Airbus, Singpost to conduct joint research and trials on drone delivery

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Airbus, Singpost to conduct joint research and trials on drone delivery

Drones buzzing around the island delivering small parcels may soon become a reality, as Singapore Post inked an agreement on Tuesday (April 18) with Airbus Helicopters to conduct research and trials on drone delivery.

The agreement makes SingPost a partner under Airbus Helicopter’s Skyways parcel delivery project, which aims to develop the safe use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for package delivery in urban environments.

Airbus Helicopters and SingPost aim to roll out a trial at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in early 2018, which will see autonomous drones flying in pre-defined routes dropping off packages less than 4kg at locker parcels across the campus. Continue reading “Airbus, Singpost to conduct joint research and trials on drone delivery”

Drone Delivery Canada teams up with University of Toronto to co-develop vision-based navigation solution for UAVs

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Drone Delivery Canada teams up with University of Toronto to co-develop vision-based navigation solution for UAVs

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has signed a sponsored research and collaboration agreement with Canada’s University of Toronto and Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) to jointly develop a vision-based navigation solution for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones.

To be developed under the collaborative research and development granting programme of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the solution will offer safe navigation while reducing dependency on GPS technology. Continue reading “Drone Delivery Canada teams up with University of Toronto to co-develop vision-based navigation solution for UAVs”

3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics

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3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics

Logistical support for forward-deployed Marines will be revolutionized in the coming years by new technologies like 3-D printing, unmanned aircraft and “smart” logistics gear that can be networked to solve problems faster, a top Marine said.

“We’re looking to see what is the art of the possible and try to apply those visionary capabilities that are being developed to what we need to do,” Brig. Gen. Terry Williams, the Marine Corps’ assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, told Marine Corps Times.  Continue reading “3D Printing, Unmanned Aircraft to Revolutionise Logistics”

IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre

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IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre

The company is considering the use of drones for inventory management in its Dubai South distribution centre, Abdelaziz Kadri, managing director, IKEA Distribution Services DWC, tells ArabianSupplyChain.com.

“The Distribution Centre is one of the largest of its kind in the region, with a capacity to handle 120,000 cubic metres in conventional racking on eight levels of storage,” says Kadri. “The 100,000sqm of storage space is split into two sections with 135 134 loading docks and 180 parking spaces in the yard for containers and trucks.”

The DC is currently using RFID scanning and an in-house WMS to keep track of the tens of thousands of SKUs that are stored and distributed from the facility to stores across the GCC, but according to Kadri, IKEA is looking at new ways of keep track of stock. Continue reading “IKEA considering drones for inventory management in Dubai distribution centre”

FAA forecasts continued growth in air transportation in next 20 years

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FAA forecasts continued growth in air travel in next 20 years. The FAA released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037, which projects sustained and continued growth in nearly every aspect of air transportation from general aviation private flying to large commercial airline passenger levels.

In commercial air travel, Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs) are considered the benchmark for measuring aviation growth. An RPM represents one revenue passenger traveling one mile. The FAA forecast calls for system RPMs by mainline and regional air carriers to grow at an average rate of 2.4 percent per year between 2016 and 2037, with international RPMs projected for average annual increases of 3.4 percent per year. System RPMs are forecast to increase 65 percent during the 20-year forecast.  Continue reading “FAA forecasts continued growth in air transportation in next 20 years”

Canadian company plans the country’s first commercial drone-delivery operation

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Canadian company plans the country’s first commercial drone-delivery operation

A Canadian company is expanding its unmanned test flights with plans to be the country’s first commercial drone-delivery operation by next year. Drone Delivery Canada of Ontario will soon begin flight trials at the Foremost Aerodrome in Alberta, headquarters of the Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems — Canada’s first government-approved drone test site. DDC, which has been developing drones at a site in Waterloo, Ontario, now wants to test flights beyond line of sight. The Foremost Centre’s recent approval for flights beyond line of sight opens up its restricted airspace for full-blown drone tests with 700 square nautical miles available up to 18,000 feet over a sparsely populated, open landscape with just two charted towers.   Continue reading “Canadian company plans the country’s first commercial drone-delivery operation”

Amazon completes first drone delivery, reveals plans for flying drone hub

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 lines where cameras and artificial intelligence recognize what you take off the shelves and charge your account accordingly.
  • Also last month, the company successfully made its first ever drone delivery, carrying popcorn and a Fire TV device to a customer in rural England, a trip from click to delivery that took just 13 minutes.
  • Last week, reports emerged than Amazon was planning to launch its own private label athleisure line, challenging Lululemon athletica and other such clothing makers as it takes further steps into the apparel industry. 
  • Amazon gained a patent for something resembling an airborne warehouse that would serve as a docking station for drones. The warehouse, envisioned as something like a blimp, would be able to move near events such as sports games, where it could make drone deliveries to fans.

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Amazon announces first drone package delivery in UK

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Amazon announces first drone package delivery in UK. Online retailer Amazon has revealed more details of its drone-based delivery service with the first Prime Air package to one of two trial customers now active in the Cambridge area of the UK.

In three online videos posted on 14 December, they also disclosed that trial deliveries could expand within months to hundreds of customers near the Cambridge-area Prime Air delivery centre. Continue reading “Amazon announces first drone package delivery in UK”