Latest stories

The Gatwick drone is our version of the monster of Loch Ness

The Gatwick drone is our version of the 'monster of Loch Ness'

Yesterday, a lengthy and very well researched article was posted by The Guardian about the mystery of the Gatwick drone. If you have been curious to learn all the details, I would recommend you read it. If however, you’re short on time, the conclusion basically is that the Gatwick drone is our version of the ‘monster of Loch Ness.’ Seen by many, but no evidence to be found.

(more…)

The Drone Service Providers Alliance officially launches today

The Drone Service Providers Alliance officially launches today

Something that keeps coming back in many conversations I have had with commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operators in the drone industry is the fact that they do not have a unified voice to talk to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for instance. Well, Kenji Sugahara and Vic Moss, two industry professionals have launched the Drone Service Providers Alliance in an effort to change this. Click here to join today. Basic membership starts at $20 per month.

(more…)

Dutch researcher wants to give drones “physical self-awareness”

Dutch researcher wants to give drones "physical self-awareness"

Over the next few years, TU Delft researcher Coen de Visser will be working on a system that should give autonomous robots and drones a certain degree of “physical self-awareness.” The idea is that robots gain insight into their physical limitations, even in the event of a malfunction. This should result in autonomously operating robots and drones being able to rescue themselves from an emergency situation independently in the future.

(more…)

Thermal drone: $3,500. 500 lives saved by drones: Priceless!

Thermal drone: $3,500. 500th life saved by a drone: Priceless!

DJI started counting and tracking the number of people whose lives have been saved with the help of drones some time ago. As of October 11th, DJI concludes that at least 500 people have been rescued by drones worldwide. This new milestone underscores the importance of drones to our societies and showcases why every team of first responders should have a thermal drone at their disposal. Cost of a basic thermal drone: $3,500. 500 lives saved by drones: Priceless!

(more…)

Drones needed to study thousands of prehistoric paintings in Amazon forest

Drones needed to study thousands of prehistoric paintings in Amazon forest

In a remote part of the Amazon Rain forest in Colombia, thousands of prehistoric paintings of animals and humans have been found. The discovery is hailed as the “the Sistine Chapel of the ancients”, and is one of the world’s largest collections of ancient rock art. The paintings were created up to 12,500 years ago and some of them are so high up the cliff faces that drones will be needed to study them.

(more…)

Robot dog Spot will collaborate with Percepto inspection drone

Robot dog Spot will collaborate with Percepto inspection drone

The autonomous inspection drone developed by the Israeli company Percepto will soon be joined by a robotized four-legged friend on the ground. To this end, the company has raised a substantial investment and has entered into a partnership with Boston Dynamics, the developer of robot dog Spot. The goal is that drone and robot dog can go on reconnaissance missions together.

(more…)