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Australian company nabs first drone delivery approval

Australian company nabs first drone delivery approval

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing self-flying delivery drones in Australia for over a […]
A Drone & A Gun; What Could Go Wrong?

A Drone & A Gun; What Could Go Wrong?

This doesn’t seem like a great idea on many levels … and besides, aren’t these folks at all familiar with SkyNet? Turkish technology manufacturer Asis Elektronik ve Bilişim Sistemleri A.Ş. has developed an armed drone system consisting of an automatic weapon fixed on a remotely controlled small drone. Video footage of the drone, called “Songar,” on the […]

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AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

Five organizations that pioneer new ways to use drones for good are winners of the second annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). The award, which is sponsored by DJI, was announced today at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago. “We’ve seen an expanding implementation of drone […]
Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect & Avoid System

Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect & Avoid System

Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect and Avoid (GBDAA) system is now operational at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and will be used to test the safety and efficiency of small drone operations in the 200 square mile drone test range. “GBDAA allows drone pilots to make safe decisions about flight maneuvers beyond visual line of sight without using ground observers […]

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Med Drone Flies in Ghana

Med Drone Flies in Ghana

Zipline and the Ghanaian government have launched a drone delivery network in Ghana. Operating from four distribution centers, Zipline drones will deliver vaccines, blood, and medications to health facilities in remote areas. The U.S. company plans to conduct 600 flights each day. According to Zipline co-founder and CEO Keller Rinaudo, it will be the “largest […]
Cyclocopter (aka “Egg Beater Wing”)

Cyclocopter (aka “Egg Beater Wing”)

When Aerospace giants like Boeing and Airbus reveal some ambitious concept for the future of urban aerial transport, most showcase electrically powered variations on multicopters and hybrid aircraft, sketched out with familiar components like rotors and wings. But the Russian engineers have another idea entirely. Known as a cyclogiro, cyclorotor, cyclocopter, or as some have called it an “egg-beater wing,” […]

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Sentient Blue Wins $1 Million Grand Prize

Sentient Blue Wins $1 Million Grand Prize

Sentient Blue Technologies, a team from Parma, Italy, has won the $1 million grand prize in the GENIUS NY start-up competition for unmanned technology firms. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The GENIUS NY competition is transforming the economic landscape of Central New York by attracting the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs. By investing in the […]
GoFly Finalists

GoFly Finalists

GoFly, a Boeing-sponsored competition, pushes the boundaries of innovation, engineering, and transportation to create a personal flying device for anyone, anywhere. GoFly just announced their five Phase II finalists, and they have some incredibly innovative ideas.   Here’s the scoop from GoFly: Congratulations to all of our innovators and teams for completing Phase II of […]

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Drone Defibrillators

Drone Defibrillators

Drone company Flirty has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), allowing for drones to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims so treatment can begin before paramedics arrive. The new approval enables Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a […]
Drones on Mars?

Drones on Mars?

“Small free-flying spacecraft might be the ideal robotic platform for the exploration of lava tubes on Earth, the Moon, and Mars for the simple reason that they would not need to come in direct contact with any of the rough and potentially unstable surfaces found inside caves and lava tubes,” says Andrew Horchler, Director of […]
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