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First test flights for National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor

The first test flights to establish the principles for the National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC) have successfully taken place at Cranfield Airport. NBEC is a collaboration between Cranfield University and Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd that aims to create an experimentation corridor that will enable drones and unmanned aircraft to fly in the…

Drone plan to carry medicines in Highlands considered

Image copyrightPA The potential of using drones to deliver medical supplies to GP surgeries, hospitals and care homes is being investigated in the Highlands. NHS Highland is working with Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands on the project. The health board said drones could potentially pick up and deliver…

Drones take to the sky above Bath to help Wessex Water teams detect leaks

Drones are helping Bath-based Wessex Water step up the search for leaking pipes across the local area during the current cold snap, with special thermal imaging cameras being used. A fleet of 10 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), fitted with leak-spotting thermal imaging cameras, has been scouring the Wessex Water region at dawn. Led by their…

Call for applications: Participate in the humanitarian drone test corridor

“The Government of Malawi, in partnership with UNICEF, is looking for companies to test their humanitarian drone applications in the drone test corridor. This is an invitation to industry, universities, and individuals to test a potential use case in the main areas of Imagery, Connectivity and Transport to improve the lives of Malawi’s children!” What is the humanitarian drone test corridor?…

All Party Parlimentary Group on Drones

January 29, 2019 Graham Brown, CEO and Anne-Lise Scaillierez, Director of ARPAS-UK had the honour to attend the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drones meeting in the Palace of Westminster on January 29. Elaine Whyte, UK Drones Leader at PwC, Dr Yoge Patel, CEO at Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd and WO2 Simon Barker, Royal…

The airport that welcomes drone flights

Image copyrightSALA LEWIS/WORLD BANKImage caption: A crowd has gathered on Juma to watch a world-first drone flight A crowd has gathered on Juma, an island in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest freshwater lake. The local people are standing behind makeshift nets which cordon off an area where a small group of engineers are consulting…

Super Bowl: experimental radar aims to stop drone drama at game

After rogue drone sightings halt flights, startup seeks permission to test tracking system at Sunday’s game.  Rogue drone sightings have grounded flights at Newark and Gatwick airports in recent months. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters A Bill Gates-funded startup is seeking permission to test a new kind of drone detector at Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Los Angeles…

Here’s how drone delivery will change the face of global logistics

The power of technology to bring positive change is well documented and well understood across the planet. However, when its benefits are distributed unequally across different strata of society, technology creates barriers, dividing peoples and inhibiting social development and economic growth. This so-called “digital divide” is something we at JD.com, a Chinese e-commerce company, and…

These Drones Are Spraying Pollution Out of the Sky in Thailand

Bangkok’s air pollution has been deemed “code red” by officials Why Global Citizens Should Care High levels of air pollution can cause health issues including respiratory damage and can worsen cardiovascular disease. Clean air allows communities to avoid preventable disease and have safer environmental conditions.  As Bangkok’s air pollution levels reach dangerous new heights, the…

Drones – Law, Regulation, Standards and Enforcement in UK and Europe

11 February 2019 No.4 Hamilton Place Seminar Significant changes to the regulation of UAS took place during 2018 – at both the EU and UK levels – and will continue throughout 2019. Delegates will be briefed on regulation at ICAO, EU and UK levels, the status of developments and the standards which will support them….