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Volocopter still perfecting the VoloDrone

Munich, GERMANY – It has been a bit since we last mentioned the VoloDrone, Volocopter’s cargo drone which was supposed to be a game changer in various industries, but chiefly in…

Hundreds of birds were nesting a in nature reserve. Then a drone crashed…

Authorities in the USA are hoping to identify the operator of a drone that crashed in a nesting area for elegant terns, scaring off 2,500 birds and making them flee…

When crashing your drone into a volcano is worth it…

Apparently, you can never put a price on a good shot. At least that is according to the philosophy of Joey Helms, a Chicago-based filmmaker who flew his brand new…

Some DJI drones cleared for use in the USA

Some welcome news for DJI in the fight for security clearance in the USA. The world’s leading commercial drone maker has been going back and forth with the federal government…

About drone-in-a-box and other commercial drone applications

Two hundred and thirty-seven. That is the number of applications drone technology can do for humans now, as found out by research company Drone Industry Insights recently. “Remember when the…

Cloud-zapping drones: yeah; why not?

Up until around the year 2015, the first question you got when you mentioned the word drone was probably, what does a drone do? Fast forward six years later, and…

Dubai policing drones nab thousands for petty crimes

Just to show that drones work in policing operations, we share the below story, courtesy of Al Bayan newspaper. We are aware there could be some issues of privacy to…

Ehang back with new passenger drone

The last time we covered Ehang, the Chinese autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company was reeling from rapidly declining stocks at the market, following an unfavourable report from a…

New USA drone rules go into effect

Washington, USA – The new unmanned aerial systems regulations in the USA – which were finalised at the end of last year – went into effect yesterday, April 21, 2021….

Drones and utility infrastructure inspections

One area in which drone technology has proved its usefulness since it arrived on the scene has been in the way it has made some jobs safer for humans, who…

Ingenuity flies. On Mars

A drone has flown on Mars. For the first time. Ever. Yea; we know they will claim it for themselves and say it is a helicopter. But the commands to…

How not to use a drone: kids scare of nesting eagles in Canada

Kids; this is not how you use a drone. Because incidents like this one are why some aviation authorities still look at drone technology with suspicious eyes. Reports from the…

The focus is on the camera: DJI’s Air 2S is here

Seeing as we have not laid our hands on the new DJI Air 2S yet (your fault DJI), we will have to take DJI’s words on it for now. Which…

Wingcopter takes delivery drones to Japan

Tokyo, JAPAN – Wingcopter are taking their medical delivery drone to the world. The award winning German eVTOL drone manufacturer and drone services provider has announced that it has partnered…

Altitude Angel’s new UTM platform to integrate drone presence in airspaces around airports

It’s been a bit long since we wrote about the angel of the skies, Altitude Angel. That wait is now over. The British provider of Unified Traffic Management (UTM) solutions…

Samsung jumps onto the delivery drone bandwagon

Samsung clients based in Ireland will from yesterday be getting their products purchased from the Korean electronics company delivered to their doorstep by drone. In an effort to facilitate end-to-end…

Avy testing their drones for wildlife conservation

We have known the fixed wing drones of Netherlands-based Avy to take to the skies as a means to deliver medical supplies to whichever health centre needs them. Now we…

Drones and their place in dangerous working environments

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation into an accident where a Squirrel helicopter struck a powerline pole and crushed to the ground, killing the pilot in the process –…

FPV drone flies over boiling Iceland volcano

A volcano that has been sleeping peacefully for the last 800 has blown its crater in Iceland – and a drone was there to capture some incredible video footage of…

Drones helps locate lonely child

We all know the physical toll the coronavirus pandemic has inflicted on the world, claiming over 2,7million lives from the nearly 124million who have caught the virus so far. We…

EHang to build eco-friendly vertiports in Europe, Asia

Guangzhou, CHINA – Despite looming class action lawsuits and prevaricating stocks on the market, autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) manufacturer EHang is forging bravely ahead with expansion plans, announcing a partnership…

Right up the alley

We do not have much to say; but if you have no idea what they mean when they talk about regular drone footage and that of FPV drones, we have…

USA team awarded for safely delivering an organ by drone

A research team at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) in the USA has been rewarded for trusting a drone to deliver an organ for a patient who had…

Valqari partners with QuickLoadz to perfect last inch drone delivery

Athens, Ohio, USA – They may not yet be as in vogue as most drone delivery companies have become, but Chicago, USA based smart drone delivery station start-up Valqari are…

Analysing the data team behind life-saving drone flights

Keller Rinaudo, the CEO of fast-growing drone logistics company, Zipline could not have said it better: “All our customers really care about is whether something goes from point A to…

The women of Flying Labs on International Women’s Day

For the past six years, humanitarian robotics non-profit organisation WeRobotics has been working really hard to empower local drone start-ups with the right tools for them satisfy all contracts, local…

DJI has not caught a cold in the USA yet – but for how long?

We all loved Romeo Durscher as the face of public safety drones during his time at DJI. Then – terrified of losing such an influential voice at time when the…

How has the DJI ban in the USA affected business?

We know that – with a projected $2,3billion share of the global market (according to Valuates Reports) – North America is the biggest commercial drone landscape in the world. And…

Wingcopter invests in Intermap’s terrain data software

Denver, USA – With research into urban air mobility and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights gathering pace in Europe and the USA – the biggest commercial drone markets…

One-tonne World War II bomb detonated in Exeter, England

Some residents who live in the city of Exeter in Southwest England last week had a fleeting experience of the horrors of the second World War when they had to…

Introducing the DJI FPV

Do you remember those alien fighter jets in the movie Independence Day? The new DJI FPV (first person view) drone looks like a miniature version of that. Not that it’s…

World trade body urges Africa to stay abreast with new technology

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has warned against the potential of emerging technologies creating a greater digital divide, alienating lower income countries – especially those in…

Reality check: Unmanned Air Mobility and the challenging road ahead

We do not think any professional in the delivery drone space was under any illusions about the amount of work that needs to be done until drones can be fully…

Rio Tinto increases drone use in mining operations

Anglo-Australian mining conglomerate Rio Tinto had a really good 2020 and they have drones to thank for it. Alright; we might have exaggerated a bit – the drones did not…

WeRobotics secures more funds for STEM education in Global South

And WeRobotics has gone and done it again. We think it is allowed to run out of superlatives to applaud the lengths the non-profit drone and robotics humanitarian organisation is…

Trouble in EHang paradise

Chinese drone maker fends off fraud allegations You could say something had to go wrong for the EHang fairy tale. The Chinese passenger drone manufacturing company had everything going for…

Update: NASA’s Perseverance makes safe touchdown on Mars

203 days ago, on July 30, 2020 in Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Florida, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) largest and most advanced rover yet – the Perseverance…

UAV set for historic Mars landing

We know this might have nothing to do with Africa but (in Spider Man’s voice, just after he was snapped back to life and reunites with Mr Stark for the…

Now you can fly a drone without GPS

The way it normally works with drones in flight is that, when you want to determine your drone’s location; track its movement or help it navigate from one place to…

PrecisionHawk partners with American Tower for drone-based tower inspection solutions

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA — It is understandable if engineers get antsy about having to climb the dangerously dizzy heights of cell towers for whatever reason (we know the reasons…

Drones lead landslide rescue efforts in biggest drone operation in Europe

Around 4AM in Norway on the 30th of December last year, a hillside gave way in the village of Ask in the Gjerdrum region in eastern Norway, about 30 kilometres…

DroneDeploy, Corteva launch another drone-based solution for farming operations

San Francisco, USA – If anybody needed more proof that drone technology does work in agriculture, then they have to look no further than Corteva Agriscience. The worldwide supplier of…

Another European project for drone integration into urban airspaces

There are so many drone-based urban air mobility projects that SESAR is involved with right now that it might crack your head just to try and keep track of every…

US company writes software to remotely identify drones

San Francisco, USA – Following the release of the final rules for unmanned aircraft in the USA, and the European Commission Regulations on UAS, American airspace security provider Dedrone now…

Drones to track off-road criminals in Solihull, UK

Police in the West Midlands town of Solihull in the United Kingdom are deploying drones to parks and public spaces in the hope of catching off-roaders wreaking havoc in parks…

NASA to research on drones’ impact on society

We all know how just how many organisations are right now involved active tests to see how drones can be integrated into the really busy airspaces or urban areas, right?…

The 2021 drone regulations landscape

Ever since drone technology started making solid inroads into the mainstream commercial and industrial operations, the laws governing them have been correspondingly revolving. In some parts, the regulatory changes have…

The case for BVLOS drone deliveries

In the below article, Elsight Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Roee Kashee presents the case for governments worldwide to allow beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone deliveries. Kashee argues…

Wingcopter gets $22m funding to expand operations

Weiterstadt, GERMANY – Wingcopter just got loaded. The German delivery and humanitarian drone maker has secured a $22million investment, which will be injected into furthering the development of drone-based logistics,…

WeRobotics to work with WHO and the Gates Foundation on medical drone deliveries

International humanitarian organisation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be funding WeRobotics, with a view to expand the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) understanding and use of drone delivery. This…

Hobby drone today; commercial enterprise tomorrow…

Do you have a fleet of one or more drones which you are so crazy about you cannot stop playing with them every chance you get? They are your new…

Altitude Angel joins consortiums for UK, EU Urban Air Mobility

It has been a busy day for the folks at Altitude Angel. Not only has the UK-based Unmanned Traffic Management solutions provider joined another consortium to expedite the arrival of…

Scared to enter the sewer? Roll in the caged drone!

Swiss drone manufacturer Flyability surely knows a thing or two about drones in hostile environments. From their inaugural GimBall – which rolled away from the 2015 Drones for Good in…

FAA approves first fully autonomous commercial drone flights in the USA

MASSACHUSETTS – They might be mean to Chinese made drones, but the Federal Aviation Administration in the USA seem to be warming up really well to drone technology; at the…

A Cadillac passenger drone? It could happen

So, let’s take some stock on passenger drones. We have the VoloCopter and the EHang as the most prominent autonomous ait taxi models actively trying to bring their products onto…

UPS and Verizon partner on connected drone deliveries

When it comes to 5G telecommunication network technology, there are only two extremes, and no middle ground. Either one belongs to the extreme of conspiracy theorists, like the ones in…

Humanitarian drone evangelist resurfaces at Auterion

He is far removed from the poster boys of boy band members and movie stars of yesteryears, but to the drone world, Romeo Durscher is the face of humanitarian drones…

Sony flies into the drone space with the Airpeak

Usually, when you hear the word Sony, you rightly associate the word with sturdy electronic products like televisions, sound systems, video and digital cameras; mobile phones and the play station….

The 2021 drone horoscope

Kevin Sartori, co-founder of drone software company, Auterion has his, as well as world leading drone professionals’, outlook for the drone industry in the new year. By building an open-source…

New EU drone regulations come into effect in 2021

With the USA adding regulations that would require remote identification on drones and relaxing the need for waivers on drone flights over people during the night, the European Union has…

Mixed reactions to the FAA’s new drone regulations

On December 28 last year, the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had a present for commercial drone operators in the country – they can now fly drones over people…

Group to explore drone traffic opportunities in EU cities

We know the people of the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union community and go it alone as an economic entity in Europe – and this was probably…

Cattle-herding drone?

In her presentation at this year’s DJI Airworks 2020 Conference, South African based drone professional, Louise Jupp gave her opinions on how drone technology could be harnessed in livestock farming…

UK Drone Corridor trials set for summer, 2021

The rest of the world is set to witness just how a drone corridor will work in real life, after the United Kingdom Research and Innovation institution (UKRI) – which…

One last kick in the teeth for DJI from 2020

Chinese drone maker added to US entity list that bans it from importing US tech without express permission It really would not be 2020 if it did not end with…

New agriculture drones from XAG

GUANGZHOU – Chinese agriculture technology company XAG have announced the launch of a trio of agricultural drones and related software technology, which they are convinced will make life easier for…

Drones in 2020

2020 It has been a bit challenging as a year, hasn’t it? What with the global pandemic that sneaked upon humanity and set all its plans for the year awry….

500 lives rescued – and still counting

It is a real shame that almost five years since drone technology started making inroads into the African continent, their success stories in official government and other public sector circles…

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 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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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),…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 hiking in the Blackwater Creek Preserve, a 1,993-acre conservation area in Plant City, Florida. A drone was able…

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…

Suspect nabbed for allegedly smuggling drugs into Malaysia using a drone

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian police recently arrested a Singaporean man suspected for smuggling drugs into his country using a drone. Police identified the man as 40-year-old Mohamad Azli Ahmad Said,…

Helping kids to fall in love with STEAM Education

BALTIMORE — The Global Air Drone Academy uses drones to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math careers – and they are not going to let a global…

Wings for Wingcopter to expand operations in Africa

German autonomous drone delivery manufacturer Wingcoper are set to further spread their wings in Malawi after their project proposal to fast track the supply of COVID-19 equipment in the Southern…

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…