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This Saturday, June 17, is FAA Drone Safety Day: and the Full Crew Podcast, Dave Krause of Influential Drones and Greg Reverdiau of the Pilot Institute have partnered to produce a video featuring FAA drone experts and FAASTeam drone pros.
Watch the Full Crew Video on Saturday June 17 at 11 am EST.
The DeltaQuad, an industrial-grade Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAV that performs fully autonomous surveillance missions, recently integrated a ruggedized GPS system capable of enduring even the most advanced jamming technology.
Despite escalating global tensions resulting in an increasing demand for aerial intelligence platforms, most current commercial platforms lack the means to defend against the latest jamming technology, having their GPS and communication links jammed before they can even take off. To address this issue, DeltaQuad’s R&D team has worked over the past several months to successfully integrate one of the most advanced anti-jamming GPS systems currently available.
This week saw the start of the 2022 DRL SIM Tryouts, an annual esports tournament that provides the winner with a contract to fly in the Drone Racing League (DRL). The SIM Champion will compete against the top drone pilots in the 2022-23 DRL Algorand World Championship Season in a series of events taking place in real life as well as in esports and the metaverse. This fall, the Championship will be aired on top sports networks worldwide.
As drones continue to proliferate, a small number of actors who fail to follow the rules, have the potential to set the burgeoning drone industry back. D-Fend Solutions, anemerging leader in counter-drone technology, aims to protect the emerging drone-powered society while overcoming the threat posed by rogue drones.
Founded by several former members of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), the D-Fend team has created a unique cyber counter-drone technology suite. Its core system, EnforceAir, has made a name for the company as the counter-drone takeover technology leader. .
This past Thursday saw Vantis, North Dakota’s statewide unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) system, formally celebrate the grand opening of its Mission and Network Operations Center (MNOC) at GrandSky Business and Aviation Park. The MNOC acts as Vantis’ command center and is essential to the coordination of beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight operations.
Amazon has announced that it will finally start an Amazon drone delivery project in the U.S., beginning in the small town of Lockeford, CA.
The announcement comes more than 8 years after Amazon announced that it would pursue drone delivery, and the company has had an undeniable impact on the way that the application has developed. Throughout the development of multiple drone solutions, Amazon also sought patents for many innovative ideas for bringing inventory closer to consumers, charging delivery drones, landing logistics, and more.
Drone delivery company Jedsy is employing its innovative drone technology to serve countries like Malawi, which lack the infrastructure to receive necessary medical supplies.
The future of commercial drone and military drone use is likely to hinge on the development of technology allowing simultaneous flight of multiple drones, with each UAV being able to communicate with its mates as well as the operator on the ground, in order to successfully complete a mission. Red Cat Holdings recently announced the launch of its version of a multi-drone system. The company says its 4-Ship software, marks the first time a commercial company has brought such a system to market. The product, which will be commercially available some time this fall, is expected to have widespread applications for military and police as well as future uses in commercial markets.
This week, drone delivery company Wingcopter announced its acquisition of $42 million in funding from a Series A extension round, tripling the company’s total equity raise to over $60 million. The round saw participation from new shareholders such as German retailer REWE Group, and German investors Salvia and XAI technologies, as well as Japanese conglomerate ITOCHU and previous backers Futury Capital from Germany and Silicon Valley-based Xplorer Capital.
Aerodyne Group, the global DT3 (drone technology, data technology & digital transformation) enterprise solutions provider with its headquarters in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, has launched the first-of-its-kind localized remote operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone project in Malaysia. This Nested Intelligent System (FULCRUM) eventually will conduct pipeline right-of-way (ROW) monitoring and encroachment assessments autonomously over a span of more than 1630 miles.
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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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