Astral Aviation to launch first cargo drone operation in Africa

Astral Aviation

Astral Aviation to launch first cargo drone operation in Africa

Kenyan cargo airline Astral Aviation plans to launch the first cargo drone operation in Africa by the end of this year. Based in Nairobi and operating cargo flights in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, Astral Aviation has established Astral Aerial Solutions as a dedicated subsidiary to handle the Kenyan freight specialist’s expansion into the niche drone market in Kenya, Rwanda, and Ethiopia. The company also has established a drone technology academy in Kenya that trains youth to operate the vehicles. Continue reading “Astral Aviation to launch first cargo drone operation in Africa”

Turkish post prepares to begin drone deliveries next year

Turkish post

Turkish post prepares to begin drone deliveries next year

Turkey’s national post and telegraph corporation is preparing to begin deliveries by unmanned aerial vehicles, dubbed as drones, within next year.

Speaking at the International e-Commerce Conference in the southern Antalya province, Kenan Bozgeyik, board chairman of the Post and Telegraph Organization (PTT), said Wednesday that they are currently working with Turkish engineers and universities to begin drone deliveries in 2018.

Noting that Turkey already has domestically-developed drone technology, Bozgeyik said while it is not realistic to expect all posts will immediately switch to drone delivery, there are plans to carry out deliveries with PTT’s own drones, with implementation differing from region to region. Continue reading “Turkish post prepares to begin drone deliveries next year”

Transport Canada approves autonomous delivery test in Class E airspace by Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada

Transport Canada approves autonomous delivery test in Class E airspace by Drone Delivery Canada

Drone Delivery Canada tested its service with Transport Canada approval in airspace that hosts “hundreds of daily helicopter and aircraft flights,” the company said. Autonomous delivery was tested in the Moose Factory and Moosonee communities in Ontario. Continue reading “Transport Canada approves autonomous delivery test in Class E airspace by Drone Delivery Canada”

Automatic drone test flight conducted in mountainous area in central Japan

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Automatic drone test flight conducted in mountainous area in central Japan

A team of researchers and companies has conducted a trial automatic flight of a drone in a mountainous area in central Japan, aiming to realize parcel delivery services for remote locations, including islands, using such unmanned aircraft.

The test, conducted in the city of Ina, Nagano Prefecture, on Nov. 11, was designed to have the drone carry a parcel box and make a round trip between a post office and a michi no eki roadside rest area. Continue reading “Automatic drone test flight conducted in mountainous area in central Japan”

Inti Solace – The first solar logistics transport drone in the world by SLIDX

Inti Solace

Inti Solace – The first solar logistics transport drone in the world by SLIDX

The various tsunamis, hurricanes and recent earthquakes that are affecting more and more populations have all deeply affected us by their violence and their steady regularity.

How can we intervene quickly and provide first aid to populations in need where traditional vehicles are no longer
efficient?

Our own response: the Inti Solace

The first solar logistics transport drone in the world by SLIDX

Developed by a multi-disciplinary and international team of volunteers, expert in their respective fields. We are engineers, visionaries & inventors passionate about innovative technologies and large-scale aeronautical projects.

The goal is not to demonstrate solar efficiency in emerging technologies or as a source of the vehicles of tomorrow but to arrive at a world-wide commercialization of solar unmanned logistics transport with a capacity of payload of 35kg and more, propelled by solar energy. That is our goal ! Continue reading “Inti Solace – The first solar logistics transport drone in the world by SLIDX”

Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm

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Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm

It’s harvest season in many parts of the world, but on one farm in the United Kingdom, robots — not humans — are doing all the heavy lifting.

At Hands Free Hectare, an experimental farm run by researchers from Harper Adams University, in the village of Edgmond in the U.K., about 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of spring barley have been harvested from the world’s first robotically tended farm. Everything from start to finish — including sowing, fertilizing, collecting samples and harvesting — has been done by autonomous vehicles on the farm, according to the researchers.

The team behind the project thinks that robotic technology could improve yields in agriculture, which is necessary if the world’s growing population is to be fed in coming years.

The researchers tackled this problem by using commercially available agriculture machines and open-source software that is used to guide hobbyists’ drones. Continue reading “Autonomous harvest completed by robots and drones at UK farm”

UN aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry

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UN aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The United Nations’ aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry, as part of broader efforts to come up with common rules for flying and tracking unmanned aircraft.

While the International Civil Aviation Organization cannot impose regulations on countries, ICAO has proposed formation of the registry during a Montreal symposium this month to make data accessible in real time, said Stephen Creamer, director of ICAO’s air navigation bureau.

The single registry would eschew multiple databases in favor of a one-stop-shop that would allow law enforcement to remotely identify and track unmanned aircraft, along with their operator and owner. Continue reading “UN aviation agency is backing the creation of a single global drone registry”

Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa

Drone corridor

Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa

In recent years, the US has vigorously used drones against al-Qaida affiliated groups on the continent, and operates drone bases in some five African countries. However, in parts of Rwanda and Malawi, the buzz of an approaching drone now signals something rather different: the arrival of vital medical supplies.

On 29th June 2017, to the wonderment of local children who congregated nearby, the Malawian government and UNICEF officially launched a drone corridor to trial the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for development and aid missions. It is Africa’s first drone corridor, and the first in the world developed specifically to address humanitarian challenges. Continue reading “Drone corridor in Malawi challenges scepticism towards UAVs across Africa”

US company plans to launch transoceanic cargo drones

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US company plans to launch transoceanic cargo drones

Natilus, a small company with just three employees, based in Richmond, California, is working to launch a transoceanic cargo business with airliner-size drones. They are currently building a 30-foot-long prototype that they plan to test this summer, according to their press kit. They then plan to produce a full-scale, 200-foot-long turboprop drone, built of carbon-fiber composite, by 2020. The design is fairly simple, since there is no need for a cockpit, or landing gear, or pressurization. The drone is designed to land and take off from the water, and motor up to a dock for loading. CEO Aleksey Matyushev said the vehicle would cost about one-tenth as much as a crewed freight aircraft, and transoceanic trips would cost about half as much as standard air freight. Continue reading “US company plans to launch transoceanic cargo drones”

First cargo drone deliveries in Amazon Rainforest are successful

Cargo Drone Deliveries

First cargo drone deliveries in Amazon Rainforest are successful.

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines and public health services. For example, local doctors in the region report an average of 45 snakebites per month and no rapid access to antivenom. We recently traveled to the rain-forest to learn more about these challenges, and to explore whether cargo drones (UAVs) could realistically be used to overcome some of them in a sustainable manner. We’re excited to share that our cargo drone flights in the Amazon were a big success! Continue reading “First cargo drone deliveries in Amazon Rainforest are successful”