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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 »


The importance of post era newfound entrepreneurial spirit

While small businesses are becoming increasingly purpose-driven, it looks like businesses are also becoming increasingly digital, and embracing agile business models that allow them to quickly adapt to new environments. Throughout human history, crises have been pivotal in developing our societies. Pandemics have helped advance health-care systems, wars have fuelled technological innovations and the global financial crisis helped advance tech companies. The present coronavirus pandemic will arguably not be an exception; entrepreneurs can be expected to rise to the challenge. The pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation across almost all sectors. As the world slowly but steadily shifts to the recovery stage, we have also seen that the pandemic has brought on changes to consumer behaviour that is likely to stay for good. The question then becomes how we can empower entrepreneurs to leverage digital tools and innovations while navigating the pandemic. Ent... Read More »


Guest-blog: Stephanie Barnes discusses the importance of knowledge management

Peter Drucker once said: ‘that today knowledge has power because it controls access to opportunity and advancement’. The 4th Industrial Revolution is undoubtedly the century of knowledge. The everyday usage of available advanced information, business and internet technologies in business activities confirm that this is not only a phrase from the literature, but true reality. Globalisation has brought many modern trends, and companies have the task to be flexible and adapt as quickly, easily and painlessly as they can in order to survive in the competitive market. The vital strategic resource today is the knowledge; individual and organisational. By realising the major value of intellectual resources, companies have begun to manage rationally and improve them. Hence the importance of knowledge management as a concept of organisational knowledge, aimed at effective application of knowledge to make quality decisions. Leadership has a central role. Intellectual r... 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 »


The DroneX Trade Show and Conference

The DroneX Trade Show and Conference is the UK's largest event dedicated to UAV products, parts, accessories and services, taking place on the 10th & 11th of March at the ExCel, London and running alongside Helitech Expo.   2020 has seen a massive boom in the drone industry, with revenue projections set to further rocket from 4.4 to 63.6 Billion by 2025. 2021 is the pivotal moment for all pioneers and modernisers of the industry to discover the newest technologies. The DroneX Trade Show and Conference brings together 300 leading manufacturers and suppliers, with 3,000 decision makers, buyers, entrepreneurs, and upstarters. Featuring 100 seminars filled with informative, inspiring and innovative ideas directly from front runners of the sector. This plethora of content will help you discover the latest advancements and stay ahead as the UAV landscape continues to adapt and diversify.  Find everything you need under one roof, whether you are looking to nurt... 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 »


INVOLI and AirMarket announce strategic partnership upon being selected as a team for Canada’s official RTM Service Trials

Lausanne, Switzerland:   As part of one of the two teams selected to perform Canada’s RTM* (RPAS Traffic Management) Trials,  INVOLI, leading surveillance solutions provider, and team-leader AirMarket, regulatory technology solution provider for unmanned aviation, capitalize on such success and announce strategic partnership to bring the trials collaboration to the market. The trials aim at generating data and experience that would be used by Transport Canada to develop regulations for BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) drone operations and the delivery of commercial cellular-enabled UTM* services. The team, led by AirMarket and including partners such as world-renowned telecommunication company TELUS, was selected by Canada’s RTM Action Team cochaired by Transport Canada and NAV CANADA, to execute official service trials.   Starting in a 425 km corridor in Northern Alberta, the partners... Read More »


Drone discussions: bridging the gap between testing and application

A panel discussion looking at how industry can bridge the gap between the trialling and the commercial application of drone technology. About this Event This live streamed discussion is set to be the first in a series of virtual events aiming to increase awareness of the commercial opportunities that drone operations could provide. It builds on the success of the ‘Commercialisation of the Drone Industry” White Paper submitted to Government in July this year. The Drone Delivery Group hopes to provoke discussion to highlight the challenges faced by industry in general, the drone industry in particular and the UK Government, as a means to speed up the development and benefits this emerging area of technology could provide to the UK economy. It is aimed at anyone responsible for exploring the use of drones for their organisation. Event precis A wide range of industries are now actively seeking to include drone technology in their operations. Whether... Read More »


UK's Largest Event for The Commercial UAV Sector

The UAV Innovation Expo is Europe's largest Event dedicated to UAV products, parts, accessories and services. Designed to inspire, inform and connect. A new show for new technologies that focus on commercial, emergency services, humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and military fields. Incredible opportunity to discover the latest industry trends and technological advancements, through an assortment of over 200 Manufacturers and Suppliers exhibiting in 2021. Choose from over 100 seminars, where key individuals and experts in their fields will share their knowledge, stories, and advice, covering a whole multitude of UAV Topics. Over the course of 2 days; Source ideas, information and advice from like-minded individuals, to get your next UAV venture fully equipped! Source the latest Drone Technology, Services, Parts and Advice Incredible opportunity to discover the latest industry trends and technological advancements, through an assortment of over 200 Manufacturers a... 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 »


The New Leadership Challenge

John Lowe's Experience has exclusively involved helping individuals and companies to improve their performance. He has interviewed over 30,000 candidates and at all levels, all of which has endorsed the premise that each individual and situation will require advice and solutions which are in sympathy with their personality, soft and technical skills, strategy and responsibilities. The drone industry also incorporates great diversity in terms of environment whether it be air, ground surface and marine or underwater and involving various applications for data collection, imaging, surveillance, surveying or mapping. This diversity presents exciting new opportunities whilst also presenting challenges to identify and follow the commercial “trending”. The current people-distancing and restraint on personal interaction must create new opportunities and impetus for the drone industry. The remote-control aspect fits well with government dictates. The media i... Read More »


UAS Components press release

Addressing a growing demand from our clients and users in subsystems that are being used in PD-1 UAS for their own projects we decided to launch a new subdivision of our company called UAScomponents.com, which is focused on EO/IR payloads, UAV engines, catapult launchers, airframes and other proven components for unmanned aerial systems.  All products were previously tested and used for an extended period of time in PD-1 UAS in different regions of the world, different weather conditions, and by different users. For the past few months, UAS Components was presented among the limited number of clients to test all products as stand-alone solutions and make sure we are ready to serve a large number of requests.  Among our products, you can find large number of components for your unmanned aerial system, including:  EO/IR camera payloads Video link Tracking antenna system Fixed-wing airframe Advanced mission control software for camera payload And other... Read More »


Reality of drone delivery unveiled - Myths, mistakes and the way forward revealed

The UK Government’s new initiative to find a fast way to deliver medicines and supplies via air drones, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, was welcomed today by one of the world’s leading experts on drone technology.   Robert Garbett, who is Founder of Drone Major Group, Chairman of the Drone Delivery Group, and Chairman of the British Standards Institution Drone Committee stated: “This welcome move by the Department for Transport will open the way to accelerated growth of the UK drone industry, and provides the opportunity for UK plc to become a world leader in this fast growth technology. “This initiative validates the saying that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’... but it will require facing up to the myths and mistakes of public perception of what is possible, and the reality of how best to apply this fast-developing technology.   “In most people’s vision of drone delivery, there is an image of thousan... Read More »


UK Drone Delivery Group releases plan to accelerate growth of UK drone industry

The UK Drone Delivery Group, the new drone industry initiative established to provide guidance on the steps required for the UK to accelerate the growth of the UK drone industry, has today released its long-awaited ‘White Paper’ for public consultation. The White Paper calls for the development of new testing grounds, which are expected to significantly transform the UK’s potential to achieve world-leading status in the fast-moving drone industry. Robert Garbett, founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, stated: “The release of this White Paper for public consultation represents a major milestone for the UK drone industry. The mass-participation drone testing programme that the White Paper calls for will significantly transform the UK’s capability to achieve world-leadership in this industry.  “The recommendations in the White Paper highlight the practical measures necessary to enable full economic development of drones, including... Read More »


COVID-19

COVID-19 - Extension of validity of UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions expiring on or before 30 June 2020   The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 1360 Unmanned Aircraft – COVID19 Pandemic – Extension of Validity Period for all UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions Expiring on or before 30 June 2020 ORS4 1361 Small Unmanned Aircraft - COVID 19 Pandemic - Emergency services Response Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19 SW2020/063 Read More »


Why we do blade inspections, the way we do blade inspections

Writing is ambiguous. It misreads, misdirects, and paves the road for misunderstandings. Though the written word holds endless opportunities, when it comes to communicating the big picture, text alone is a clunky tool at best. Here, we prefer to let the visuals talk. After all, you know what they say about an image. If you believe in that sort of comparison, our new wind workflow is worth 100010 words, or something near that. We’re not mathematicians. I’d rather describe us as software magicians, and this new feature goes beyond text and above images, to bring together all your data and create that big picture, we’re all looking to communicate. Enough fancy words. Let’s have a look at this new blade inspection workflow. This is a little preview. To get the full picture, sign up and try it yourself. We have been working closely with Natural Power to create this workflow. The goal was to support the p... Read More »