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China steps up drone race with stealth aircraft

Zhuhai, China (AFP) Nov 9, 2018 –

China is unleashing stealth drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles onto world markets, racing to catch up to US technology and adding to a fleet that has already seen combat action in the Middle East.

Combat drones were among the jet fighters,

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ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System Proves Valuable for Firefighting Crews at Northern California’s Camp Fire

Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, assisted from the air in the firefight against the Camp Fire in Northern California, now deemed the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California’s history. “Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the terrible Camp Fire tragedy,” said Esina

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Conviction of air traffic controller endangers safety culture

Geneva, 12 December 2018. Skyguide has noted the judgment of the Zurich High Court against an air traffic controller with incomprehension and disappointment. This conviction creates a precedent for Switzerland and for Europe, which jeopardises the safety culture that is deeply embedded within Switzerland’s air navigation services. Safety culture at

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Buzzy the Drone

I believe it is an insult to those of us who have spent years of our time and countless thousands of dollars trying to safely integrate UAS into the NAS. During my tenure, I have seen colossal waste; dysfunction and jockeying for consulting gigs take precedence over the domestic industry.

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Skydio’s R1 Now Follows You Over Water!

Skydio , the maker of the self-flying Skydio R1, is continuing to push the boundaries of what autonomy can do, providing consumers with the easiest and most fun drone experience available today. In our continuing efforts to make Skydio R1 more capable through regular software updates, our latest release allows

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Bridge Inspections in the Age of Drones

Drones make bridge inspections safer and easier to document. A complementary 3-D bridge app developed by the Michigan Tech Research Institute also streamlines defect records. Bridging basic and applied research is more than a metaphor. There are 612,677 bridges in the U.S. and the annual Federal Highway Administration 2018 bridge

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Wing to Launch Drone Deliveries in Finland in 2019

Wing, an Alphabet company that graduated from the X moonshot factory in July 2018, announced that it will start a new pilot in Finland beginning in the spring of 2019 in Helsinki, delivering goods and packages of up to 1.5 kilograms (about 3.3 pounds) within a distance of up to

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Ghana Defends Zipline Costs

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Services (GHS), Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has refuted allegations by the Minority National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Parliament that the contract sum for Fly Zipline Ghana Limited to airlift blood and essential drugs to remote health facilities using drones is too high. The Minority, in

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Leonardo Deploys Falco EVO for Frontex Trials

Leonardo’s Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research programme to test its ability to monitor the European Union’s external borders. Frontex is exploring the surveillance capability of medium-altitude, long-endurance RPAS as

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EASA’s High Level Conference – Expectations Not Met

Last week, the EASA High Level Conference on Drones took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as part of the Amsterdam Drone Week. At the “grand opening» of this event, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure & Water Management, and Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner of Transport, gave very lively

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Going Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial-drone world today—and for good reason. Many of the most lucrative opportunities for introducing drones into real-world commercial use are based on inspecting and gathering data over large swaths of land, such as railroads, utility lines,

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A Day In the Life of a Commercial Drone Operator

Within the past few years, drones have become just another tool in the toolbox for movie creators, both big and small. The next time you finish watching your favorite feature film or TV show, pay attention to the credits at the end. More than likely, you will see the names

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EdgyBees’ AR Footage Helps Wildfire Responders

Aerial drone footage has been invaluable in helping first responders evaluate wildfires, and now California startup Edgybees has added an augmented reality (AR) overlay to the drone arsenal. Company marketer Samantha Sharpe notes that Edgybees is being used by first responders on the ground and in command and control centers

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Droneshield teams with Thales

DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”), a worldwide leader in counterdrone solutions, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Teaming Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Thales Programas De Electronica Y Comunicaciones S.A.U. (“Thales”) (a Spanish subsidiary of Thales S.A.), whereby Thales will utilise and promote DroneShield’s products

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Airbus Develops Drone Tracking Device

The Drone-it! device, collaboratively developed by Airbus Defence and Space, aims to tackle the issue of the risk of aircraft collisions by monitoring and separating drone traffic. Drones are can be difficult to detect, as they are small and often indistinguishable on radar. Drone-it! will contribute to real-time tracking

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10,000+ Drone Flights a Day in Canberra by 2030

If the drone delivery scheme for Canberra takes off, there could be 11,000 flights a day, according to a scenario in a report written for the company behind the scheme. The economists at the AlphaBeta consultancy estimate that by 2030 there would be 5.6 million deliveries a year by drone

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Sky Power Intensifies Cooperation with Mejzlik Propeller

Due to the growing number of inquiries concerning complete drive units for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), the German manufacturer of 2-stroke and Wankel engines, Sky Power GmbH, has intensified its cooperation with Mejzlik Propeller from the Czech Republic. The objective is the development of propellers coordinated individually to the engine

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DroneShield evaluation by the United States Department of Defense

Droneshield has today released an ASX announcement with regards to its evaluation by the United States Department of Defense. The announcement is as follows: DroneShield Ltd (ASX:DRO or DRO.AU) (“DroneShield” or the “Company”) is pleased to advise the market that the U.S. Department of Defense Asymmetric Warfare Group at Fort

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UAS degree at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus first in the nation to offer beyond line of sight flight operations to students

SALINA — Students studying unmanned aircraft systems at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus are receiving a rare flight experience in some of their courses that is positioning them at the forefront of the drone industry. Kansas State Polytechnic’s UAS flight and operations degree option is the first in the

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204 Hobby to Career Ft. rctestflight

Today on the Flite Test Podcast, James is joined by YouTuber and long-term RC hacker and tinkerer Daniel Riley. Daniel is best known for his YouTube channel rctestflight. In the last year, he’s turned his passions into a career with his work for FreeFly Systems and his LED company Stratus

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Altitude Angel Strikes Alliance With Transport Systems Catapult to Deliver UK UTM Project

Altitude Angel, the global company leading Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), has been named as a key delivery partner in the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) led UK UTM project. The news follows the aviation technology company’s recent success in delivering ‘Operation Zenith’: the world’s first comprehensive demonstration of how drones can

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