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DJIs New Commercial Drone is Their Most Advanced Platform Yet: the Matrice 300 RTK

2020-05-12
DJIs New Commercial Drone is Their Most Advanced Platform Yet: the Matrice 300 RTK
DJI’s new commercial drone was announced this morning – and the Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK) is their most advanced platform yet. New ease of use, with a slew of new safety features, new data capture features, data analysis features and more power, the M300 RTK sets a new standard.

The M300 RTK was released with the Zenmuse H20 Series, a hybrid, multi-sensor camera adding a completely new set of capabilities to the platform.

FLIR Wins $20.6 M US Army Contract for Black Hornet Nano-UAV Systems

2020-05-08
FLIR Wins $20.6 M US Army Contract for Black Hornet Nano-UAV Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. announced that it has won an additional $20.6 million contract from the U.S. Army to deliver its FLIR Black Hornet 3 Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS). The advanced nano-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will support platoon- and small unit-level surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as part of the Army’s Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) program.

First Commercial BVLOS Drone Delivery in Singapore

2020-04-30
First Commercial BVLOS Drone Delivery in Singapore
F-drones has completed the first commercial BVLOS drone delivery in Singapore on 19 April 2020. The drone delivered 2 kg of vitamins over 2.7 km in 7 minutes, to a ship managed by Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS).

EPS, which is one of the world’s largest privately-owned ship managers, is F-drones first paying customer. The deal signed between the two companies is for an initial one-year contract of 200 deliveries.

In Singapore, like in most parts of the world, a BVLOS authorisation or permit is required when operating drones beyond the visual range of drone pilots. Without which, commercial drone delivery services would not be viable.

COVID-19 pandemic in Peru: ZALA drones control social distancing

2020-04-28
COVID-19 pandemic in Peru: ZALA drones control social distancing
ZALA AERO representative office in Peru uses ZALA unmanned systems to patrol cities, control people maintaining social distance and provide security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Together with Peruvian Army they monitor Lima with ZALA unmanned systems. The live video stream is displayed on the control station screens. Using these data they can track any movement on the city streets.

Zipline Begins Drone Delivery of Covid-19 tests in Ghana: Is the US Next?

2020-04-24
Zipline Begins Drone Delivery of Covid-19 tests in Ghana: Is the US Next?
Zipline has started drone delivery of covid-19 tests in Ghana.
Separately but related, Zipline has been working with the US FAA to launch of U.S. operations for drone delivery including the ability to distribute test kits and PPEs via drone.

Russian ZALA drones warn people to stay home during COVID-19 pandemic

2020-04-23
Russian ZALA drones warn people to stay home during COVID-19 pandemic

Central administration for the Ministry of Emergency Situations together with leading Russian manufacturer ZALA AERO will start public notification in Alnashi and Grakhovo regions of Udmurt Republic.

Fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle ZALA 421-16E2 with specific payload – alarm module will remind citizens to stay home and maintain self-isolation. The aerial vehicle is flying low - 150 m above the ground, so the message is clearly heard and understood. All the measures taken are aimed to prevent or at least slow down COVID-19 spreading.


UMS SKELDAR selects 360iSR to provide innovative ISR training

2020-04-21
UMS SKELDAR selects 360iSR to provide innovative ISR training

Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS SKELDAR, has selected end-to-end Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) provider 360iSR to deliver specialist operational support from Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development to mission specific training for ISR operators, sensor operators and intelligence analysts.

“ISR is the future of modern warfare and of decision making in complex environments,” explains Ewen Stockbridge Sime, Founding Director of 360iSR. We are providing to UMS an end-to-end ISR training solution, from the initial operating concept to full operational capability (FOC). Our specialisation is in ensuring that any end-user of an ISR capability can maximise value through integrated and synchronised operations. We strive to work with the end user to help them achieve FOC quicker.

DJI Mavic Air 2 User Manual Leak Reveals New Details

2020-04-20
DJI Mavic Air 2 User Manual Leak Reveals New Details
DJI is on the verge of releasing a sequel to the much-loved Mavic Air, two years after the popular drone was announced. The clues of a Mavic Air 2 landing soon came after images leaked online in March, with an FCC filing arriving soon after. And now DJI has teased a launch event set for April 27.

Brazilian publication DroneFriendly and Brazilian YouTuber Dronemodelismo have revealed images and a Portuguese language quick-start manual (with some basic specs).

New Drone with Echo Sounder for Bathymetry

2020-04-16
New Drone with Echo Sounder for Bathymetry
SPH Engineering, based in Riga, Latvia, has just announced a bathymetric drone solution.

The drone makes bathymetric surveys 10 times faster and 2 times more cost-efficient compared with a standard approach using a ship, a boat or an unmanned surface vehicle.

It is easy to transport deploy and has the ability to operate at hard to reach locations, unsafe or hazardous environment.

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.


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