DJI unveils latest agricultural drone

DJI AGRAS t20 drone
DJI has launched its latest agriculture drone, the DJI AGRAS T20, targeting operators requiring an “intelligent” UAS for varied work. The drone’s modular and portable design makes it accessible and scalable for farmers who are ready to apply digital insights and automated spray technology into their operations, DJI said. The DJI AGRAS T20 is optimised to work in complicated environments and different agricultural lands. It features autonomous flight planning and terrain-sensing radar, as well as extended flight time, high payload capacity, and off-the-grid power options. DJI’s new drone can carry a maximum payload of 20kg, and the layout of the
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Commercial drones ‘are not just for deliveries’

Rohit Gupta, Head of Products and Resources, Europe, Cognizant For some years now, drone technology has been billed as the next big thing. For many, the main associations which spring to mind when thinking about the technology are their uses in military defence, surveillance, awe-inspiring landscape photography and wedding videos. In the UK, we have also experienced the negative side effects of the technology, including the disruption caused at Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Despite these incidents, drones have huge potential for businesses across many industries, including retail, logistics and healthcare. McKinsey recently investigated how the technology could be used for
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Cyberhawk strikes five-year deal with major Middle East energy provider

UAV operator Cyberhawk has secureda five-year contract with a major LNG producer in the Middle East for the provision of drone inspection, surveying and data visualisation services. The contract will see Cyberhawk focus on collecting engineering-grade inspection data from oil and gas assets in the Middle East, onshore and offshore, which will be delivered as detailed inspection reports via Cyberhawk’s drone data visualisation software, iHawk. Established in 2014, iHawk allows asset teams to view up-to-date, visual data securely in the cloud. The contract with the state-owned oil and gas company was secured by Manweir LLC, Cyberhawk’s local partner, which is
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Emergency NHS drone airbridge gets UK gov’s backing

A consortia working to establish a UAV/Drone Emergency Medical Airbridge between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to supplement existing NHS medical supply chain are among the first wave of winners to secure a share of £33m funding from the UK Government to use aviation to solve major global challenges. DronePrep is leading a consortia that has been awarded a share of the initial £7m funds to support project using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver critical PPE and Covid-19 testing kits to vulnerable rural communities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project unites the two pioneering drone delivery
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Elistair unveils new Orion 2 that can stay airborne for 24 hours

Elistair Orion 2 for Military-2
French drone manufacturer Elistair has unveiled its new Orion 2 tethered unmanned system for government and industry users. The Orion 2 hexacopter delivers round-the-clock surveillance for up to 24 hours at a time, the manufacturer says. “Small, unmanned multi-rotor systems are great if you want a hover-and-stare capability, but they’re also notoriously short on battery life,” said Timothée Penet, CTO and co-founder of Elistair. “Powered tethering stations, like our Safe 2 and Ligh-T 4, offer a solution by increasing a platform’s time in the air—and that’s great for many missions. But what if you need to be on station for
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Centrik contracted to run drone programme for police force in UK

A police force in the UK has contracted Centrik to manage its drone programme, using the operational management system to improve efficiency and help its officers “spend less time on administration and more time policing”. The West Midlands Police drone programme – working closely with the National Police Air Service (NPAS) – provides 24/7 unmanned aerial support to an area of 348 square miles, home to more than 2.8 million people. With the unit attending more than 2,000 incidents in 2020 alone, West Midlands Police needed a powerful, intuitive system capable of managing the complexities involved in operating 32 pilots
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Blue Bear demonstrates collaborative 20-drone swarm undertaking BVLOS operations

Blue Bear Systems has proven its latest swarming drone technology, operating 20 fixed wing drones to form a collaborative heterogeneous swarm, conducting BVLOS operations. Building on its 12-drone swarm, previously demonstrated earlier in July, the latest heterogenous swarm consisted of five different types and sizes of fixed wing Blue Bear drones, including Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) fixed wing Ghost/Modular Ghost UAS, conventional fixed wing Red Kite UAS, conventional fixed wing Cobra UAS and smaller hand launched Flat Pack UAS. Across the swarm, 6 different types of payload from 5 different companies were integrated through Blue Bear plug and
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