On the final day of the World Cargo Symposium, the future of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the industry was a hot topic, especially following a morning presentation by Matternet, a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of drones that are currently being uded to deliver life-saving drugs to remote field clinics in Malawi. Continue reading “Matternet Cargo Drones Are Currently Used to Deliver Life-Saving Drugs in Malawi”
Some of Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income.
South Africa’s Rocketmine and Ghana’s Aeroshutter are completing services such as 3D volumetric image processing, aerial advertising, and music video production for multinational mining companies, global telecoms firms, and African pop stars. Continue reading “Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income”
Africa is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. But, while the rise in trade is boosting airfreight, infrastructural problems remain. Studies show that drones will be able to cater for 10 to 20% of regional cargo transportation in the future. Vincent Chappard reports.
Data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for global airfreight markets show a very modest increase in September. On a continental basis, African carriers experienced demand growth of 2.5% and capacity rose by 8.1%. Regional trade generated increases in the volumes. Continue reading “Drone Cargo May Be the Answer to Infrastructural Problems in Africa”
If Jeff Bezos wants to move beyond Prime Air’s five pound limit, he might want to call Urban Aeronautics and check out its Humvee-sized drone. Continue reading “Future-facing transport: Single-engine drone that can haul 1,100 pounds and looks like a giant bug”
Researchers in Belgium have devised a prototype delivery drone which they say could rival the likes of Amazon Prime Air and Google’s Project Wing.
The University of Leuven team behind VertiKUL 2 (KUL is the acronym for Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) say the drone combines the ability of quadcopters to take-off and land vertically with both the speed of conventional aircraft and their capacity to fly long distances. Continue reading “Belgian UAV combines aircraft and multicopter technology (Video)”
You’ve heard of the Internet of Things – the generic name given to all the various networked sensors, machines, devices and even buildings in the world – but most of those “things” stay in one place for the most part. The world is primed for an explosion of autonomous ambulatory devices, which led a team of engineers from the University of Waterloo in Canada to draft a conceptual framework for an “Internet of Drones.” Continue reading ““Internet of Drones”: the future of air traffic control system”
At present there are insufficient test locations for remote controlled aircrafts in the Netherlands. Therefore companies choose to test their drones abroad. Builders of drones and researchers have an urgent need for space to test safely with drones. Also for the practical training required for drone pilots per July 1, 2015 such special locations are needed. Continue reading “Drone Test Centre Planned in Twente, The Netherlands (Video)”
The EU Commission has promised to help European drone makers conquer world markets, as part of wider efforts to export EU aviation rules.
Violeta Bulc, the transport commissioner, said in Brussels on Monday (7 December) upcoming drone laws will create “a European-based regulatory framework” which will “create the conditions” for EU-based commercial producers to “stay the leader, globally.” Continue reading “EU Promises to Help European Drone Makers Conquer World Markets”
Dutch project Wings For Aid has a good chance of receiving a substantial subsidy to start the development of a small UCA for disaster relief. Continue reading “Dutch project has good chance of receiving substantial subsidy for developing small UCA”
Australia Post is trialling the use of drones for package deliveries as early as next year.
The drones, which will cost $10,000 each, will allow packages up to 2kg to be delivered over 25km with the possibility of transporting 10kg on the discussion table. Continue reading “Australia Post to Launch Trial of Drone Package Deliveries Next Year”