Dutch autonomous systems field lab Unmanned Valley has announced subsidies for participating startups and maturing innovators of drone, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and sensor-based technologies.Expand Expanding Close
Drone cargo specialist Volansi takes wing in Africa (too)
California-based Volansi continues its ascent as a global leader in autonomous drone deliveries with another in a series of important business development announcements.Expand Expanding Close
Jaws: Drone pilot films (lots of) human-shark encounters
Yesterday our featured drone film thrilled (and chilled) us with frozen scenes right from The Revenant. Today, airborne shutterbug Carlos Gauna gives us the willies with real-life outtakes from Jaws.Expand Expanding Close
Spectacular Ice Age Lake Baikal filmed by DJI Mini 2
Anyone who still shivers recalling The Revenant or gulag escape movie The Way Back ought to bundle up before watching filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov’s drone-shot The Noor. Even those without a sweater handy should take a gander, however– frostbite be damned.Expand Expanding Close
UK scientists using drones in selecting tidal power installations
British researchers scouring shorelines for places to locate wave-generated energy installations are turning to drones as a faster and cheaper means of finding ideal spots.Expand Expanding Close
AIRT/DroneResponders geo-referencing emergency UAS for use in crisis response
The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) and its DroneResponders unit announced their joint development of a worldwide geo-referencing database of groups and pilots using drones in emergency response.Expand Expanding Close
Translating changes within the FAA’s new drone rules
Everyone’s aware the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) recently altered rules on drone operation, but what are the salient changes involved? Step this way and DroneDJ will explain.Expand Expanding Close
Kroger rolls out drone delivery trial
Retail giant Kroger has announced trial grocery deliveries by drones – a move that could revolutionize the way the 138-year-old company does business.Expand Expanding Close
India approves test use of drones in COVID vaccine deliveries
Authorities in India have authorized test use of drones for COVID-19 vaccinations as part of their response to the unprecedented surge of coronavirus across the country.Expand Expanding Close
Thieves bring crime to drone, drone on the range
An agricultural community in central California has suffered something of a crime wave that police are attributing to thieves using drones for remote reconnaissance work.Expand Expanding Close
Sanitization drones clear way for cheering Kentucky Derby crowds
Before the 51,800-plus crowd excitedly filed into Churchill Downs Saturday to watch Medina Spirit win the 147th Kentucky Derby, a race of another sort took place: the tag-team effort of drones to completely cleanse the venue from COVID-19 viral threats before the running began.Expand Expanding Close
German pilots film their drone hack of a Tesla
It’s well known short traders are atop the many, many things Tesla honcho Elon Musk hates in this world. But it’s a safe bet mischievous drone geeks now populate that list – especially after a pair of pilots hacked one of his luxury rides open from the air.Expand Expanding Close
XPONENTIAL 2021 announces speakers for virtual May session
Organizers of XPONENTIAL 2021 have revealed the speakers lineup for its virtual session in May, ahead of the resumed in-person conference in August.Expand Expanding Close
Steve Wozniak brings drones to classrooms in STEM educational program
First Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak brought the world Macs. Now he’s flying drones through K-12 classroom curricula. How cool did school just get?Expand Expanding Close
Last call for InterDrone registration before prices go up!
Organizers of the International Drone Conference and Exposition 2021 are urging straggling attendees to register quickly, ahead of 30% price increases for full conference passes slated April 30, and Expo access May 29.Expand Expanding Close
Fast-growing DroneResponders gets a branding makeover
DroneResponders, a leading US nonprofit advocating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in response to emergency situations, has undergone rebranding as a reflection of its rapidly expanding activity and influence.Expand Expanding Close
Sky’s the limit for Cuba’s plucky DIY drone makers
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… actually a sparrowhawk-shaped drone (screech and all). And it was built by a group of creative, driven Cuban engineers using scrap materials they rummaged up on the boycott-hobbled island nation.Expand Expanding Close
Parrot offers AR situational awareness to pro ANAFI users
Parrot has struck a deal with situational awareness technology expert, Rapid Imaging, to equip its drone videos with geospatial augmented reality (AR) capabilities. It’s an intriguing partnership.Expand Expanding Close
Cloudless: UAV startup’s drone swoops through the stratosphere nearly 25,000 meters above Earth
Appropriately named Polish startup Cloudless has successfully completed another experimental flight of its solar-powered Ultra Long Endurance Platform (ULEP-1) drone – this time at a dizzying altitude of 24,784 meters/81,312 feet above Earth.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) aced a barrage of flight and performance tests during its 2.5 hours in the heavens. And once it completed those challenges, the craft touched down almost precisely on its designated landing spot.
That feat will catch the interest of players in the booming pseudo-satellite sector searching for economic yet efficient means of servicing their lower-altitude orbiters.Expand Expanding Close
Global UAV market expected to soar to new heights in 2020s
Buckle up and screw on your hats, dronies: The currently booming market in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is set to blast into the stratosphere over the next several years.
Valued at $19.5 billion in 2019, the global market for all types of airborne drones is expected to surpass $55.6 billion by 2027, according to a new forecast by Research Dive.
Military and defense applications are projected to continue to dominate about half of total spending during that period. However, business in consumer drones is set to outpace the security side in annual rates of growth for most of the coming decade.Expand Expanding Close
China snags suspected US maritime intelligence drone
Allegations of US spying off China’s coast rang out after a technologically sophisticated maritime drone turned up in the net of a Chinese fishing ship this month.
According to multiple media reports featuring photos as evidence, the vessel is said to be a Wave Rider autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) manufactured by Boeing affiliate Liquid Robotics. The craft is used by both the US and British Royal Navy.
The development was just what the world needed: another source of tension in already fraught Sino-American relations.Expand Expanding Close
AIRT, AUVSI host Global Public Safety UAS Summit at XPONENTIAL 2021
Two of the biggest actors in promoting use of unmanned systems for the common good are renewing their previous partnerships – this time as organizers of the Global Public Safety UAS Summit at XPONENTIAL 2021.
The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) and Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International AUVSI will stage a series of panels and workshops at XPONENTIAL.
As always, their objective is to encourage deployment of unmanned systems and robotics in ways benefiting society and humanity.Expand Expanding Close
Mexican gangs use retail drones as airborne IEDs
Mexican authorities have ordered two suspected drug cartel operatives to stand trial on charges that they outfitted commercial drones with explosives for use in attacks on security forces.
The April 24 decision to prosecute came less than a week after a pair of police officers were injured by devices in a commercial drone as they cleared a road blocked by drug cartels in the state of Michoacán.
Officials said the attack suggested Mexico’s criminal gangs may hope to use drones as weapons with greater frequency in the future.Expand Expanding Close
AI-enhanced drone scrambled to protect endangered NZ dolphins
Determined humans and a remarkably smart drone have teamed up in an effort to prevent New Zealand’s beloved Māui dolphin from looming extinction.
The partnership of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and concerned businesses are using a craft tricked out with artificial intelligence to locate, track, and safeguard the endangered mammals with vastly improved efficiency.
And all for a most worthy porpoise.Expand Expanding Close