Drones delivering blood in emergencies

Palo Alto, California, hopes to become the first U.S. city to use unmanned aircraft to deliver blood from a blood bank to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is reviewing the city’s proposal, along with about 150 others. The agency will approve 10 projects to move forward next month.   Drones delivering blood in…

Xponential: Novadem Will Launch New Tethered Drone

In April, French drone company Novademwill unleash it newest tethered UAV platform, the NXWIRE 2.0 at AUVSI XPONENTIAL, the largest UAS trade show that brings together more than 8,500 unmanned systems industry leaders. A second-generation tethered system, NXWIRE 2.0 offers several new features: Ground-based power supply that can be connected to a main supply or auxiliary power…

European Drone Legislation: What Portugal is Doing Right

Guest post by drone enthusiast and writer Pedro Dias, editor of Central Drones, the largest online Portuguese speaking drone portal. Recreational drone usage has soared globally and with the emergence of companies in this industry with billions of dollars in revenues, it has become apparent that there is a real demand for this hobby. However, as happens with…

AeroVironment Puma II AE

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defense and commercial applications, and MDA, a Maxar Technologies company, announced the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) has acquired the AeroVironmentPuma™ II AE,  maritime mini unmanned aircraft system, for fielding aboard RCN Maritime Coastal Defence Vessels (MCDV).  The Puma II AE systems will…

ATMOS UAV

The interior region of Silhouette is a national park, with some of the richest biodiversity in the entire Indian Ocean. It is also home to several, critically endangered, plants and animals. In order to keep track of the different species on the island and gain insights into the unique ecosystem, an up-to-date map is an…

History of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. UAVs are a component of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS); which include a UAV, a ground-based controller, and a system of communications between the two. The flight of UAVs may operate with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a…

Full automation for 3D spatial analysis that support i-Construction and public surveying in Japan

Pix4D is partnering with Kokusai Kogyo Corporation (KKC)—the leading geospatial consulting company in Japan–to deliver a i-Construction-compliant drone mapping and photogrammetry solution for the Japanese market. i-Construction is a set of government-defined regulations to govern the collection and processing of drone data. In August 2016, KKC released a 3D geospatial analysis cloud service (KKC-3D). Our partnership will…

Europe’s drone challenge

This Euronews/Boarding pass episode looks at “The Drone Challenge” posed to European ATM by a rapidly-expanding industry estimated to be worth, in Europe alone, €15 billion by 2025, and generating 150,000 new jobs by 2050. Our expert on Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), Mike Lissone, says: “the biggest challenge we are facing is on the…

Arctic UAV Inc. to Distribute High Eye Platforms

Arctic UAV Inc., an Iqaluit based aerial imaging provider using unmanned systems has recently signed a distribution agreement with High Eye from the Netherlands to sell their unmanned helicopter system to Canadian, Greenlandic & Alaskan markets. The Unmanned helicopter system will be marketed as the Ukpik HEF32 UAV System and has the following features: learn more

A Live Interaction Between Humans and Quadcopters

Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios have partnered to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance. The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync. Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the…