Are we ready for all these remotely-piloted aircraft systems in our skies? Remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), commonly known as drones, are increasingly used for commercial operations and recreational purposes. This has coincided with an exponential increase in reports of RPA operating dangerously close to manned aircraft and airports.
Dubai to launch autonomous flying taxi by this summer. Just over a year after EHang’s passenger-carrying autonomous drone was unveiled in Las Vegas, officials in Dubai said this week they plan to provide flights to the public in the aircraft by this summer. “The AAV [autonomous aerial vehicle] on display at the World Government Summit… [read more]
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… [read more]
The first global multimodal unmanned cargo systems event will take place on June 13-14, 2017, at Maaspoort, Venlo, The Netherlands. The event will include 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition: Cargo Innovation Conference – June 14; Focus topics: M2M, IoT, 5G; Big Data; Sensor Networks; Robotics; Machine Learning; Security; Regulatory issues; Business models; and more…….. [read more]
Amazon is taking airborne logistics idea further with a mobile floating distribution center. Amazon, which recently began basic package deliveries via drone, is taking the airborne logistics idea further the with the concept of a mobile floating distribution center.
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… [read more]
Pilotless plane, developed by BAE Systems. Engineers at BAE Systems have already launched a series of test flights in which the high-tech prototype flies by itself using computers while being monitored by operators sitting 15,000ft below it. BAE, which hopes it can open the door to unmanned flights in commercial travel, has transformed a small… [read more]
Kenyan freight specialist Astral Aviation establishes dedicated drone subsidiary.Astral Aviation (8V, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has established a new subsidiary to handle the Kenyan freight specialist’s expansion into the drone niche market both at home and in Rwanda.
Google’s drone project is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint.The latest Google drones have just started taking flight in the real world. But the team behind the technology is slowing down, trimming headcount and shelving initiatives as the experimental unit becomes the latest target of tightening budgets across parent company Alphabet Inc.
Drone Workshop Co-Hosted by AUVSI Foundation, White House’s OSTP. The AUVSI Foundation presents the proceedings of the August 2, 2016 “Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation,” an event co-hosted with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The day-long workshop focused on the continued issues facing the integration of unmanned… [read more]