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Parrot exits automotive industry to focus on commercial UAVs

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Drone hardware manufacture Parrot is making an early exit from the automotive industry in a bid to focus more intently on its commercial UAV division. Following the partnership agreement between the European drone group and Faurecia, which was signed in the first quarter of 2017, the companies have decided together to arrange Parrot’s exit from the subsidiary Parrot Automotive, which has been 20% owned by Faurecia since March 31, 2017. Under the partnership agreement, based on an enterprise value of €100m (£88m) for Parrot Automotive, Faurecia subscribed for €41m (£36m) of bonds issued by Parrot SA, which were scheduled to
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CAA urges pilots to brush up on incoming drone regulations

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The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has underlined incoming changes to drone regulations ahead of them being implemented from August 1. At the end of May, the Government published an amendment to the UK Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) which contains its changes to the legislation regarding the operation of small unmanned aircraft. New rules, which were announced on May 30, restrict drones from flying above 400 feet and within 1km of airport boundaries. The laws will come into force on 30 July and will require owners of drones weighing 250g or more to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
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Intel’s drones shape the future of the Great Wall of China

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Drones have come to the aid of one of the world’s most famous landmarks in the name of conservation. Intel’s drones are being deployed to protect and preserve the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China in partnership with the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC). Experts from Wuhan University LIESMARS have been added to the project, leveraging Intel technologies to preserve the wall more efficiently and safely than before. An Intel Falcon 8+ drone is being used to carry out an aerial inspection and survey of the Jiankou section, capturing tens of thousands of high-resolution images of
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RUSTA bolsters training offering with ARC Aerial Imaging partnership

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RUSTA has partnered with ARC Aerial Imaging to deliver a two-day SUAS business development course in drone aerial imaging for mapping and surveying. Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, and Andy Carmen, managing director of ARC Aerial Imaging, are combining RUSTAs facilities with Arc’s imagery analyst expertise. Carmen will be delivering the course at RUSTA’s headquarters in Lincoln. This professional and business development course is intended for qualified and experienced individual drone operators, or drone-operating organisations who are commercially engaged. Upon completion of the course, attendees will able to provide drone aerial imaging mapping planning consultation to their clients and
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Airbus unites with EASA and CAAS to better define drone regulations

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Two European and Singaporean aviation regulators have teamed up with Airbus in a bid to strengthen drone restrictions in built-up areas. The European Aviation Safety Agency has signed a collaboration agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus to establish a "framework for the exchange of information and technical expertise." EASA adds that the partners will be "leveraging Airbus's experience with the ongoing Skyways project." Skyways is a partnership, signed in 2017, between Airbus Helicopters and Singaporean postal service SingPost to trial an unmanned aerial package delivery system in the city state. CAAS director general, Kevin Shum,
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UMS Skeldar ramps up naval power with next generation UAV

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UMS Skeldar, a global pioneer of NATO-compliant rotary vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV solutions, has unveiled its latest innovation in UAV technology. In a bid to create a wider competitive advantage for its flagship unmanned helicopter, the company has announced the launch of the Skeldar V-200B, a comprehensive modification of its mid-sized heavy fuel engine VTOL. The upgraded V-200B boasts enhanced features, including extended endurance, engine management system and payload capabilities. The Skeldar V-200B completed its trials earlier in 2018, following an intensive modification audit, based on in-theatre performance feedback and the strategic imperative to further widen competitive advantage.
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Texo Group launches new engineering and technology to become industry leader

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Texo Group is bidding to become a leading inspection, engineering and technology integrated services specialist with a new industry group. A new engineering and technology group, which is yet to be named, is set to create up to 1,000 new jobs across multiple UK based locations and generate annual revenues in excess of £100m. It is being launched to meet the demand for integrated engineering services within critical infrastructure. Representing an unprecedented offering in turnkey services to both UK and global markets, encompassing initial design, through to lifecycle management of critical assets. The business will be headquartered in its purpose-built
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Vodafone drone races into the history books with record-breaking speed

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Mobile phone and network provider Vodafone has etched its name into the UAV history books by breaking a speed record. Piloted by teenage drone racer, Luke Bannister, the Vodafone Xblades racing drone, the Wingcopter XBR, achieved a top speed average of 240.6km/h on the Goodwood estate, officially setting the record as confirmed by the team at Guinness World Records. “Setting a drone world record at The Goodwood Festival of Speed gives us a glimpse of what is to come with the roll-out of 5G across the country,” said Vodafone UK’s enterprise director, Anne Sheehan. “With super-charged data speeds, we will
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UAVOS’s solar-powered SAT-i aircraft stays aloft for 10 consecutive hours

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UAVOS, an unmanned solutions specialist, successfully piloted a drone powered by the sun for 10 consecutive hours. The American company completed flight tests of the solar-powered unmanned SAT-i aircraft, designed to perform monitoring and aerial photography during daylight hours. The new unmanned aircraft’s non-stop 10-hour mission for aerial photography had a payload of a 600-gram mirrorless camera. SAT-I, which has a fixed wing with a wingspan of 7.3m, weighs 6.2 kg and is equipped with a Li-Ion battery which allows flying without solar energy for two hours with payload up to 600 grams. Vadim Tarasov, UAVOS investor and board member
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3DR launches industry-first thermal solution for DJI M200 series drones

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3DR, an international drone software specialist, has revealed its latest innovation. The one-of-a-kind Site Scan system was built in collaboration with DJI and FLIR Systems and is designed to support flying autonomously with the DJI M210 dual gimbal drone, equipped with the Zenmuse X4S and the Zenmuse XT thermal camera, powered by FLIR. “Site Scan’s unique ability to generate structurally detailed thermal point clouds is a brand new capability for our customers across engineering, construction, and mining,” said Chris Anderson, CEO of 3DR. “Now, Site Scan users can easily inspect buildings, structures, and utilities, map solar arrays, monitor concrete curing,
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