Events

MicroMultiCopter uses conference to display products and announce partnerships

MicroMultiCopter Aero Technology (MMC) has held a conference to display a range of drone products and announce new strategic co-operation. MMC showed off aircraft, components flight controlling systems and propulsion systems at the event in Jiaxing, China. Over 200 participants including International ISO authorities from the UK, US, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea attended the conference. MMC also announced its strategic cooperation with BSHARK, Artosyn and Alibaba Cloud to promote development of the international drone industry. Lu, president of the MMC, believes it is important that the industry works together in order for it to progress, saying: “I believe
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Drone racing pilots set to compete for prize worth over £75k

The world’s top drone racing pilots are set to go head to head once again this year as they compete for the top prize in the Drone Racing League. The DRL begins tomorrow evening in California with pilots from around the world competing in the first heat. 18 pilots will compete in the season but only 10 will go to the championship, with each pilot flying on four of the regular season’s six events. The winner of each event clinches a spot in the championship as the remaining slots are awarded to the pilot's with the most season points. 2018
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BVLOS operations in the UK opens its doors

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The Beyond Visual Line of Site in the UK conference has opened its doors this morning for a two-day event. The London-based conference is hoping to bring a range of operators, users, providers and regulators together to gain a deeper insight into BVLOS. Operators will explain how they safely operate BVLOS while users will describe the business behind the approach. Providers are set to use the conference to assess new capabilities which can mitigate the current constraints in the industry. Additionally, regulators and legislators are hoping to provide background to proposed regulatory developments. Currently, the UK CAA oversees BVLOS operations,
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Insitu shatters line of sight barrier with new UAS configuration

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Insitu has announced and integrator extended range UAS which aims to alleviate the line of sight barrier for small unmanned aircraft. The company, a subsidiary of Boeing, made the announcement at the Air Force Association’s annual, Air, Space and Cyber Conference. The new configuration goes beyond line of sight and is a SATCOM-enabled small UAS capable of ranging modern combat theatres. The system delivers Group 4 and 5 capabilities in a Group 3 aircraft including extended range operations of 10 hours on station at 200nm and six hours at 300nm. The new option aims to enable users to save money
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Original Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury announced as host for UK Drone Show

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Jason Bradbury has been announced as host for Tech Show Live at the UK Drone Show in December. The former Gadget Show host will take to the stage at the NEC in Birmingham, over the first weekend in December. The UK Drone Show is co-located with the Tech Show Live and will feature a Drone and Tech Expo, Drone Workshops and a special ‘Drones@Work’ showcase. The ‘Drones@Work’ showcase aims to highlight how UAV technology continues to evolve to help in a variety of industries and services. Joining the ‘Drones@Work’ series is the annual Drone Racing iseries, featuring some of the
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AirMap capitalises on InterDrone with two new announcements

AirMap has announced a new collaboration with DroneInsurance.com and released the news of the integration between AirMap platforms SDK, into QGroundControl. Yesterday marked the first of the three-day drone expo at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The collaboration with DroneInsurance.com will allow US-based drone operators to purchase insurance from inside the AirMap app. It will provide in-app access to paperless insurance and part of AirMap’s plan to make drone use ‘safe, connected and protected.’ Additionally, AirMap released the integration of Platform SDK, an open source version of the AirMap SDK, into QGroundConrol. Stemming from a collaboration with Oklahoma
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InterDrone opens its doors for three day commercial drone expo

InterDrone will open its doors to the US drone industry today for a three day event at Rio Hotel, Las Vegas. Over 160 drone manufacturers, sellers and solution providers are set to fill the expo floor for the show which will feature keynote speakers, classes and panels, a networking reception and a ‘women in drones’ luncheon. A number of notable industry leaders are sponsors of the event, including DJI, Wingtra and Drone Deploy, all three of which are also among the exhibitor list. The show kicks off with a classes and panels session, followed by a grand opening keynote speech
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‘Drone ambulance’ designer awarded £16,000 grant to develop innovative self-piloting concept

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Vincenzo Navanteri, the designer of a futuristic ‘drone ambulance’, has been awarded the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon grant, worth around $20,000 (£16,000). Navanteri picked up the award at the 2nd FAI International Drones Conference and Expo held in Lausanne over the weekend. The grant will go towards him and his team developing the idea of a self-piloting drone ambulance that could carry a single person for up to 150km at 68mph. Navanteri said: “It is a pleasure to receive this grant, and to use it for development. As a company it is what we need. And, more than my own
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First European drone summit prepares to take off

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A European drone conference is being launched in a bid to further the development of civil drones across the continent. Key experts from leading manufacturers and service providers will be demonstrating their solutions at the inaugural European Drone Summit, which is set to host around 250 participants from all over Europe. High-ranking representatives from the German parliament, Airbus, DLR and research institutes will also be taking part in the exhibition, which is due to get underway in Frankfurt on October 15. The conference will focus on interactive discussions, presentations and sharing information across different specialisms. The target groups are politicians,
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Commercial UAV Show reveals bumper speaker line-up

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Organisers of London’s Commercial UAV Show have revealed the first round of industry leaders confirmed to speak at this year’s event. Ahead of this year’s event, show organiser Terrapin has confirmed that representatives from Airbus, Boeing, Delair, and BAE Systems, as well as BP, Flyability and Lockheed Martin will deliver keynote speeches. The full list of confirmed speakers currently confirmed can be found here.  More than 3,000 attendees are expected to attend the show on 14-15 November held at London's Excel Centre, which will feature over 200 speakers and 100 exhibitors. In its fifth year, Europe’s largest commercial UAV event
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