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The drone news of the week:
Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) leader Wisk Aero has formed a partnership with the Council of Mayors South East Queensland in order to introduce its autonomous air taxi service to the region. Wisk will also be bringing on locally-based personnel to expand its physical presence in Australia.
This week, UTM (Unified Traffic Management) leader Altitude Angel revealed that London Biggin Hill has become the most recent airport to make use of its proprietary GuardianUTM Enterprise platform. The platform, launched in March 2021, offers airports and airfields an intuitive and affordable way to manage on and off-site drone operations.
At the Edmonton International Airport and Grand Forks International Airport in North Dakota, a Peregrine falcon soars near the runway to deter birds from interfering with air traffic. It looks real. But it’s not. It’s a flying robot called the RoBird®.RoBird has wings that flap. It flies, like a falcon, for five minute high-impact stints. Also like its counterpart in nature, the RoBird can reach speeds of up to 27 miles per hour.
Earlier this month, Bern-Switzerland based DroneTalks Academy announced its inaugural invitation-only Aerial Cities event. DroneTalks co-founders and event organizers, Eszter Kovacs and Lorenzo Murzilli, slated this two-day conference to take place on Thursday and Friday, November 17th and 18th at the Stufenbau Eventlocation in Bern.
Japan’s Night Hawks search and rescueservice are a drone team using infrared technology to perform missions at night. The Night Hawks search and rescue team has signed an agreement with Nishikawa Town, Yamagata Prefecture Agreement to begin night-time, drone enabled search and rescue services for the town from May through November.
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India’s first government approved drone, the Agribot, was certified in only 35 days – the latest evidence of the country’s determination to support domestic drone manufacturing and become a global drone hub. India’s Union Aviation Minister has awarded the first Type Certificate issued under the 2021 Drone Rules to Gurugram-based IoTechWorld, for their precision agriculture tool Agribot.
This week, leading air and ground robotic security company Asylon, Inc. revealed that it has been granted three beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) waivers from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Pertaining to the company’s automated security drone-in-a-box system and service, these waivers will authorize Asylon to conduct BVLOS operations within four initial sites around the U.S. Though similar waivers have been granted to groups such as Google’s Wing, Zipline, Xcel Energy, and Matternet, this is the first time a waiver of this class has been granted for an automated security drone system.
This week, advanced eVTOL UAV developer Quantum-Systems and drone data visualization and analytics platform Propeller Aero announced a joint effort to enable compatibility between Propeller’s site surveying and 3D mapping software and the Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ drone.
Propeller’s Post-Processed Kinematic solution (PPK) allows for flawless surveying and 3D mapping of construction, mining and earthworks worksites. Pairing it with the Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ large scale mapping drone enables contractors to improve survey accuracy, complete the otherwise weeks-long data collection process in a matter of hours, and rapidly share digital models with team members.
The 2022 FAA Drone Safety Day is this Saturday, June 18: an opportunity for everyone in the drone industry to ensure that the skies continue to open for all. As the use of drones continues to expand, regulatory authorities like the FAA have worked to ensure that all fliers know the rules. More than 800,000 drones have been registered: over 260,000 Remote Pilots have been certified.
Following the recent launch of its Tando drone, Indoor Robotics announced that it has closed $15 million in its series A round of funding. The round, led by Pitango and with contributions by Target Global, European Innovation Council Fund, and Spider Capital, will provide Indoor Robotics with the ability to increase product development and enable intelligent indoor security worldwide.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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