What unmanned/autonomous cargo aircraft/drone mean for the economy (VIDEO)

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Today, container ships transport over 90% of all goods in the world and more than $4 trillion worth annually, according to the World Shipping Council. But, it can take over a month for those goods to sail from Beijing to New York. By land, trucks move nearly 71% of all the freight tonnage in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Association. Problem is, there’s a shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. So, how do you speed up shipments while keeping personnel low?

What will this bring to our economy?

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Largest drone ever flown in Ireland carries first European test flight in Co Clare (video)

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The company that designed the CGT45 SLT unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) wants to establish Clare as a European test centre for its drones.

A-techSYN, which designs and builds unmanned aerial systems (UAS), launched its UAV business in the Shannon Free Zone near Shannon Airport in 2017. The company forms part of the Shannon Avionics Cluster.

Yesterdays demonstration was held at Spanish Point airfield in front of Clare Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Mr Pat Breen; representatives from the Turkish Embassy in Dublin; Shannon Group as well as members of the Irish Coast Guard, Civil Defence and other interested groups.

A-techSYN’s CGT45 SLT is one of the first UAV’s to use electric engines for take-off and landing and a combustion engine during fixed wing flight. The event was the first demonstration flight in Europe for the CGT45-SLT. Continue reading “Largest drone ever flown in Ireland carries first European test flight in Co Clare (video)”

Nokia, Europe's first drone test facility collaborate to ensure safe global aerial operations

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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”

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)”

Drone deliveries are pie in the sky, robot competition for flying is not

Amazon, the online retailer, made headlines last year with its trial of flying drone deliveries, but its efforts look puny compared to an earthbound robot that can carry the equivalent of three full shopping bags, or up to 13 kilogrammes.

Stuart Rivett, managing director of Dutch parcel distribution business B2C Europe, says practical limits on the weight of any drone package are a handicap to introducing flying deliveries and dismisses Amazon’s experiments as “a complete PR stunt”. Continue reading “Drone deliveries are pie in the sky, robot competition for flying is not”

The Workhorse Truck Could Be First to Use Drones to Deliver Packages

Steve Burns has a big vision: he wants all of our mail and packages to be delivered by electric trucks with drone capabilities. As co-founder and CEO of Workhorse Group Inc., he’s well on the road to bringing his vision to life, and because of the FAA’s current “line of sight” requirement for using drones, his company could be the first actually delivering packages by air. Continue reading “The Workhorse Truck Could Be First to Use Drones to Deliver Packages”