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Army Launches Biggest Tech-Driven Exercise

20th June 2018

The Army is set to conduct its biggest ever exercise involving drones, robots and unmanned vehicles in a bid to reduce dangers to personnel in combat. General Mark Carleton-Smith, the new Chief of the General Staff (CGS), is expected to unveil plans for troops to begin testing prototype drones and unmanned cargo vehicles at an ...

UNICEF Funding Opportunity for Drone Startups

19th June 2018

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones. If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open-source drone prototype or service (or you are willing to ...

New partnership forged to ‘mark new standard in remote UAV inspection for the oil and gas industry’

18th June 2018

A UK-based aerial inspection specialist has joined forces with a global provider of survey for oil and gas and related industries in a bid to push the boundaries of UAVs in the use case. Air Control Entech (ACE) and  ARPAS-UK member, TRAC Oil & Gas have announced a new strategic partnership, aiming to combine their ...

Amazon propels drone operations with UK recruitment drive

18th June 2018

The company, which is investing heavily in the development of drone delivery service Amazon Prime Air, announced it will create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK in 2018, taking the total UK workforce to 27,500 by the end of the year. The new jobs reflect growing investments in British research and development, increasing customer demand, ...

Drone finds man, 75, in sea

18th June 2018

A 75-year-old man who went missing on a beach walk with family has been rescued from water nearly 24 hours later. The man, who has yet to be identified, sparked a major search after he was last seen at about 17:10 BST on Saturday on Brancaster beach, Norfolk. He was found in water by a ...

Drone played ‘decisive’ role in fighting fire at Danish hospital

18th June 2018

A specialised drone gave emergency services vital information during a fire at a hospital in Holbæk in western Zealand. The drone was crucial in helping firefighters to put out a violent blaze which broke out at the hospital on Tuesday night, head of West Zealand Fire Service Lasse Hansen told Ritzau. “The drone discovered during ...

Drone Futures: How the UK can lead from the front

15th June 2018

The drones industry is enjoying explosive growth supporting public services and enterprise across a range of sectors, but is chaffing at current regulatory restrictions. The first techUK/DJI Drone Futures conference took place yesterday. The almost 100 attendees drawn from Government (both Whitehall and local), regulators, the House of lords, academia, Catapults, police and (of course) ...

UNICEF Tender: Drone Services in Vanuatu

14th June 2018

Drone Services for Vaccine Delivery A request has been received to inform you of the following. UNICEF has published, on behalf of the Ministry of Health of Vanuatu, an invitation to tender for the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), or drones, as a quick, reliable, and effective mode of transportation to deliver vaccines from main ...

African Union publishes Drone Report

13th June 2018

Drones on the Horizon – Transforming Africa’s Agriculture On 8 June 2018, a report on drones entitled « Drones on the Horizon » was made public by Prof Yaye Kène-Gassama Dia & University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar at the African Innovation Summit (AIS2018) in Kigali, Rwanda. The AIS is an Africa-wide initiative aimed at harnessing the innovation ...

Drones and Floating Building – is this the future of construction?

8th June 2018

A new report into the future of the construction industry, commissioned by Virgin StartUp and Colmore Tang Construction in support of their joint ConstrucTech initiative, has pointed toward some big changes ahead within the industry. The report, written by renowned futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson, suggests that 3D printed walls, drones and biometric roofs made from recycled plastic taken ...

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