Drone delivery could lead to robots in the sky

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As the pandemic makes us more dependent on deliveries, drone makers and real estate developers are finding ways to get people their goods – changes they hope will have lasting effects

The drone rises quickly off the launch pad, hovers briefly and then whines out over the waters of Lake Simcoe on a mission to deliver masks and hand sanitizer to a First Nations community, and maybe inspire its youth in a new direction.

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Potential for future delivery projects with Indigenous communities in Canada

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Recent drone delivery projects in two First Nations communities in Ontario have been able to lift the spirits of the local populations.

Bringing in PPE, food, medicine, and other basic and medical supplies, new initiatives in Georgina Island First Nation and Beausoleil First Nation have taken off with the first COVID-19 pandemic-related drone deliveries in Canada.

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Swiss company Matternet starts test medical drone delivery in North Carolina

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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”

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”