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Kenya Finally Approves Drone Operations

2020-04-16
Kenya Finally Approves Drone Operations
The Civil Aviation (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2019 Act has been approved, meaning that Kenyans can now buy and operate drones without fear or breaking the law.

This development is critical for businesses and individuals that use the flying devices for a variety of functions such as photography and general digital content creation, as well as other functions such as mapping or rescue missions. The regulations have also been undergoing assessment for a very long time, having gone through a series of ups and downs over the years (you can follow the progress here).

Octopus ISR Systems Releases Cost-Effective Epsilon 140LC Airborne Surveillance Camera System

2020-04-16
Octopus ISR Systems Releases Cost-Effective Epsilon 140LC Airborne Surveillance Camera System
The compact surveillance system unites high-definition electro-optics, high-sensitivity longwave infrared, and an integrated inertial navigation unit, delivering an unmatched combination of size, weight, performance and cost.

Octopus ISR Systems today announced the release of the new Epsilon 140LC compact airborne electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) surveillance system. Featuring industry-leading size, weight, power and cost (SWAP-c) specifications, the Epsilon 140LC combines cutting-edge sensor technology with high precision geo-location to provide true next-generation performance for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and similar platforms.

First Candidate for US Armys Future Tactical Drone gets First Soldier-Operated Flight

2020-04-15
First Candidate for US Armys Future Tactical Drone gets First Soldier-Operated Flight
The first candidate in the running to replace the U.S. Army’s RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aircraft system had its first soldier-operated flight in an April 7 capabilities assessment.


The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division flew the Arcturus UAV JUMP 20 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

It was uncertain whether the assessment would stay on schedule, according to an April 9 Army statement announcing the flight, due to precautions set out to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. But the 1st IDs commanding general, Maj. Gen. John Kolasheski, determined it could proceed with “proper mitigations” while following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Defense Department to combat the spread of the virus.

Primoco UAV Flies 12 Hours 8 Minutes Non-Stop

2020-04-15
Primoco UAV Flies 12 Hours 8 Minutes Non-Stop
On April 9, 2020, a Primoco model One 150 UAV unmanned aircraft successfully completed a continuous flight of 12 hours and 8 minutes.

The aircraft safely landed on the runway 34 of the Písek – Krašovice airport at 20.23 LT. The unmanned aircraft flew 1240 km at an average consumption 2.6 litres per hour of flight.

The previous record of 9 hours and 1 minute from May 5, 2017 at Prague Vodochody Airport was beaten.

Global Partnerships: KDDI, LG Uplus and CIRC Join Forces for Drone Business Market Development

2020-04-14
Global Partnerships: KDDI, LG Uplus and CIRC Join Forces for Drone Business Market Development
Coretronic Intelligent Robotics Corporation (CIRC), a subsidiary of Coretronic group, announced today that the company signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with KDDI and LG Uplus, which are the leading telecommunication companies in Japan and South Korea respectively, aims to further expand drone vertical markets.

In recent years, with the rapid development of drone technology, drones have become part of daily life from the “future stuff”, especially the commercial drone service market is booming. In addition, the world’s fifth-generation mobile communications (5G) will be gradually commercialized in the near term. Driven by the advantages of 5G ultra-high frequency bandwidth, high reliability and low latency, combining 5G communications and intelligent drones will be an inevitable trend for future market development.

1,000 Drones Light Up Shenzhen Night Sky to Celebrate Wuhan Lockdown End

2020-04-13
1,000 Drones Light Up Shenzhen Night Sky to Celebrate Wuhan Lockdown End
The city where the coronavirus outbreak started celebrated the end of an 11 week lockdown with a light show.1,000 drones were seen performing in southern China’s Shenzhen to celebrate Wuhan coming out of lockdown after months.

The drones were in different colourful patterns and depicted medical frontliners, the Yellow Crane Tower and a slogan, to pay tribute to medical workers and send blessings to the country.

Rakuten Mobile to use drones for inspection of masts

2020-04-13
Rakuten Mobile to use drones for inspection of masts
Japanese mobile service provider Rakuten Mobile has announced it will begin to use drones for inspections to replace the need for humans to manually check its base station. The drones will take various photos of each mask for later inspection by the team.

India  Indoor Drone to kill Corona Virus

2020-04-09
India Indoor Drone to kill Corona Virus
Atom Drones (A Subsidiary of Atom Aviation Company ) announces Indoor Drone for Disinfecting large indoor areas. This indoor drone could be used in any large indoor spaces to kill the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“The Atom Drone Disinfection System will disperses a mist of approved agents that kills COVID-19 and 99.9% of bacteria within 2-3 minutes of spray”, Archit Gupta , Founder of Atom Drones. With the ability to fly inside large open areas. It could be beneficial for following :

ASYLON awarded contract for pushing the limits of autonomous systems for defense

2020-04-09
ASYLON awarded contract for pushing the limits of autonomous systems for defense
ASYLON Inc., was awarded a contract from the United States Air Force Research Lab to provide the future of persistent ISR, inspection and perimeter security. This includes exploring the ability to use available water-based resources in the mission operating environment to generate power and recharge air and ground autonomous platforms, so they remain operational longer at the point of need.

Under this contract Asylon has partnered with Ghost Robotics ™ to integrate their respective robotic system’s to create a combined, autonomous, and self-powering air and ground robotic solution using ASYLONs patented automated battery SWAP base station, DroneHome.

DRONEII: Drones and the Coronavirus  from Crisis to Opportunity

2020-04-09
DRONEII: Drones and the Coronavirus from Crisis to Opportunity
Drones are becoming well established as critical tools in every kind of emergency, from fires and floods to the current pandemic. Here, researcher Millie Radovic at German-based DRONEII outlines how drones are relevant to the crisis response.

As the entire world scrambles to react to the global health crisis caused by the spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness, conversations about automation and the role of robotics in society have never been more relevant. With the number of those infected by the new coronavirus passing 1,000,000 and the number of deaths passing 50,000, two main concerns sit at the forefront of government decisions: 1) How do we slow down the spread of this highly infectious virus? And, 2) How do we keep economies afloat and deliver essential goods amid the first lockdown of this scale that the modern world has ever seen? Robotics in general, and especially commercial drones, have a major role to play in both of these endeavours.


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