WingtraOne to help build Europe’s first testing ground for high-speed vacuum travel

The construction team building Europe’s first super-fast maglev transportation testing site will use a WingtraOne drone to conduct a topographic survey of the site. Land in Switzerland used for the testing site needs to be surveyed before it can be used, so fellow-Swiss company Wingtra suggested its VTOL drone. The 3km long and 3m wide stretch of land will be used to build the a vacuum tube that is to be the testing site for ultra-high-speed transportation technology. The project has been described as the European answer to the American Hyperloop of the SpaceX and Elon Musk fame. After spending
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Intel investment to boost Delair’s data-driven drone software

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Commercial drone provider, Delair, has secured a round of an investment from Intel Capital which will be used to develop a data processing, visualisation, analytics and reporting service. Delair and Intel are collaborating on the Intel Insight Platform, a cloud-based digital asset management solution. The system leverages Delair’s suite of software analytics to speed Intel’s efforts to transform how businesses work using data captured from UAVs. The funding will be used to further accelerate the development and adoption of the Intel Insight Platform—a data processing, visualisation, analytics and reporting service that allows customers to store organise, share, and harness data
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Commercial UAV Show returns to London ExCeL

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This year’s Commercial UAV Show promises to be bigger than ever with more exhibitors and an exciting speaker line-up. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to attend the show on 14-15 November, which will feature over 200 speakers and 100 exhibitors. In its fifth year, Europe’s largest commercial UAV event brings people together from across the continent and beyond. Leading solutions providers will showcase the full range of innovation in the commercial UAV sector from the latest UAV designs to revolutionary new technology supporting the floating market. This year’s conference will feature senior representatives of the UAV world who will
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World’s first production hydrogen drone lands in UK after uVue wins distribution deal

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Suffolk-based drone provider, uVue, has struck a deal to distribute and licence a new hydrogen drone in the UK, which has been hailed as a breakthrough for the company. uVue has been granted distribution rights for what claims to be the world’s first ever production hydrogen drone – the Hydrone 1550, which is manufactured by MMC. It is hoped the new deal will usher in a new era of capabilities for companies using drones in their businesses. The company says the Hydrone has a three hour flight time, which is considerably more than the average 30 minute fight time offered
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DJI introduces knowledge quiz for UK drone operators

DJI, one of the world’s leaders in civilian and commercial drones and aerial imaging technology, is introducing a knowledge quiz for all pilots who are operating drones in UK airspace. The test, which is expected to roll out across the nation tomorrow, comes prior to Government plans to introduce a safety awareness test for drone users in 2018. A recent survey carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed that 27% of those planning to buy a drone over the Christmas period are unaware of the rules surrounding their usage in the UK and commented on the potential implication
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Insitu buoyed by ‘fertile’ state of European drone market

Insitu, the high performance UAV specialist owned by aerospace giant Boeing, regards Europe as “fertile ground for growth” due to the current entrepreneurial nature of the landscape, a senior executive at the firm has told Commercial Drone Pro. The company, which was acquired by Boeing nine years ago, is appearing at this week’s Commercial UAV Show for the second year running, and as far as it is concerned the goal is to build new relationships and drive education. Insitu creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data, and according
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Industry gears up for Commercial UAV show in London next week

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Europe’s largest trade show for the commercial drones sector is set to get underway next week at London’s Excel Centre. The annual Commercial UAV Show, which is now in its fourth year, is aimed at decision makers positioned at the forefront of UAV development and deployment around the world. The event, which is run by exhibition organiser Terrapin, will showcase industry leading conferences and over 80 speakers coming from across the globe. Industry professionals can register online for free here. The seminars, which discuss topics such as mapping, data management, incorporating technology advancements and safety, feature high-profile industry leaders such
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Flir incorporates thermal imaging into drones

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One of the world’s leading thermal imagine design brands Flir has entered the commercial UAV market with the creation of a product that captures thermal imaging and maps. Featuring a thermal sensor with radiometry, the Flir Duo Pro R gives professional drone operators the range and image detail needed to capture actionable thermal and visible data in a single flight. The technology enables operators to switch between thermal and video cameras during aerial flight. The Duo Pro R also records raw video and stills to two dedicated microSD cards and allows for live digital video output over micro-HDMI and analog
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Aquabotix unmanned vehicles dive into NASA’s kit portfolio

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Portable underwater vehicle company Aquabotix Ltd’s has secured an order from world famous space and aeronautics institution NASA. Aquabotix, which specialises in providing unmanned solutions for underwater, received an order for its Endura 300 model. The Endura, which has been ordered for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is a 300-metre depth-rated commercial-grade remotely operated vehicle. The unmanned underwater vehicle, which will be used in NASA’s Ocean Worlds exploration program, has been ordered to create to create multi-dimensional maping. A spokesperson from NASA said: “These ocean worlds are the next frontier in the search for life beyond Earth. And NASA scientists
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DJI expands product portfolio with quietest model to date

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Chinese technology company DJI has extended its range of UAVs with the addition of a noise-slashing model. The Mavic Pro Platinum model, which has been designed to be the company’s most compact unit to date, features noise reduction, a compact body and 30-minute flight times. The newly designed unit, which comes a year on from the launch of the original Mavic, has reduced noise by 60% compared to its predecessor. With a brand-new aerodynamic model, featuring 8331 propellers, was designed to give the Mavic Pro Platinum noise control performance and offer FOC ESC drivers increased stability. The folding Mavic Pro
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