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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 »


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 »


Safety First

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

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 »


Drones and Forestry

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?

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

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

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 »


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 »


How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

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

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 »