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EuroUSC Introduces SAMWISE – UAS Risk Assessment using SORA Methodology

Published July 15th 2019

SAMWISE is a free online tool based on the SORA methodology, developed by JARUS, to support operators and authorities in carrying out risk assessments using a standardised process. The SAMWISE web application, developed by EuroUSC Italia, allows UAS operators to carry out an initial feasibility analysis of their operation and identify the applicable requirements, before proceeding with a full SORA analysis. Civil Aviation Authorities (CAAs) are evolving towards performance-based and risk-based regulation for UAS. In the UAS sector, the approach recommended by the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) is to divide the operations into three categories, with requirements increasing with the level of risk. This is the approach adopted by EASA in the recently published COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2019/947 on the rules and procedures for operation of unmanned aircraft in the Open and Specific category. In the latter Category, to be authorised to carry ou... Read More »


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

Published July 8th 2019

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 »


Space Drones Have Arrived

Published July 4th 2019
zero gravity drones able to transmit information from space to earth quickly, safely

Space Drones Have Arrived

Published July 4th 2019

Well, technically, space drones have been around for a while since traditional satellites are in fact drones*. Recently, however, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) showcased a fully autonomous drone system that can operate with zero gravity. The “JEM Ball,” which weighs only 1 kilogram and is equipped with highly sensitive cameras, is already being used and tested at the International Space Station. The goal of the technology is twofold: decreasing the amount of time that astronauts spend taking/transmitting photos and increasing the amount of area photographed. Since it is small in size and easily manoeuvred (both from space and from ground controllers), the JEM Ball’s range extends beyond that of the astronauts. The drone can navigate into small crevices or dangerous locations, sending real-time photo evidence down to the researchers on Earth. A real-world example of drone technology revolutionizing the way in which we live and work.  ... Read More »


InterGeo 2019: The Drone Industry Barometer

Published June 24th 2019

The sixth instalment of INTERGEO’s “INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS” trade fair is to take place in Stuttgart from 17 to 19 September 2019. This series of events represents Europe’s leading commercial drone trade fair. This year, the organisers anticipate plenty of start-ups and new business models, as well as established industry leaders (like DJI), to be on exhibition. In anticipation of the three-day conference, the organisational team has released the 2019 “Drone Industry Barometer.” The text highlights the continued challenges within the drone industry, as opposed to those experienced throughout 2018. The paper is designed to address topics on a global scale, making the information relevant and applicable to a wide audience.   To view and download the paper, please visit here.   To learn more about INTERGEO 2019 events, view the original editorial here.   Read More »


Emerging Tech Talks

Published June 21st 2019
future of drone technology featured on the emerging tech talks episode with Mad4Digital

Emerging Tech Talks

Published June 21st 2019

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

Published June 19th 2019
the drone safe handbook operators guide to safety regulations in drone operation

Safety First

Published June 19th 2019

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

Published May 31st 2019
drones can be used at various levels in construction from security to surveillance

Using Drones to Build Smarter

Published May 31st 2019

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

Published May 29th 2019

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 »


Drones and Forestry

Published May 28th 2019
applications of drones in forestry including flight and also mapping sensors and monitoring

Drones and Forestry

Published May 28th 2019

The application of drone technology in the forestry industry offers significant advantages to those who embrace it.  This exciting and rapidly evolving technology possesses the capability to capture high-resolution images as part of an even larger collation of data that can enable organisations and researchers alike to better understand and track the health of forests and their inhabitants. Drones can monitor tree health, track animal locations and migration patterns, even locate or communicate with lost or malicious persons. The technologies are far more efficient and cost-effective compared to the traditional methods of data collection. Additionally, agile drones can reach places that are dangerous or impossible for humans to safely navigate. To note a few applications, we will discuss drones in tree disease detection and prevention, wildlife monitoring and human interaction (security, as well as search and rescue).   Tree Disease Detection and Prevention... Read More »


In Case of Emergency Call... a Drone?

Published May 24th 2019

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

Published May 23rd 2019

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 »


Wingtra Closes Series A Fundraising Round with $10M

Published May 23rd 2019

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 »


InterGeo 2019

Published May 22nd 2019
InterGeo 2019

InterGeo 2019

Published May 22nd 2019

The use of UAVs is still hovering at the start of soaring development. At the sixth instalment of Europe’s leading commercial drones trade fair “INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS – part of INTERGEO (IAS)” in Stuttgart from 17 to 19 September 2019, the UAV sector is still largely represented by start-ups, despite a leap in professionalisation. Besides the global market leader DJI and other established drone suppliers, the organisers of the event are expecting exhibitors to showcase new business models, particularly in the field of special applications, such as infrastructure inspections and surveying with drones.  As part of INTERGEO this September, all three days of IAS will address hot topics, showcase innovative solutions for drone applications, and host discussions in various formats. Specific drone applications will interlink clearly with the topic of smart cities, above all, with an extensive conference programme and series of presentations focusing on this i... Read More »


European Drone Summit 2019

Published May 22nd 2019
European Drone Summit 2019

European Drone Summit 2019

Published May 22nd 2019

The EUROPEAN DRONE SUMMIT is an international conference for the European drone industry to explore strategies for the efficient use of UAS. Key figures from the fields of politics, law-making, research, industry and business come together to discuss the way forward for achieving acceptance and devising solutions for the safe and effective commercial use of unmanned aircraft in Europe. The EUROPEAN DRONE SUMMIT is the European platform for discussing the current needs of the UAS industry, both for people with an interest in the industry and for long-standing aficionados. Meetings on specialist subjects cover business models and strategies, particularly on the topics of:   Safety and security using and against UAS Integrating UAS into airspace as a whole Vertical mobility using UAS in urban environments UAS services using the example of medical provision and open up the opportunity to connect existing concepts with the requirements of new business sectors.... Read More »


How Drones Will Help Save the Environment

Published May 10th 2019

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 »


How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019
white background photo of notre dame with air drone pictured

How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019

Paris used to be a no-fly zone – well, for drones that is. The city, rich in history, art, fashion, to name a few, is known for taking cultural protectionism very seriously, which may explain the aversion to allowing high tech devices, like drones, to operate in their skies. But we have to wonder now if that opinion may change? When Notre Dame went up in flames close to two weeks ago, the world watched in awe as emergency services organisations struggled to gain control over the fire. While this is and continues to be an undeniable blow to history on a global scale, the event marked a significant milestone for the drone industry. Firefighters, desperate to quell the flames and preserve what they could of the landmark, looked to drones for safety and guidance. DJI drones equipped with delicate, yet powerful imaging devices helped to add information, insight and data to the strategy of the crews on the ground while allowing them to keep a safe distance from the scene. Utilisi... Read More »


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

Published May 9th 2019

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...

Published May 1st 2019

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 »


SKYCORP & The Bionic Eye: Upgrade Your Drone System with Hydrogen Technology

Published April 30th 2019

SKYCORP, a Drone Major supplier and the provider of Europe’s only commercially available hydrogen drone (e-Drone Zero) has recently announced a joint service relationship with The Bionic Eye – a project they are calling H2DroneUnlock. This strategic collaboration will provide current drone hardware providers with the opportunity to revolutionise their offerings with the integration of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered system. To SKYCORP, the benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cell power (as opposed to traditional LiPO batteries) include the following: 3+ times longer flight endurance on multicopters Refuelling reduced to 1-2 minutes Improved workflow Improved flight characteristics Zero emissions In addition to installing the power system, SKYCORP and The Bionic Eye will also provide extensive training to ensure mastery of the use of your drone with their system. The benefits are clear – SKYCORP and The Bionic Eye are giving your business the opportunity to un... Read More »


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

Published April 16th 2019

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 »