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FAA Announces Technology Partners for Remote ID Development

2020-05-08
FAA Announces Technology Partners for Remote ID Development
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the eight companies that will assist the Federal government in establishing requirements for future suppliers of Remote Identification (Remote ID).

Remote ID will enable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to provide identification and location information while operating in the nations airspace.

The FAA selected the following companies to develop technology requirements for future Remote ID UAS

Autonomous Drones are Crucial to Business Continuity

2020-04-27
Autonomous Drones are Crucial to Business Continuity
Autonomous drones have become a critical tool for business continuity in a wide variety of enterprise verticals. As the current crisis changes the way companies work, new tools are part of the new normal.
Read on for an insider view of how industries like power and gas or critical infrastructure are continuing to function despite current limitations.

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).

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.

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.

OMI Announces Drone Disinfection System for Large Indoor Spaces to Kill the Coronavirus

2020-04-08
OMI Announces Drone Disinfection System for Large Indoor Spaces to Kill the Coronavirus
OMI Environmental Solutions, a K-Solv Group Company, announces Drone Disinfection System for use in large indoor spaces to kill the coronavirus (COVID-19). The OMI Drone Disinfection System disperses a mist of EPA approved agents that kills COVID-19 and 99.9% of bacteria within 60 seconds of contact. With the ability to fly inside large open areas including covered stadiums, sports arenas, convention centers, warehouses, movie theaters, school gyms/cafeterias, or any place with high ceilings/large open spaces, the OMI Drone Disinfection System will give you the ability to provide a safe, disinfected area for your employees and guests to return to.

WATCH: Drone Hovers Above New York City Reminding Pedestrians To Maintain Social Distance

2020-04-07
WATCH: Drone Hovers Above New York City Reminding Pedestrians To Maintain Social Distance
As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages New York City, a drone has been hovering above pedestrians reminding them to practice social distancing.

“This is the Anti-COVID-19 volunteer drone task force,” a speaker on the drone says in the video. Please maintain a social distance of at least six feet. Again, please maintain social distancing. Please help stop the spread of this virus. Reduce the death toll and save lives. For your own safety and your families’ safety please maintain social distancing. Thank you for your cooperation. We are all in this together.

Covid-19 lockdown: 15 drones are Jaipur Polices eyes in the sky

2020-04-06
Covid-19 lockdown: 15 drones are Jaipur Polices eyes in the sky
On the first floor of the Jaipur Police Commissioner’s office, there is a big hall. When you enter, on your left are three rows of work stations and 30 screens on the walls. Each row has eight work stations - with three computer screens each - tracking every movement on the streets of Jaipur, and routinely watching the feed from 15 drones hovering over the walled city areas.

Every suspicious or illegal activity is reported to the police station concerned. On the right, on 16 screens, calls to police are being tracked.

Welcome to the ‘corona war room of Jaipur Police.

UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft

2020-04-03
UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft
ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 2, 2020 As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be extra mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations.

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared crop input services to be an essential service during the pandemic. Aerial applicators are inputting nutrients, seeds and crop protection products to crops that will become consumers’ food and fiber supply. We cannot afford even a small disruption in the nations food supply chain during this critical time,” said Andrew Moore, Chief Executive Officer of NAAA. Agricultural aviators perform applications on 28% of cropland nationwide, and their work cannot be delayed because of an unidentified UAS not yielding to them, as is required by law.

Amazon Hires ex-Boeing Exec to Run Prime Air

2020-04-02
Amazon Hires ex-Boeing Exec to Run Prime Air
Amazon has hired a former Boeing executive to run its Prime Air drone delivery business, signaling the retail giant’s plans to expand the unit so that it can eventually start flying regular 30-minute shipments to customers homes.

David Carbon, who left the troubled airline manufacturer amid problems at the factory he ran, joined Amazon this month, according to a company statement. He succeeds Gur Kimchi, who had run Prime Air for the past seven years. Kimchis LinkedIn profile says he continues to work at Amazon.


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