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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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)”

Large unmanned aircraft systems will begin populating the skies in not-too-distant future

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In the not-too-distant future, large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—those flying above 400 feet and weighing more than 55 pounds—will begin populating the skies: transporting cargo, fighting fires, delivering WiFi and even flying people around the world. Think Bigger: Large Unmanned Systems and the Next Major Shift in Aviation is the first look at the large UAS market in the United States, and highlights a potential $30 billion annual market and more than 60,000 jobs in support of the industry.

The impact of large UAS on Americans and our economy will impact us in many ways they see, and many other ways they don’t. Sooner than many people think, a significant portion of American commercial travel will be via autonomous aircraft. Long-haul cargo will drastically change, with new economic centers rising in places in our country where they don’t exist today. Airports and other intermodal transportation centers will need to be designed and redesigned to meet vastly different needs and experiences. Continue reading “Large unmanned aircraft systems will begin populating the skies in not-too-distant future”

As infrastructure becomes more congested over the next decade, drones will be increasingly used to manage supply chains

Moving goods from one place to another isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Intricate supply chains are often needed to coordinate transit across different countries, incorporating various modes of transportation. Every so often, new technologies come along that revolutionize how we send goods to other places. In the 20th century, it was the advent of container shipping; in the 21st century, it was the rise of a global marketplace made possible by the Internet, which changed shopping behaviors in the developed world and increased the demand for rapid delivery. Continue reading “As infrastructure becomes more congested over the next decade, drones will be increasingly used to manage supply chains”

Aerialtronics drones fly into onboard processing

Aerialtronics are taking drone autonomy to the next level by developing a smart dual camera that packs massive onboard processing power with both digital daylight and thermal camera sensors.

Using NVIDIA embedded SOC platform, the project, led by Michele Moscaritolo, Head of Vision at Aerialtronics, is a giant step forward in onboard data analysis and processing with drones. The prototype can process both raw data streams from the day-night camera, allowing the Altura Zenith UAS to be used more effectively in a multitude of onboard computing tasks from object detection and recognition to path planning for security tasks, tower inspection and 3D mapping in mining. Continue reading “Aerialtronics drones fly into onboard processing”