Arpas News

New UAV integrated systems and software from Microdrones

With the launch of three new integrated systems, ARPAS-UK Member Microdrones has now completed the range of what its popular 3000 series of integrated drone systems can offer. The mdMapper3000DuoG VHR represents the biggest advancement of the three launches, giving users the opportunity to gather ultra-high-resolution photogrammetry from higher altitudes using the Phase One camera and direct…

Ford use Yuneec to provide more safety and efficiency in plant inspections

High-performance drones enable more effective monitoring of industrial production processes. To carry out maintenance work at Ford Dagenham Engine Plant in the UK faster and more safely, the car manufacturer has recently opted for the Hexacopter H520 from Yuneec. High-rise gantries, pipelines, and high roof areas can be inspected quickly and easily using the drone’s…

Vodafone releases new drone report

Vodafone has released a new report on Cellular-connected Drones: The benefits to society of regulated drone use A WPI Economics report for Vodafone UK   This report examines the potential for drone use in the UK and the benefits to society that could arise from safe and secure use of drones. We set out the part…

Drone designed to search for Avalanche Victims

A portable, lightweight drone can be launched in the event of an avalanche and automatically search for victims Spotted: Each year, avalanches kill around 150 people worldwide. In 2015, four German powder enthusiasts and engineers got tired of waiting for someone else to come up with a solution and founded their company, Bluebird Mountain. After years…

Why the Whole World Should Watch the African Drone Forum Next Month

The African Drone Forum: February 5 – 7, 2020.   Register here!  The commercial drone industry has developed rapidly over the last five years: and governments, humanitarian organizations and enterprise companies all over the world are working to best utilize the technology to help communities and grow economies.  One continent, however, has been at the forefront…

Misuse of Civilian Drones

Drones (also known as unmanned aircraft) are flying systems that do not carry a pilot. As the technology has become cheaper and more sophisticated, the use of drones for recreational and commercial purposes has grown, with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reporting a significant increase in the number of permissions obtained for operating commercial drones…

Drones Target Polluters in One of Europe’s Smoggiest Places

Krakow was one of the most choked-up urban areas on the continent. The Polish city has become ruthless in its fight for clean air. Marek Witkowski’s patrol car comes to a halt in a cloud of dust. Within minutes, he’s powered up his four-rotor drone and sent it into battle against the scourge of his country….

New CAA on Air Podcast launched January 2020

The CAA’s Assistant Director of Corporate Communications launched the “CAA On Air” podcast on January 8th 2020.   On Air is a monthly podcast from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority featuring experts from across the aviation industry.   Each month, you’ll hear how our Innovation team is working with organisations to support new aviation related products…

Heathrow Airport has installed a system to block drones entering its airspace

London’s Heathrow airport has deployed a system designed to block drones entering its airspace following a string of recent attempts that threatened Europe’s busiest travel hub. The airport, classified as a flight restriction zone by authorities, is now using a product manufactured by France’s Thales SA to detect and identify drones. The French company declined…

Military Drones Were Made In London… 100 Years Ago

Priceless parts of the world’s first military drone are carefully preserved by the Imperial War Museum, but not on public view. Steve Mills, author of The Dawn of the Drone, looks at the forgotten genius behind its development. It all began in the warm spring of 1914 when Selfridge’s store and other venues in London witnessed…