Who would have thought, an off the shelf HAP. Plenty of use cases for these, I would love to see what has been achieved with this platform and for what cost. No idea of price, I have reached out to them.
The solar uav uses solar energy as the power source.
It has the characteristics of a super long voyage, which can leave the air for several months to years in the future. Moreover, it flies at a high altitude of more than 20,000 meters and has a broad mission area.
It can be widely used in civil-military integration, including major natural disaster early warning, normal maritime supervision, emergency rescue and relief, counter-terrorism and stability maintenance and other public welfare fields, as well as remote areas of Internet wireless access, mobile communications, digital television signal broadcasting and other commercial and industrial fields.
In April, Wing became the first drone operator to be certified as an air carrier by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). With its expanded Air Carrier certificate, Wing’s permissions are the first to allow multiple pilots to oversee multiple unmanned aircraft making commercial deliveries simultaneously to the general public. This paved the way for Wing to conduct the most advanced drone delivery trial in the US — delivering packages, over-the-counter medication, snacks and gifts to residents of Christiansburg, Virginia.
In partnership with FedEx Express, Walgreens, and Sugar Magnolia, a much-beloved local business, we’re improving access to health care products, creating new avenues of growth for local businesses, and exploring ways to enhance the efficiency of last-mile delivery service.
We also landed in Finland this year. We’re now delivering fresh salads, meatballs for two, and other meals and snacks to residents of Helsinki’s Vuosaari district. In Helsinki, we delivered to the common areas of multi-unit buildings for the first time, a significant early step as approximately two out of every three residents in European Union nations live in apartments or semi-detached houses.
Building tools to help all drone operators access the sky safely
Beyond the growth of our delivery services, 2019 saw the launch of our first OpenSky product in Australia. OpenSky is a family of software products that gives drone operators a greater understanding of, and access to, the sky around them.
In 2019, we, along with multiple industry partners, also successfully demonstrated the viability of the InterUSS Platform. InterUSS is a flexible, distributed system that allows multiple drone service suppliers (known in the industry as USSs) operating in the same general area to share safety information while still maintaining privacy. Wing is a big believer in open standards, and we support the development of safe and compliant drone operations. In September, the Linux Foundation agreed to host and support the growth and development of InterUSS as an industry-wide interoperability platform.
Finally, we were pleased to see further development on the remote identification front across the drone industry. In late 2019, Wing participated in two major Remote ID demonstrations in Switzerland and the US The demos, conducted with a range of industry partners and regulators, highlighted the benefits of remote ID based on the proposed ASTM standard is a significant step towards enabling safe, open, and secure airspace.
With nearly 1.5 million drones and 155,000 remote pilots registered with the FAA, the ability to provide identification and location is essential to keeping drones safely separated from other aircraft operating in our airspace.
We encourage drone enthusiasts, and anyone interested in aviation safety, to read our Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now in the Federal Register. In the next few days, a 60-day comment period will open to receive your feedback which can help us develop a final rule that enhances safety and security in our nation’s skies.
“Drones are the fastest growing segment of transportation in our nation and it is vitally important that they are safely integrated into the national airspace,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“As a pilot, my eye is always on safety first,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “Safety is a joint responsibility between government, pilots, the drone community, the general public and many others who make our nation so creative and innovative.”
Equipping drones with remote identification technologies would build on previous steps taken by the FAA and the UAS industry to safely integrate operations, including the small UAS rule, which covers drones weighing less than 55 pounds other than model aircraft, and the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which automates the application and approval process for drone operators to obtain airspace authorizations.
These efforts are the foundation for more complex operations, such as beyond visual line of sight at low altitudes, as we move toward a traffic management ecosystem for drone flights separate from, but complementary to, our air traffic management system.
The proposed Remote I.D. rule would apply to all drones that are required to register with the FAA (recreational drones weighing under 0.55 pounds are not required to register), as well as to people who operate foreign civil drone in the United States.
The best drone of this decade, I think there can only be one choice, 2013’s DJI Phantom. It was the airframe that fired the imagination of many folks and bought them into the business.
It’s genius in my opinion laid in a tidy design, curves not angles and no loose wires and bits.
Personally, I am more of a fixed-wing type and for me, the MakeFlyEasy Believer is an almost perfect platform for commercial mapping.
Offering the correct balance between endurance, payload and transport breakdown. You can basically do three or four times the distance of popular wings and fly with a better camera every flight.
Right, that’s those two things out of the way.
Obviously, I will keep an eye on DJI in the 2020s. But they are very much sat in a market of their own making.
Oh, another thing, or rather three.
There will be several big drone fails before 2030 arrives. All stuff currently touted as the next big wave by folks wanting to make some easy money.
Flying Cars, or Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and drone delivery to the home. Neither will make any financial sense.
Several UTMs will not make it out of 2022, most of them are BSware that rely on lobbying for bits and bobs that they want to monetize. They are burning through VC funding at an unsustainable rate that won’t survive much more of a delay to remote ID.
All of this UTM airspace lobbying is having very intended consequences. Amazon is busy removing the freedoms of model aircraft fliers worldwide to make sure they have a clear airspace run to failure.
I am not sure the hobby will ever see the freedoms put back once they have been removed.
Having said drone delivery will fail, three drone delivery airframes are the ones I am paying attention to.
They are operating in a niche that Amazon and Google don’t want to play.
Humanitarian and medical deliveries in hard to reach places.
Because of the where they operate they are having to create robust systems that are field repairable. All of these companies have machines working right now in the space, not renderings, not just glossy promises on a website, actually working.
So in alphabetical order to be fair and I really don’t have a favourite as they each bring unique skills.
A largely 3D printed separate lift thrust platform from a company created by ex Australian Air Force pilots and tech types. They bring knowledge of the military cargo system and a common-sense reality-based mindset.
I hope they won’t mind me saying it, it is a simple platform. Does what it says on the tin and exactly what you need in the bush. Much like the Hercules aircraft co-founder, Eric used to fly.
Flying for Unicef in Vanuatu and Gabi in the Congo they are answering a question they asked of themselves.
When we were asked whether we could transport chemotherapy medication in regional Australia, we answered yes; but then took the question a step further: how can we design a system to deliver essential medical supplies by air, safely, reliably, and cost-effectively, every day of the week?
When Luke Bannister set a Guinness VTOL speed record with a Wingcopter it caught the drone industries eye. Then Wingcopter revealed their medical drone delivery trial in Tanzania with DHL and GIZ. They flew to Ukerewe Island on Lake Victoria. During the trials, the Wingcopter completed the 60 km flight from the mainland to the island in 40 minutes on average. A total of 2,200 km were flown and roughly 2,000 flight minutes recorded.
In another trial, Wingcopters have delivered insulin to an Irish island.
Look closely at the machine and you will see the rotors tilt for the transition. I have been lucky enough to put my hands on a Wingcopter and it is made of quality parts. With a great attention to detail.
I have often said I was no big fan of the Zipline concept, but I was utterly wrong. Once I started thinking more about it, owning the takeoff and landing is a great idea. So good in fact that they now deliver 65% of Rwanda’s blood deliveries outside of Kigali and have recently rolled the service out in Ghana. On the books, India and announced by Bono recently, Indonesia.
Having started deliveries in 2016 Zipline are miles ahead of the crowd with real-world experience. To operate in the EU and USA, they will be able to show regulators years worth of safety data.
Kleos Space S.A (ASX:KSS, Frankfurt:KS1, Kleosor Company), a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, provides the following update sent to all shareholders of the Company who have provided the Company’s share register with email addresses.
Kleos has received confirmation, following the successful launch of PSLV 47 (27thNov) and PSLV 48 (11thDec), that the Kleos Scouting Mission will launch on PSLV 49 from Chennai, India.
We eagerly await the time when the launch date can be announced, and all final preparations put in place for this historic moment for the Company.
For old, new and emerging Space businesses, launch volatility remains a challenge. Launching assets is the key to generate revenue, it drives credibility in the marketplace and as a result leads valuation.
Our unique satellites will soon be launched and deployed into formation, observing the Earth and locating VHF transmissions to help in the coordination of the fight against illegal maritime activity, delivering data to a marketplace that is anxious to receive our insight.
Despite our frustration, we need to celebrate the significant achievements of 2019 that our small team has delivered including:
the development and building of the first cluster of 4x satellites in an impressive time
preparation for customer interaction with our data product
strong market traction – close to 100 data sales deals in the pipeline, including a number of pre-orders from Europe, South America and North America
participating in a US Air Force accelerator program
maritime safety collaborations including with Spire Global
route to market for US Government sales via GSA portal and channel agreement with L3Harris
I am honoured and privileged to publicly recognise and thank our faithful and loyal supporters, stakeholders – employees, advisors, shareholders, investors, bankers, and brokers who feel every bump in the road as keenly as we do.
2019 has seen Kleos Space transition into an international Company supported by leaders in their fields in Europe, South America and North America. To have attracted such talent speaks volumes about the opportunities in front of us.
Going into 2020; the overwhelming feeling across the Board and Management team is one of being poised on the edge of massive accelerated growth, our data is wanted, our technology works, investors are extremely enthusiastic. 2019 was about building traction, about creating the opportunity that has grown and grown, 2020 is delivery and expansion.
BROOKINGS – Engineering students at South Dakota State University are designing a drone large enough to carry a human for their capstone senior design project, with help from a nearly $80,000 grant from NASA.
“NASA wants to address specific topics, one of which is related to innovation in aeronautic transportation,” explained assistant mechanical engineering professor Marco Ciarcià, the senior design group’s project adviser. “The air transportation initiative aims to gather innovative ideas and to inspire young engineers. Our team is proposing an autonomous aerotaxi; another team might propose something completely different, like to develop a software for air traffic management, for example.”
The team will receive half of the funding, but then must raise at least $2,000 through crowdsourcing to receive the remainder of the grant monies. Those wishing to donate to the ATLAS project can do so at https://spsr.me/YzJv until Jan. 17, 2020. The acronym stands for Advanced Transportation through Leading-edge Aerial Systems.
“It’s a very big project,” said Isaac Smithee, a senior in mechanical engineering from Hutchinson, Minnesota. Initially, the seven-member team will design and build a small-scale drone they have named the Hummingbird using off-the-shelf components.
“First, we need to validate our preliminary design,” Smithee said. The team will then use that proof of concept to build a large-scale drone called the Albatross, capable of lifting 200 to 250 pounds. The drones are battery-powered.
During the first experiments, the students will operate the drone via remote control, but it will eventually be autonomous, Ciarcià said. “The passenger will set the destination, push go and it will fly by itself.”
Assistant professor Todd Letcher, who teaches the senior design class and also oversees the drone team, said, “This is such an incredible opportunity for these students. Never before have we had an $80,000 senior design project. This is a chance to work on something a lot of people care about and that NASA cares about and is willing to support at a high level.”
Mechanical engineering major Wade Olson of Omaha, Nebraska, has been flying remote control airplanes for two years. “This project stood out to me because I love aeronautics and flying stuff,” Olson said. “We are in safe hands with Wade (on the team),” Smithee added.
Other team members are mechanical engineering majors Ryan Twedt of Hendricks, Minnesota, and Nick Runge of Sioux Falls; Matthew Berg, a business economics and entrepreneurial studies major from Baldwin, Wisconsin; Anthony Bachmeier, a communication studies, entrepreneurial studies and agricultural business major from Aberdeen; and electrical engineering master’s student Sterling Berg of DeSmet.
Because the deadline for completing the NASA project is Nov. 2, 2020, the timeline worked well for the two-semester senior design course series, which concludes in next spring, Ciarcià explained. The team was notified the Wednesday before Thanksgiving about receiving the grant.
“We are still kind of in shock,” Smithee admitted. “Now we have to make it fly,” Ciarcià added.
Ground control station GCS hardware refers to the complete set of ground-based hardware systems used to control the UAV. This typically includes the Human-Machine Interface, computer, telemetry, video capture card and aerials for the control, video and data links to the UAV.
Smaller UAVs can be operated with a traditional “twin-stick” style transmitter,as used for radio-controlled model aircraft. Extending this setup with a laptop or tablet computer, data and video telemetry, and aerials, creates what is effectively a Ground Control Station.
A number of suppliers offer a combined system that consists of what looks like a modified transmitter combined with what is usually a touch screen. An internal computer running the GCS software sits behind the screen, along with the video and data links.
Larger GCS units are also available that typically fit inside flight cases. As with the smaller units, they feature an internal computer running the GCS software, along with video and data links. Large single or dual screens are also fitted that can be high-brightness or treated with an anti-glare coating to increase visibility in bright sunlight. They can either be placed on the ground, on a portable table or feature integrated folding legs. Some portable GCS units are in the HOTAS (Hands On Throttle And Stick) layout. This layout includes a 3-Axis Joystick to control yaw, pitch and roll of the UAV. A slide or t-bar fader can increase or decrease the airspeed of the UAV.
PABLO AIR successfully conducted a long-distance drone delivery from Seogwipo Port on Jeju Island to Cheonjin Port on Wudo Island on November 2, 2019, ushering in an era wherein delivery services can be received via drone anywhere.
The drone is considered an iconic concept of the 4th Industrial Revolution, and the competition to introduce drone in the business and gain a competitive edge in the commercial market is becoming fierce in the US, China, Europe, and elsewhere in the world. Previously, small-sized, low-priced drones were used mainly to obtain images and videos; now, however, expensive, medium-sized drones are conducting various missions including farming, surveillance, measuring, and delivery. Going forward, as large-sized, unmanned aerial vehicles become available and autonomous flight drones are used commercially as a personal transportation vehicle, drones are expected to play an increasingly important role in transportation and traffic.
PABLO AIR is an unmanned aerial hardware and software development company based in Korea. Founded on August 8, 2018, it has just celebrated its first anniversary, yet it became the first Korean company to conduct long-distance drone delivery successfully. With drone being the key component of its services, the company focuses on developing swarming flight platforms and solutions. Building on its unmanned aerial vehicle services, PABLO AIR is expanding its business scope to other fields such as entertainment and education. The company has the capability to compete with world-class companies at drone performance art shows. Due to the company’s swarm flight technology, they have the largest drone performance art show in Korea.
– PABLO AIR sets new drone delivery record in Korea
In a demonstration of a long-distance drone delivery conducted on November 2, 2019, PABLO AIR set the record for the longest time and distance drone delivery in Korea by flying a drone 57.514 km for 1 hour and 56 minutes.
Drone delivery was made possible by the UAVs Logistics Solution developed by PABLO AIR.
The hybrid drone can safely fly more than 57km.
The LTE-Sat heterogeneous communication system enables communicating with the drone anywhere on earth.
The Ground Control System enables a single person to control swarm drone.
The mobile application allows customers to track and monitor the delivery process in real time.
The video of drone delivery demonstration by PABLO AIR is available on its website (www.pabloair.com) or on YouTube (PABLO AIR Channel).
– Unlimited Possibility for Swarm Flight Technology
PABLO AIR was the first Korean company that successfully performed a drone art show with 100 drones using swarm flight technology at the 2019 Drone Regulatory Sandbox Fair on March 7. In addition, the swarm drone-operating software developed by PABLO AIR will soon become commercially available.
PABLO AIR is also working closely with the military, which is keenly interested in swarm flight technology. Recently, the Korean army has created a dronebot combat group that will conduct surveillance, reconnaissance, attack, and transportation of military supplies.
PABLO AIR said it will take advantage of its original swarm flight technology to develop unmanned aerial solutions that it can use in multiple fields including private and public sectors as well as the military to emerge as a global market leader
Dusty Robotics, developer of robot-powered automation for the construction industry, today announced that it has closed a $5 million seed round led by NextGen Venture Partners and joined by returning investors Baseline Ventures, Root Ventures, and Cantos Ventures. The financing brings Dusty’s total funding to date to $7.2 million.
Founded in 2018 by seasoned robotics entrepreneurs Tessa Lau and Philipp Herget, Dusty builds automation tools to accelerate the digital transformation of the commercial construction industry. While buildings are today designed and modeled in software, they are built by hundreds or thousands of skilled laborers. Because onsite coordination is complex, the majority of construction projects go over budget and take longer than expected. Dusty’s robots empower onsite crews to work more effectively together to deliver a faster, higher quality, and safer overall building process.
“The commercial construction industry is worth over a $10 trillion a year worldwide, yet it’s one of the least automated. Thankfully, forward-thinking builders are embracing the latest technology tools to move into the digital age,” said Tessa Lau, co-founder and CEO of Dusty. “Robotics is critical for construction because it creates a tight feedback loop between digital models and the job sites where work is done, eliminating manual steps and ensuring crews always build off the latest designs.”
“Dusty Robotics is a cutting-edge technology company disrupting the commercial construction market, bringing much-needed automation to one of the world’s largest industries,” said Ben Bayat, managing partner at NextGen Venture Partners. “We invested in Dusty because we’re confident the stellar team will succeed in bringing innovation to the construction sector, which is adopting new technologies at a rapid pace. Dusty’s founders are seasoned roboticists and entrepreneurs who have developed a deep understanding of the construction industry and are building the right automation solutions to address key pain points.”
Dusty’s first product, FieldPrinter, is an autonomous mobile robot that prints layout plans—used to show crews where to build walls and other fixtures—directly onto the floors of job sites, completing the process 10x faster and more accurately than traditional methods. Using layouts created in Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, FieldPrinter streamlines the process of transferring layout plans into the field and enables crews to work more quickly and accurately, reducing errors and speeding up projects. FieldPrinter is used by contractors and subcontractors, particularly virtual design and construction (VDC) companies that manage the BIM coordination process and perform layout based on the BIM. Dusty began developing FieldPrinter in late 2018 and has continually tested the robot with pilot customers on actual job sites, including several large construction projects. For example, M.A. Mortenson Company, a nationwide builder, developer, and engineering services provider, is trialing FieldPrinter on its $1.9 billion NFL Allegiant Stadium project in Las Vegas.
“We’re using the Dusty robot to perform layout on a nine-unit, four-story housing development in Oakland because it’s a tool that can help maintain consistency between the hours spent upfront with project modeling and the onsite layout visuals our field crews are used to,” said Scott MacLellan, principal at Gurnet Point Construction, a San Francisco-based general contracting company. “I’ve been waiting for a layout automation tool like Dusty to catch up with project modeling capabilities for over a decade; the robot performs a tedious and time-consuming task quickly and with great precision, enabling complex construction projects to stay on time and on budget.”
Dusty’s FieldPrinter solves a pressing problem: once a building has been designed in BIM software, communicating this design to the builders in the field involves sending printed documents to a field crew who then use measuring tools to manually mark layouts on the floor. The primary method for marking lines—a piece of string that is stretched between two points and snapped to draw a straight line—was invented by the Egyptians over 5,000 years ago and is still used today. FieldPrinter improves on trusted methods to provide crews with the most accurate layout plans. FieldPrinter prints all information from the BIM onto the floor, including layouts for each trade and details about wall types and door styles. What’s more, FieldPrinter creates continuous progress reports and communicates field status back to project teams in real-time so they can respond to any issues. FieldPrinter closes the loop between BIM and the field, enabling crews to build exactly what was designed.
Dusty plans a wide-scale commercial launch of FieldPrinter in early 2020 to bring layout automation to dozens of construction sites. Dusty plans to offer FieldPrinter as a robot-as-a-service model with pricing based on the size and scope of the building project.
About Dusty Robotics
Founded in 2018, Dusty Robotics develops robot-powered automation for the construction industry, enabling builders to increase productivity, efficiency, and onsite safety. Dusty’s advanced construction automation tools empower contractors and subcontractors to extend BIM models out into the field, eliminating many of the manual steps involved today in transferring building plans to onsite crews. Dusty’s flagship product is FieldPrinter, an autonomous mobile robot that works with existing Building Information Modeling (BIM) designs to print layout plans directly onto construction-site floors. Founded by serial entrepreneurs and roboticists who have built several successful robotics companies, Dusty is backed by leading venture capital firms NextGen Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Root Ventures, and Cantos Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.dustyrobotics.com.
About NextGen Ventures
Founded in 2012, NextGen Venture Partners works with over 1,100 venture partners to invest $1 million to $2 million in seed-stage companies and $2 million to $10 million in companies with more than $10 million in revenue. Our Venture Partners are top founders and innovation executives across the country whose expertise and connections help NextGen accelerate the growth of our portfolio companies. To learn more and see NextGen’s portfolio, visit https://nextgenvp.com/
FAA Rule For Remote Identification Intends To Bolster Safety, Security And Accountability
DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, is reviewing today’s proposed rule from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to remotely identify drones in American skies. The FAA proposal outlines its own approach to identify airborne drones, which is a major step toward integrating drones into everyday life for business, government, education, photography and fun.
The FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which will be made available at this link and in the official Federal Register, proposes to require substantially all civilian drones to include remote identification technologies. Similar to the function of a car license plate, a Remote ID mechanism would help authorities identify and monitor airborne drones and their pilots, and provide information for further investigation if necessary. DJI is carefully reviewing the FAA’s proposed rule and encourages all its customers and partners in the drone industry to do the same, in preparation for the submission of written comments to the FAA early next year.
“DJI has long advocated for a Remote Identification system that would provide safety, security and accountability for authorities,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. “As we review the FAA’s proposal, we will be guided by the principle, recognized by the FAA’s own Aviation Rulemaking Committee in 2017, that Remote Identification will not be successful if the burdens and costs to drone operators are not minimized.”
The widespread adoption of Remote Identification is expected to clear a path for routine use of drones in more complex and beneficial operations, such as flights over people, at night or beyond the pilot’s line of sight.
DJI first deployed its own Remote Identification system, AeroScope, more than two years ago to provide authorities with real-time information about drones and their pilots near airports, critical infrastructure, stadiums, large public gatherings and other critical locations. More information about how AeroScope protects public safety is available at this link.
DJI also recently demonstrated a direct drone-to-phone Remote Identification solution, which would broadcast identifying and tracking information from the drone directly to nearby mobile phones, using the collaborative standard developed by ASTM International.
DJI has consistently worked with industry and government stakeholders to advocate for the interests of drone operators in Remote Identification discussions. This link explains DJI’s perspective on these issues in more detail, as outlined in a 2017 FAA committee process that recommended how to move forward on Remote Identification. DJI will closely review the FAA’s proposed rule and expects to provide additional comments about it in coming weeks.