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senseFly to host free webinar on using drone tech within mining industry

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senseFly is to host a free webinar to help school mine and quarry companies on using drone technology within their businesses. The drone solutions provider will broadcast the session tomorrow (Wednesday 18th April) from its online portal, exploring real-life UAV adoption stories from around the world lead by three experts form the world of mining. The webinar, titled Integrating Drone Tech into Mine and Quarry Workflows, will also look at best practice, ROI, data integration and the key things to consider before investing in drone technologies. The three experts sharing their advice will be Sean Jeffrys, a geospatial consultant who
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New Airbus drone promises to reduce aircraft downtime

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Airbus has just demonstrated a new drone designed to be used in aircraft maintenance to speed up and improve the quality or airplane inspections. Airbus’ Advanced Inspection Drone can be used inside a hangar and is designed to accelerate and facilitate visual checks, “considerably reducing aircraft downtime and increasing the quality of inspection reports”. The new inspection process claims it will take only three hours, including 30 minutes of image capture by the drone, and will improve operator safety. By contrast, traditional aircraft visual inspection can typically last up to one day. The new product consists of a smart, automatic
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Aeryon Labs bolsters military UAV operations with system launch

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Aeryon Labs, a world leading provider of high-performance, small unmanned aircraft systems for public safety and commercial customers, has taken off with its aerial military defence system. The Aeryon Defense USA systems is an approved US defence contractor delivering the next-generation of advanced sUAS to US military forces and government agencies. Aeryon Defense has assembled a team of military UAS experts who are equipped with the resources to deliver innovative solutions to meet the needs of defence and federal users for years to come. “For over a decade, top militaries around the world have relied on Aeryon to provide unmatched
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Airbus reports successful maiden voyage of self-piloting aircraft

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International aeronautics company Airbus’ latest innovation has officially taken off after it successfully completed a fruitful first test flight. Vahana, the all-electric, self-piloted, vertical take-off and landing aircraft, built by Airbus’ innovation outpost in Silicon Valley, managed to stay aloft for 53 seconds during its test flight in Oregon last week. Airbus’ Alpha One, which was constructed as part of project Vahana, reached a height of five meters (16 feet) before descending safely. Its first flight was fully self-piloted and the vehicle completed a second flight the following day. Project Vahana started in early 2016 as one of the first
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Boeing unveils sneak peek of new naval grade unmanned aircraft

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For the first time in the company’s history, aerospace giant Boeing is showing what it believes is the unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) best suited for refuelling US Navy jets operating from aircraft carriers. Through its MQ-25 competition, the US Navy is seeking unmanned refuelling capabilities that would extend the combat range of deployed Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and Lockheed Martin F-35C fighters. The MQ-25 will also have to seamlessly integrate with a carrier’s catapult and launch and recovery systems. Boeing’s MQ-25 unmanned aircraft system is completing engine runs before heading to the flight ramp for deck handling
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Nesta takes to the skies with life-saving and logistical operation

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A government-backed aviation scheme designed to further the applications of commercial drones in the UK has taken to the skies following its launch today. The Flying High Challenge, funded by the Government and run by Nesta in partnership with Innovate UK, is designed to maximise the economic and social benefits of UAVs in UK cities. By collaborating with selected cities, the Flying High Challenge will support cities to develop plans based on local community needs. Up to five cities will be supported in the research and development of drone technology which could transform critical services in emergency health services and
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Government cracks down on UAV regulations

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The Government is clamping down on nationwide use of unmanned aerial vehicles, both commercial and consumer systems, and has announced it will introduce new regulations to prioritise safe flying next year. The measures, which were devised by the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, Innovate UK, and Baroness Sugg, are designed to place the UK at the forefront of the fast-growing drone industry. It is also hoped that the new regulations will pave the way for the devices to be harnessed for a range of uses by businesses and public services. The news comes as funding for a pioneering
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Australian schools overhaul curriculum to roll out drone education

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Students in Australia will be able to learn UAV flying as part of their higher school certificate as of next year. 25 schools in New South Wales will take up the course in 2018 following a successful 12-month trial. New South Wales is set to be the first state in Australia to adopt the subject. Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School will be one of the first schools to offer the course, with training provided by company UAVAir, Nine News reported. General manager, Ashley Cox, said the course content is designed to replicate industry standard. Cox said: “These students
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Drones replace helicopters in the making of BBC’s long-awaited Blue Planet series

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Unmanned systems have been taken to sea for nature broadcaster David Attenborough’s latest documentary series, Blue Planet 2. The season, which returns to the unexplored areas of the sea, is pegged as being one of the presenter’s most ambitious projects. Picking up from part one, which was filmed in 2001, the production crew were able to harness new technology, including unmanned systems, to achieve previously impossible footage. The production team was able to get footage of some previously unknown hunting behaviour by sea lions on the Galapagos Islands whilst using UHD Drones. For previous series the crew were only able
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Military urged to maintain human control over drones amid killer robot fears

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The Ministry of Defence has requested that all military drones and other remote devices remain under human control. The body has ordered that the military commits to ensuring all remote devices are under human control as part of a new doctrine designed to address areas of concern regarding development of 'killer robots'. The move comes after more than 100 robotics experts expressed concerns over devices with developed artificial intelligence to the United Nations. The new doctrine, which aligns with the commitments of other members of NATO, will make clear that the UK opposes the development of autonomous weapons systems. The
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