-maker Airbus SE’s home in Toulouse, calling on drone designer Delair-Tech to test prototypes for air traffic management software. It’s a key part of convincing regulators unmanned vehicles are safe to fly higher and further out of sight from their operators, such as while delivering goods.

“Coordinating traffic between drones, as well as with planes, it’s the end-goal that’s mobilizing a lot of people across the industry,” said entrepreneur Michael de Lagarde, chief executive officer of Delair-Tech. “Today, we’re collectively at level zero of traffic management, we just segment the air space.” Continue reading “NASA & Amazon are researching traffic between drones and airplanes”

US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft

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US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft

US pilot unions have hit out at Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) plans to conduct a study into the use of single-pilot cargo aircraft.

Contained within the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 is a programme that would see the FAA, in consultation with NASA and other relevant agencies, establish a research and development programme in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft assisted with remote piloting and computer piloting.

Initially the parties will conduct a review of FAA research and development activities in support of single-piloted cargo aircraft and, within six months of the enactment of the act, will file a report on the possibility.

The study, listed in section 744 of the act, was opposed by pilots on safety grounds. Continue reading “US pilot unions receive approval to conduct study into single-pilot cargo aircraft”

Project Wing’s drone delivery system moves forward with testing

Wing’s drone delivery system

Project Wing’s drone delivery system moves forward with testing

In a suburb of Canberra, in Australia’s Capital Territory, Project Wing’s drone delivery system is facing its toughest test yet. The project team wants to find out how well unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will compete with other modes of home delivery.

That testing has not only moved from the countryside into the suburbs but is gathering real-world data on the value to users is a sign of the maturity of Project Wing’s delivery system. And its drones are not the only ones serving customers, with pilot projects underway in several countries and coming to the U.S.

Amazon continues testing in the countryside in Cambridge, England, but publicly is talking more about its work on the UAS traffic management (UTM) system required to enable drones of all stripes to make safe and efficient use of low-altitude airspace. Continue reading “Project Wing’s drone delivery system moves forward with testing”