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Drone Volt is enhancing its expertise by buying up the assets of Aerialtronics

Published November 1st 2017

Drone Volt, a major French manufacturer of professional drones, has announced that it will take the majority control of the main assets of the Dutch company, Aerial Group B.V. (“Aerialtronics”)1. This strategic operation is the perfect complement to Drone Volt’s technological expertise and production capacity in order to strengthen its position in Europe. Olivier Gualdoni, the CEO of Drone Volt, stated that: “We continue to be faithful to our business plans focused on organic growth and a very careful analysis of external growth opportunities. Our acquisition of the knowledge base of Aerialtronics will enable us to enhance our product offerings, specifically in the field of security. We are also taking on a second production site that puts us in a prime position to foresee and cover the demand in Europe for professional drones. This transaction is being conducted under highly favourable financial terms for our shareholders and will allow us to create value. &... Read More »

Drone Major Helps To Improve Sales In The Construction Industry

Published November 1st 2017

Drone Major aims to promote the use of drones within the construction industry and makes it easy for operators to find the right manufacturer or service provider for their project, which would ultimately lead to a faster delivery time on projects and therefore will help the UK housing crisis. Read the full article here. Read More »

Delve Deeper into the Ocean with Drones

Published October 31st 2017

Delve Deeper into the Ocean with Drones

Published October 31st 2017

With the help of drones, areas of the ocean which have previously proved challenging to access are now within reach. Treacherous arctic conditions make exploration from a boat in these remote areas difficult, even for the most experienced researchers. Deploying drones enables researchers to capture accurate more reliable data, in a safer and more cost-efficient way. Intel is championing the use of drones in marine research and working in partnership with Parley for the Oceans and Oceans Alliance they are using ‘Snotbot' drones to analyse the condition of whales and the environment. The drones collect spout water from whales in oceans around the world to help researchers better understand the rich biological data that whale snot holds, including DNA, stress and pregnancy hormones, viruses, bacteria and toxins. Read more here. Read More »

Recent News: Graduates of SalusUAV Training Win National Recognition

Published October 29th 2017

The First University to Win a Clean Sweep of Awards Team Bath Drones were the first attendees of the SalusUAV Higher Education and Research Course. We are proud that they have gone on to be the first team ever to achieve a clean sweep at the IMechE competition, winning the following prizes: Innovation (sponsored by QinetiQ), Design (sponsored by GKN Aerospace) and Overall Grand Champions (sponsored by Northrop Grumman). Read More »

Event: The Commercial UAV Show

Published October 25th 2017

Event: The Commercial UAV Show

Published October 25th 2017

The Commercial UAV Show exhibition offers a one-stop shop to assess world-class suppliers, make buying decisions and get new ideas for your business. Across the exhibition floor, visitors will see latest innovations, live demos and a variety of solutions from UAV manufacturers, sensor/receptors/camera/battery manufacturers, UTM, data and geospatial software developers, service providers, training provides, test centres and more. In addition, the on-floor seminar programme features 50+ sessions across four themes. The Emergency Services seminar will focus on security and disaster relief, public safety and emergency response with presentations from the Irish Air Corps, the RNLI, South Central Ambulance Service and more. The new technologies session will cover jamming and spoofing drones and a workshop from senseFly on drone technology and end-to-end solutions for agriculture, surveying, inspection and more. The UAV Innovation seminar will include connectivity, mapping, regu... Read More »

Wingtra Announces Partnership With Pix4D

Published October 25th 2017

Wingtra Announces Partnership With Pix4D

Published October 25th 2017

Zurich, 16 October 2017: In a welcome move for professional drone users, VTOL drone company Wingtra announced its official partnership with Pix4D. With WingtraOne, Wingtra’s main product, fast emerging as an industry favourite for aerial data collection, this partnership with Pix4D aims to augment its status with a full end-to-end solution including 2D maps and 3D construction models from aerial data. Pix4D’s entire software suite is now available to WingtraOne users, both directly and via Wingtra’s distributors. "The bond between the companies was established some time ago, since realising the potential of pairing high-resolution aerial images with cutting-edge photogrammetry modelling software. We are very happy to announce the decision to become official partners" says Caroline Bailey, Pix4D Regional Sales Manager for Europe. Leopold Flechsenberger - Sales Manager at Wingtra - adds, "We have always aimed at providing the best survey-grade aer... Read More »

Nation Prize for Innovation Upper Austria - 2nd place for Aero Enterprise GmbH

Published October 25th 2017

Linz, 25.10.2017. With its “Airborne Quality Assurance” service package, Aero Enterprise was awarded 2nd place at the Nation Prize for Innovation 2017 in Upper Austria. The award ceremony took place on 24th October at the Upper Austrian Studios of the ORF in Linz. The Innovation Award, which is awarded annually by Business Upper Austria and the state of Upper Austria, was selected in four categories: small businesses – including Aero Enterprise-, medium-sized companies, large companies and research institutes. Furthermore, two jury awards (for radical innovations and/or business model innovations) were chosen. “We are extremely pleased to be ranked second in the SME category and are proud to be a driving innovation force in Upper Austria, together with all nominees,” said Robert Hörmann, CEO and CTO of Aero Enterprise. “The prize is especially for our team, which makes such submissions possible with unprecedented work and a high level o... Read More »

1000 drone pilots covered (and counting...)

Published October 23rd 2017

Just 18 months since take-off, Moonrock Drone Insurance – which specialises in drone insurance, underwritten by Hiscox, for commercial pilots – has safely landed its 1000th insurance policy. For Moonrock’s CEO Simon Ritterband, the growing success of the product vindicates what he saw as a potential opportunity when his builder turned up with a drone. “I was working in property when I had a call from my builder who said I had some roofing issues with one of my buildings. He sent a drone up to take a closer look. That sparked my interest in drones so I went to a drone expo, caught the buzz and immediately signed up to get my commercial pilot’s licence.” Limited insurance choice Licence secured, Ritterband realised that the market to buy liability insurance – a legal requirement for all commercial drone pilots – was limited. “Existing policies could be 60 pages long and were largely adapted from more general aviation insurance c... Read More »


Published October 23rd 2017

DJI’s Matrice 600 (M600) is DJI’s high-end commercial drone designed for professional aerial photography and various industrial applications. M600 is DJI’s heaviest drone can carry up to 6 kg of payload reaching a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 15.5 kg, carrying various payloads worth up to thousands of dollars. The M600 itself comes equipped with several redundancies such as the A3 autopilot self-adaptive flight systems that adjust flight parameters and six batteries that can be turned on and off with a button and the drone will stay in the air if one fails. However, the M-600 drone is still prone to many other risks both mechanical and software, that could lead to a potential crash. That is why an expensive investment like the M-600 requires a safety net – a backup system that would provide recovery when all else fails. Parazero is a drone safety solutions company, specializes in the development and manufacturing of innovative safety systems f... Read More »

World Food Day: Realising the life-saving and commercial potential of drones in agriculture

Published October 20th 2017

Governments and corporations are increasingly looking towards technology to provide a solution, with drones considered vital for the future of sustainable farming. So far, systems are being used to scan the condition of crops in order to allow for the targeted use of crop treatments. Drones can scan thousands of acres in a matter of hours, detecting weeks and pests earlier so farmers can quickly take corrective action. Read more here. Read More »

DroneShield: At The Forefront Of The Counter-Drone Industry

Published October 15th 2017

As the unmanned technologies continue to develop at a high rate, and both nefarious actors and governments have become aware of the possibilities presented by these technological developments and the need to mitigate them, the counter-drone industry is now firmly emerging as its own standalone security industry. DroneShield is proud to be at its forefront, with effective and cost-effective solutions, capable of deployment today.   The pace of the industry is accelerating by the week. On 26 September 2017, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Nicholas Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, testified on drone threats before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs in Washington, DC. Click here to watch a two-minute video of that testimony. Two quotes, particularly striking in their frankness about the urgency of the problem, are below: FBI Director Wray: Terrorist drones “coming here imminently…”... Read More »

Adapting to a world of UAVs making data driven decisions in real time

Published October 3rd 2017

AirMap is seeking to make drones part of everyday life by building the airspace services platform to let innovation take flight. The company, co-founded by aviation expert Ben Marcus, who was behind jetAVIVA, the world’s largest light business jet sales company, and Dr Gregory S McNeal, an expert in technology, law and public policy, hopes to fully integrate drones into large-scale industrial applications. To achieve this drones should be capable of making 'data-driven decisions in real time' and the operation should also extend beyond operator's visual line of sight or should be fully autonomous. Once drones are capable of this they could better plan efficient flights (for both route optimisation and airspace safety), avoid obstacles and truly operate with full potential in urban as well as industrial sites. AirMap is already the world's leading airspace management platform for drones, supporting more than 100,000 drone flights per day. The platform pr... Read More »

Press Release: ALTI Transition endurance record flight of over 10 hours

Published September 28th 2017

In September 2017, the ALTI team performed an endurance flight with a standard Transition UAV VTOL. This groundbreaking flight saw the Alti Transition achieve an endurance flight time of 10 hours, 43 minutes and 43 seconds, breaking their very own expectations by nearly 3 hours on a standard, non-modified ALTI Transition. Various minor updates and improvements have been made to the Transition over the last few months and all these small changes have a BIG result, endurance. Based on calculations and previous flights, expected endurance was around 8 hours, compared with pre-production endurance tests of just over 6 hours in real world conditions. ALTI is excited to offer their clients extended endurance to what is already an impressive 7 hour advertised performance. Since this flight, ALTI have increase fuel capacity to allow for an endurance of over 11 hours, not because it was required, but because they could. To ALTI’s knowledge and research, an endurance of over 10 hours on... Read More »

Drone Major's Chief Executive featured on the Mail Online

Published September 26th 2017

A drone expert has revealed a future world with flying cars, robot medics that rush to the scene of car crashes and spaceships which can mine supplies from faraway planets. Army veteran Robert Garbett predicts that within decades the skies above Britain will be buzzing with the gentle sound of propellers as drivers are whisked from A to B by sets of self-piloting helicopter blades. The devices - little larger than a Smart car - would be summoned with the press of a button before attaching themselves on to the roof of motorists and flying away. Speaking at today's launch of his new consultancy firm Drone Major Group, Mr Garbett tells MailOnline: 'There are projects developing ground-air synergies for future smart cities. Read More Read More »

Press Release: Drone Major Group has officially launched

Published September 26th 2017

Today, July 27th 2017, the launch of Drone Major Group Limited, a new group of companies focused on the fast growing drone industry, has been announced, bringing together a number of complementary businesses which provide connectivity for the first time ever to the global drone industry.   Drone Major Group is the first company in the world to provide a unique and integrated suite of products and services to the global drone industry at what is an important time in the development of standards and growth of this exceptionally dynamic sector. Central to the business will be the launch of a new portal - Drone Major – launched today, which will provide critical connectivity for the global industry. Until now there has been no single resource available to help navigate and procure an extensive range of drones and drone related services.  This will be the world’s first online portal to facilitate the sale of drones and drone-related equip... Read More »

Air Control Entech: PM visit – UAV technology opportunity to transform Oil and Gas Industry

Published September 18th 2017

This is a move to strengthen Public-Private partnership aimed at tackling the high costs and complexity of carrying out high quality inspections of facilities. A visit to the Oil and Gas Technology centre (OGTC), presented Air Control Entech’s (ACE) managing director Kieran Hope with an opportunity to showcase an innovative solution. Kieran demonstrated that with support from the OGTC, Air Control Entech can provide low-cost high quality inspections using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Managing Director of the Aberdeen based Start-up said: “It was great to present one of our existing technologies to the UK PM. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (The OGTC) have been a great support to the company since we engaged with them. Today marks another fine example of how the new technology centre can help get the hidden technologies within Aberdeen out there, into the market and help to make our industry great again” Read More »

Air Control Entech achieve world first live stream offshore inspection from UAV

Published September 18th 2017

Air Control Entech, a leading UAV (drone) based Service Company to the Oil and Gas industry has delivered a world’s first in offshore inspection. Air Control Entech UAV inspection team successfully streamed the world’s first live offshore inspection. The live inspection from a North Sea FPSO operated by a UK headquartered Oil and Gas Company was successfully streamed directly to the client’s onshore offices in Aberdeen. This new development, co-funded by investment from Aberdeen’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre aims to cut the cost of inspecting and maintaining offshore infrastructure. By using the UAV to complete the inspection and live stream, the operator obtained a real time view of the asset, removing the need for a shut down and rope access teams mobilizing to inspect the flare. This successful trial leads the way for future trials and a final refined product that stakeholders are eagerly awaiting due to the safety benefits and combined cost a... Read More »

Airborne Rotor Blade Inspection goes offshore

Published September 6th 2017

Aero Enterprise will be presenting its latest development at HUSUM Wind 2017: Airborne Inspection Service - now also for offshore wind turbines. The combination of the advanced SensorCopter and AERO-Lyse software ensures efficient and safe detection, analysis and classification of damage, even in harsh weather conditions. With this technology - already in use on onshore systems - Aero Enterprise is again one step ahead of the competition: especially in the harsh operating conditions at sea, the SensorCopter proves its strengths: stable flight behaviour, longer flight duration and continuous, high-resolution image material - even with stronger wind. Aero Enterprise is a specialist in ‘airborne quality assurance’ for the inspection of wind turbines. With the self-developed system - consisting of a helicopter drone, a ground station, a database and a client-based analysis software package - Aero Enterprise is the perfect partner for service providers, system builders and... Read More »

DJI Drones Save the Day During Texas Flood Rescue

Published August 10th 2017

While floods endanger the lives of thousands in Northern Texas, DJI is proud to play part in the rescue and safety of these victims. This was apparent in Johnson County, Texas where local drone operator Garret Bryl turned his DJI Inspire 1 on saving others in his neighborhood. The Kastel Family was left adrift on their house-turned-island as waters flooded the area. Bryl was able to affix a rope to his Inspire 1 and fly it across the raging waters, delivering a literal life-line to the Kastel Family. With the Kastel Family secure, the rescue team waited for a Texas National Guard helicopter to arrive and carry the couple away from danger. In this case, attempts were made to access the family by speed boat or hovercraft, but rescuers deemed the raging river too dangerous. The Inspire 1 was able to remain incredibly safe and stable in a journey where one slip into the water could spell disaster for the Kastel Family. It is a testament to the reliability of DJI products that they ca... Read More »

DJI Introduces M200 Series Drones Built For Enterprise

Published August 9th 2017

DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, Sunday unveiled the new Matrice 200 drone series (M200), which is purpose-built for professional users to perform aerial inspections and collect data – making drone technology an affordable and easy-to-use tool for enterprises that recognize how aerial imaging can transform their operations. The M200 series’ folding body is easy to carry and easy to set up, with a weather- and water-resistant body, ideal for field operations. It offers DJI’s first upward-facing gimbal mount, opening up the undersides of bridges, towers and other structures to inspection. It is compatible with DJI’s powerful X4S and X5S cameras, as well as the high-powered Z30 zoom camera and the XT camera for thermal imaging. It has a forward-facing first-person view camera, allowing a pilot and a camera operator to monitor separate images on dual controllers. Its safety features include obstacle avoidance sensors facing forward, up and dow... Read More »