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EHang selects first pilot city for UAM programme

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EHang has chosen Guangzhou as its first urban air mobility (UAM) pilot city globally for the establishment of a low-altitude aviation transportation network that can shuttle passengers and goods. The pilot program will see EHang help the Guangzhou government set up a command-and-control centre to ensure that multiple AAVs flying simultaneously in the city can remain in the air in a safe and efficient manner and can swiftly respond to emergencies. EHang says it also intends to help the city build up the basic infrastructure to support urban air mobility, including by designing safety rules and market entry thresholds. On
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Terra Drone demonstrates UTM system to Airnav

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Terra Drone has successfully demonstrated its UTM System to Airnav at the Jakarta Air Traffic Services Center. As part of the showcase, Terra Drone showed how the system could be useful for managing UAVs meaning drones could fly regularly and safely in Indonesian airspace. The activity was the result of coordination and recommendations from the LPPNPI Airnav. Also invited, was the directorate of airworthiness & aircraft operations, the directorate of air navigation, the directorate of air transport, the directorate of airports, the Airport Authority Regional Office I, PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero), the Indonesian Drone Pilot Association, and Unmanned Systems
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DJI puts name to RoboMaster comp to showcase ‘future of robotics’

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DJI has put its name to RoboMaster, an annual robotics competition for aspiring young engineers and university students. It concluded its 2019 competition in Bao'an Stadium in Shenzhen, China and the winning team from T-DT Northeastern University, took home the gold trophy along with £58,670 (RMB 500,000) as the grand prize. Close to 200 teams consisting of 10,000 young engineers from around the world signed up for the 2019 RoboMaster competition season, with 32 teams battling it out in the final tournament. Sponsoring and supporting the event, DJI says it hopes the competition can inspire the next generation of robotics
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Collaborative drone fleet transports immunisation vaccines for children in DR Congo

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A collaboration which included the Ministry of Health, VillageReach and Swoop Aero, with funding by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has vaccinated the first children receiving vaccines by drone in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The successful flights, which took place in the northwestern province of Équateur, are part of a broader strategy to reach remote populations with vaccines and other medicines called Nouvelle Génération des Chaînes d’Approvisionnement, or NGCA. The drone demonstrations highlight continued innovation to improve health, in the midst of the recent public health emergency declaration by the World Health Organization due to an Ebola outbreak. A
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