Fortress UAV launches maintenance program to help drone users

Fortress UAV has launched a preventative maintenance program to help drone users take care of their drones. The program will provide customers with drone maintenance schedules which include industry standard maintenance checklists. Fortress UAV is a provider of drone repair services and hopes this initiative will rival those of manned aircraft maintenance systems. The scheme, named Fortress UAV Protect, has been described by the company as a nose-to-tail preventative maintenance service. It will also provide check points specific to the particular drone model being serviced. Currently, drone models included in the maintenance program are the DJI Mavic Pro, the DJI
read more

Yuneec International expands commercial UAV offerings with new E10T camera

Yuneec International has announced the expansion of its commercial UAV payload offering with new advanced thermal camera, the E10T. Designed for commercial applications, the E10T is an all-in-one three-axis gimbal, dual thermal imaging and low light camera. It comes available in two versions, a 320 x 256 or a 640 by 512 pixel thermal resolution, each with different lens options. The E10T builds on the original Yuneec CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera, the industry's first thermal and residual light combination camera that was announced with the H520 at InterDrone 2017. The E10T camera takes high-quality pictures and detects more detail
read more

China’s biggest courier service awarded first licence to deliver by drone

China’s largest private courier service has secured the country’s first license to deliver packages via drones following a successful pilot period. Shenzhen-based SF Holding now has the ability to use drones to deliver goods in pilot areas designated by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The permit, which was awarded to the company after a trial last June, will see unmanned aerial vehicles provide a new way to navigate remote locations, while also improving delivery times of packages to rural areas, according to local press reports. Some 70% of China is difficult to access by road due to mountains,
read more

Demand for public venue defence sees Airspace raise £14m for new drone protection venture

A leading manufacturer of drone defence systems has raised $20m (£14.9m) to develop new technology that will strengthen the protection of public venues from enemy drones. Airspace Systems drummed up support from a Series A funding round led by Singtel Innov8, the venture capital arm of Singtel with participation from s28 Capital and previous investors Shasta Ventures and Granite Hill Capital Partners, to reach the $20m target. Now with the funding the company will produce the Airspace Command Center (AC2), a comprehensive drone defense system, at scale and expand its Silicon Valley-based machine vision, navigation and systems teams. Jeff Karras,
read more

New Airbus drone promises to reduce aircraft downtime

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
read more

DJI ramps up digital sales presence with Worldpay contract

International UAV hardware manufacturer DJI has confirmed a partnership with global payment processing Worldpay in a bid to expand its ecommerce capabilities. With the global drone market expected to be worth more than $11.2 billion (£8.05 billion) by 2020, and growing consumer interest across Europe and in countries like Australia and Japan, DJI signed a deal with Worldpay to enhance its online trading capabilities. The payment provider will assist DJI connect with customers in different parts of the world, making its products more accessible for creators, travellers, photographers and those using drone technology for their work. Christina Zhang, treasurer at
read more

Airbus reports successful maiden voyage of self-piloting aircraft

Airbus Vahana
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
read more

VIDEO: NASA and Boeing’s new technology takes off

NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series, which took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project (SAW). The SAW project, which aims to validate the use of a cutting-edge, lightweight material, was designed to test if the unit would to be able to fold the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles in flight. SAW co-principal investigator, Othmane Benafan, explained: “We wanted to see: can
read more

AirSpaceX primed to create multi-billion dollar market as it unveils futuristic public transport solution

AirSpaceX is confident it will revolutionise public transport with its “flying taxi” by as soon as 2026. The MOBi-ONE is the latest step towards being able to act out Back To The Future, as the vehicle boasts its able to outclass any other form of transport, freeing up the roads on the ground. “AirSpaceX CEO Rimanelli is confident the vehicle will be ready for demonstration by 2020 and up and running in the 50 busiest cities in America by 2026.” “There is an urgent need for innovation in urban mobility, and I believe on-demand air mobility will go a long
read more

New passenger drone ‘grounded by drizzle’ ahead of big reveal at CES trade show

workhorse surefly
Workhorse’s new passenger drone, which hopes to pave the way for autonomous transport solutions, was unable to embark on its maiden voyage at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week because of ‘inclement weather’, which was described by some as ‘drizzle’. The SureFly passenger drone been granted permission to fly by regulators just last week but had to be grounded on safety considerations ahead of its big reveal at the international trade technology showcase. But the company has said it hopes to execute its maiden flight soon and industry experts have praised the ‘wise decision’ to ground
read more