by Patrick Watson, Director of Business Development for Animal Dynamics
Animal Dynamics has developed an innovative range of UAVs using parafoil technology specifically focused on last mile distribution. Parafoils benefit from being incredibly energy efficient and capable of carrying heavy payloads with relatively simple vehicle construction allowing for an economically viable transport method for challenging and hostile terrain.
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by Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft
A lot of media attention has been focused on toy drones that can deliver coffee, burritos and band-aids. However, much larger-capacity UAVs are being developed that promise a safer, versatile, all-weather solution to air cargo aircraft that has one of the fastest ROIs in any aircraft market.
Complete program: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/
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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)”
Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company, is pleased to announce that its expanding its commercial testing program to the United States of America at the New York Griffiss International Airport UAS Test Site, located in Rome, New York in Q1, 2018.
The Company anticipates that the US Pilot Program will then run through the balance of the year. This new initiative expands DDC’s testing program to include geographies within the United States utilizing its Sparrow X1000 drone which just recently achieved Compliant UAV Status with Transport Canada (December 2017). For testing, DDC will utilize its own proprietary FLYTE management software that is designed to support semi-autonomous flight as well as BVLOS (beyond visual line of site) flights designed for commercial drone deliveries.
“We have very strong interest from multiple commercial customers in the USA that not only want to test our drone delivery platform in Canada, but also in their own Country as well. This pilot program will act as an extension of our primary Canadian initiatives and will expand our data collection ability. The FAA approved Rome, N.Y. site was made available to us by the progressive initiatives of the FAA and provides an ideal testing environment to achieve our customers requests.” commented Tony Di Benedetto, CEO. “While collectively working with our key Canadian stakeholders and the invaluable support of Transport Canada and the Canadian Federal Government which has allowed us to progress to this point, we now look to put Canada on the forefront of commercial drone delivery technology on a global stage with our first expansion occurring south of the border.”, added Di Benedetto. Continue reading “Done Delivery Canada is expanding its commercial testing program to United States”
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”
As Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system, the e-commerce giant may one day keep its inventory in the sky.
The US Patent Office earlier this year awarded Amazon a patent for an airborne fulfillment center (AFC) from which drones could launch to make local deliveries. The AFC could sit at an altitude of about 45,000 feet, the patent explains, allowing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be stocked and deployed as necessary. Continue reading “Amazon inches closer to establishing a drone delivery system”
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”
Only companies that know how to connect with talent, will survive in the future. In a world where the “war for talent” is intensifying by the day, the UAV players face the challenge of finding and connecting with their new Human Capital. Facts, threats, lessons learned and opportunities form the bases for this flight through the world of future Human Capital.
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A new patent awarded to Google outlines a device that can call for a drone to fly in with specific medical equipment. Last year, Google patented the idea of flying drones to medical emergencies with life-saving technology onboard, and now it seems the tech giant has a plan for how we would contact these drones. Continue reading “Google Receives Patent for Medical Supplies Delivery Drone”
Drones and UAVs have enormous potential in transport and logistics, for inspections of infrastructure, industry, or buildings; in entertainment and photography; in emergency response, and in the security domain. Despite the economic and societal potential, the use of drones and UAVs also raise political and public debate. Questions on privacy, on safety and security, or liability are inevitable and legitimate questions. What are the potential future implications of drone technology on human beings, social practices, and society? Can we think of a precautionary legal and ethical framework that connect drone design, use and policy with our values? When is innovation responsible innovation? This presentation addresses these issues, and will actively engage the audience in sharing experiences.
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