The drone delivery arm of Google now has an app for air traffic control, and you can download it

The drone delivery arm of Google now has an app for air traffic control, and you can download it

There’s a new drone app ready for you to download on your phone — and it’s made by Google. Wing, which is primarily viewed as the drone delivery arm of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), this week released its OpenSky app for Apple iOS and Android devices. But the company is also working in drone traffic management, and one of their first, public-facing steps is a consumer-facing app called OpenSky. The OpenSky app is designed for anyone (hobbyist or commercial operator) who flies drones in Australia to help them manage their flights. Here’s how it works: 1. A drone flyer enters their flight location in the app, as well as what type of drone operator you are: either recreational, commercial (flying drones commercially less than 2kg) or ReOC (flying drones commercially with an operator certificate issued by CASA). 2. The app spits out a checklist of factors including airspace restrictions, known hazardous situations, and proximity to airports and heliports. 3. From there, drone operators can receive alerts related to emergency response situations, nearby sporting events, or other situations that may impact available airspace. The app itself is pretty basic, but Project Wing added that the app would be “the first in what will be a range of OpenSky products.” Project Wing worked closely with the Australian government to design the app, which is approved by the Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). In fact, Wing is currently developing another set of tools for CASA to communicate with drone flyers. Aside from airspace

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Drone Rescue System meets ASTM standards and important FAA criteria

In June 2019, Drone Rescue Systems GmbH tested the parachute safety solution DRS-M600 according to the specifications of the ASTM F3322-18 standard. Drone Rescue’s DRS-M600 system was developed for DJI M600 and DJI M600pro and is sold worldwide by the Austrian company. The successful completion of the ASTM standard test makes it possible for the Federal Aviation […] In June 2019, Drone Rescue Systems GmbH tested the parachute safety solution DRS-M600 according to the specifications of the ASTM F3322-18 standard. Drone Rescue’s DRS-M600 system was developed for DJI M600 and DJI M600pro and is sold worldwide by the Austrian company. The successful completion of the ASTM standard test makes it possible for the Federal Aviation […] Read More

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Japan’s Terra Drone gains footing in Central Asia with investment in leading Kazakh drone company KazUAV

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – July 18, 2019 – Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, one of the leading industrial drone solution providers in the world, is announcing the continuation of its global expansion with investment in a leading UAV company in Kazakhstan, KazUAV. With this investment, KazUAV joins Terra Drone’s network of over 25 group companies and technology partners that are […] Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – July 18, 2019 – Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, one of the leading industrial drone solution providers in the world, is announcing the continuation of its global expansion with investment in a leading UAV company in Kazakhstan, KazUAV. With this investment, KazUAV joins Terra Drone’s network of over 25 group companies and technology partners that are […] Read More

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10 Ways Drones Are Helping the Construction Industry

Guest post by Emily Folk When a new construction project begins, there are many moving parts that need to be monitored. Crews, teams and partners all have to be on the same page while the project is being built, which can get messy as things progress. To minimize the confusion and miscommunication, drones have been […] Guest post by Emily Folk When a new construction project begins, there are many moving parts that need to be monitored. Crews, teams and partners all have to be on the same page while the project is being built, which can get messy as things progress. To minimize the confusion and miscommunication, drones have been […] Read More

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Fli Drone and Volans-i Complete First Long-Range Drone Delivery Flight in The Bahamas

Fli Drone and Volans-i Complete First Long-Range Drone Delivery Flight in The Bahamas

The Bahamas tops the list of places to take your drone on vacation, but drones are playing a bigger role across the family of islands than just the hobbyist’s toy. On June 18, 2019, aerial delivery service providers Fli Drone and Volans-i completed the first long-range drone delivery in The Bahamas. Fli Drone is a subsidiary of Bahamian company Hogfish Ventures, founded to bring UAS technology to The Bahamas. In addition to providing drone delivery services through Fli Drone, Hogfish Ventures also runs Hogfish Labs, an R&D facility for UAS focused on beyond-visual-line-of-sight, and Project Hogfish, a Government procurement arm for emerging technologies. Fli Drone has partnered with Volans-i Inc., a San Francisco based company that manufactures long-range, high-payload drones, to provide on-demand drone delivery services in The Bahamas. “Logistics in an inter-island nation like The Bahamas is challenging. In order to move goods around, it involves cars, planes, and boats. Point-to-point delivery is nonexistent from a logistics perspective, so UAS is bridging that gap,” Andrew Frisch, Hogfish Ventures CTO & Co-Founder, told us in our recent interview with the company founders. Robert Sweeting, Hogfish Ventures CEO & Co-Founder, grew up in The Bahamas and experienced these logistical challenges first hand. “Getting items like perishables, medicines, or critical items was really a tedious process. It can take weeks in some of the more remote areas,” he said. In a recent demonstration, Fli Drone and Volans-i proved that drones can streamline the process of delivering goods to any island with minimal

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