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Was That Legal? The Newton Case, the Viral Train Video, and What We’re All So Worried About

Last week was, to say the least, very interesting here in the drone world.

On the one hand, the Newton case was a decisive win for the drone industry. In brief, last week a court in Newton, MA struck down several drone ordinances for being in direct conflict with existing FAA regulations.

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This is great news, because it sets a legal precedent: local ordinances that stand in contradiction to FAA rules will probably not survive in the long run.

On the other hand, last week we saw a video of an amazing but reckless FPV drone flight go viral, in which the pilot skims the top of a cargo train, weaves in and out of trusses in a bridge, goes under the train, and then ducks into an open cargo compartment before landing.

https://youtu.be/nQDcDZ6rmGE

The video prompted chiding from many in the drone industry (including us), but also led to some questions from our community. Yes, the flight was reckless, and also bad for PR—if we were politicians, we might say that the optics here are terrible—but was it legal?

The short answer is, unsurprisingly, no: the flying we see in the viral train video is not legal.

Responding to a request for comment regarding the flying in the video, the FAA said:

…all pilots shall avoid flying directly over unprotected people, vessels, vehicles or structures and shall avoid endangerment of life and property of others.

– Les Dorr, FAA Representative

However, this response was made with the assumption that the pilot in the video was a hobbyist, and would therefore be subject to local community safety standards like those laid out in the Academy of Model Aeronautics (the original source for the quote above).

Either way, the recklessness exhibited in the video would seem to be in direct violation of FAA guidelines for drone pilots, which state: “Flying a drone in a reckless manner is a violation of Federal law and FAA regulations.”

And there is also the issue of where the pilot took off from and landed, since Union Pacific has a policy against unauthorized drone flights taking off from or landing on their land.

But the legality is, in some ways besides the point. The main reason many of us in the drone industry were shaking our heads about the video is that it makes us as a community look bad.

We’ve worked hard to legitimize drones, and that work has been uphill. A few weeks back FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at InterDrone that Hurricane Harvey was a watershed moment for the drone industry, because drones were on the national stage for helping people, instead of for privacy or other negative concerns.

So right now, when we’re really starting to get some traction on the “drones for good” side, we’re all a little sensitive to moments like this, that could make public perception backslide into a morass of privacy and accountability concerns.

(But hey, the guy sure can fly.)

PR and Local Laws

The majority of local laws that have cropped up concerning drones, such as the ordinances just struck down in Netwon, have primarily addressed the negative ideas people have about drones and privacy.

These concerns have prompted cities and states to create blanket prohibitions against flying without explicit permission, either from the people whose property you might fly over or even near, or from the city.

As an example, here is one part of the Newton law that was deemed in conflict with existing FAA regulations:

Subsection (c)(1)(a) prohibits pilotless aircraft flight below an altitude of 400 feet over any private property without the express permission of the property owner.

Of course, since the FAA prohibits flying above 400 feet without a Part 107 waiver, this means you basically can’t fly at all in much of the city.

And there’s a reason the privacy theme has stuck around—it makes for a great story.

Dianne Feinstein, who proposed the Drone Federalism Act a little while back, has a juicy personal story about drones and privacy that she wheels out every time she talks about drones. According to Feinstein there was a protest outside her home, and when she opened the curtains to view the protest, a drone was flying right at her window, spying on her.

It’s a great story for her cause because it plays to the privacy fears so many people have about drones. But it also seems highly unlikely that the drone she saw was actually spying on her. What seems much more likely is that the drone was facing the other direction, filming the protest, and her preconceived ideas about drones and privacy made her slam her curtains shut, assuming someone was trying to film her.

So even though the behavior in the viral train video has nothing to do with privacy, the recklessness makes us wince. People are just starting to notice that drones are great, useful, and needed, and that most drone pilots are conscientious and do things by the book—we don’t need to give them reasons to think otherwise.

Why Local Laws Concern Us, and Why Newton Is Just the Beginning

Local laws are a reaction to concerns that the FAA’s Part 107 rules just don’t do enough for the private citizen when it comes to protecting him or her from drones.

On the local law side, the thinking goes: The FAA does not go nearly deep enough to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens, so let’s take things into our own hands.

This is, in fact, exactly what Feinstein’s proposed legislation would do—remove federal jurisdiction for the national airspace, and place it in the hands of states to do with as they choose.

In actuality, this would be a mess. Imagine a patchwork of regulations and local regulatory boards for drones—when you fly in one city, you pay x, when you fly in another, you pay y, and you have to be aware of the laws in each city, or county, or state, or face the consequences.

That is a world where the nascent drone industry will never get off the ground. It’s also a world where those who want to follow the law basically cannot do so, because the cost and complications are so great you’d need a legal advisor—or a team of them—for even the simplest mission.

The problem is that we are actually already living in that world, to some extent.

Back in April a study conducted by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone found that flying a drone in full compliance with FAA regulations could still get you fined or even arrested for breaking local laws.

And we’ve seen this in action. Orlando passed a law at the start of 2017 that required, in part, for drone pilots to pay for a permit to fly in city limits (or, more specifically, to take off and land within city limits). That permitting fee seems similar to a part of Newton’s law that was struck down, which required drone pilots to register their drones.

North Carolina is another example—according to Dronethusiast “there are almost no areas where it’s either legal or accepted to fly a drone in [North Carolina], other than Crystal Coast.”

The list goes on and on. Does it matter that many—maybe most—of these laws are in conflict with FAA regulations and authority?

Of course it does. But until these laws are questioned in court and a decision is made, they are the law of the land. According to the Bard study, these local laws cover 133 localities in 31 states, in an area containing 30 million people. For those people, these laws are very real.

So yes, we worry about public perception, and making sure that more drone laws like these aren’t promulgated throughout the U.S. Although we might legally be in the right to look to the FAA for guidelines, and not local authorities—and it’s fantastic that the Newton case has affirmed this—we still have a long way to go before drones are generally accepted, and generally viewed as a useful tool instead of a nuisance.

And buzzing under trains just isn’t going to get us there.

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Skylogic Research Report Released, Includes Results from 2,600 Respondents Across 60 Industries

A little while back we wrote about a survey that Skylogic was circulating throughout the drone community, in an effort to collect comprehensive data on what the drone industry currently looks like.

The end result of the survey is a paid report that was just today released.

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Purchase a full copy of the report here.

Note: If you participated in the survey, you should be getting a copy of the report for free.

The survey Skylogic circulated to create this report asked questions about what people’s drone work looks like, what sectors they are working in, how big their companies are, and how much they make a year, in an effort to get a sense for who is making money where when it comes to drones, and what the drone industry actually looks like right now.

Although we know that the drone industry is growing—as indicated by the expansion and profits of many drone companies, by the growing number of FAA certified pilots, and by the increasing size of drone-focused conferences like InterDrone and AUVSI XPONENTIAL—we still don’t know a whole lot about what that growth looks like, who’s making money and who’s not, and where we’re actually seeing business take off or stagnate.

Skylogic’s 2017 Drone Market Sector Report will fill in a lot of these gaps, and that’s why we are elated about its release.

As noted above, the report examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users, and software services. The research is the result of a three-month project sponsored in part by Airware and DroneDeploy.

The report provides the first comprehensive view of:

  • Critical industry drivers
  • Vendor and service provider market share
  • Business adoption trends and issues
  • Market size for all drone makers, with growth projections by segment

Three Big Insights from the Report

1. The U.S. market is flooded with service providers and remote pilots, with very few making enough money to sustain a full-time venture. The data shows that 85% of service providers make less than $50,000 per year, and 79% perform only one to five operations per month.

2. More consumer drones are being used for commercial work than ever before. Survey data shows that more than two-thirds (68%) of all drones are purchased for professional purposes—either governmental or business.

3. DJI dominates the industry, with a 72% global market share for drone purchases across all price points. In North America (U.S. and Canada), it’s 62%.

Our analysis yields 10 key insights that summarize the current state of the industry, plus views of the overall market growth and drone use by vertical.

– Colin Snow, CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research

Skylogic’s full 88-page report is comprehensive, featuring more than 40 helpful figures and tables, and offering insight and analysis on:

  • Who’s buying what types of drones, from which makers, at what prices, and for what uses.
  • The size and nature of drone-based service providers, how they position themselves, and what markets they’re targeting.
  • Who the business users for drone-based projects are, and which industries have traction.
  • How service providers and businesses use software for drone-based projects—for flight management, mission planning, and image processing.

Learn more about the report and how to get a copy.

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The Wonder Woman Light Show, and the Vast Creative Potential of Light Show Drones: An Interview with Anil Nanduri, Head of Intel’s Drone Group

Anil Nanduri is Vice President in the New Technology Group and General Manager of the Drone Group at Intel. He’s also one of the most intelligent, and nicest, people we’ve had the pleasure to of speaking with.

Just after InterDrone we sat down to pick Anil’s brain about his work at Intel, where things are headed with their Shooting Star light show drones, and Intel’s vision for A.I. and autonomous surveying.

Our conversation lasted so long that we decided to break the interview into two parts. Part 1, published here, covers Intel’s Drone Group in general and the Shooting Star light show drones, and Part 2 will dive into what Intel is doing with A.I. and the commercial sector, including details about the Falcon 8+ and autonomous surveys.

Just a few days ago Intel’s Shooting Star drones made big headlines for a light show celebrating the Blu-ray release of Wonder Woman—check out the video below to get a quick recap:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUZv2T7zMBo

Begin Interview:

UAV Coach: Describe what Intel does in one short sentence.

Anil Nanduri: If it’s smart and connected, Intel has a solution to drive it.

UAV Coach: You’re in charge of Intel’s UAV segment. Can you tell us what that means on a daily basis?

Anil Nanduri: The work we do is to lay out the strategy for the drone group—the roadmap, the business goals, all of it.

In addition, we also make sure we’re working with our customers and expanding the usage of drones in the ecosystem, and expanding different kinds of use cases, including where and how drone light shows are performed.

So our work encompasses all aspects of drones at Intel—commercial, light shows, as well as some ecosystem-enabling that we do with the Intel Aero platform for developers.

UAV Coach: From Coachella, to Lady Gaga, to Disneyland, Intel’s Shooting Star drones have been a huge hit this year. What do you see coming next for the Shooting Star drones?

Anil Nanduri: One thing to mention is that last night we flew at the Wonder Woman Blu-ray launch party at Dodger Stadium in L.A.

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Big picture, the light show drones still have a lot of potential for growth. This project started with a hallway discussion, and it was really just about making something that had never been done before into a reality.

Usually we talk about drones and think, “Hey, we need to do a huge a construction survey. Here’s how surveying was done before, and here’s how drones can make it cheaper and safer.” So it’s like cheaper, safer, faster, right? It’s about making an operational improvement to see how much more data you can get in a shorter period of time, with a lower cost, and the way forward there is very clear.

But with the Shooting Star drones it’s more like, “Here’s a new technology—something that’s never been done before.” So what can we do with it? How can we redefine entertainment in the sky?

So when you start thinking about storytelling with the sky as your canvas—essentially seeing the sky as one huge screen for light shows—things get really exciting. We can create messages, we can create logos. What else can we do?

UAV Coach: Can you explain how piloting the swarm of light show drones actually works, so that one or two pilots on the ground can control 500 or more drones?

Anil Nanduri: The two key aspects that make the light show drones work are creativity and logistics.

On the creative side, you have people using animation tools and thinking about what the show should look like to make it spectacular and beautiful.

On the logistical side, you have people thinking about how to actually get all these drones flying in formation and working as a single unit. This is about GPS and the language of positioning and speed, and everything that’s required so that the drones are always in sync with one another.

You have to be able to blend these two aspects for the light show to work.

We do this blending in software. You can literally do the complete animation and the simulation of the drone flight in software, end to end. Once you’ve simulated it, you can program the drones and charge them all at the system level. Technically, you cannot fly 300 or 500 drones by programming them one by one—it has to be designed and executed at a system level.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF2yPwmQ1Q0

Intel’s Light Show at Coachella This Year

So as a user, there’s two steps to the process of creating a light show with these drones.

There’s the creative side, which depends on what kind of storytelling you want to do, and requires a creative process, which is no different from the work required to do animation. Depending on the complexity of the story and animation, the creative thinking affects the variability of it and what specifically you need the drones to do to tell your story.

We have our own creative engineers who help with that process, and who work with our customers to execute their vision.

What’s starting to evolve over the last year and a half since we’ve been doing this is that the creative people are now able to visualize and think, “Okay, now let’s show the audience that the sky is three dimensional. Which means we have a volumetric display, not a two dimensional display. Which is very exciting.”

When the artists understand what the technology allows them to do, their creative energy comes out. And you can see the maturity of this process in the Wonder Woman show we just put on.

And as we go forward you’re going to see the evolution of storytelling with these light shows, with people looking at how they mix art and lighting. You’re going to see many, many different variations.

So, that’s the first step.

The second step is about scale. Our whole system is designed for scale and size, because our goal is to bring these light shows to everyone.

One aspect of scaling is operational. We’re maturing the technology, and we’ll be working with partners who can help us operationalize everything. We believe that every small town should be able to experience its own light show. That’s our vision.

This means the operators have to be proficient. Even if the pilot is primarily just pressing a button on the computer, a real, deep knowledge of drones is incredibly critical for the pilot to make sure he’s equipped to manage any situation that might arise—conditions may change, GPS conditions may be different. Intricate knowledge of aviation is critical, even though the operational side of it is as simple as letting the computer manage it.

UAV Coach: That’s an exciting future that you’re describing, where drone light shows won’t be just in huge venues, but will be available in smaller towns and other locations. So how do we get there?

Anil Nanduri: That’s the question, right? And it’s going to be a journey.

Of course, there’s always a cost with new technology to render specific or broader options. But you know, that’s the future we are striving for and that’s the vision we have.

Is it feasible? Yes! It’s definitely feasible—it’s just a question of doing the work.

UAV Coach: Ehang claims to have beaten Intel for the Guinness World Record for “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously” with 1,000 drones back in February. Are you hungry to take that record back? Is that on your radar or is that not really a priority right now?

Anil Nanduri: I don’t think Ehang actually has an official Guinness World Record, although I know there was press around their flight with 1,000 drones last spring.

But either way, there’s two ways to look at it. If we wanted to fly 1,000 drones, we could do that right now in three days, including test runs, and operationalize the whole thing seamlessly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-vxo_yMQwk

Intel’s Shooting Star Drones Break the Guinness World Record in 2016

The way we generally operate for one of these light shows is that on the first day we do setup, and we’re actually ready to fly the first night. But just to make sure everything works, we usually do a full dress rehearsal the second night, and then have the actual show on the third night.

So we have the technology now that allows the Shooting Star shows to be a scalable solution. If we wanted to add more drones we certainly could, but our main concern is about what will make for the best show, and the best visual experience.

If you look at it from a show perspective, creating the best show depends on questions like, Where is the audience? How close is the audience to the drones? And what else is nearby? In many scenarios, 100 drones will give you a better visual experience—and make for better storytelling—than 300.

But sometimes you need 300 because of the distance—these are the kinds of things I like to think of first, before considering just the sheer number of drones we’re putting into the sky.

Records don’t mean much to me if I’m not able to get the worldwide audience to be able to experience it.

Note: According to the Guinness World Records website, Intel does still hold the world record for “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously.” We have an inquiry out to Guinness to provide clarity about Ehang’s claim to the record, and will report further as more information comes in.

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And the Winners Are…Announcing the Winners of InterDrone’s 2017 Film Festival

And the winners are . . .

There were some incredible videos entered in this year’s InterDrone Film Festival.

As the conference has grown, so has the competition, giving us one more reason to be glad about attending last week.

Here are the winners of InterDrone’s 2017 Film Festival. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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Natural Wonders

PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReS1y66syd0

“The Philippines by Drone”
Greg Leighton
UK


Humanitarian

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9j7qDYimFw

“The Aftermath – Hurricane Matthew”
Nelson Aerial Productions
USA


Cityscapes/Architecture

https://vimeo.com/222848160

“A New Day in San Francisco”
Mark Tammy
USA


Action/Extreme Sports

https://vimeo.com/175405580

“Poseidon”
Air Reel Productions
USA


Industrial/Commercial

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYf5I1_DKq0

“Beauty & Bounty”
Doug Armknecht
USA


Reel

https://vimeo.com/200228212

“Athenium Films Showreel”
Athenium Films
FRA


Note: The winning video in the Real Estate / Resort category was unavailable for sharing. The winner was “Acqualina Hotel and Spa, Miami FL” by Jeff Fidelin.

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Drone Deliveries in Iceland, Space Travel, and UFOs: An Interview with Flytrex CEO Yariv Bash

While companies like Flirtey and Amazon Prime Air have made a lot of noise about drone deliveries over the last few years, Flytrex has been working quietly away.

All of that work came to fruition a few weeks ago, when Flytrex launched the first ongoing drone delivery operation in Reykjavík, Iceland (as opposed to single, isolated deliveries, which is what we’ve otherwise seen from the companies mentioned above).

The Iceland delivery program was launched in partnership with Icelandic on-demand goods service AHA (think Amazon in Iceland). Which means that right now in Reykjavík you can order pizza, beer, or a hamburger and have it delivered to you via drone. For real.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixP6zOLu3Gs

We sat down with Flytrex CEO Yariv Bash to learn more about Flytrex’s drone delivery program in Iceland, his work in space travel through SpaceIL, and his thoughts on where the drone industry is headed.

Begin Interview:

UAV Coach: Tell us what Flytrex does is one short sentence.

Yariv Bash: Flytrex is a drone-delivery solution company that provides an end-to-end solution for your drone delivery needs.

UAV Coach: Can you tell us about the delivery services Flytrex recently launched in Iceland?

Yariv Bash: Flytrex partnered with AHA, which is the largest e-commerce website in Iceland, and we’ve started delivering goods and food deliveries on a daily basis across Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

We currently have 20 deliveries per day, and we plan on expanding that in the near future. The thing to emphasize is that the drone delivery program in Iceland is a system that has been deployed and will continue to expand as we receive permission to fly in different routes and in different parts of the city. It’s not a one-off. This is a system that we will be working in, in the years to come. If you fly to Reykjavik right now and you’ll be able to use the system with all the ease of shopping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwmgAd2TTIY

UAV Coach: What do normal daily deliveries look like in Iceland right now?

Yariv Bash: We started shipping goods last week, and people are ordering everything from sushi and hamburgers to waffle makers, beer, and champagne. Our drone can deliver anything from 2 and a half to 3 kilograms (5.5-6 pounds). It’s primarily being used for food delivery from different restaurants, as well as regular consumer goods.

UAV Coach: What regulatory hurdles have you faced in kicking things off in Iceland?

Yariv Bash: We started working on this together with the Icelandic Transport Authority a few months ago. They had us go through a meticulous approval process, which was not a burden for us.

For us, a drone is a small airplane that has to go through the same rigorous testing and safety risk calculations and mitigations that any other heavy duty drone or airplane should go through.

When you approach a regulator with this kind of attitude and show that you speak their language, then they embrace you because they’d rather work with people who understand their concerns and needs.

UAV Coach: Do you have any other major drone delivery news on the way?

Yariv Bash: As a company, our strategy is first do and then tell.

That’s why we’ve waited to announce the news in Iceland until we were actually making day-to-day deliveries, and had a real, fully deployed system in place. We’ve actually finished training the first batch of local operators in Iceland, and from now on the system will be operated by AHA and their personnel.

But to answer your question, we have already started deploying systems in other places and I hope that in the weeks to come we can talk about our next project.

For now, I’ll just say that we’re talking about an open environment where we’ll be delivering what I’ll call financial products between different skyscrapers in a modern city. That’s all I can say for now, but stay tuned for more news on drone delivery expansion.

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UAV Coach: Flytrex originally started with the creation of a GPS tracking system that sends telemetry data to cell phones in real time. Can you fill us in on the evolution from that technology to creating drones that do deliveries and creating delivery networks?

Yariv Bash: We started Flytrex almost four years ago. From day one, we realized that the key application for drones is going to be delivery. But what we also realized was that the market was not there yet.

What we wanted was to evolve in the end to drone deliveries, so we started by providing a small unit that you can attach to every drone that transmits that data—the telemetry data—back to our servers, and from there to your cell phone.

Those servers are today the basis of our delivery service. We started with a one-way system that attaches to third-party drones and we ended up with having the same system now also controlling our drones.

UAV Coach: You’ve recorded a ton of data about flights done with Flytrex drones. What has that data revealed, if anything?

Yariv Bash: We’ve got more than 100,000 flights logged in our system—we control and receive data from drones in real time in more than 70 countries.

One of the things we’ve noticed is that the half-life for a consumer drone is roughly six months or so. It seems like most people buy a drone, play with it for a few months, and then forget about it.

Another thing that we’ve noticed is that prohibited flights seem to be on the decline in the U.S. Especially within the last year it seems like a lot more people are flying according to what the FAA’s Part 107 regulations allow, and we attribute this primarily to education and improvements in clarity on the regulatory side, so we’re seeing less flights beyond the line of sight, or at excessively high altitudes.

I’d say that 99% of people want to fly their drones for fun and they want to keep everyone else safe. They just follow the rules and stay within the guidelines.

UAV Coach: Tell us your drone industry story. How did you first get involved in working in the drone industry?

Yariv Bash: I’ve always loved things that fly, from having my small RC airplane when I was little to building a spacecraft at SpaceIL.

Back when I started SpaceIL my flatmate was Amit, who is today my partner at Flytrex. As I was phasing out of the day-to-day management of SpaceIL, Amit started working with drones and he asked if I wanted to join in and see what we could do together.

Once we started investigating the market, we quickly realized that there was a huge potential there, and we ended up starting Flytrex as a commercial company.

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UAV Coach: Tell us about your work with SpaceIL and what you’ve done for Google’s Lunar X prize.

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Yariv Bash: We started SpaceIL back in the beginning of 2011. It’s an educational nonprofit in Israel. The mission of SpaceIL is to land an Israeli spacecraft on the moon by the end of next year.

We’ve realized that such a mission could have a huge societal impact on the entire nation of Israel. Back in the ’60s during the first space race, kids turned on their TV sets and saw astronauts and scientists and engineers. It inspired numerous amounts of kids to want to go into space back then, and to become scientists and engineers, and this was a great side effect of the American space program.

In Israel, that’s our main goal with SpaceIL. We have met with more than 250,000 kids all over Israel, and we’re working on a nationwide program together with the Ministry of Education.

We don’t have to turn every kid into a scientist or an engineer, but while I’m visiting classrooms, if I can just help one kid from each classroom see that science and technology is cool, I’ve done something amazing for Israel. That would be much more bigger than just sending an unmanned spacecraft to the moon.

There aren’t too many idols today for kids when it comes to STEM, scientific technology, engineering, or math education. But once they start seeing engineers and scientists on prime time, it could change everything.

UAV Coach: How far along are you with SpaceIL? What do daily operations look like?

Yariv Bash: Roughly three years ago, we brought in a professional CEO with 40 years of experience in the aerospace and high-tech industry to manage the day-to-day operations of SpaceIL. Today we’ve got more than 40 employees working on a daily basis and building the spacecraft.

We’ve just received the structure, and a few weeks ago we got through installation of the secondary thrusters, the navigation thrusters. Now we’re starting the main propulsion system.

Simultaneously, we’re testing all the thruster components and the radio transceivers and working on the entire command and control part, the ground control station of the spacecraft, which will enable us to control the spacecraft once it goes into orbit next year.

UAV Coach: What are your predictions for the future of the drone industry?

Yariv Bash: When we look at the drone industry today, I think you actually see two different industries. There’s the flying selfie stick camera drone. These are your DJIs—the Phantoms, the Mavics. I think over on that side of the industry we’re getting close to or have already passed the high point.

But when it comes to industrial grade drones—the inspection drones, the delivery drones—we’re just getting started. There’s a huge market potential that’s currently untapped, mostly because of regulations, but also because of some remaining technological barriers that have to be overcome.

I think that in the next two to three years we’re going to see a huge boom when it comes to industrial drones. I think that the economy and the entire industry is going to push the FAA into releasing new drone regulations, and it’s going to happen even faster than what we think is possible.

I’m just waiting for disruption to come in on-demand delivery service. Once the industry starts pressing—and we’re already seeing this with Amazon—pressing and pushing and educating the market on what drone deliveries can do, that pressure will start building up, and we’re going to see results. We’re going to see the regulatory framework change even faster than what we imagined possible.

UAV Coach: We just have one last question. With so many cameras in the sky, do you think we’ll start getting proof of the existence of UFOs?

Yarive Bash: I don’t. Today you’ve got, I don’t know, maybe 1,000 times more cameras than people had 20 years ago. But the number of UFO sightings hasn’t gone up. Maybe it’s even gone down. If there were UFOs out there, you think you’d be capturing the UFO from multiple angles. So it looks like there probably aren’t any UFOs out there, or we’d have more and better pictures of them with all these flying cameras around, wouldn’t we?

And as time passes, I think this is only going to be more so the case, that we have all these flying cameras and no further proof of UFOs.

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