Member News

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 Series are out now

ARPAS-UK Member, DJI, today launched the Matrice 300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 series targeting commercial users.   It offers up to 55 minutes of flying time, advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional sensing and positioning and more. A range of 15km makes it an ideal candidate for BVLOS, while the Onboard AI recognizes the subject of…

The stealthy little drones that fly like insects

ARPAS-UK Member, Animal Dynamics’s Chief Executive, Alex Cacchia talks about the insect inspired drones the company makes in this article by the BBC.   The article looks at how dragon flies inspired the team to crack the challenge of using flapping wings to power a drone, as well as mobile phone technology has been important…

Drone Trials given Green Light by Secretary of State for Transport

Yesterday during the Covid19 daily update, UK Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps gave a speech on the work his Department are doing to support the UK during the pandemic.   In it he stated: “I have given the green light to trials of drones delivering medical supplies. Earlier this year, we awarded £28…

Blue Bear successfully demonstrates drone swarm as part of

Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd, in Bedford, has successfully demonstrated a fully autonomous suite of multiple drone swarm assets, under Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) conditions as part of the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor with partner ARPAS-UK Member, Cranfield University. This technology enables complex drone operations, where multiple assets are…

Skyports is accepted into the CAA’s Innovation Sandbox

Drone delivery service provider Skyports has announced today that it has been accepted into the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Regulatory Sandbox to trial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights in non-segregated airspace. The Regulatory Sandbox is a programme established by the UK CAA to create an environment where innovation in aviation can be explored in line with…

Snowdonia Aerospace conduct successful medical BVLOS trials

Immediately before lockdown, a team from Snowdonia Aerospace, with partners SwiftFlight Avionics, University of Manchester and the Welsh Ambulance Service, completed a successful flight demo that showed proof-of-concept for beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) delivery of a defibrillator by drone to a remote, rural location that would be difficult to reach with an ambulance in a…

IMechE UAS Challenge: COVID-19 update

Due to the challenging environment presented by COVID-19 and in line with current Government restrictions on social interaction and group gatherings, it is with enormous regret that the IMechE has taken the difficult decision to cancel the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft) Challenge ‘fly off’ event on 17-20 June 2020, at the BMFA site in Buckminster. We would like…

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…

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…