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SkyWatch.AI Announces New Partnership with AUVSI to Provide Certified TOP operators with Lower Drone Insurance Rates

Palo Alto, California, September 3rd, 2019 SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a leading risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry, announced today its partnership with AUVSI, the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems. With the rapid increase of commercial drone pilots, quality training and education are essential components in the safe advancement of the commercial UAS industry. Through the partnership, drone pilots who complete AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program (TOP) level 2 and 3, will be eligible for lower insurance rates with SkyWatch.AI based on their flight experience and professional education. “We are proud to team up with AUVSI and support TOP pilots” said Tomer Kashi, SkyWatch.AI CEO and Co-Founder. “In the past year, we worked closely with thousands of drone pilots from multiple industries throughout the US. It is clear to us that extensive education, such as that provided by TO... Read More »


SkyWatch.AI Announces New Partnership with Drone U to Provide Flight Mastery Graduates with Lower Drone Insurance Rates

Palo Alto, California, Aug 14th, 2019 SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a leading risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry, announced today its partnership with Drone U, one of the largest US professional drone training communities. SkyWatch.AI recognizes that quality remote pilot training and education are vital components in the safe advancement of the commercial UAS industry, and are essential in an industry where there is an increasing number of commercial remote pilots. With SkyWatch.AI, Drone U’s Flight Mastery graduates will be eligible for lower insurance rates based on their flight experience. “Drone U has been with SkyWatch.AI since the very beginning, and we are proud to support an educational program that is utilized by the National Transportation Safety Board as one of the required training programs for their drone pilots," said Tomer Kashi SkyWatch.AI CEO and Co-Founder. “From working closely with thousands of drone pilo... Read More »


ZeroAvia Announces £2.7m UK Government Grant for the Development of Zero Emission Aviation

Project partner Intelligent Energy will optimise its higher power fuel cell technology for aviation use cases. Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK back the development of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial aviation “HyFlyer Project” puts the UK at the forefront of R&D around decarbonising aviation and represents significant opportunity to enable the UK’s 2050 Net Zero strategy Industry-leading innovators Intelligent Energy, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) and Cranfield University to collaborate with ZeroAvia  CRANFIELD, UK, September 18th, 2019 -- ZeroAvia, the leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, today announced that it has received a £2.7m (US$3.3 million) grant from the UK Government to support in the development of the principal technology... Read More »


The Vertical Flight Expo

New vertical technologies are about to transform the way we use the skies, driving safer, leaner, better VTOL missions.  Are you ready? The Vertical Flight Expo will empower you to reimagine the possibilities and get the edge in technology innovation, by connecting with the products, people and ideas that will transform the VTOL community over the next five years. It’s a new expo for a new era, where a passion for flight meets the power of automation. You’ll find everything you loved about Helitech International, but with a fresh outlook and a new venue at Farnborough, giving you a bold, multi-dimensional experience designed to inspire, inform and connect. As both conference and expo, Vertical Flight 2019 is the meeting point for the entire supply chain from Government, Emergency Services, CAT, Offshore, Renewable Energy to private owners, Agriculture or Construction. This is where innovators, investors, buyers and regulators come t... Read More »


Successful inspection flights in the North Sea, Germany

Aero Enterprise uses its new developed helicopter drone for offshore inspection operations for the first time.   Linz/Austria, 26th August 2019. In July 2019 the Austrian company Aero Enterprise inspected offshore wind turbines for the first time with the self-developed helicopter drone AERO-SensorCopter. So far, the drone operated only onshore.   High quality of images and precise analysis  The inspection flights at the offshore plants took place 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the German/Dutch coastline of the North Sea. The AERO-SensorCopter with its special sensor-head performed the autonomous inspection within a remarkably short time. “We as developer as well as our clients were more than satisfied with the results of this premiere on the high seas” explains Robert Hörmann, managing partner of Aero Enterprise. In the next step, Artificial Intelligence supports the evaluation and analysis of the image data within the AERO-Software Pa... Read More »


Airspace Access: Integrated or Segregated?

9 October 2019 - 10 October 2019 No.4 Hamilton Place Conference 09:00 - 17:00 It has been acknowledged that in order to enable the benefits that unmanned aircraft can bring to society, particularly in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, it is imperative that they are safely integrated with all other air users in the national airspace. There has been a number of recent proposals that an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system, or U-Space (as the EU has labelled it), either locally or nationally, will make this a reality. Several UTM solutions have been proposed and are being researched. These have the aim of providing the safe, secure and efficient integration of drones into national airspace systems with the focus on Low Level VLOS and increasingly BVLOS operations. However, each of these systems comes to both benefits and concerns. This year’s annual RAeS UAS Conference looks at the issues relating to the requirement for UTMs, which is ex... Read More »


Artificial Intelligence finds damages on wind turbines

Aero Enterprise is specialized in airborne inspection of damages on wind turbines as well as on other vertical objects, such as dams, chimneys or bridges. For this purpose, the self-developed helicopter drone AERO-SensorCopter acquires high-resolution image data. These image data are converted into a damage report using the proprietary AERO-Software Package. Since 2017 Aero Enterprise has been offering a comprehensive software package for the analysis, interpretation and digital reporting of damages on wind turbines. In May 2019 the AERO-Software Package has been enhanced with a powerful feature: In a record time of just 6 months, the Aero Enterprise software engineers developed a machine learning tool based on AI (Artificial Intelligence). For this purpose, a total of more than one thousand damage patterns from existing flight operations on wind turbines were marked manually, image by image. Then, the type of damage is determined according to an industry standard classification.... Read More »


GreaterBayX 8-Week Cross-Border Mobility/Smart-City Scalerator Project Looking For Applicants: Investment and Business Opportunities Available.

Dear Drone Major Group Community,   An excellent last-minute opportunity from our partner, GreaterBayX, based in Hong Kong and China. The core information is as follows:   Ideal applicant: A growth-stage company with technology, innovation and IP that have mobility or smart-city related applications, with special attention to: MaaS, energy, autonomous tech, trains, airports/aviation, cargo, 5G, AI, sensors, property & infrastructure-related technologies. Exceptional companies at earlier stages will be considered.   Expected outcome: This program is about business and investment. The participants are not expected to give up equity and will be introduced to trustworthy stakeholders of the local ecosystems for partnerships, joint ventures or equity investment.   Multi-partner program: The program is organised in partnership with Chinese, local and international investors and corporations like Asia Info, Hydata, HSBC, ITC, M... Read More »


JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION

TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES NEEDED: WIN MAJOR INVESTMENT PLUS $100,000 IN CASH  Level39 (where we have an office in 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf) have been working with Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund on their innovation competition: JUMPSTARTER. Here's the deal - if you participate in the pitching competition taking place at Level39, September 16-17, you will be considered for the chance to pitch at the Grand Finale in Hong Kong, February 11-12, next year.  The winning five companies presenting at this event take home a share of $5m investment commitment and $100,000 in cash.  Application deadline is August 23 - so please register soon! https://www.jumpstarter.hk/en/location/london-regional You'll be invited to pitch in a one-to-one session on September 16, and if all goes well, you'll present at the larger event, the day after. If you have any questions contact Asif Faruque, Head of Content at Level39, direct on a... 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 »


Drone Collision Avoidance for Beginners

Drone collision avoidance and obstacle detection are key focus points in the booming global UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) market. The industry is prospected to top $11.2 billion in 2020, as hobbyists and professionals alike come to understand the attraction to, and commercial benefits of drone technology. Yet costly impacts still represent a real concern for commercial and industrial users alike. The lightweight nature of drone airframes and flight components generally makes them intolerant to impacts, which typically require costly repairs – a risk that is reflected by the cost of insurance. One rugged solution to the risk of impact-related damage is to cage the entire vehicle in a protective structure that absorbs the force of collisions: otherwise known as collision-tolerance. While this has proven useful in working environments with enclosed spaces that are generally unsafe for workers, it cannot provide the level of precision offered by smart drone collision avoidance sys... 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 »


Coverdrone Launch Bespoke ROV Insurance

By Jess Brown • July 30, 2019 We are extremely excited to announce that today we are launching our newest product – bespoke marine equipment insurance, covering remotely operated (ROV) and autonomous underwater (AUV) equipment! Our cover is unique as many other types of insurance can offer marine equipment insurance; however, the majority will exclude equipment whilst being tested, worked upon and whilst in use in water. We can also insure similar equipment that is used within the marine equipment market which can include renewable energy devices, as well as equipment typically used by the oil and gas industry on platforms or onshore. Your equipment is covered worldwide, and the policy is for a period of twelve months. What Is Marine Equipment? ROVs, AUVs and similar marine equipment are used to carry out inspection and physical tasks underwater, often at considerable depth, plus the control and other equipment that remain topside. As well as exploration and p... 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 »


EuroUSC Introduces SAMWISE – UAS Risk Assessment using SORA Methodology

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

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

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

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

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 »