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Lights out, and its lift off for DJI and Mercedes Benz

Commercial drone maker DJI has officially joined motorsport – and they are racing in Mercedes Benz’s corner. The world-renowned manufacturer of commercial and enterprise drones will supply the Mercedes-Benz EQ…

UK turns to emergency drone delivery as second COVID-19 wave hits

Faced with recurring cases of COVID-19, the UK government has turned to drone technology to ramp up the transport of test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other pandemic related…

Drone-based crop monitoring for African banana farms

A new research has been published in which researchers has demonstrated the success of drone, mobile phone and machine learning technology to monitor the banana crops on East, Central and…

Ghana’s power utility call in the drones

Drones are good – and Ghana’s power utility is now aware of that. They are good for inspecting the power grid, for instance, and to check power infrastructure on those…

Drone Delivery Canada obtains licence to fly BVLOS

Drone Delivery Canada – the delivery drone company that recently started looking for opportunities to bring its drones in Kenya – are making the hard yards in trying to bring…

Avy want their drones to fly as long as the sun shines

We knew it was just a matter of time, but we now have a Dutch drone that flies solar. Aviation and technology companies have been trying hard to harness solar…

Flying labs fly into Zimbabwe

At the time they are celebrating the fifth anniversary since the launch of the first lab in Nepal, WeRobotics’ network of Flying Labs has welcomed a new member to the…

Drone draws out murder suspect

Despite all the sterling work drones have been doing as part of policing efforts all over the world, there are still lingering questions over where drone technology stands in law…

Fight still rages against locust invasion

Two years after the world learned of the worst desert locust infestation that has wreaked havoc in Africa and Asia in many years, countries are still fighting hard to contain…

Drones and climate change

When Dania Montenegro stepped out of the boat onto Gardi Sugdub, a tiny Caribbean island off the coast of Panama last fall, it was hurricane season. She walked through ankle-deep…

XAG’s sustainable drones rewarded at Reuters awards ceremony

Drone technology’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly operations received major recognition this week when Chinese drone maker XAG walked away with the Sustainability Innovation gong at the Reuters Events…

Another drone anthology on the cards

Sometimes a thing can be so good you will want to do it again. A Game of Thrones, the first book in the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and…

DroneDeploy, Boston Dynamics launch 360 Walkthrough

Enterprise drone data platform DroneDeploy yesterday premiered a new feature which allows the platform to work with both drones/aerial cameras and any 360-cameras (hand-held or robotic) on the ground to…

Party over for unlicenced Singaporean recreational drone hobbyists

The party is now over for Singaporean drone hobbyists who until now have been flying small drones without the need for a pilot’s licence. As report in The New Paper,…

Drone start-up enters home stretch for top African prize

The Jack Ma Foundation-sponsored Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has announced its final ten 2020 African Business Heroes (ABH) – and a drone start-up is still in the running. Investiv…

Another step towards worldwide cheaper internet

The internet will be cheaper in the come few years – and we might have drone technology to thank for it. We have learned recently about tethered drones bringing internet…

Zipline talks price and vaccine delivery

Drone delivery companies have for long been extolling the virtues of drone technology as faster alternative to conventional ways of delivering parcels; and these unprecedented Coronavirus times, they have proved…

Zambia Flying Labs changes hands

Zambia Flying Labs, the 23rd entity to be inducted into WeRobotics’s network of drone technology start-ups called Flying Labs – has moved house. No, they are not moving out of…

DJI, Skydio in Twitter spat as Chinese manufacturer retains top ranking

DJI and Skydio will not be inviting each other to tea any time soon. In a week in which Shenzhen, China-based DJI were confirmed as – still – the biggest…

Last chance to register with ADDA drone technology course

If you are dreaming of a career in drone technology, then you are left with only a few hours to hone your skills with one of the best drone training…

Another heavy-duty logistics drone launches

Chinese drone manufacturer, EHang, has added a new cargo drone to its repertoire. It is a heavy-duty logistics aerial vehicle that the manufacturer may – wrongly – think is the…

AerialMetric extend Savior 330 flight range to 300km

Madagascan drone start-up AerialMetric has updated their locally made drone, the Savior 330, and increased its flight range from 200km to 300km. Owned by a partnership of French and Madagascan…

Kenya Flying Labs scoops humanitarian award

Developing an aerial surveillance system to detect cholera cases. Using tethered drones to bring cellular connectivity to a refugee camp. Introducing drone-based solutions to the Kenyan agricultural industry – Kenya…

Drone Delivery Canada to test Kenyan waters

TORONTO – Just this April, they were making pilot test for their largest drone yet – the Condor – but today, Canadian drone logistics company, Drone Delivery Canada has announced…

Flying Labs Network turns five

Nine thousand dead. 22,000 injured. Thousands and thousands of homes reduced to rubble; and hundreds of thousands of people left homeless. That’s was Nepal on April 25, 2015. It was…

Good times for Nigerian drone start-ups

There must be some real good vibes around the Nigerian drone technology landscape right now. On one hand you have AirSmat, a drone software start-up that recently had $100,000 injected…

Online database for medical drones launched

Seattle, WASHINGTON – Remember a while ago when drone manufacturer DJI launched its interactive map, where it wants to keep track with instances where drones were instrumental in saving lives;…

Ring’s Always Home Cam: security drone in the house?

What if you left a drone to guard the inside of your home while you were away? Well; now you can – at least according to smart home security company,…

UNDP’s tribute to African innovation in fighting COVID-19

Two drone technology enterprises have made the grade among 48 other ventures by young Africans whose innovative works to combat the COVID-19 scourge has been recognised in a special magazine…

London to launch the first dedicated commercial drone corridor?

Covering a vast 6,500 square metres, the African Drone and Data Academy’s Drone Testing Centre in Kasungu, Malawi, might be the largest drone testing corridor in the world today –…

Volocopter, DB Schenker partner on unmanned B2B logistics

BERLIN: We all know that drone developer and urban air mobility start-up Volocopter has an eighteen-wheeler, right? Well; we could not resist. But German aviation start-up Volocopter does have a…

Zimbabwe purchases border patrol drones

It seems drones are becoming a popular go-to border surveillance feature for countries in Southern Africa. Following a tender flighted last month by South Africa’s Sentech, where the parastatal was…

Nigerian students build agricultural drone

A group of four Nigerian students has come together to build a crop spraying drone that they think will be affordable to farmers across the continent. Mr. Ihonosetale Oseghale, a…

Good drone… bad drone…

Santa may have a hard time deciding what to do with drones in Canada this year. On one hand, a drone saved three teenage lives in Peterborough, Ontario, on Wednesday…

Government role in growth of drone technology

Written by Joe Mariani, Research Manager, Centre for Government Insights at Deloitte; and Peter Liu, Managing Director, Deloitte Today’s drone technology owes its lineage to work at the Defense Advanced Research…

Ghanaian kid dreams of flying cars

ACCRA – A Ghanaian student hopes to one day solve his country’s transport problems by developing drones and nanotech-incorporated cars and trains that will operate without spatial constraints. Michael Obeng…

WEF charts roadmap for Unmanned Traffic Management

That drones are here to stay is now fait accompli. Amazing technology entrepreneurs have turned a technology that was a preserve of the military and turned it into a commercial…

Draganfly tech for Dubai Police drone operations

North American Drone services provider Draganfly has announced that it will be working with police in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to pioneer new drone-based initiatives that will help the emirate’s…

Endeva seeks solutions to African drone policy issues

The Inclusive Innovation 2030 (ii2030) programme is calling for applications for solutions on how Africa can create and adopt policies that enhance the sustainable growth of the industry on the…

Zipline to deliver health products to Walmart clients in the US

Zipline are become a true drone logistics company, aren’t they? Their dream of delivery health supplies directly to people’s homes are becoming a reality. From monopolising the medical delivery market…

Avy official: This is why drones are safe

To anyone, safety is the most basic principle of flying. One will go into an Airbus A330 without a doubt in their mind that they will reach their destination. When…

DJI updates apps to include internet kill switch

Desperate to settle the nerves of their clients who may have been spooked by allegations of data espionage, drone manufacturer DJI has decided to add an internet connection kill switch…

Video: The process of drone training

Check out your resident African Drone Professional explaining the processes involved in drone training You can also follow him on Twitter

US doubles down on Chinese drone security claims

DJI made their move at AirWorks 2020. Now it was the turn of the American federal government to respond; and on on the eve of the nineteenth anniversary of the…

Amazon, Google, UPS: Who is winning the drone delivery race?

By Harrison Wolf, Lead, Aerospace and Drones, World Economic Forum While innovative start-ups like Zipline and Wingcopter are leaders in the drone revolution outside the US – both with successful…

SA Drone Council: “Let’s make history; lest we be history.”

Having promised to hit the ground running at the launch of the Drone Council of South Africa in July, the council says it has already engaged drone industry players and…

Indigenous tribes spearhead fight against Amazon deforestation

Awapy Uru Eu Wau Wau is risking his life to save the only place he truly calls home in Brazil Wau Wau (28) is one of some 250-odd members of…

Drone companies circle on Ethiopia as regulations loom

With drone regulations finally imminent in Ethiopia, hopeful start-ups from far and wide are strategically positioning themselves to hit the ground running in the country. One of the start-ups, a…

CTA, Africa Goes Digital win big at WSIS Forum

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) took the big prize again at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum (WSIS), for their sterling work in offering…

Weed: the new manna from heaven rains in Tel Aviv

Apparently there are people in Israel who think they have waited too long for their government to legalise the marijuana drug for every citizen, regardless of health status – so…

The eye in the sky

Drones have changed how we see the world. Even more profoundly, drones have transformed how we experience the world – how we decide the events that matter and create our…

UNICEF seeking drone tech for public good to fund

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for open-source drone technology service providers to invest in, who are willing to use their drone services for the greater good of humanity. It…

DJI’s Schulman: Time for drone industry to come together

There is a Zimbabwean adage which goes, one man’s troubles will not stop another from eating. DJI has come to realise the truth of this saying of late, as they…

Winners of Zambian drone hackathon announced

Chitula Lukonde, the Information Technology and Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Specialist at Zambia Flying Labs walked away with the grand prize from the just-ended Zambia Drone Hackathon Challenge, beating the…

Brazilian drone delivery company makes South American history

SÃO PAULO – Brazilian drone delivery company, Speedbird Aero has made history by becoming the first South American drone delivery organisation to get an official licence for an experimental pilot…

Mavic Air 2: Made for Africa

Your resident African drone professional, Tawanda Chihambakwe recently got his hands on the DJI Mavic Air 2 drone, which he says is a good fit for the African terrain. Check…

Drones for sustainable development in the Global South

The best way technology can witness an exponential growth for citizens of the Global South is by promoting local technological entrepreneurship. At least that is the submission of Leka Tingitana,…

Drone ban derails US fire-fighting plans

DJI might have lived long enough to experience the bad side of too much success, after their drones were banned from federal government use in the USA; but now it…

Unregistered drone operators to be arrested in Tanzania

You can now be jailed for flying an unregistered drone in Tanzania. The government, through the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) had twice extended the registration deadline day, from December…

Drones for precision livestock management

Cautious optimism. That is what drone agriculture drone professional Louise Jupp feels about the use of drones in livestock farming. Although conceding that the use of drones on livestock farms…

Drone regulations for Ethiopia

Ethiopia have become the latest African nation to enact drone legislation, now allowing for the legal production, importation and operation of unmanned aerial systems in the country. However, even without…

Drone patrols for South African borders?

The South African government may have started the process of incorporating surveillance drones to patrol its borders. The issue has come to light after state-owned telecommunication signal distribution company Sentech…

South Africa-based speaker at DJI AirWorks 2020 Conference

A South Africa-based drone pilot, author and instructor will share her experiences on drones in precision agriculture at DJI’s AirWorks 2020 Conference, which had to go virtual this year because…

DJI AirWorks 2020 Conference takes off

The year 2020 has been a challenging one for everybody, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted people’s lives in a way that humanity never imagined before. But the…

Biggest commercial drone yet?

Up until now, the biggest drones on the planet were a preserve of the military, with all their sophisticated gadgetry and firearms and stuff – which makes this just about…

New crop spraying drone on the horizon

Instead of a panel of spraying nozzles, this one has a single outlet whose spray jets straight into the heart of the matter. The sixteen-litre Oryctes drone – a latest…

Know your drone operator

While there are gargantuan opportunities in the drone technology space in Africa, it is important that people understand between hobbyists and professionals, in case they hire the wrong people who…

Just like Uber; only its for drones

The good thing about new technology is that sometimes you just have to follow a template that has worked well before. That is exactly what the entrepreneurs at Aquiline Drones,…

Covid-19 relief for struggling SA surveyors

A South Africa drone service provider has pledged R100,000 (about $5,800) to help professionals in the survey industry struggling to make it through the COVID-19 headwinds. Announcing their commitment to…

EGLE drone drowned by eagle dredged

You know that drone which we reported to have lost turf war with a bald eagle and got drowned in lake Michigan? It was dredged up on Tuesday, muddy and…

Injured UK woman rescued by drone

Drone usage is getting better and better in police circles in the UK. We all remember the Derbyshire Police Drone Unit, right? The unit that became so popular it had…

One drone delivery station to rule them all?

There will be one universal drone delivery station outside your doorstep soon. The new landing port for delivery drones – set to debut later this year – comes complete with…

The case for drone technology in securing goods-in-transit

The director of UAV Aerial Works, a South African drone services provider, believes drone technology can deliver peace of mind to the highway crimes conundrum facing law enforcement authorities and…

Nature vs Machine: Eagle drops drone into lake

ESCANABA, Michigan – A bald eagle did not take kindly to having its airspace over Lake Michigan invaded by a strange bird last month. So it attacked. The Upper Peninsula…

The Zambian stars are out

A picture says a thousand words, as the adage goes. Well; this one does not say much – only the thirty qualifying participants from scores who had applied for a…

Another drone start-up in race for top prize

An Ivorian agriculture technology company heavily featuring drone-based solution to its agriculture technology solutions has made it to the last twenty short list for the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI)….

Job cuts at DJI

SHENZHEN – They have won the drone war, but it is only now that Chinese drone giant DJI Technology are realising how much being best costs. The Shenzhen based commercial…

Photographer reunited with drone

American photographer George Steinmetz was recently reunited with his drone, which the New York Police Department had confiscated pending judgement on a court case in which Steinmetz was accused of…

Too close for comfort: suspected drone sighted near Trump’s Air Force One

Latest alleged sighting likely to trigger fresh calls to reign in beleaguered drone industry Witnesses aboard US President Donald Trump’s official jet reported flying over what appeared to be a…

Police drones cannot come soon enough

It was the sound of gunfire, dynamite and screams that woke residents of Esther Park this morning. The middle density suburb about a kilometre or so to the South of…

UK criminals may be abusing drone technology

Rural crime officers fear thieves may be using camera-equipped drones to scout out farms in North Wales. Over the past fortnight four different holdings in Denbighshire have been buzzed by drones with…

Celebrating the persevering will of Elong

Today, we celebrate the achievements of William Ndja Elong, a young Cameroonian whose dream of producing drones made in Africa has seen remarkable success. Elong is 27 now; but he…

Start-up of the month for Frankfurt Rhine-Main? Wingcopter

At this juncture, Wingcopter can do no wrong, and there seems to be no limit to the Darmstadt-based drone delivery company’s meteoric growth. Only this year, they won the #SmartDevelopment…

Drone footage shows aftermath of Scotland train crash

A drone took this video of the aftermath of the scene of a train crash that happened yesterday morning in Stonehaven, about 49 kilometres to the South West of Aberdeen…

What makes a good drone law?

Below we reproduce an article from Drone Industry Insights, a reputable business intelligence company offering insights into the commercial drone industry. The article was written by Millie Radovic, a Market…

A voice from above

With innovators across the continent pitching up ideas on how to combat the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, a drone start-up in Rwanda decided to add its voice to the…

Drones on the fields in Ghana

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Ghana, drone crop spraying start-up, AcquahMeyer Drone Tech had to shelf their plans to help the Ghanaian health authorities by spraying markets and other public…

Sustainable precision agriculture

In this video, Aboubacar Karim, the founder of Investiv, a Cote d’Ivoire agriculture technology start-up, explains how drones can help improve crop yields in a way that is friendly to…

In the field with Investiv

Ivorian agriculture technology start-up Investiv demonstrates how drones are used for spraying crops. Video courtesy of Reuters

PrecisionHawk patents UTM technology

Could the race to control unmanned Urban Air Mobility have started? American drone services company, PecisionHawk has been awarded two patents for technologies it has developed for unmanned aircraft system…

Shot in arm for drone start-up’s expansion drive

Amsterdam-based delivery drone maker Avy has declared its readiness to expand its operations after receiving a €1,4million shot in the arm from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation…

Global pandemic inspires era of delivery drones

WASHINGTON – Cough medicine, snacks, baking ingredients: Kelly Passek has shopping delivered weekly to her yard in Christiansburg, Virginia – by a drone. The flying vehicle comes with little fuss,…

Changing lives: Africa’s first drone academy

Ever since the United Nations Children’s emergency Fund (UNICEF) got a taste of how cool and convenient drones were for humanitarian operations, they never wanted to stop using them. It…

Drones in construction

Construction industry professionals have long envisioned technological disruption to address common challenges of time and cost overruns to construction productivity and material wastage. Gone are the days when tasks at…

Africa excels at BRICS drone skills challenge

A Nelson Mandela University student has won silver this year’s BRICS Future Skills Challenge, which had to be held virtually this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Jacques Welgemoed (23),…

Zambian drone hackathon qualifiers to be announced this week

Zambian technology hub, BongoHive has just announced that it has started the process of selecting winning applications for the drone hackathon to be held later this month, after closing applications…

Drone breadwinner for orphaned baby vulture

Here is something you don’t get to read every day: A drone has drone in Israel has been helping to feed an orphaned baby vulture that had been on the…

Spy drone halts Bayern Munich training

FC Bayern Munich stars had a brief heart-in-mouth moment yesterday when a drone hovered over their training facilities. The Bavarians were making final preparations for the second leg of their…

Who will top the 2020 drone service providers list?

Commercial drone business intelligence company, Drone Industry Insights are set to release their annual list of Top 20 drone service providers this month. Last year’s list was led by medical…

French drone granted BVLOS licence

The Boreal drone has become the first fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle above 25kg to be granted licence to operate commercial Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions in France,…

Beirut tragedy from the air

A drone has shown video footage of what is left of a Beirut port in Lebanon after the blast from a warehouse that held 2,750tonnes of ammonium nitrate fertiliser in…

UK man caught on drone video trying to flee arrest

Police in Derbyshire, UK have released drone video footage of the moment they caught a suspect wanted for possession of drugs with the intent for resale. Twenty-five year-old Thomas Stones…

Hands on with Inspire Africa’s Drone Coding tools

The Inspire Africa group is making a positive impact among school kids, mostly in Southern Africa today, through their STEAM education curriculum that allows the students to use drone technology…

Flies just like a bird: New drone to shake the industry?

Via The Conversation, engineers at the University of South Australia have revealed that they have made the ornithopter, a bird-like drone which they are confident will shake the current drone…

Drone start-up makes final cut for GoGettaz Agripreneur prize

Drone startup, Integrated Aerial Systems (IAS) has been selected as one of the finalists for Generation Africa’s 2020 GoGettaz Agripreneur prize The South African enterprise had been voted to the…

Around Cape Town by Drone

Well, South Africa’s mother city is beautiful. Take a stroll… The footage was captured by Cape Town-based video creator, Luke Bell

Wanna take your drone for a spin in foreign lands? Take note…

As a Drone Operator the skies are usually your limit. Due to Covid-19 we are on tenterhooks, positively trusting this will pass and that we can get back into full…

Mapping the Senegalese salt lands

The team at Senegal Flying Labs was in a quandary. They had just secured an exciting new contract to map the salt lands of Sénégal and wanted to waste no…

New, intelligent fire-fighting drone

A Chinese drone maker has released a new fire-fighting drone, with a bigger payload and intelligent fire-fighting features installed. From Guangzhou China, Ehang has announced the EHang 216F – a…

Amazon steps up efforts to launch drone delivery in the UK

Amazon has ramped up expansion of its ambitious drone delivery project, almost doubling the number of staff in its Cambridge-based Prime Air team. Prime Air now has close to 60…

Drone start-ups among semi-finalists for top agric award

Two drone start-ups have made the semi-finals of the prestigious GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize, where they are hoping their precision agriculture solutions will beat competition from 22 other hopefuls and claim…

New drone programming courses from DroneBlocks

Texas-based education technology services provider DroneBlocks has introduced into its curriculum new courses for its Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics genre. The courses are available to every student in…

Drones to support police operations in South Africa

It is a good thing that South Africa is planning to introduce drone technology into policing structures – but it seems there is a misunderstanding among the policing top brass…

Rwanda to introduce drone-based internet connectivity

The Rwandan government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Japanese company, HAPSMobile Inc, under which both parties will conduct a Joint Research Project that studies the use of High…

UK govt commissions research into UTM

Connected Places Catapult, the UK government innovation agency for the transport industry and autonomous vehicles, has announced the Open-Access unmanned traffic management project (Open-Access UTM project) for supporting operations of…

Tekever resumes drone patrols along the Mediterranean

Portuguese drone technology company Tekever has resumed drone maritime reconnaissance and surveillance missions to look out for illegal immigrant activities on the shores of South Western Europe. The missions –…

Drone solutions for US mining company

CALIFORNIA – A top USA mining company has has taken on board Kespry’s drone-based aerial intelligence platform for their inventory management and mine planning. The Shelly Company, an Ohio-based limestone,…

Charging your drone battery – in five minutes

They did it with cell phones and electronic vehicles. Now Israeli fast charging battery technology pioneer StoreDot has made a drone battery that will charge in five minutes. On Wednesday,…

CUAASA’s quest for a better drone industry in South Africa

The Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa (CUAASA) has lauded the recent improvement in their working relationship with the local drone industry regulator, as South Africa’s drone stakeholders press…

Fighting the drone-lash

Is banning drones on grounds of country of origin wise, or does it lead to false sense of security? The war for data control is chiefly because data is the…

Flying Labs expands into Madagascar

Perhaps it is high time people got to know about Flying Labs It is the McDonald’s; the KFC; the Burger King of unmanned aerial systems; except that Flying Lab’s Franchises…

Saving Africa’s endangered animals with drones

A UK humanitarian drone enterprise has teamed up with a start-up specialising in intelligent camera systems to save endangered animals in Africa. UAVAid and Archangel Imaging have taken it upon…

Traffic Management solution for energy companies

AiRXOS, a General Electric Affiliate that’s specialises in providing Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions has announced an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) solution for energy companies to plan, schedule, operate and…

New drone start-up born in South Africa

A new South African drone start-up is appealing for funding to see the completion of its inaugural drone projects and its introduction onto the local market. Coming out of Johannesburg…

Wingcopter flies into Kenya

Wingcopter – the German last-mile delivery drone start-up – is fast becoming a household name in Africa. Having already covered a lot of flying ground on the continent, with operations…

DJI denies security allegations against app

The world’s biggest drone manufacturer, DJI, has defended the integrity of one of it Android apps, which has been found allegedly afoul of some Google terms, at least according to…

The case for drone technology in mining

Fifty-one miners died in South Africa last year. In statistical terms, the figure has fallen to record lows, as safety standards have improved of late. But still, losing 51 breadwinners…

Armyworm war goes aerial in Zambia

A Zambian agriculture technology company has taken it upon itself to help eradicate the armyworm plague in the country. Operating out of the capital city of Lusaka, Sunagri Investments has…

Zambian drones to be upgraded with health monitoring software

A Zambian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology supplier has just announced plans to incorporate health monitoring software on their drones. Serving the World Using Aerospace Technologies (SWUAT) is a UAS…

Tree-planting drones for Madagascar’s lost forests

Madagascar used to be green. Really green. But no more. In the 2,000 short years that man landed on the East African island nation in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar has…

News features for DroneDeploy software

Drone software company, DroneDeploy has released new software for its cloud applications. You can check them out below Automatically sending project reports within the organisational GIS platform DroneDeploy says its…

EU certification requirements for commercial drones gazetted

COLOGNE – Just weeks after the European Union drone regulations went into effect in the EU region, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has gazetted a proposal of airworthiness…

Crash course for new drone owners

Just like cell phones, drones are fast becoming a wearable accessory for today’s world. Hence the need for users to learn to fly their drones safely and responsibly. South African…

Drone Council SA to hit ground running

Commercial drones have become a big – a very big – business in the world, and South Africa wants a slice of the pie. In 2019, reputable research organisation, Research…

Locusts invade Yunnan, China

A massive drone spraying operation has been in progress in the South Western province of Yunnan, China, where an army of yellow bamboo locusts has invaded. Usually feeding on bamboo…

South Africa: Municipalities turn to service-delivering drones

Following up on a fact-finding mission in which they seconded delegates to the Drone and Digital Aviation Conference in Johannesburg late last year, Mpumalanga’s Gert Sibande District Municipality has moved…

Premier Mapping premiers mine blast livestreaming

A South African aerial mapping company has developed a drone-based surveillance system to provide mining, engineering and geospatial organisations with high-fidelity live footage of activities around their premises. Tshwane-based Premier…

Corteva’s agricultural drone fleet largest in the world

…And they are making them smarter With a fleet of over 400 drones to its name, Corteva Agriscience – the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont – has by far the largest…

Local start-ups and experts need recognition – and help

For our second Drone of Reason ever, we will let the following opinion by WeRobotics’ Patrick Meier speak. There are an infinite number of start-ups in Africa that are struggling…

Agricultural drones: Togo joins the party

A Togolese technology innovation hub is trying to lure the country’s youth to fall in love with agriculture again, by introducing drones into the agriculture industry matrix. The Togolese Local…

AcquahMeyer: From spraying crops to spraying market places

WASHINGTON – Towards the end of 2017 in Accra, Ghanaian pilot Eric Acquah founded AcquahMeyer Drone Tech, a crop spraying subsidiary of Acquahmeyer Aviation, which specialised on using drones to…

Parrot partners with WISeKey

PARIS – French drone maker Parrot has announced a partnership with cybersecurity provider WISeKey to enhance security of the company’s range of ANAFI drones. With more and more people using…

Matternet expands health delivery drone services in the USA

There is no question about how terribly COVID-19 has upended lived lives all over the world since the beginning of the year. Nearly 14million people infected worldwide; 650,000 lives lost;…

New drone body launched in South Africa

We know there are other associations for drone stakeholders in South Africa. But this one seems to have the backing of government structures. In a massive recognition of the growth…

Is that a bird? AVES Drone hiding in plain sight

In design alone, at least the manufacturer is not kidding Manufactured by Dutch stealth drone maker, The Drone Bird Company, the AVES drone is literally a bird – complete with…

Cote d’Ivoire: Incorporating drones into the UTZ Certification Process

In the Ivory Coast, the UTZ Certified programme has called upon drone technology to help in expediting the certification for farmers who wish to comply with sustainable forming protocols that…

The Drone for filmmakers is here

Flying Pictures has just announced the Ultra drone, which they claim is the most powerful drone in the world, designed and built purely for cinematography. The Ultra features a cutting edge design and…

Saving the forests with Eden and DroneDeploy

CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles-based tree planting organisation, Eden Reforestation Projects, last week celebrated their fifteenth anniversary by announcing that they had planted over 333 million trees in the eight countries…

Drone Hackathon: Call for young Zambian entrepreneurs

Young drone entrepreneurs and hopefuls in Zambia; here is a lifetime chance to turn your ideas into business – and you have until August 6 to grab it. Zambian technology…

Inspecting the power grid in hotter temperatures

It is always summer time somewhere in the world; and while the summer season is always welcome for all the joys and opportunities it presents, energy companies the world over…

Irrigation drones for Zimbabwe’s Lowveld

Irrigation drones might just be the answer to the almost perennially erratic rainfall patterns experienced by sugarcane farmers in Zimbabwe’s lowveld. Located to the South West of the country and…

Zipline signs up with Intermap

Intermap Technologies, an American geospatial information solutions company, has announced that it has signed up with medical drone maker Zipline to supply the latter with crucial geospatial Elevation-as-a-Service as support…

The drone age and Urban Air Mobility

Drones, personal flying vehicles and air taxis may be part of our everyday life in the very near future. Drones and air taxis will create new means of mobility and transport…

Government role in adopting drone technology into health delivery

The headlines are everywhere—there is a game changer in the fight against COVID-19. Drones are on their way to deliver samples and airdrop personal protective equipment (PPE), and are even…

Crop ripening boost for South Africa’s sugarcane farmers

A South African sugarcane farm, working with Chinese agricultural drone technology maker XAG, has completed a successful test of the XAG drone as a profitable ripening chemicals-spraying alternative to the…

Do Benin farmers want to use paid drone services?

Small holder farmers in Benin are warming up to drone technology and are willing to pay for drone services as a way to make their farm operations easier and smarter,…

Drone to the rescue for cardiac arrest patients in remote areas

There is hope for cardiac arrest victims in remote areas worldwide after Drone Delivery Canada, a Canadian drone technology firm, successfully completed the second phase of its Automated External Defibrillator…

How not to use drones in COVID-19 response

Drones are increasingly being used in a wide range of humanitarian contexts. This does not always mean they’re useful, however. They have been used in multiple applications in response to the…

Drones light up Seoul as fight against COVID-19 persists

South Korea might be winning the war against COVID-19 pandemic, having reduced the number of active cases in thee country to below 1,000, but that has not stopped the Seoul…

Volocopter + John Deere = VoloDrone

You know you are onto something when John Deere himself decides to invest in an agricultural drone. The 200-year old agriculture machinery manufacturer, which has offices in South Africa, has…

Inspire Africa: Preparing kids for the future workplace

A South African organisation has taken up the challenge to prepare African children for tomorrow’s workplace by embarking on a drone coding programme that equips students with skills in STEAM…

DJI’s Mavic Air 2 is out

DJI’s new Mavic Air 2 folding-style drone is a huge improvement over the previous model—so much so that for most people, this is the perfect drone. The Mavic Air 2…

Drones being cool in COVID-19 times

Since the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic early this year, drones have been one of the technologies that have worked non-stop to make life a bit bearable in these difficult…

Drones despatched as COVID-19 cases soar in Melbourne, Australia

Surveillance drones and more than 1,000 police will be deployed to locked-down suburbs in Melbourne, Australia as the southern state of Victoria struggles to control a fresh wave of COVID-19…

Drone Racing League to conclude this Sunday

The Drone Racing League will crown a champion in its popular 2020 FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup at 20:00hours GMT this Sunday. The races will be aired on NBCSN and…

SA’s drone start-up mentorship programme bears fruit

South African drone technology start-up, Mzansi Aero Technologies’ drone mentorship has borne its first fruits. Well; first thirteen fruits to be precise – last week, the organisation oversaw the first…

Drones to patrol Australian beaches

Dozens of Sydney’s most popular beaches will be patrolled from the air with drones working to scare off sharks in a bid to stop attacks. After a five-year trial, the $8 million program will kick off…

Mavic Pro lends wings to first ever detailed study of Moroccan highlands

Spanish-based archaeological research organisation, the National Research Centre on Human Evolution (CENIEH) recently found a way to map and analyse the geomorphology of the Gara Soultana area in the High…

Move to harmonise African drone laws

Barely a year after it came into existence, the African Drone Forum is wasting no time making its mark on the continent’s drone landscape. The forum already has held a…

Drone racing League looking to keep sports fans entertained during pandemic

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is using technology to be one of the few professional sports leagues still active during the coronavirus pandemic. In drone races, pilots fly drones around…

Kespry upgrades drone features

CALIFORNIA – US-based industrial drones maker and operator Kespry has unveiled its latest aerial intelligence platform updates, highlighted by a new a new mapping drone offer, a new haul road…

Time for authorities to rethink drone policy

It has taken an event of almost biblical proportions to demonstrate just how much we truly rely on the care and services medical practitioners give us. But the pandemic has also…

Surfers warned after shark sighting, South Africa

South Africa‘s sea rescue service has urged swimmers and surfers to be cautious, after a recent spate of great white shark sightings and close encounters — one of which was captured in some astonishing…

The Smartest Drone on the Market?

Drone maker Skydio returns after a COVID-19 induced haitus, and they are back with a super-smart drone, the Skydio 2. The new drone has a feature that enables to use…

Behold… the Drone Age cometh

We know drones are cool. But it seems, with the way drones have been employed in response to the devastation of COVID-19 – delivering emergency supplies, urging people to stay…

Mapping Monrovia

The Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team (HOT) has incorporated drone technology in mapping Liberia’s capital Monrovia, as part of a wider project to bring together the best machine learning practitioners from around…

India slowly warming up to the goodness of drones

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, drones have proved to be quite utilitarian. Not only have they helped with surveillance and crowd control, but also have been used to…

India ropes in drones to fight locust plague

RAJASTHAN – In their latest efforts to fight the locust plague afflicting India, authorities in Jaipur despatched drones to lend a helping hand to the operations of vehicles, tractors, fire…

Drones rescue family lost in Florida park

FLORIDA – A family had a scary experience when they got lost while hiki