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New patented autonomous drone for pressure-regulating water tank inspection

New patented autonomous drone for pressure-regulating water tank inspection   Hokkaido Electric Power and ACSL have developed a drone capable of autonomous flight in a pressure-regulating water tank of a hydroelectric power plant, which is a non-GPS environment*   *Equipment for mitigating water hammer caused by sudden output changes such as power shutoff of a generator. It is a cylindrical structure with an inner diameter of several tens of meters and a depth of several tens of meters. Water hammer is a phenomenon in which a strong impact and high-water pressure are generated in the water pressure pipe when the water flow is suddenly shut off due to a sudden stop of the water turbine.   In order to fly stably, the drone uses the structure such as the riser pipe in the pressure-regulating water tank as a mark to determine the positional relationship with itself (patent pending: Japanese Patent Application No. 2021-000814). The idea is to improve the utilization ra... Read More »


Successful hybrid power unit operation test for heavy drones by ADJ

Aero Development Japan Co., Ltd. succeeded in operating tests of a hybrid power unit that combines Halbach generator and gas turbine power, which is being developed for heavy-duty and long-distance drones. A hybrid power system that combines the unit with a propeller motor and ESC (a motor for high voltage propellers of DC300V (AC200V) class for drones) is being developed with the goal of flying a large drone with a total weight of over 150 kg carrying 50 kg of payload for 60 minutes. According to ADJ, the development of power sources for drones using gas turbine engines and Halbach generators will be an advanced initiative not only in Japan but also in the world. This technology is a patented invention of Professor Morishita of Kogakuin University, and the ADJ development partner holds a license for the Halbach generator. For more info or to get in touch with ADJ, contact us directly at JUIDA (Japan UAS Industrial Development Association) official partner of Drone Major Grou... Read More »


VIZGARD: Practical AI Solutions for Defence and Security

Drone Major welcomes London-based SME VIZGARD to our roster of world-class suppliers. Their FortifAI computer vision software provides real-time intelligent tasking and alerts for drones and PTZ camera platforms. FortifAI's server runs in the background on PC, edge, and cloud platforms to offer C2 and GCS software an ever-growing list of AI-powered enhanced capabilities such as: Market-leading counter-UAS detect/track/classify capability.   Detection of people, cars, boats, drones, birds, planes and helicopters. Cutting-edge single object tracking of any agile target with no model training required. Real-time face redaction. Electronic image stabilisation. Precision drone landing on moving vehicles in GPS-denied environments. Horizon tracking VIZGARD's solution aims to significantly reduce time-to-market by streamlining the integration process with a browser-based test application, well-documented API and prompt technical support. Once deployed, they... Read More »


Let’s talk about Grant Funding

Following the economic impact of the pandemic, at Swoop we have continued to see an increase in demand for grant funding - particularly innovation funding.  The most appealing thing with business grants is that the money doesn’t have to be paid back. However, they often come with a match funding requirement (typically 25% - 50%) in place. Another consideration is that during the application process your business may have to set and agree the expected outputs to be achieved from the activity that is to be funded by the monies provided. The good news is there are thousands of grants available in the UK, both at a national and regional level. Many grants are also sector-specific. In the Spring Budget March 2021, a number of grants were discussed like the: UK Community Renewal Fund Levelling Up Fund  Restart scheme Help to grow  Looking beyond these schemes, below are some other key areas of opportunity to bear in mind.  Innovation fundin... Read More »


Increasing mapping efficiency with multisensor UAV

Eng. Phd Daniele Camatti – CEO of Pro S3 Unmanned Technologies – [email protected] – www.pros3.eu Mapping operations with small UAV has become more and more popular thanks to the increased quality and variety of available sensors as well as the possibility for the user to map predefined areas with the desired quality at the proper time. On the other hand, evolving regulations have defined more precise requirements and obligations to be fulfilled before starting a UAV activity, especially if in proximity of urban and populated areas. After those premises, it becomes clear that the efficiency of any UAV operation plays a key role in achieving the global success of the complete task. Some specific mapping activity like crop monitoring requires quite high numbers of sensors to be used in order to achieve a good multispectral survey. Hi-resolution visible, near infra-red and thermal are just some and non-exhaustive example of different type of sensors needed for a goo... Read More »


Delivering value through engineering expertise

DASIS (Develop and Supply In-Sync) is a supply chain management consultancy that offers UK SME’s a secure and safe route to manufacture.  Together with a trusted consortium of supply partners, our dedicated team manages all aspects of the product manufacturing processes from concept to completion. The businesses we support operate predominately in the defence, automotive, aerospace and sectors. A family of partners DASIS holds a firm belief that companies thrive and grow stronger through collaboration. Through the consortium we offer a unified and bespoke service that ensures on time delivery of first-class products and components. It is a transparent and secure process that puts our clients at the heart of every project. With extensive knowledge of programme management, combined with hands on manufacturing experience, we are fulfilling a dream of synchronising UK supply chain activity.  Our multiple manufacturing capabilities allow us to operate without constr... Read More »


Japan: The Land of the rising business opportunities for foreigners

Japan UAS Industrial Development Association (JUIDA), long-time partner of Drone Major Group, is pleased to announce its new services dedicated to foreign companies interested in breaking into the Japanese market. Since its establishment in 2014, JUIDA has been facilitating the healthy growth of the UAS commercial use in terms of regulations, education, research and business/international cooperation. Established to meet the needs of both the public sector (Japanese government) and the private sector (industries), reaching more than 12,000 members and more than 200 accredited drone pilot schools, and now involved in the UAM research field as well, time has come to open our network and our expertise to overseas companies. 1/ Business Matching Services Finding and/or accessing valuable business information about Japan and about Japanese companies in particular has remained an issue for most foreign companies over the years, mainly due to the language barrier.  Moreove... Read More »


Hydrogen, Drones, Sustainable Aviation and Green Airports

The European goals are clear, carbon neutrality must be achieved by 2050, essentially with any means necessary. Transportation is responsible for about 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions and aviation is 12% of that. While no silver bullet exists for everything then one of those technologies, which can make a dramatic impact has been hydrogen. Instead of theoretically carbon-neutral fuels such as biofuels, hydrogen vehicles produce no emissions and Europe has recognised its potential with clear and ambitious production targets of 1M tonnes by 2024 and 10M tonnes by 2030. The use in transportation being one of the key priority areas.   These targets mean that the use of renewable energy must also start increasing at a rapid place, new solar and wind installations, procurement for zero emission vehicles, energy efficiency in buildings and operations, grid balancing and off-grid/back-up applications not relying on diesel generators anymore. This is a massive challenge for... Read More »


New Solution For Coastal And Maritime Surveillance A Technology Breakthrough

A proud new supplier to Drone Major, FLY-R develops a unique range of rhomboid wing UAVs that has many technical, operational and financial advantages over traditional aircraft.  This aerodynamic configuration take the benefits of the fixed wing aircraft, while significantly improving the speed range, endurance and radius compared to aircraft of comparable size.  Compared to these conventional aircraft, the Rhomboid formula offers: Reduced wingspan by about half Drag Reduction Reduced structural mass Large speed range  High Maneuverability in turbulent atmosphere The rhomboid wing is considered the solution for the aircraft of the future, which must be environmentally friendly and cost effective. Their characteristics make the FLY-R systems particularly well suited to fix and mobile deployments related to coastal and maritime surveillance. Today, solutions using piloted aircraft (with crew) are mostly deployed, in a non-continuous way.... Read More »


Drone Cage is flying high

It was while working as a drone pilot for a company providing inspections in difficult to reach places that James Dyke realised there was a massive gap in the market. And that with the critical knowledge and experience he possessed as a pilot, an engineer and using the latest 3D printing technology, he could create a business that would potentially save huge amounts of money for companies around the world. Just a few years on he is supplying Drone Cages to the armed forces, law enforcement agencies, search and rescue, as well as the professional UAV community, globally. The drone James piloted for the survey company had a protective barrier, so should the drone have a bump, the barrier should protect it – potentially saving the owner the cost of a new UAV. “It was clear almost immediately the expensive crash barrier was not up to the job, so I spent my evenings and weekends at home designing a cage that would protect drones effectively, at an economical and afforda... Read More »


Aerobility launches Armchair Aurora to ‘Light Up Lockdown’ with impressionist Jon Culshaw

Building on the success of Armchair Airshow, Aerobility, the UK’s leading disabled flying charity, along with Impressionist Jon Culshaw and Astronomer Pete Lawrence, is lining up a host of astronomers, scientists, aviators and artists for an hour long, live-streamed Armchair Aurora event on Saturday, March 13th at 18:00. The free to attend event will livestream via armchairaurora.com and will take viewers on a journey of wonder from their armchairs and into the skies. Bringing together spectacular Aurora footage, interviews and Q&A with scientists, there will be insights on polar aviation and the workings of the Aurora, all beamed to living rooms around the UK and worldwide. “This event is just one example of how we continue to support the disabled community and continue to inspire ability through aviation during lockdown, while aircraft are grounded. If I were to describe what it will be like, I would say, think ‘Spring Watch meets the Sky at Night&rsquo... Read More »


DRONE CONTROLLING DEVICE

SKYCORP OÜ, specialist hydrogen drone manufacturer, technology integrator and autonomous aerial ecosystem builder, is pleased to announce it has filed a patent submission with the European Patent Office for its Internet of Drones enabling Drone Controlling Device This new patent-pending module provides enhanced communications, locational intelligence, command and control and means that drones can now be traced also when not operational, introducing additional redundancy, increasing safety, and enabling new applications. These features are particularly necessary when looking to integrate with Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) while looking to enable autonomous operations during remote beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. “This idea started from tying our own holistic hydrogen drone ecosystem together while adding redundancy to communications and control channels for increased safety and autonomy. However, seeing as how not only off-the-shel... Read More »


AgEagle Aerial Systems and Valqari Piloting On-Demand Drone Delivery of Food and Beverages to Golfers

WICHITA, Kan. & Chicago – February 16, 2021 – (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc. (NYSE American: UAVS) (“AgEagle” or the “Company”), an industry leading drone systems and solutions provider, and Valqari, LLC, creator of the patented Smart Drone Delivery Station, today jointly announced that the companies have teamed to produce a turnkey, fully automated, on-demand drone delivery system for order and delivery of food and beverages to golfers while they are in active play on a golf course.   Earlier this week, AgEagle and Valqari demonstrated its innovative new drone delivery system to officials at the Sun City Country Club, the proud home of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Arizona Women’s Open and the 2015, 2017 and 2019 Arizona Special Olympics State Golf Championship. The primary objective of the demo was to test and affirm the functionality of the system hardware and mechanical components of the drone delivery syste... Read More »


Successful flight of Japan's largest transport drone (49kg PL)

Onozuka Seiki Co.Ltd has developed ESC, a high-efficiency motor for large-sized transport drones using electromagnetic steel sheets for high-speed rotary motors made by Nippon Steel. They succeeded in flying a drone with 49kg PL. The multi-pole high-speed rotary motor has a high motor drive frequency and is highly effective in reducing eddy current loss due to the thinning of the thickness of the electromagnetic steel plate used for the motor core. The technology cultivated in EV (Eco-run solar car) is applied to this motor, it has higher efficiency & lower heat generation than conventional large drone motors. Thus, it can withstand operations under summer high temperatures. By making the motor and ESC double redundant, consideration was given to the reliability required for large transport drones in the event of a failure. By optimizing the control characteristics of the drive system for large-scale transport drones, it is no longer necessary to adjust the parameters... Read More »


Successful flight of Japan's largest transport drone (49kg PL)

Onozuka Seiki Co.Ltd has developed ESC, a high-efficiency motor for large-sized transport drones using electromagnetic steel sheets for high-speed rotary motors made by Nippon Steel. They succeeded in flying a drone with 49kg PL. The multi-pole high-speed rotary motor has a high motor drive frequency and is highly effective in reducing eddy current loss due to the thinning of the thickness of the electromagnetic steel plate used for the motor core. The technology cultivated in EV (Eco-run solar car) is applied to this motor, it has higher efficiency & lower heat generation than conventional large drone motors. Thus, it can withstand operations under summer high temperatures. By making the motor and ESC double redundant, consideration was given to the reliability required for large transport drones in the event of a failure. By optimizing the control characteristics of the drive system for large-scale transport drones, it is no longer necessary to adjust the parameters... Read More »


CAP2000: Clued Up Autumn 2020: Electronic Conspicuity

The Clued-up publication is devoted to the subject of electronic conspicuity in our developing airspace infrastructure.   Why do we need it, what has changed, what does it do, where can i get it and what will it cost?  Who will benefit, where is it likely to be necessary, when is it likely to be mandatory and will it be required by all air vehicles and in all classes of airspace?  This Clued-up publication looks at all of those aspects and tackles each in a very practical manner.  It is a very informative publication packed with very current information. Read More »


Aeronext and its 4D GRAVITY technology opened a test line in Kosuge Village

Aeronext and its 4D GRAVITY technology opened a test line in Kosuge Village in anticipation of social implementation of logistics drones.‬ Logistics systems that utilize drones are attracting attention as a solution for areas where land transportation is difficult or where there is a lack of delivery personnel.‬ The logistics drone "Next DELIVERY ®" developed by Aeronext adopts the original center of gravity control technology "4D GRAVITY ® ︎" to realize horizontal transportation of luggage regardless of the orientation of the aircraft. By eliminating the bias of luggage during transportation, it is possible to transport medical and precision equipment and deliver meals, which is difficult with conventional drones.‬ Aeronext's Next DELIVERY goal is BVLOS flights in manned areas in 2022, which is the goal of Japan Air Mobility Revolution Roadmap.‬ A regular drone delivery route was set up in Kosuge Village. The village has problems with the fr... Read More »


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will commercialize a system that can operate multiple drones from a distance of 1,000km by 2022. ‬

The defence technology that enables stable flight of the aircraft is being diverted to the private sector: for disaster prediction and monitoring of power transmission lines.‬ MHI’s fighter jets and submarines can control their own movements while automatically following an adversary and notifying users of abnormalities.‬ The commercial adaptation will use secure internet connections to control drones flying through wind gusts of 30m/s.‬ The system will allow a controller in Tokyo to direct drones to Tanegashima, an island 1000km South.‬ MHI also plans to launch an analysis service for data taken with drones, using defence technologies such as artificial intelligence and precise image processing that makes full use of artificial satellites. ‬ As aircraft and other private sector businesses struggle, MHI aims to generate $95.7 million in sales by adapting defence technologies for private sector uses.‬ For more information, contact us at JUIDA (Japan UAS Industrial De... Read More »


Photographic & Survey Equipment Cover

Moonrock Insurance have launched a new drone insurance product in response to growing demand from customers, including UAV operators in the media, emergency services, agriculture, inspection and construction sectors. Moonrock now offer drone insurance that also provides cover for non-drone related items in one single policy, including all camera, video and survey equipment, as well as devices like laptops and mobile phones. We have had an uplift in requests from customers over the past couple of years seeking a single policy encompassing many of their insurance requirements in one place, and we have sought to meet this with our specialist cover. We are constantly looking to make life as simple and convenient as possible for all our customers. Allowing them to concentrate on their business, safe in the knowledge they have their cover in place and not having to think about insurance again until renewal or if they need to claim. Read More »


Wildfire mapping drone launched

A drone that can map the spread of wildfires has been developed by Robotto, a start-up company spun out of Aalborg University, Denmark. The team of four engineers, specialised in robotics and AI, has created a flexible drone platform to speed up the data collection process and therefore assist firefighters by proving an overview of the location, direction and spread of the fires. According to the team, the current use of helicopters and satellites can be improved upon by using its Autonomous Wildfire Recognition and Analytics (AWRA) drone, which transfers the data it collects autonomously onto a map, providing both optical and thermal images of the affected area. This is said to increase firefighters’ chances against a wildfire by providing situation awareness. AWRA collects and processes data to create a map of wildfires Data streaming enables the map and video to be shared with responders’ headquarters and ensures that the team is updated on the current sit... Read More »