Why infrastructure is the key for drone delivery to go mainstream

Ryan Walsh

Drones are going to be a critical step in logistics technology, but that only solves half of the problem. The often overlooked part in drone delivery is the supporting systems that enable safer and more efficient systems. Drone infrastructure is critical in bridging that gap. Infrastructure that charges the drones, house the drone, and perform package handling autonomously that removes the drone-human interaction makes the process exponentially safer and more effective.

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The potential of last mile drones delivery in a Pandemic

olivier defawe

presentation by Olivier Defawe, Director Health Systems, VillageReach, at ONLINE Unmanned Aircraft Conference, 8 December 2020, 16:30 – 20:30 CET. REGISTER HERE to attend.

Headlines are everywhere: “This is the golden age of drone delivery.” Without a doubt, drones have the potential to transform healthcare logistics, and COVID-19 heightens the urgency. Global interest has grown, and drone service providers are poised to respond. But despite the headlines, few drone delivery operations have been sustained for longer than a few months or been scaled-up to a national level. During this talk, I will review and question the use of light cargo drones in response to the pandemic.

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JAL and Matternet start Drone Delivery Project in Japan


Matternet M2 drone system to be deployed in Tokyo’s new drone logistics project and utilized to assess drone delivery healthcare opportunities in Japan

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Matternet signed an MOU to assess drone delivery healthcare opportunities and develop a future drone healthcare delivery business in Japan utilizing Matternet’s world-leading M2 urban drone logistics platform.

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Flytrex – Scalable Drone Delivery Operations

Wes Shover

by Wes Shover, Head of US Operations, Flytrex Aviation

Flytrex provides comprehensive autonomous drone delivery systems that enable any business, from SMBs to e-commerce giants, to integrate on-demand autonomous drone delivery into their offering. From facilitating the regulatory process to providing the drones, a cloud-based drone management system, insurance and maintenance, Flytrex is the leading end-to-end drone logistics service spearheading the drone revolution. In this presentation we will share what we have learned through the operational experience in Iceland, Latin America, and the United States.

program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

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Drone Delivery Operations: Medical and Food Delivery in North Carolina

Basil Yap

by Basil Yap, UAS Program Manager, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Division of Aviation

On a warm summer day in August 2018, public and private officials gathered on the campus of WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, N.C., to watch history in the making – the first medical package delivery over people using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in the United States.

A month later, dramatic imagery captured by drones during the state’s first coordinated drone disaster response showed the public and the world the devastation occurring in eastern North Carolina from Hurricane Florence and helped guide response and recovery efforts.

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New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery

Amazon has today announced a partnership with the UK Government to explore the steps needed to make the delivery of parcels by small drones a reality, allowing Amazon to trial new methods of testing its delivery systems.

A cross-Government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has provided Amazon with permissions to explore three key innovations: beyond line of sight operations in rural and suburban areas, testing sensor performance to make sure the drones can identify and avoid obstacles, and flights where one person operates multiple highly-automated drones. Continue reading “New Program Will Explore the Safe Use of Drones for Delivery”

Drones to deliver data and more (Video)

Imagine you’re at a concert watching your favorite band, and out of the corner of your eye you notice a tethered drone hovering nearby.

But this drone isn’t taking photos or videos of the band.  It’s temporarily providing enhanced LTE wireless coverage at the packed venue so you, along with thousands of others in attendance, can simultaneously send photos and videos to share the moment. Continue reading “Drones to deliver data and more (Video)”