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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 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…

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