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Kawasaki Heavy Industries succeeded in flight test of unmanned compound helicopter "K-RACER"

Kawasaki Heavy Industries succeeded in flight test of unmanned compound helicopter "K-RACER" The technology was demonstrated by an unmanned tester aiming at high speed, which is technically limited in the conventional helicopter, and in this test, stable flight by autonomous control was confirmed. The K-RACER is a special type of testing machine called a compound helicopter that has a main rotor (4 m in diameter), main wings and propellers on both sides instead of a tail rotor. The left and right propellers can cancel the torque associated with the rotation of the main rotor and generate forward thrust. In forward flight, the main wing shares the lift to reduce the burden on the main rotor, and the concept is to enable high-speed flight that cannot be achieved with conventional helicopters. The power source is the supercharged engine of the company's motorcycle "Ninja H2R". Kawasaki Heavy Industries will utilize the results obtained in this test for th... Read More »


Automatic inspection of wind power plants using J-Power, KDDI and drones‬

The blade was inspected by remote control by taking a picture of the wind power plant with a drone equipped with auto flight software. It is thus possible to shoot three blades of a stopped wind turbine from four directions in one flight.‬ By using auto-flight technology, local maintenance personnel can inspect the blades with simple settings and can quickly inspect during an emergency such as a lightning strike.‬ The team was able to take a picture of the entire wind power generator (blades, towers, etc.). It can be taken in about 20 minutes per unit, and the time can be shortened to 1/10 compared to usual inspection methods. ‬ The photographed picture was compared with the photograph taken by close-up work at height. It was not inferior and the damaged part could be analyzed by image analysis software. The team hence verified the effectiveness of visual inspection by conventional aerial work.‬ This will help as usual inspection works carried out by each company are concen... Read More »


EU UAS Implementing Regulation 2019/947 Delayed

Whilst the European Commission have delayed the EU UAS Implementing Regulation 2019/947 until 31 Dec 2020, they have not announced a delay to EU 2019/945 (unless we missed that announcement here at  the DDG).  This effectively means that new Drones introduced into the European market after 1 July 2021 have to abide by the EU Conformity rules in 2019/945 and must be CE marked.  So if you are a UK Drone designer, how do you go about getting the relevant CE mark for your Drone?  Well, unless you are in the very lowest (C0) category, you will need to have your design and productions processes, and of course your drone capability, reliability and claimed specifications assessed by a Competent Assessment Body (CAB).  The CAB would assess your product against a UK Scheme.  Let’s just run through that again.  In order for your Drone system to be assessed the UK has to set up a UK Scheme.  This UK Scheme would need to be created and owned by... Read More »


Mission possible for unmanned aircraft systems

During the COVID-19 pandemic, air drones or unmanned aircraft systems have played vital roles, from delivering aid to monitoring social distancing. However, issues such as safety, security and the sharing of airspace have continued to delay their full commercial use. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have undoubtedly become the technology of the moment which, from humble beginnings, is set to create an industry to rival the automotive and aviation industries combined. UAS gained notoriety as toys, but have quickly evolved into the basis for a high-value, rapid-growth industry spanning almost all sectors, including logistics, medical, surveying, security and transport, and are being used in almost every environment on the planet. UAS, which can be remotely controlled, but are increasingly being equipped with autonomous capabilities, have been around for a long time. It has only been in the past five years that the technology to make them commercially viable tools in a huge range o... Read More »


Successful development of an intensity measurement system using Kansai TV and drone

Kansai TV has developed a radio wave measurement system for terrestrial digital broadcasting using drones to measure the radio wave radiation pattern (graph of the direction and intensity of radio waves emitted from the antenna) of TV relay stations in Japan. An intensity measuring unit consisting of a PC & an intensity measuring instrument is connected to the communication port that normally connects the camera, and GPS data (flight position and time) obtained from the drone during flight and the intensity measuring instrument are connected. By transmitting the electric wave strength obtained from the above to a tablet on the ground via wireless LAN, the measurer can check the radio wave emission pattern directly after the flight by a simple menu operation. In the verification flight, the practicality of this system was confirmed by measuring the radio wave radiation pattern in the horizontal direction at the same time as the visual inspection by the drone camera at multiple... Read More »


Danish AI-startup fighting fires with drones

Robotto, a Danish AI-startup, plans to launch its first product at the start of 2020. The goal is to limit and reduce the damage caused by wildfires.  ClimateTech. If we are to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we will need innovative solutions. Tech that reimagines and disrupts the traditional approach to reducing the damage caused by climate change. One of the most threatening symptoms of climate change, affecting the woods of Sweden to residential areas in California and remote areas in Africa, is wildfire.  Ready to take off As the Earth gets hotter wildfires are growing, harming animals, humans and land. Four students from Aalborg University’s Robotics program have developed a tech solution to fight wildfires more effectively.  The team developed an Autonomous Wildfire Recognition and Analytics Drone for their final bachelor’s project at the University. After having tested the drone with the Danish Emergency Management Agency, the te... Read More »


Valqari Introduces The Drone Delivery Station

Six-storage delivery solution showcases the start-up’s continued leadership in last inch drone delivery logistics Watch Our Video > CHICAGO, IL (August 19, 2020) - Valqari, the Chicago start-up that solved the last inch logistics problem with its patented universal drone delivery infrastructure, has launched its largest solution to date with the Drone Delivery Station. This new technology offers a safe and convenient landing station with six separate storage units to accommodate multiple drone and traditional deliveries or pickups. The drone delivery station also maintains a digital chain of custody throughout the entire delivery process to give users peace of mind knowing their packages are secure until retrieved. The Drone Delivery Station is entirely drone agnostic and enables a fully autonomous point-to-point delivery to provide a reliable, universal location for drone deliveries and pick-ups up to 25 pounds. It also has the ability to accept packages numerous wa... Read More »


Airial Robotics sets out to change global commercial drone market with a new type of UAV

Hamburg, 23 July 2020 – The company Airial Robotics, head-quartered in Hamburg, Germany, and with branches in Hungary and the United Kingdom, has unveiled an innovative UAV carrier system that redefines the possibilities of commercial drone applications: the completely newly developed and patented technology platform Gyrotrak. Based on a new hybrid concept, Airial Robotics has created a new class of drone that clearly exceeds current industry standards in terms of flight time, payload, range and efficiency and at the same time possesses a highly modular system architecture that can be adapted to all kinds of missions.  "Our Gyrotrak technology is a disruptive hybrid UAV solution, somewhere between helicopter and autogyro. The innovative combination of the advantages of both systems creates such a unique and special technical platform, that it leaves the current industry standards behind it, and makes Gyrotrak a real game changer. Gyrotrak gives us the ability to at l... Read More »


Commercialisation of the Drone Industry... are we just dreaming?

Without question, the most exciting emerging industry mankind has ever witnessed but are we really moving as fast as some would have us believe or is it all just bluster? The evolution of the drone industry seems to shift from one exciting development to the next. First the sky will be full of tiny air drones or Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), then we are all going to be flying to work in taxis but the reality is that things are not advancing as rapidly as some would have you believe because we simply do not have the infrastructure needed to enable it.   We seem to be a long way from commercialisation (I'll come on o what that means later)and here's why: 1. To manage any volume of unmanned air traffic safely, we need to establish what is known as Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), but UTM is not some magic thing which will just appear, it will take years of development both technically and regulatory and (no matter what certain app developers say) you can&... Read More »


Drone Technology in the World of Entertainment

Entertainment As We Know It: Since the establishment of the film industry, storytellers, screenwriters, and producers have always looked for ways to make movies all the more enjoyable. Movies and films enable audiences worldwide to feel almost every emotion, experience different cultures and develop their imaginations.   Motion picture through advanced technologies has allowed the entertainment industry to continuously advance overtime. Throughout history, cinematographers and photographers alike utilized everything from motion toys, cranes, helicopters, and planes to capture beautiful aerial shots for unique movie scenes. While these technologies paved the way, they also made movie sets all the more expensive. Getting the perfect shot always requires multiple tries and numerous hands on deck. Fast forward to today: drone technology has made aerial photography much more accessible and affordable! Almost all production sets are bound to have a drone and dr... Read More »


Thinking Aloud - Meaningful Alliances and Partnerships

Meaningful Alliances and Partnerships Leverage. In the 21st century no business or its leaders can stay in front without leveraging the best of the best. Trying to build or even develop everything on your own is a sure signal of impending failure. It is not sustainable. A well-designed business has very few hard boundaries that create walls between the internal workforce and the wider environment. Developing the next thing, whether they be new services, producing new offerings or staying ahead of technological advances is an increasingly high risk. Creating value cannot be limited to cost as a key factor. Partnering in the right way, with those already leading in their field, is realistically the only way forward. Engaging with the workforce to think this way – creating a culture of difference. Inspiring people to participate. Collective intelligence is an expression that resonates with most people – so building it into the way we work requires new and more transparen... Read More »


First Class Delivery

In an exclusive interview with one of the Drone Major Group’s newest members, we speak with Ryan Walsh, CEO and co-founder of Valqari, about drone delivery systems and how he’s looking to provide the ultimate mailbox…   When you talk about drone deliveries, most people will think of the likes of Google and Amazon, simply because those are some very big names that typically generate good headlines and social media friendly PR. However, there are many others working on a variety of solutions, as well as pushing all aspects of the technology and infrastructure involved.  One such company is Chicago-based Valqari and it is looking to play a prominent role when it comes to the ‘last mile’ of the drone delivery process. Although officially founded in 2017, the company can be dated back to 2013 when CEO Ryan Walsh and his co-founder Alexander Falesch had their lightbulb moment. Having served in the US Army, Ryan had experience working with cut... Read More »


Fostering Strategic Innovation with Lloyd’s Register

Drone Major Group is delighted to welcome Lloyds Register to our supplier cluster. As a global brand, Lloyd’s Register’s engineers and technical experts work with businesses throughout the world to provide a range of inspection services to assure safety and quality for every step of the inspection cycle. At a time of such rapid technological advancement, quality and safety assurance is something to be taken seriously.  With their inspection focused innovations, Lloyd’s Register is addressing the major gap in the market between the expansive list of emerging technologies and the challenges consumers face in understanding, risk assessing and integrating these technologies. With Lloyd’s, safety, functionality and sustainability are at the forefront. For the drone industry, Lloyd’s Register’s inspection and innovation services provide key assistance to manufacturers, operators and consumers alike – a thorough analysis of current and future... Read More »


How to Display your Drone Technology Safely

Drone Major is excited to announce a new addition to our supplier list: TentCraft. With their fully functional “Pop-up Drone Cage,”, the US-based company has expanded to cover a global client base. TentCraft’s Drone Cage allows companies to safely display their drones at exhibitions, conferences, trade fairs, to name a few. In a competitive market, allowing consumers to view your drones in action and see the unique features is an important advantage. TentCraft’s pop-up drone tent is easily transported, simple to set up, safe to use both indoors and outdoors and it is fully customisable with your company/organisation’s brand colours or logo. With an average turnaround time of 5 days, a product set-up time of under 5 minutes (no additional equipment required) and various sizing options, it is obvious why TentCraft’s services have been used by industry leaders like DJI and Parrot. Their product is waterproof and comes with a lifetime frame warranty.... Read More »


Emerging Tech Talks

Thank you, Mad4Digital, for hosting our chief executive, Robert Garbett, on the most recent episode of the Emerging Tech Talks podcast.  Listen to the full episode below to learn about Drone Major, the future of the drone industry and a few exciting applications of the technology.  Listen to the full episode here.  Read More »


Safety First

As a drone and counter-drone advisory company, Drone Major Group has come to realise that among the global public there is a significant lack of understanding of what precisely a drone is and how drone and counter-drone technology can improve both business processes and ordinary daily life. Where there is a lack of understanding, there also tend to be common misconceptions, negative perceptions, errors in thinking. Drones are not only small, flying, parcel delivering machines – drones are unmanned vehicles, autonomous ships, flying cars, remotely controlled submarine technologies… and that is just to name a few. Addressing the misconceptions associated with drone and counter-drone technologies is a multifaceted process. The means include educating individuals on the technologies, showcasing possible applications, promoting policies, procedures and standards and, most importantly, encouraging safe integration and operation. As a first mover, Drone Major Group works hard... Read More »


Using Drones to Build Smarter

There is a common saying among many city-dwellers that within the year there are truly only two seasons: winter and construction. As we enter June, it is safe to say that construction season has officially commenced. The construction industry continues to capitalise on the need for new space – both commercial and residential – throughout metropolitan cities and suburbs alike. In London, for example, it is almost impossible to walk more than a few minutes without encountering a worksite for a new building, a renovation project, even several entirely new communities from major developers like Ballymore Construction ventures are complex, long-term and often costly undertakings; therefore, the strategy supporting them must be reliable, sustainable and efficient. We are seeing traditional methods give way to more technologically advanced options, providing both the technology providers and the construction companies with mutually beneficial opportunities for growth. The... Read More »


In Case of Emergency Call... a Drone?

Drone Major Group is excited to welcome Australian based drone consultancy Mirragin Unmanned Systems to our supplier cluster. Based in Australia but operating on a global scale, Mirragin specialises in strategic business consulting and drone integration within the defence and emergency services industries. Their goal is to penetrate these industries with as wide a reach as possible to utilise drone technologies to remove unnecessary risk from the people that are working daily to protect and save lives. Technology can be replaced, people cannot be. Mirragin’s consulting process works in two core stages: Strategic Flight Path Workshop – Mirragin’s team will help you to identify opportunities to use drones within your business or organisation to help keep your people safe. The Four D Model – Once an application has been selected, Mirragin will then work with you to successfully implement that capability. They use their “Four D model”: Define... Read More »


Urban Air Mobility: The Future of Human and Freight Transport

The drone industry is as complex as it is intriguing – many people still have the image of a drone as a small, airborne device used to take photos or, in light of recent happenings, disrupt airport traffic control.  In reality, the term drone refers to ‘any unmanned system that is autonomous or remotely controlled’.  This obviously includes surface systems such as driverless cars and unmanned ships, underwater systems such as unmanned submarines, air systems such as unmanned aircraft, unmanned space systems and, more importantly, any hybridization of the above such as flying taxis (surface and air) and multimodal systems capable of operating on the surface of the sea and underneath it and in the air above it.  Mind boggling right? To broaden the understanding of what precisely a drone is, we will describe one of the most relevant and life-changing applications of drone technology: Urban Air Mobility, or UAM for short. Urban Air Mobility refers to the... Read More »


How Drones Will Help Save the Environment

Often when considering ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we are bombarded with propaganda that promotes going “back to the basics”: Eat less meat, take shorter showers, bike to work, buy a reusable coffee cup, and recycle. While all valid and likely effective lifestyle changes, we also live in a world with cutting edge technology – and it should not be an either-or decision. Solar panels, electric cars, drones, they all provide us with opportunities to make environmentally conscious decisions that are both innovative and sustainable.  Thanks to publicity from Amazon and Alphabet, the examples of drone delivery systems replacing “last mile” trips (typically carried out by trucks or vans) have clear benefits – a reduction in road traffic, which consequently means a reduction in fuel consumptions and greenhouse gas emissions. If a city like London or Los Angeles is able to replace even 10% of their truck deliveries with airborne drone sy... Read More »