November

During yesterday’s House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on drones, witnesses testified that the U.S. must work harder on regulation to maintain its global position in the industry.  Witnesses from all areas of the industry, including representatives from Stanford University, AirMap, AUVSI and FAA spoke to committee members.  Major power infrastructure was represented by the Southern Company. …
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Matternet, a California-based developer of autonomous drone logistics systems, and Mercedes-Benz Vans recently flew into a key milestone for drone delivery, completing 100 deliveries for Swiss online retailer siroop between September and October. The pilot project has taken off after the automotive giant struck a deal last year with Matternet to infuse a “multimillion dollar …
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The U.S. House of Representatives Aviation Subcomittee held a hearing focusing on drones.  The “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Emerging Uses in a Changing National Airspace” hearing was opened by statements from Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA)Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure – author of the AIRR Act version of the FAA Reauthorization package – andChairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)Subcommittee …
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Heads up, folks. It’s about to start raining drones. At least that’s the proposal made in yet another drone delivery patent from Amazon. The company’s latest patent envisages a drone that’s capable of safely self-destructing should it come into difficulty. The online retailer has long been involved in pushing aerial deliveries into the mainstream. Testing …
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Congratulations are in order for the Boulder-based engineering firm, Black Swift Technologies,  a company that specializes in high capability small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). According to its latest release, BST’s SwiftCore Flight Management System has been chosen to integrate with a UAV Factory Penguin BE UAV platform as part of a joint research project. The project involves the NOAA’s Atmospheric Turbulence and …
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The European Union’s aviation sector looks to have been given a shot in the arm following an ‘informal’ agreement between the European Parliament (EP) and European Council to introduce union-wide rules on the civil use of unmanned systems. In an announcement on 30 November the EP said that at …

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