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Flying Bulls P-38 Lightning and Corsair

This short clip of the Flying Bulls P-38 Lightning and Corsair, with some spectacular GoPro shots, is taken from a recent Flying Legends Airshow. “Who are the Flying Bulls?” you may wonder. They are a bunch of aviation enthusiasts with a great passion for rare historical aeroplanes and helicopters. And

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Drone Vs. Airplane

If you really want to know what happens when a drone hits a plane, then the obvious answer is to create a collision between a real aircraft and a drone under controlled circumstances. And that’s precisely what a bunch of enthusiasts in Hungary just did. They staged a series of

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China Completes Typhoon Drone Observation Test

The Chinese official media released a story announcing that China successfully completed its first typhoon observation test using a large high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Aug 2. By using the UAV for multiple marine meteorological observation tests, the China Meteorological Administration can more accurately track typhoons and issue forecasts.

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WiBotic Receives Industry-First FCC Approval for High Power Wireless Charging

WiBotic, a supplier of advanced wireless charging and fleet energy management solutions for the rapidly expanding ecosystem of aerial, mobile and marine robots, announced that it has received equipment authorization from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for its high power transmitters and receivers. Providing up to 300 watts of wireless

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Swiss Army Hermes 900 Crashes During Test Flight

A Hermes 900 HFE drone intended for the Swiss army crashed in the Israeli desert on Wednesday during a test flight. The drone was completely destroyed but there were no injuries or other damage to third parties, said the Federal Office of Defence Procurement (armasuisse) on Thursday. The army was

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FAA Awards $3.3M in Seven Drone Grants to Universities

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $3.3 million in research, education and training grants to universities that comprise FAA’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through

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DroneInch Named as a Sample Vendor in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Drones and Mobile Robots, 2020

DroneInch, Inc., the industry’s first drone automation software to power the entire drone operations lifecycle, today announced it was named a Sample Vendor in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Drones and Mobile Robots, 2020 under the Drone Management Platforms category. Gartner defines this category as “drone management platforms refer to

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Carnegie Mellon Team Trains Autonomous Drones Using Cross-Modal Simulated Data

To fly autonomously, drones need to understand what they perceive in the environment and make decisions based on that information. A novel method developed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers allows drones to learn perception and action separately. The two-stage approach overcomes the “simulation-to-reality gap,” and creates a way to safely

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Malaysian Firms Partner for Hydrogen-Powered Drones

NanoCommerce Sdn Bhd (NCSB), a subsidiary of NanoMalaysia Bhd, and Pulsar UAV Sdn Bhd (PUSB), have signed a partnership agreement to commercialise a hydrogen-powered drone also known as the High Endurance Fuel Cell Powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The agreement will see NCSB taking a 20 percent stake in PUSB,

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Australia Invests $930m in Maritime UAS Programme

The Australian Government is investing up to $1.3 billion in a new Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) development program to enhance situational awareness across Australia’s vast maritime environment. The Maritime UAS Continuous Development program will ensure Defence maintains leading-edge maritime surveillance capabilities. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC

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Novadem Selected for European Defence Project – EDIDP

The EDIDP programme (European Defence Industrial Development Programme) has been designed in order to reinforce the European Union’s strategic autonomy in Defence. Novadem has integrated a consortium of 10 others French, Belgian, and Cypriot companies and institutions. Together they will collaborate on a project called LynkEUs. This LynkEUs project, coordinated

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Terra Drone invests in Dutch Drone Solution provider Skytools to together establish Europe’s largest drone hub in Rotterdam

Rotterdam – August 6, 2020 – Terra Drone invests in Dutch Drone Solution provider Skytools to offer corporate and government clients with advanced drone solutions. The companies will together establish a strong drone hub in Rotterdam consisting of Training facilities and Research & Development centers. Terra Drone Corporation, one of

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DJI Statement On Further Misleading Claims About App Security

Today’s report from the Synacktiv digital security firm about DJI software includes further inaccuracies and misleading statements about how our products work, following similar reports from them last week. We want to make clear that DJI’s products protect user data; that DJI, like most software companies, continually updates products as

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Volansi Announces Drone Cargo Deliveries in North Carolina

Volansi, Inc., the California-based cargo drone delivery service provider developing autonomous VTOL UAVs, today announces it has signed a teaming agreement with the N.C. Department of Transportation to begin commercial, middle-mile drone delivery projects in North Carolina. Volansi and the N.C. Department of Transportation will work together with the

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Parrot + Dronisos: Imagining the future of Drone Automation

Paris – August 5, 2020: Parrot, the leading European drone group, and Dronisos, a pioneer in the creation and production of customised drone swarm light shows, are expanding their ongoing partnership to explore new applications for drone flight automation leveraging the Parrot ANAFI drone platform. Dronisos’ drone swarms

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Small Tactical UAS program office changes leadership

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md– The Navy and Marine Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems program office (PMA-263) welcomed a new program manager during a change of command ceremony July 23 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland. A small ceremony took place for family to witness the

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Eye in the Sky: drones at Salisbury Plain

Next time you visit Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) you may notice some Unidentified Flying Objects. Don’t be alarmed, they’re just our new drones. The Training Safety Marshals (TSMs) recently took delivery of ten DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drones, more properly known as Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), for

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EHang Launches Intelligent Aerial Firefighting Solution

EHang Holdings Limited has announced the launch of the world’s first large-payload intelligent aerial firefighting solution. Based on its flagship product, this new firefighting version of EHang 216, “EHang 216F” is specially designed for high-rise firefighting. With hundreds of thousands of high-rise buildings in China, the company believes the

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