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DJI joins FAA drone integration program

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DJI has joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP) at Memphis International Airport. DJI joins several local participants involved in the Memphis program, including the City of Memphis, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, FedEx, AirXOS, Measure, Avitas, and 901Drones. The drone integration program is using DJI drones to explore the safety and efficiency benefits of small unmanned aircraft system applications at the Memphis International Airport through FedEx aircraft inspections, delivery of FedEx aircraft parts in day and night operations, airport perimeter security, and support of various airport
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Only 23% of UK adults support drone deliveries, new poll finds

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A new Institue of Mechanical Engineers poll has found that only 23% of adults support drone deliveries. Highlighted in a report titled ‘Public Perceptions: Drones’, the low level of support comes from concerns including package theft and accidents. Commenting on the report, IMechE head of engineering Dr Jenifer Baxter speaking to Professional Engineering, thinks media representation has played its part. She said “One of the things we have seen over the last year is a fair amount of negative press over the use of drones around airports, the sorts of cases where drones are used inappropriately… that can sit in
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Drones deployed for postal delivery to beat Alps snow

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The French postal service is using drones for delivery to get packages to Alpine villages cut-off by snow. In an attempt to both save time and cut pollution, drivers are launching the drones from delivery trucks at Fontanil-Cornillon near Grenoble. In a report from the Times, it detailed how the drones carry parcels of up to 2kg and fly three miles to the village of Mont-Saint-Martin and drop the cargo in a bin at the town hall. The round trip takes eight minutes which shaves 22 minutes off the time it would take the van. The Times report goes on
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‘Project Vesper’ sees first drone cargo delivery of Airbus and XAG joint venture

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The start of a limited delivery trial in Guangzhou, China, as part of the joint development of a drone cargo service, has been announced at XAG headquarters. Since July 2019, Airbus and XAG teams have combined efforts to develop a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) service to start testing deliveries. This MVP is built on top of the P30 platform, XAG's plant protection drone. The objective of the trial is to validate a highly automated delivery flight from the vendor to the destination and back, across precisely pre-selected pathways. Joining the extensive experience of XAG in designing, manufacturing, and operating small
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Volans-i first drone delivery company awarded Argus Gold Rating

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Argus has revealed that Volans-i has become the first drone delivery company to be awarded the Argus Gold Unmanned Operator rating. The California-based drone delivery business specialises in building and operating long-range, high-payload drones for commercial, defence and humanitarian applications. Argus president and CEO, Joseph Moeggenberg, said: “Volans-i has an incredible model to meet the expanding market for autonomous on-demand drone delivery and it will be fascinating to both watch and support their mission as they grow. “It is easy to overlook safety in rapidly evolving industries such as this one. Taking an active role in managing risk by participating
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UPS and CVS complete landmark first drone prescription delivery

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The UPS and CVS partnership has completed its first prescription deliveries via drone, successfully flying medication from the pharmacy directly to the customer’s home. The deliveries were completed on November 1, 2019, using the M2 drone system created by UPS in partnership with Matternet. The flights launched from a CVS in Cary, before flying autonomously, while being monitored by a remote operator, and completing delivery at two separate destinations including a retirement home. The drone then hovered 20 feet over the delivery destination before lowering the prescription to the ground via a cable and winch system. CVS Pharmacy president, Kevin
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US Navy uses commercial drone to resupply submarine

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The US Navy has successfully resupplied one of its submarines using a commercial drone. A small, four-rotor UAV was used to resupply the USS Hawaii, according to a report by Forbes. The resupply mission took place just a mile off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii and saw the drone deliver a payload of circuit cards, medical supplies and food. Future missions could see the drones equipped to deliver a range of payloads from medical supplies to replacement parts. Using UAVs over larger, manned helicopters presents a range of benefits including cost-saving, pilot safety and freeing up helicopters for larger missions.
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Innovative drone tech wins at Commercial UAV Expo 2019

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Three companies were chosen as the winners of the ‘Pitch the Press’ event at the Commercial UAV Expo Americas 2019 for their innovative drone technology. Agrowing, A2Z and SolSpec were all winners at this year’s show, with their ground-breaking products singled out for praise. Agrowing, creator of a pioneering AI-enabled, 12 narrow band multispectral sensor, was among the winners, with the panel of judges recogniseing the system’s ability to examine assets in a wide range of spectral bands providing users with specific visual data. Delivery innovator A2Z was also among the winners, with its tethered mechanism for dropping packages, allowing
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