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DASA awards £2m to fast-track autonomous vehicles in harsh conditions

Boost to UK prosperity as 21 contracts awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises and innovators for next generation autonomy systems The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce it has awarded 21 contracts worth a total £2.1 million to boost how autonomous vehicles and systems operate in challenging environments. DASA, on behalf of the Defence…

CAA CAP 1900 & 1905: Social Licence to Operate & Project Consortia Best Practice

The latest insight from the Civil Aviation Authority‘s Innovation Hub has just been published. This time they’re focused on some of the lesson’s learned after a year of working with consortia of innovators. CAP 1900: Social Licence to Operate: Concept Guide for New Technologies Public engagement has long been recognised as an important part of commercial…

US Disaster Relief Program, COVID-19 Update

One Week In, and 100 Drones Already Committed What a week this has been. Seven days ago, DJI announced we were activating our Disaster Relief Program to help public safety agencies in the United States confront the coronavirus. Today, we’re pleased to announce we are distributing 100 drones to 40 police, fire and public safety organizations in 21…

Flock’s initiatives to help the drone industry

ARPAS-UK Member, Flock has launched a number of initiatives to help support customers, staff and the commercial drone industry during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. PLEDGING £10,000 TO THE FIGHT Flock are committed to provide £10,000 of free insurance to organisations using drones to tackle coronavirus and the issues it is causing. Apply below to find out…

SOARIZON by Thales and Iris Automation announce partnership

SOARIZON by Thales, the integrated drone operations technology provider, and Iris Automation, the leading detect-and-avoid (DAA) technology, today announced the formation of a new partnership. Together the companies will provide customers with Iris Automation’s leading DAA technology to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations paired with SOARIZON’s complete drone operations management platform. Based…

National Covid-19 Drone Capability Taskforce

ARPAS-UK is coordinating a National “COVID-19″ Drone Capability Taskforce for the drone industry. Behind the scenes we are working hard to push the capabilities of the drone industry and making sure that Government Departments are reminded of the expertise and capabilities of the Drone community in the UK. Whilst we are considering several areas where…

CAA: An update to our UAS operator community re COVID-19

An update to our UAS operator community on COVID-19 Following the recent and unprecedented COVID-19 developments, we thought it would be useful to provide an update to you all in respect of how we in the UAS Unit and the CAA more generally are working under these unprecedented circumstances. Given the measures recently announced by the Government,…

Flock interview Hummingbird Technologies

Flock interviewed Hummingbird Technologies’ Vice President Hendrik Knyphausen and Head of Operations Ben Smith on why they use Flock drone insurance. Ben Smith: “It’s allowed us to be a lot more flexible, and not be worried about how much we’re spending on drone insurance.”   Both Flock and Hummingbird Technologies are ARPAS-UK Members.   Hummingbird…

New transport tech to be tested in biggest shake-up of laws in a generation

Making journeys easier, smarter and greener with new technology.   call for evidence on UK transport laws launched to make journeys greener, easier and smarter £90 million to trial tech including medical drone deliveries and e-scooters in 4 areas across UK review will address how people across England can book buses on their phone in the same way…

Moonrock offer No Claims Discounts

ARPAS-UK Member, Moonrock Insurance, have started offering No Claims Discounts on their drone insurance. This is great news for the future of the drone industry and we are delighted to see this happening.   Any commercial pilot with 2 years of no claims can apply for this insurance and will receive a discount.    …