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UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Drone Startups

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones. If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a

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Helion and Domenec Molins partner with Freespace

The Freespace team are proud to announce our partnership with Domenec Molins and the Helion Group. Just as we are pushing the boundaries with our Giant Drone Racing platform, Helion are the market leaders in the development of powder metallurgy, solid carbide and innovative coating technologies for high-quality cutting tools.

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“After every adventure, what Mike Horn likes best…” A movie 100% shot by ANAFI #ParrotANAFI #EverydayLifeElevated


“Après chaque aventure, ce que Mike Horn préfère…” Un film 100% réalisé avec ANAFI #ParrotANAFI #EverydayLifeElevated

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Cyberhawk Innovations has been named the Venture-backed Management Team of the Year at the 2018 BVCA Scottish Management Team awards

Cyberhawk Innovations has been named the Venture-backed Management Team of the Year at the 2018 BVCA Scottish Management Team awards. Winners were announced at the BVCA’s prestigious annual dinner in Edinburgh. The BVCA Management Team Awards celebrate the performance of UK-based companies that are backed by private equity and venture

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DroneShield – Turnbull / Pyne Defence Export Strategy Bears Fruit

The Australian developer and manufacturer of cutting-edge high technology counter-drone products DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (DroneShield or the Company) today released the following statement on the practical application of the Turnbull / Pyne Defence Export Strategy. On 29 January 2018, The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Australian Minister for Defence

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Aertec Completes Automated Operations from Sand

AERTEC Solutions has reached a new technological milestone in the RPAS sector in Spain with its unmanned fixed-wing aerial platform TARSIS 75. This RPAS, built in carbon fiber, has made a complete and automatic operation in the Arenosillo area, on the beach of Mazagón (Huelva) , thus expanding its range

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DroneShield Secures $3M Middle East Contract

Counter drone technology provider DroneShield has secured an order for 70 units of its DroneGun tactical jammer by an as-yet-unnamed “major Middle Eastern country allied with Western governments”, with the identity of the country remaining a mystery, potentially for security reasons. “We believe that this is a company-making sale and

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African Union Publishes Drone Report

On 8 June 2018, a report on drones entitled ” Drones on the Horizon was made public by Prof Yaye Kène-Gassama Dia & University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar at the African Innovation Summit (AIS2018) in Kigali, Rwanda. The AIS is an Africa-wide initiative aimed at harnessing the innovation potential of

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Turkey Develops New Heavy Armed UAS

Unmanned air system manufacturer Baykar Makina is developing a new heavy armed unmanned aerial vehicle called Akinci, according to Turkish media reports. Turkish media has published photos showing a new 4.5-tonne Akinci twin-engine, medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned vehicle (UAV) at Baykar’s facility. According to the report, Akinci will be equipped with

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…And Another One Bites the Dust…

A British Army Watchkeeper has crashed near Aberporth, taking the number of crashes involving the unmanned aircraft to five. Launched from West Wales Airport at Aberporth, it crashed in a lane close to the airstrip at around 5 pm on Thursday afternoon. Police and firefighters were called to the

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P-51 Mustang V Messerschmitt Me 262

 The Messerschmitt Me 262, nicknamed Schwalbe (German: “Swallow”) in fighter versions, or Sturmvogel (German: “Storm Bird”) in attack versions, was the world’s first operational jet-powered fighter aircraft. Design work started before World War II began, but engine problems and top-level interference kept the aircraft from operational status with the

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Spain Orders Thales Fulmar X for Army and Navy

Spain’s Directorate-General for Armament and Material (DGAM) has awarded Thales two contracts to supply unmanned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms to the Spanish Navy and Army. The Spanish Navy has selected the Fulmar X unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for testing and evaluation of UAS in maritime environments. In addition,

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Headwall Integrates Hyperspectral and LiDAR on UAS

Headwall has introduced advanced sensor payloads consisting of hyperspectral sensors and LIDAR for deployment on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms. Through the fusion of spectral imaging data and 3D LIDAR output, Headwall continues to provide new capabilities for addressing critical remote sensing applications ranging from civil and military infrastructure

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AgilePod Flies on US Air Force MQ-9

In March 2018, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Sensors Program Office, working jointly with the AFLCMC Medium Altitude Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Office, sponsored three demonstration flights of an MQ-9 Reaper with AgilePod. The flights were a first for AgilePod on an Air Force major weapon system, and

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Airbus Helicopters to Test VSR700 OPV

Airbus Helicopters is set to conduct the first fully unmanned flight demonstration of its Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) by the end of June, Jane’s has learned. The OPV is a modified Hélicoptères Guimbal Cabri G light helicopter being used to develop the control laws for the VSR700, a vertical take-off

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Uplift Data Partners Leverages Night Waiver to Launch Proprietary Night Ops Training Module for Commercial Drone Pilots

Uplift Data Partners announced today it will launch a Night Ops training module in July 2018 in collaboration with Aerovista Drone Academy, a first-of-its-kind online resource that provides its network of highly-trained pilots extensive knowledge for night flight operations. The company is among the first ten percent of companies approved

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Germany Signs $600M Heron TP Lease Deal

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed an agreement with Airbus to lease Heron TP Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPAS to Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence. Under the $600 million deal, Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH will serve as the prime contractor responsible for managing all aspects of the project,

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INVOLI – Head of Engineering

INVOLI is a Swiss-based company which develops and produces air traffic awareness systems for professional drone applications. We enable the safe integration of drones into the air traffic, avoiding collisions and enabling new exciting applications such as drone delivery or drone taxi. Our system provides the currently missing low-altitude air

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DroneCatcher – drone interception

Today it is easy and cheap to buy a drone. Drones have created new ways for smugglers and can be easily used to disturb public order and security. With DroneCatcher this can now be countered in a fully controlled manner. The DroneCatcher system is one of the very few counter-drone

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Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus adds graduate certificate in UAS information assurance to online offerings

Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its program options with a new offering for individuals interested in cybersecurity of unmanned aircraft systems. A graduate certificate in unmanned aircraft systems information assurance is being launched in fall 2018. The certificate provides working professionals and graduate students an educational foundation in

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Aeryon Partners with HAZON Solutions to Provide Next-Gen Secure Aerial Inspections

Aeryon Labs Inc, a leading manufacturer of high-performance Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for military, public safety, and commercial customers, today announced its partnership with HAZON Solutions, a drone service provider focused on critical infrastructure inspections for energy and utility customers throughout North America. “As utilities learn more about the cybersecurity

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