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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The best drones for 2020

As the technologies of mobile phones, cameras, and lithium-ion batteries have evolved in recent years, drones have  come a long way since the advent of expensive models that were once exclusive to Hollywood…

Samsung finds drone-based 5G network optimisation formula

SEOUL – Samsung Electronics has successfully demonstrated as new drone-based antenna configuration measurement solution for 4G and 5G networks at its headquarters in Seoul, Korea This automated solution will offer…

Painting the skies red and white – the Zipline drone delivery story

American drone healthcare distribution company Zipline has been enjoying great success supplying life-saving emergency medicine and equipment in the East African states of Rwanda and Ghana, delivering blood and other…

Remodelling digital reality with drones

As they have done with almost every other industry, unmanned aerial vehicles have proved very useful to the construction and related industries, where they are being used for tasks that…

Youth rising to the challenge of drones in Zimbabwe

Tawanda Chihambakwe. He is a young Zimbabwean who thought he was headed for a decent career in media and fintech, but a chance meeting with a drone changed all that….

DJI fends off data espionage allegations… again

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, so goes the adage. Apparently so it goes too for DJI; the world’s leading drone manufacturer has been called for the umpteenth…

Hello World… We are Drones.R.Africa

Welcome to this, the home of African drone and UAV technology news, which we are opening amid the pomp and fanfare of… no pomp and fanfare at all. It is…

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