RocketFarm flies first concentrated solar power survey

Delta Drone International agricultural affiliate RocketFarm has successfully completed a drone-driven survey and repair mission of a concentrated solar power plant (CSP) – a feat it says is the first in Africa, and perhaps the entire world. RocketFarm, which ...

Volocopter, Kakao Mobility study South Korea UAM potentials

In another sign of accelerating activity to prepare South Korea for approaching urban air mobility (UAM) services, local company Kakao Mobility is teaming up with German air taxi and cargo drone specialist Volocopter to conduct feasibility studies on next-generation ...

4 drone use cases Brits want to see more of in 2022

Drones are saving lives and transforming the way we live and work on an almost daily basis. This is why more than two-thirds (68%) of the British public believes drones will have a positive impact on their lives in ...

Best Drone deals for Black Friday 2021: DJI, Skydio, action cams, more

We didn’t expect much this year in savings from drone manufacturers due to the chip shortage and supply chain issues. However, we found a good selection of deals from different retailers. You can check out these Black Friday deals ...

Black Friday deal: Control your Mavic 2 remotely at the price of a burger meal

Drone automation specialist FlytBase has announced its Black Friday 2021 deals. The company is offering discounts of up to 90% on annual subscriptions to remote drone operation and fleet management software FlytNow Live, which is recommended for the DJI ...

Forget Amazon, Walmart’s 30-minute residential drone delivery service is now live

Amazon may have been teasing us with aerial deliveries since 2013, but it’s retail giant Walmart that’s proving that being the first to announce a program doesn’t necessarily guarantee an industry leader spot. Teaming up with Virginia-based drone startup ...

Amazon drone delivery program ‘never going to get off the ground,’ UK report reveals

Amazon’s drone delivery program, Prime Air, is shuttering part of its operations in the United Kingdom, a new Wired report reveals. The company has already fired more than 100 employees in the UK, while many others are being transferred ...

Proof of EU drone sector maturity: new lobbying muscle

If any proof was needed that Europe’s drone sector has matured to become a serious activity and business force, evidence of this was delivered this month with the birth of a giant lobbying body spanning the European Union and ...

Australia’s Victoria testing AI drone tech in road repair ‘blitz’

The government of Australia’s Victoria state says it is testing high-resolution sensors, artificial intelligence, and drones as part of what it’s calling a “regional road maintenance blitz” to renovate its aging ground transport network. As clement weather returns with ...

DJI drones collect data for AnimaMundi ocean plastics map

Drone and technology company DJI has formed a partnership with conservation group AnimaMundi Ocean Data Solutions and catamaran manufacturer Lagoon to use drones aboard those boats in a project compiling the first comprehensive database of plastic waste along the world’s coastlines. ...

Flytrex raises $40M to offer drone delivery across US suburbs

On-demand drone delivery service Flytrex has raised a $40 million Series C funding round to ramp up expansion throughout the US suburbs and advance partnerships with leading retailers and quick-service restaurants. Flytrex’s delivery drones can carry a 6.6-pound payload ...

DJI’s 2021 holiday deals include exclusive free gifts, weekly giveaways

DJI is celebrating the holiday season by offering its best drones, stabilizers, and cameras with free goodies, weekly product giveaways, and a chance to win the first DJI consumer product of 2022. DJI has set up a special Holiday ...

DJI FPV Drone Combo drops to $999 for Black Friday, plus free goodies

The DJI FPV Drone Combo has dropped to $999, its biggest price cut ever, for Black Friday 2021. Meanwhile, some authorized retailers are throwing in a bunch of free accessories, such as a hard case, strobe light, and microSD ...

In Western Australia, drones battle hated skeleton weed on farms

Officials in the state of Western Australia are preparing what is becoming an annual deployment of drones to help farmers of wheat in one of the nation’s richest agricultural regions battle the nutrient-sucking plague of skeleton weed. Though still ...

Melbourne to ring in 2022 with Oz’s ‘biggest drone show’ yet

The city of Melbourne will be hosting what officials say will be the largest drone show ever in Australia – possibly in the Southern Hemisphere – among its list of New Year’s Eve events. The spectacle will launch 350 ...

Tucson police chase of mystery drone in Feb. mirrored 2016 incident

The mystery surrounding the super drone that pursing police pilots in Tucson called “pretty freaking sophisticated” as it outran and outmaneuvered them last February remains near complete. But new reporting indicates that incident wasn’t the first time authorities in ...

Volatus, Avidrone partner in global drone cargo delivery offer

Integrated drone services company Volatus says it is teaming up with uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) producer Avidrone Aerospace to offer clients autonomous cargo drone delivery services in markets around the world. Under the deal, Volatus will assume worldwide distribution rights for ...

This nontraditional Cleo Robotics indoor drone is now available to buy

Cleo Robotics is announcing that its palm-fitting Dronut X1 drone, which is designed specifically for indoor operations, is now available to buy commercially. A ducted fan design gives the Dronut its unconventional looks and allows it to fly comfortably ...

Incredible video shows drones creating scannable QR code in the sky

Move over, television ads and billboards — the future of marketing will be shaped by drones (quite literally). On April 17, about 1,500 drones took over Shanghai skies to commemorate the first anniversary of a Japanese video game’s launch ...

8 times drone light shows were used to promote movies, TV

Not only are drone light shows redefining the future of entertainment, but they have also emerged as a highly effective and memorable marketing tool for film and television production companies. When hundreds of light-equipped drones fly around in unison, ...

Dance music fans can’t stop gushing over this Las Vegas drone show

The Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) is one of the biggest dance music festivals in the world. Last weekend, it attracted more than 500,000 fans to Las Vegas over a three-day period. The logistics were a bit of a nightmare, ...

Fiji police fume at pot growers who jammed a surveillance drone

Police officials in the Pacific island nation of Fiji are fighting mad over a downed surveillance drone they say was put out of commission by a jamming device used by illegal pot farmers – not coincidentally because it was ...

French water companies flying drones for sewer inspections

Water services companies that dominate the sector in France face a dilemma. A recent law requires all major cities to inspect their wastewater infrastructure by 2026, creating a crushing demand for operators of those thousands of kilometers of sewer ...

This holiday season, Wing drones will deliver Christmas cheer in Australia

On-demand residential drone delivery service Wing is bringing Christmas magic directly to Australia’s driveways and backyards this holiday season. Starting today, customers who live in Wing’s service areas in Canberra and Logan will be able to order a free ...

Zipline starts its first commercial US drone deliveries with Walmart

Just over a year after the pair decided to explore drone delivery services together, retail giant Walmart and instant logistics specialist Zipline are launching those air drops of health and wellness products to customers in the area around Pea ...

Insta360 Black Friday deals coming soon!

Insta360, arguably the world’s leading company specializing in consumer and pro 360° cameras and accessories, has announced its annual Black Friday sale. It will start November 24 at 6 a.m. PT, and it looks like a good one. We’ll ...

‘Christmas Capital of Texas’ has two drone shows planned for December

Home to more than 1,400 unique and traditional holiday events spread across 40 days, Grapevine holds an official trademark for being the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” And this year, along with the sparkle of millions of lights, enormous decorations, ...

DJI slashes SDK development kit price by up to 56%

DJI has announced a major revamp to its developer ecosystem support policies. To make the development of third-party drone solutions on DJI’s platforms easier than ever before, the technology giant is reducing the cost of its SDK software and ...

Iris Automation’s collision avoidance system picked for Transport Canada trials

Iris Automation says its onboard Casia collision avoidance product for commercial drones has been selected for testing in Transport Canada’s Detect and Avoid trials next year. The Casia system developed and marketed by Reno-based Iris is of three chosen for Transport ...

Drone mapping Tahiti’s bursting-at-the-seams cemetery

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Korean Air, Hyundai lead new push towards UAM services

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Percepto launches new Air Mobile drone, upgrades autonomous inspection platform

Drone-in-a-box solutions provider Percepto, whose autonomous inspection platform AIM has been named as one of 100 Best Inventions of 2021 by Time magazine, has launched a new drone called Air Mobile. In addition, the Israel-based company has also updated ...

Drone inspection software makes it to Time’s Best Inventions of 2021 list

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Instant drone reality capture platform now automates paperwork too

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AgEagle CEO on acquisition binge, US drone market, rebranding plans

In the seven months since Brandon Torres Declet was appointed as its chief executive officer, AgEagle Aerial Systems has been aggressively pursuing its goal to become a global billion-dollar drone company. For starters, AgEagle has completed three major acquisitions ...

Spanish researchers outfit drone with e-nose to battle stink

Living as he does near a wastewater treatment plant, Santiago Marco knows all about recurring odors fouling the surrounding air. So the researcher at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia developed an e-nose that, when paired with a drone, ...

Skyports, LAZ Parking to build air taxi vertiports across LA

Leading advanced air mobility (AAM) infrastructure design and construction company Skyports says it has struck a partnership with US group LAZ Parking to develop vertiports in the Los Angeles, a move they call necessary to facilitate the introduction of air taxi ...

Drones, thermal sensors provide precise UK grey seal census

Drones equipped with thermal sensors are being deployed in one of the UK’s largest-ever surveys of Atlantic grey seal pups as a less intrusive, faster, and cheaper alternative to manual counting. Those census operations are underway over the Farne ...

Virginia pilot pleads guilty to drone buzzing of Salem firefighters

Words (nearly) fail. A Salem, Virginia, man has pleaded guilty to repeatedly buzzing a group of firefighters with his drone, a craft he subsequently demanded police return after it crashed inside the station where the rattled responders had taken ...

DJI releases two new drones in China: Agras T40 and T20P

After a particularly hectic launch season with three back-to-back product releases, you may think DJI is done for 2021. But the technology giant has just unveiled two new drones in its home country of China: the DJI Agras T40 ...

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