Australian company nabs first drone delivery approval

Australian company nabs first drone delivery approval

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing self-flying delivery drones in Australia for over a year. Project Wing (sometimes referred to as just Wing) has previously tested direct-to-consumer drone delivery at places like Virginia Tech in 2016, but this is the first time that the company has won government approval for relatively large-scale deliveries anywhere in the world. The deliveries will start with roughly 100 homes in the Canberra area. The drones are reportedly required to operate during daylight hours and aren’t allowed to cross major freeways yet. Project Wing did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment. “All those safety issues have been assessed so there are no risks to people on the ground, property, or aircraft in the sky,” a CASA spokesperson told the Guardian today. It’s not immediately clear what retailers will be delivering via Wing’s drones, but four companies that have been involved in the early trials include a drive-through coffee chain called Kickstart Espresso, a chain bakery called Bakers Delight, Mexican fast food chain Guzman Y Gomez, and Chemist Warehouse, a drugstore similar to Walgreens or CVS in the U.S. According to Wing’s website, the company’s Australian drone facility is in the suburb of Mitchell, and service will begin in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin “in the coming

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FlytBase and AirMap Join Hands to Power UTM Support for Drone Automation

FlytBase and AirMap have agreed to join forces to speed up the introduction of unmanned traffic management (UTM) technologies into enterprise drone automation solutions. Both companies believe that the future of drones requires close collaborations involving world-class technology and a commitment to safe, secure unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) operations in controlled airspace. The commercial drone industry is expected to rapidly mature from proof-of-concept projects and pilot programs to large scale, production deployments of autonomous drone fleets. This will be powered by intelligent automation across the drone technology stack and enabled by seamless integration of capabilities from trusted members of the drone ecosystem. Airspace intelligence and management is a critical enabler for scalable, safe, beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) enterprise drone programs. AirMap’s flexible, future-proof UTM engine will help power FlytBase offerings for a variety of use cases, including security/surveillance, transportation, public safety, and asset inspection. FlytBase seeks to integrate AirMap’s capabilities into its enterprise solutions, so that sense-and-avoid capabilities can be augmented with airspace, weather information for optimal path planning, while avoiding no-fly zones and manned aircraft. Thus, software-driven automation can enable reliable, repeatable drone missions that create value for all stakeholders. Interfacing AirMap’s UTM service modules with the modular FlytBase platform (with its IoT architecture, intelligent plugins and workflow integration) will result in market-ready, end to end offerings for customers worldwide. By leveraging AirMap’s rich set of application programming interfaces (APIs), FlytBase will support its global customer base in ensuring that their enterprise drone operations put the safety of the public, and of manned

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Orbit Communication Systems MPT 87 Airborne Terminal

Orbit Communication Systems MPT 87 Airborne Terminal

Orbit Communication Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI), a leading global provider of tracking airborne and maritime terminals and compact ground stations, announced today at the Satellite 2019 Conference and Exhibition its new MPT 87 Airborne Terminal. This advanced, MIL-STD qualified terminal initially features a high gain 87cm (34”) hybrid Ku-band antenna, with a Ka-band configuration in […] Orbit Communication Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI), a leading global provider of tracking airborne and maritime terminals and compact ground stations, announced today at the Satellite 2019 Conference and Exhibition its new MPT 87 Airborne Terminal. This advanced, MIL-STD qualified terminal initially features a high gain 87cm (34”) hybrid Ku-band antenna, with a Ka-band configuration in […] Read More

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FAA – Mandatory Briefing Item: Pro-Duty Brief – Operational Personnel Sec 349 sUAS Implementation, due May 16, 2019

FAA – Mandatory Briefing Item: Pro-Duty Brief – Operational Personnel Sec 349 sUAS Implementation, due May 16, 2019

A memo dated the 10th of May and for release on the 16th has started doing the rounds on social media. It looks like private flying of model aircraft in the USA, within controlled airspace is about to be handcuffed slightly. This opens the doors for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) companies to make themselves kings […] A memo dated the 10th of May and for release on the 16th has started doing the rounds on social media. It looks like private flying of model aircraft in the USA, within controlled airspace is about to be handcuffed slightly. This opens the doors for UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) companies to make themselves kings […] Read More

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The drone industry has opened the doors to a variety of business opportunities. Whilst most drone lovers gravitate towards the more obvious business models- such as drone videography and photography services, there is a huge demand for specialized pilots. These positions require a good level of piloting skills, industry specific knowledge, and often times a […] The drone industry has opened the doors to a variety of business opportunities. Whilst most drone lovers gravitate towards the more obvious business models- such as drone videography and photography services, there is a huge demand for specialized pilots. These positions require a good level of piloting skills, industry specific knowledge, and often times a […] Read More

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