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- LAST NEWS: $1M Prize for Bridge Inspection by Drones
- LAST NEWS: South Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually
- LAST NEWS: Leidos Pilots New Service for UAS
- LAST NEWS: First BVLoS Power Line Inspection Flight in New Zealand
- LAST NEWS: DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
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Over 2,700 Commercial Attendees at Drone World Expo
The 2nd Annual Drone World Expo attracted 2,711 commercial drone professionals this week to the San Jose Convention Center. The exhibit hall featured nearly 100 exhibiting companies showcasing the newest products and solutions with a world-class education program featuring a stellar line up of 120 end users, industry and government experts.
“The energy and excitement at Drone World Expo was fantastic, fuelled by the new product announcements, unique educational content and incredible networking opportunities. We would like to thank our exhibitors, attendees, speakers and partners for making this event more than a trade-show but a true community gathering in the heart of Silicon Valley,” said Joelle Coretti, Event Director, Drone World Expo. “We heard a lot of great buzz on the show floor from the commercial end users who were discovering many innovative and dynamic new products and solutions for their needs.”
The exhibitors responded enthusiastically about their experience at the trade show with many already renewing booth space for the 2017 Show which will take place October 3-4, again at the San Jose Convention Center.
John Sheehan, Leader, Commercial Aviation Inspection Service, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company said, “This was our first time at Drone World Expo and we were very impressed with the audience which was the right mix of users, operators and producers. This event is what the industry needs – an opportunity for real businesses to find solutions for their real needs. We will definitely be back in 2017.”
Rosalie Bartlett, Marketing Manager, Kespry said, “We were thrilled to have met with end users in all of our target markets agriculture, construction, insurance and mining. So many of the attendees walking the floor did their research about the industry and came ready to buy seeing the huge ROI in using drone technology. The Drone World Expo education program was great – providing end users with compelling and informative reasons to invest in drone technology. We couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Steve Snow, Marketing Specialist, Esri said, “Drone World Expo delivered an excellent conference which brought us a lot of good leads. The event is helping to build a stronger community.”
Steve Gitlin, Vice President Corporate Strategy, AeroVironment said, “Drone World Expo was very productive from an integration of ideas standpoint. We launched our new Quantix™ drone at the show and now the operators who were in attendance can see the benefits of the range, reliability and efficiency of the product and the commercial applications.”
In addition to the exhibits, Drone World Expo offered a world-class education program which kicked off with an opening day keynote presentation on The Future of Drones: Clearing the Flight Path to a Connected World. Prior to the keynote Gretchen West of Hogan Lovells, provided an overview of the last year for the drone industry where UAS/drone user registration topped 600,000 by the end of September 2016 compared to 250,000 manned aircraft registrations. West discussed the key factors driving the growth in the industry which have been fuelled by the implementation of the long-awaited/anticipated Part 107; as well as; recommendations for the FAA Micro UAS ARC; the creation and adoption of the NTIA and Industry Privacy Best Practices; and the Congressional Extension of FAA Reauthorization Act to name a few.
On Wednesday morning, attendees had a chance to hear from Zipline International, Crisfield Clinic, X (formerly Google x) and the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership who discussed the implementation of drone delivery, and the realities and challenges the industry faces. Lawrence Williams of Zipline showcased the work they are doing in Rwanda delivering medical supplies and said, “Instant delivery is what people expect and in healthcare logistics it can save lives. Currently our drones in Rwanda are capable of delivery of life saving medical products, in a 15 to 35-minute time frame, which is truly transformative.” He and Dr. Kerry Palakanis of Crisfield Clinic discussed the work they are doing toward bringing this technology to rural areas in the United States.
2017-03-27Germany Plans New Drone Regulations
On January 18 2017 the German government introduced a draft regulation to create sufficient regulations to deal with these risks by amending the existing fragmented provisions and establishing rules to liberalise the commercial use of drones.
2017-03-27NASA Includes Swedish UAV in BVLOS Testing
Swedish manufacturer SmartPlanes has announced that the SmartPlanes Freya UAV is included in the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) R&D Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL 3) project, at the FAA-designated Nevada UAS test site. SmartPlanes is represented by its US distributor Carbon Autonomous.
2017-03-23Drone World Expo 2017 – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017. From October 3-4, the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders, end-users and decision makers in the commercial drone industry at the San Jose Convention Center.
2017-03-22South Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually
South Korea is planning to train 1,700 drone operators a year to meet growing demand in the commercial drone industry, the transport ministry said on Tuesday.
2017-03-22$1M Prize for Bridge Inspection by Drones
AutoModality, whose technology allows drones to automatically conduct close-up inspections of bridges, buildings, power lines and other structures, has won the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY business competition.
2017-03-21First BVLoS Power Line Inspection Flight in New Zealand
A Taranaki drone company has made history by flying an unmanned aircraft ”beyond line of sight” to inspect power transmission lines in the Rimutaka Ranges.
2017-03-21Leidos Pilots New Service for UAS
Leidos Flight Service has created an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) service that helps safeguard the airspace by sending automatic notifications of unmanned aircraft operations to relevant groups.
2017-03-20DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”—that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).
2017-03-20Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs
A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)
2017-03-17US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells
US Air Force security forces, as well as other military personnel and federal law enforcement agencies, may soon be getting a new tool to take down small commercial drones: shotgun shells with a net. The special cartridge is just one system the Pentagon has been looking at to manage the growing threat from small and readily available quad-and hex-copter-type unmanned aircraft.
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