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Global Drone Traffic Leader Unifly Raises €17M in B-round

Unifly NV, provider of the world’s leading unmanned traffic management (UTM) software for drone enablement, has completed a €17m Series B capital raise bringing in investors including Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS - the national air traffic control authority of Germany) and FPIM (sovereign wealth fund of Belgium).  Unifly's most recent investor is Belgium's Federal Holding and Investment Company (SFPI-FPIM). FPIM centrally manages the federal government’s shareholdings, cooperates with the government on specific projects and pursues its own investment policy in the interests of the Belgian economy. It acquires equity in companies that are of strategic importance.  Existing investors Terra Drone (drone services provider in Japan), QBIC and PMV (Belgian early stage investors) also participated in the round.  Bryan, Garnier & Co., Europe’s growth investment bank, advised Unifly on this transaction. Unifly is the leading provider of... 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 »


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 »


CampaignUP Secures Deal with Major UK Political Party

It has been an exciting week for Drone Major supplier, CampaignUP, as they finalise their recent deal with a major UK Political Party. CampaignUP differentiates from similar marketing platforms in that they address a critical problem for many businesses: lack of engagement. Attracting and maintaining an active audience challenges even the most professional, experienced marketers. Especially in today’s digital society, audience demographics evolve rapidly and, consequently, many traditional means of marketing become less effective. In a period of change and uncertainty, CampaignUP is paving the way for innovative, effective marketing.  Proving their validity through this recent deal, CampaignUP is encouraging other businesses and organisations to embrace this new, mobile-first marketing concept. The rationale is convincing: In 2019, smartphone use is near ubiquitous. A recent Deloitte survey revealed that in the UK alone, 87% of phone users own and actively use a sma... 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 »


Wingtra Closes Series A Fundraising Round with $10M

The Swiss drone developer and producer, Wingtra Ltd., recently raised USD 10 million to further scale its global business. The company leads the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drone industry and will use the funds to further grow their global footprint and push the limits in their research and development. Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd., Investiere and private investors, as well as existing investors like Zurcher Kantonalbank, took part in this financing round. “We see high-growth potential with Wingtra due to the multiple impressive technological advancements across a range of dimensions, setting it apart from its competitors,” said Didier Denat, Chairman of Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital Ltd. and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking at Credit Suisse in Switzerland. “The attractive and fast-growing market of VTOL drones, together with the company’s recent key hires, will provide an outstanding setting for the company’s futur... 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 »


Drone Delivery: Think Outside of the (Take Away) Box

In tech reporting, drone delivery is consuming more headlines than ever. Companies such as Alphabet, Amazon, FedEx and even Domino’s Pizza are releasing buzz-worthy statements about the scope and potential of their futuristic delivery plans. Many of the large corporations believe that their projects are on track to commercialise autonomous deliveries in major cities as early as 2020, contingent on Government clearance and standards compliance of course.  A few years ago, the majority would have dismissed autonomous deliveries as impossible. The risks – to people, infrastructure, privacy – outweighed the rewards. Pizza delivered right to your doorstep within minutes is convenient, yes, but if its drone carrier crashed into your window? Sorry Dominos, but no thank you. Within a few months of the initial hype, however, regulators and the general public quickly realised that these companies meant business. In the blink of an eye, drone delivery providers concep... Read More »


For Aerobility, the Sky is the Limit...

Drone Major Group is excited to partner with Aerobility, a registered charity that offers disabled people (without exception) the opportunity to fly and participate in aviation-based activities. Over the past 25 years, the Aerobility team has tirelessly worked to remove significant barriers to enable those with physical, learning or mental health impairments to feel a sense of achievement, accomplishment, pride and freedom. When they started in 1993, Aerobility was a simple organisation with a small team and limited space and equipment. Today, the charity has grown to include a fleet of five aircraft, classroom space for instruction and locations in several major UK cities. Every year, Aerobility helps over 900 disabled individuals to develop the life skill of aviation to not only build their confidence but also their chances of future employment within the industry. For people who live a life full of “No’s,” Aerobility serves as a fundamental “Yes” &nd... Read More »


MetaVista breaks Guinness World Record of multi rotor UAV flight time using Intelligent Energy Fuel Cell Power Module

Longest ever multi rotor flight of over 12 hours Loughborough, Tuesday 16 April 2019 – A flight time of 12 hours, 7 minutes and 22 seconds was officially recorded by South Korean company MetaVista as it successfully broke the multi rotor UAV Guinness World Record of flight time. The MetaVista team used a 6-litre liquid hydrogen cylinder and Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module to power the UAV. The previous record held stood at 2 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds. The substantial difference in flight time achieved demonstrates the impact fuel cells could have on the commercial UAV industry, breaking through the limited flight time constraints of traditional batteries. Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelligent Energy, said: “We would like to congratulate our customer, MetaVista, on their achievement of becoming the new World Record holders for multi rotor UAV flight time. The use of liquid hydrogen in this flight showcases the significant flight ti... Read More »


How to optimise value, leverage assets and foster business relationships… together

Consultancy is about collaboration – blending together ideas, strategies and expertise to create a product or service that matches the unique user requirements of the client(s). In theory, collaboration is clearly superior. In reality, however, genuine co-working can be taxing on all parties. One of the main reasons for the stress stems from the fear of competition between suppliers or stakeholders. To mitigate this fear and facilitate positive relationships among parties, TEAL Consulting integrates highly successful co-working models aimed at optimising customer values, leveraging current assets and building (or maintaining) positive internal and external business relationships. Their recent case studies highlight their positive responses in an array of applicable situations, such as critical improvement skills amongst high-potential managers and cross-functional analysis of customer profiles in relation to large public authorities. As the world’s leading independent... Read More »


Join Drone Major Group in the 2019 Elma Sperry Yachting Challenge

Supporting PTSD Resolution   Drone Major Group is proud to be the lead sponsors of this year’s Elma Sperry Challenge, a unique and exciting sailing regatta that brings together members stakeholders of the drone industry in an informal, philanthropic setting. The event provides the perfect opportunity for both internal team building, as well as offering key moments for networking with other industry members and professionals – all whilst supporting a great cause and one close to Drone Major’s heart.   The event itself is to take place 8-9 May 2019 at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. It is an experience full of leisure and fun, starting with a BBQ dinner on the eve before the race and finishing with an award ceremony to celebrate the winning team. The race is fully supported by excellent training staff, making the event enjoyable for experienced sailors and novices alike. Truly an irreplaceable opportunity for your company to grow together and make... Read More »


Robert Garbett Named “Expert Speaker” For 2019 AeroPodium Event

Robert Garbett Named “Expert Speaker” For 2019 AeroPodium Event 2019 well very may be the Year of the Drone, with the technology advancing at hyper-speed and new applications emerging on a daily basis.  With a mass of information and various initiatives entering the public eye, it is not often that an opportunity to learn the industry from those who started it comes around – until AeroPodium.   The event, taking place on 4th March 2019 at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel in London, UK, offers a perfect opportunity to explore both drone technology, as well as the rules, regulations and social cause associated with them. This event takes a comprehensive look at topics from social responsibility and non-military drone use to insurance, liability, safety and concerns.  At a sensitive time in this technological revolution, an opportunity for current, relevant education should not be overlooked.   As a proud sponsor, Drone Major Group&rs... Read More »


Drones, Standardisation and the UK Economy

Drones, Standardisation and the UK Economy The drone industry is stirring up both praise and controversy, proving that rapidly developing technology sectors are never easy to control whilst underpinning the urgent need for standardisation in the industry.   In terms of the societal benefits, air drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) are becoming an invaluable tool within many industries, offering efficient and safe solutions to problems that previously required extensive labour and time. Additionally, as externally predicted, air drone technology has the potential to increase the UK GDP by £42 billion by 2030… showcasing the potential for continued advancement and integration across all environments.   If the UK industry is to gain maximum benefit from the many advantages that industrial drones can provide, it is essential that recognised safety and quality standards are developed which can keep up with the pace at which the technology is evo... Read More »