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First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge Now Open

2020-04-03
First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge Now Open
The National Institute of Standards and Safety Public Safety Communications Research has launched the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge with prize offerings totalling $552,000. UAS Challenge opened on April 1 for proposal submissions through the website.

The challenge, which will be hosted by ASU Research Enterprise, in partnership with Capital Consulting Corporation in April 2021, was created to crowd-source inventive drone designs that will support first responders. The first window to receive team funding for the challenge extends through April 30.

The result of the First Responder UAS Endurance Challenge will support the public safety community and its stakeholders.

Drones are the Ideal Tool for Keeping the Economy Moving Despite Social Distancing. Heres How.

2020-04-02
Drones are the Ideal Tool for Keeping the Economy Moving Despite Social Distancing. Heres How.
As quarantines, shutdowns, and social distancing regulations are implemented around the globe to deal with the current pandemic, drone companies are stepping up to do what they can. Drones are an ideal tool to keep business going despite social distancing measures – but service providers say that they could do much more. Read on for a deep dive on how the drone industry is participating in response to current global challenges; and what needs to happen next.

The following is a guest post by Grant J. Guillot, who leads the Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice at the regional law firm of Adams and Reese LLP. DRONELIFE neither accepts nor makes payment for guest posts.

Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing

2020-04-01
Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing
Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps air defence echelons within the year.

A company-funded development, which draws on legacy Orbital ATK sensor fuzed weapons technologies, the LW30 PROX is a 30×113 mm radio frequency (RF) proximity-fuzed, high explosive/fragmentation round intended for use with Northrop Grumman M230 Bushmaster variant chain guns (M230, M230 Link Fed, and XM914). Weighing 350 g, including a 245 g projectile, the LW30 PROX round features a PA520 electric primer, a Northrop Grumman-developed programmable proximity sensor, and double base propellant delivering a muzzle velocity of 1,105 m/s.

Zipline: Drones Could Begin Helping U.S. Hospitals Respond to Covid-19 Now

2020-03-31
Zipline: Drones Could Begin Helping U.S. Hospitals Respond to Covid-19 Now
Drone delivery heroes Zipline are already performing thousands of lifesaving drone delivery flights every day in Africa.
The world’s largest drone delivery network, Zipline can boast more than 1 million autonomous commercial delivery miles flown. They are the worlds experts on delivering medical supplies like vaccines, blood and critical medicines, regardless of environment.
They know how to set up bases, scale operations quickly, and work with regulatory agencies. When a base is established, says Zipline, “Each base can make up to 150 deliveries a day, and autonomously micro-target the delivery of more than two tons of cargo a week across an 8,000 sqm area…We can fly more than 20 drones at a time from each base simultaneously taking off, landing and delivering to separate points across an 8,000 square mile area.”

UniSA working on pandemic drone to detect coronavirus

2020-03-30
UniSA working on pandemic drone to detect coronavirus
A ‘pandemic drone’ to remotely monitor and detect people with infectious respiratory conditions is being developed by the University of South Australia (UniSA) in partnership with a Canadian company.

The drone will be fitted with a specialised sensor and computer vision system that can monitor temperature, heart and respiratory rates, as well as detect people sneezing and coughing in crowds, offices, airports, cruise ships, aged care homes and other places where groups of people may work or congregate.

Medical delivery drones in an adaptive sky

2020-03-18
Medical delivery drones in an adaptive sky
There have been numerous natural disasters in the last ten years, the timescale in which civilian drones have truly become a thing. In 2010 volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in Iceland and the ash caused the largest reduction in civilian air traffic since the second world war.

Covid-19 is world wide and nothing on this scale has so dramatically reduced commercial air travel. General aviation is also coming to a halt as the pandemic makes it’s way around the world. Last week a small airfield in Dorset England, Henstridge, issued a warning to members of the club to not turn up if they felt ill. It cannot be long before authorities notice and close a rich mans travel loophole. One that can leapfrog States spreading the virus.

3 ways China is using drones to fight coronavirus

2020-03-17
3 ways China is using drones to fight coronavirus
In just a few months, Coronavirus has changed how we greet each other, how we work and how our children are educated. It’s also pushing public health authorities to develop new ways to deliver healthcare.

Over the past few months, the Chinese government has been piloting ways to incorporate drones into their response to Coronavirus. These initial experiments may serve as a model for other countries looking to respond to the current health crisis. Longer term, they can provide lessons for how public and private health systems can incorporate drone technology into their planning to mitigate future pandemics.

Here are three areas where drones have been a key tool in responding to COVID-19:

Behind the scenes of a Chinese drone maker operation during COVID-19

2020-03-12
Behind the scenes of a Chinese drone maker operation during COVID-19
As the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) slows in China, the country has seen an orderly resumption of work to reboot its economy. The Chinese agriculture technology company XAG is one of the first companies obtaining work resumption approval from government. It has restarted business in its Guangzhou headquarters early on February 10, with an overall 90% work resumption rate of its R&D staff on the first day. To fulfil the large purchasing orders of agricultural drones for the farming season, XAG has also set up a 20-million-yuan relief fund for its supply chain partners who struggle to reopen their factories.

According to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, only 52 percent of small-to-medium sized enterprises have returned to work as of 6 March. While the coronavirus outbreak put many businesses into difficult situation because of the longer-than-expected closure, XAG has already resumed operations in both its headquarters and manufacturing center. Five key measures have been strictly put in place to ensure that work resumes orderly without compromising the efforts to contain the highly contagious virus.

Drone Delivery Canada unveils Robin XL

2020-03-02
Drone Delivery Canada unveils Robin XL
Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC’ or the Company ((TSX.V:FLT, OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to announce that it will begin testing of its Robin XL (Robin). The Robin has a lifting capability of 25lbs of payload, a travel range of 60km and is designed for harsher climates.

The Robin XL is larger than DDCs Sparrow cargo delivery drone. The Robin has an electric power plant and boasts a payload capacity of 25 lbs and a flight distance of 60km. The Robin is engineered for harsher environments, heavier wind capability and colder temperatures than the Sparrow.

Drones used to disinfect Chinese village from coronavirus

2020-02-13
Drones used to disinfect Chinese village from coronavirus
Drones are being used in Chinese villages to spray disinfectant in response to coronavirus throughout the village, to hopefully make the village a little safer to walk around in. The drones are being used around China and are being converted to help out.
A villager in Heze, Shandong province, is using his crop spraying drones to spray disinfectant over the village. The drones will be used to spray an area of around 16,000 square meters.


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