Matternet Cargo Drones Are Currently Used to Deliver Life-Saving Drugs in Malawi

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”

Africa’s first commercial drone startups are generating clients and income

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”

Drone Cargo May Be the Answer to Infrastructural Problems in Africa

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”

Belgian UAV combines aircraft and multicopter technology (Video)

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)”

“Internet of Drones”: the future of air traffic control system

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”

Drone Test Centre Planned in Twente, The Netherlands (Video)

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)”

EU Promises to Help European Drone Makers Conquer World Markets

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”