UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the UPS® network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward, Inc.
The new subsidiary is a recently incorporated business that could receive Part 135 certification as early as this year, putting UPS on track to have one of the first fully-certified, revenue-generating drone operations in the United States. When approved, this certification lays the foundation for drone flights beyond an operator’s visual line of sight, and for flights occurring day or night. Such flights are highly restricted in the United States and approved only by exception.
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Airbus Helicopters completes first full-scale testing for propulsion system of CityAirbus demonstrator
London, Airbus Helicopters has recently completed the first full-scale testing for the propulsion system of the CityAirbus demonstrator – a multi-passenger, self-piloted electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle designed for urban air mobility. During this successful testing phase, the CityAirbus team thoroughly checked the individual performance of the ducted propellers as well as the integration of the full-scale propulsion unit with two propellers, electric 100 kWh Siemens motors and all electrical systems.
CityAirbus is a battery-powered air vehicle able to vertically take off and land. It is designed to carry up to four passengers over congested megacities to important destinations such as airports or train stations in a fast, affordable and environmentally friendly way. The innovative four-ducted propeller configuration significantly contributes to safety and low acoustic footprint. Continue reading “Airbus Helicopters completes first full-scale testing for propulsion system of CityAirbus demonstrator”
IAI’s unmanned helicopter successfully completes proof of concept
Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Unmanned systems have successfully completed a proof of concept to high officials of the defense industry and the IDF. Recently developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) the Air Hopper took a part in a demonstration that covered two scenarios, one simulating carrying a seriously-wounded soldier to a extraction point for life-saving treatment, airborne monitoring of vital signs and real-time dispatch to the ground. The second scenario simulated carrying logistic supplies to an isolated force at the front line, which could not be accessed otherwise without risking more troops.
As an unmanned helicopter used mainly to provide fast logistic supplies to sites where ground access is difficult or dangerous, the Air Hopper is based on a small, manned helicopter with a payload of 100-180 kg (depending on the model), flight time of two hours and speed of up to 120 km/h. the Air Hopper runs on an internal combustion engine which uses ordinary, 95-octane fuel and its price is considerably lower than that of a manned transport helicopter. This allows procurement of multiple unmanned helicopters to achieve flexible deployment and low-cost provisioning to the front lines while significantly mitigating the risk to human lives. Continue reading “IAI’s unmanned helicopter successfully completes proof of concept”
Sushi in the skies (without diamonds)
Drones represent the future of consumer delivery services, if recent developments are anything to go by. Amazon, 7-Eleven, DoorDash, and the like have all dabbled with unmanned vehicles, both in the skies and on the sidewalks.
But one Icelandic company is claiming a first in terms of a permanent, fully autonomous commercial drone delivery service that doesn’t have a human eyeball in its line of sight.
Online marketplace Aha has tapped the services of Israeli drone company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand food delivery service in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik.
Aha, which provides a white-label marketplace and associated services for online restaurants, retailers, and grocery stores, is now among the leading ecommerce marketplaces in Iceland when it comes to restaurant meals, groceries, and other products.
As you’ll know, the quickest route from A to B is a straight line, but those familiar with the layout of Reykjavik will also know that the city bends around a large bay, meaning road-faring transport such as bikes and cars have to take a circuitous route to traverse the full length of the city. And this is where Aha’s tie-up with Flytrex comes into play. Continue reading “Sushi in the skies (without diamonds) ( VIDEO)”
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”
Panalpina and the U.S. based 3D printing company Shapeways have entered into a strategic partnership which will enable both companies to expand their digital manufacturing capabilities globally. Panalpina sees digital manufacturing and 3D printing specifically as a perfect complement to its Logistics Manufacturing Services (LMS) offering, giving customers the possibility to customize products and bring production closer to consumer demand. Continue reading “Shapeways, Panalpina ink strategic partnership for 3D Printing”
Nokia and Europe’s first drone test facility collaborate to ensure safe global aerial operations. Nokia is to support Europe’s first dedicated testing facility. They use it for of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for traffic management. The facility, at Twente Airport, near Enschede in the Netherlands, will enable Nokia to develop and trial its UAV Traffic Management (UTM) system. For the use of drones in proximity of urban areas, people, manned aircraft, other drones and hundreds of other objects. Continue reading “Nokia, Europe's first drone test facility collaborate to ensure safe global aerial operations”
Unmanned aircrafts become increasingly popular for a number of applications, also in the context of transportation and logistics. However, at the moment, prototypes exist at best and cargo flights occur as an exception rather than the rule. Companies and business models develop around unmanned cargo aircrafts, but what is their current status and what can we envision for the future? In this presentation, we will discuss entry possibilities for unmanned cargo aircraft applications, market requirements and developments, as well as future challenges for the cargo industry.
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More than 30 mostly European organisations are pressing for the development of unmanned cargo aircraft (UCA). Forwarders, shippers, universities and aircraft manufacturers, grouped under the name Platform for UCA (PUCA), are researching technological and regulatory issues and hoping to attract investment. Continue reading “Unmanned aircraft are the future for air cargo – ‘but we need time to get it right’”
Amazon is warning federal officials that it will “have no choice” but to move more of its drone research overseas if the company doesn’t get approval to test its fleet of unmanned delivery vehicles in the United States — and soon. Continue reading “Amazon threatens to move its drone research overseas”