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Follow me drones for travel: should you really take one on your next trip?

Published February 26th 2018

Drones are banned at the Statue of Liberty and at an increasing number of tourist attractions. But with DJI’s new ‘follow me’ model offering unique photo and tracking modes, are travel drones becoming an unstoppable trend? Read more Read More »


Drones in the deep: new applications for maritime unmanned vehicles

Published February 8th 2018

In September 2017, an online portal called Drone Major Group (DMG) was launched to support and grow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and other autonomous vehicles. Focused on underwater, air, surface and space drones, the online marketplace demonstrates the growing capabilities of this burgeoning technology, especially in the maritime environment. In the maritime environment, drones can be used for security, environmental surveillance, to supply vessels with spare parts, for emergency missions, such as search and rescue, as well as for ship and cargo inspection. Yet, despite the many use cases, the technology does face some challenges, such as limited battery life and difficulty operating in poor weather. But original equipment manufacturers and major shippers are keen to improve the technology further and extend the reach and scope of what can be done with drones. Furthermore, the increasing use of drones is supported by regulators such as the European Maritime Sa... Read More »


The global drone revolution with Drone Major Group

Published February 8th 2018

The global drone revolution is well underway, but the association between drones and space is largely unreported. Drones may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but in fact, they have been roaming space for the last 60 years in the form of satellites. Many companies have recognized the economic potential of utilizing drones in space. UK headquartered Effective Space Solutions (Effective Space), has recently announced it’s signed an over $100m multi-year contract with a major regional satellite operator, which will see two space drones launched in 2020. The drones will provide station-keeping and attitude-control capabilities that will significantly extend the life of two communications satellites and ultimately reduce the long-run maintenance costs. With the help of drones, companies are also delving deeper into space. A team of NASA engineers have plans to put drones on Mars in the not too distant future. These flying robotic sentinels could reach more of the Martian su... Read More »


Drone Major founder Robert Garbett featured in Time Out Magazine

Published February 5th 2018

Drones go back as far as the nineteenth century ‘The definition of a drone is dead simple: it’s any vehicle, ship or aircraft that’s controlled remotely or autonomously. The earliest record of an unmanned aerial vehicle is from 1849 when the Austrians used some balloons loaded with explosives in an attack. They just weren’t called drones; they were “flying bombs”.’ Driverless cars are closer to reality than Amazon drone deliveries ‘When people think of drones they tend to think of Amazon parcels flying through the air. But who cares? What are they going to do – drop it on the street outside my home? It’s a good bit of promotion, but it’s not feasible door-to-door. Whereas if I’d said to you a year ago that there would be driverless cars on the streets of London by 2021, you probably would have laughed at me – but that’s exactly what the government has announced! I think this is one of the most... Read More »


Drone Major founder Robert Garbett is featured in GeoConnexion News

Published January 22nd 2018

“The suggestion made by Boris Johnson of a bridge across the Channel between the UK and France is totally misplaced since it takes no account of the massive impact on transport infrastructure that will be delivered by the drone industry over the next decade alone. 2018 is set to be a watershed year for the drone industry when there is expected to be significant progress on drone standards and regulation that will stimulate the development of one of the most exciting growth industries on the planet. The drone industry embraces everything from aerial gyrocopter drones, to driverless cars, marine, surface and underwater vehicles, and passenger or freight-carrying transporters. Drone technology is already being used to dramatically reduce infrastructure delivery, saving millions on large-scale projects.” Read more Read More »


Drone Major Group: Embracing opportunities for smart cities

Published January 10th 2018

“There are so many stories of new and innovative technologies creating irrational fears,” says Robert Garbett, founder and CEO of Drone Major Group, “such as the introduction of the first automobiles when people thought that going over 25mph would result in death. Irrational fear is normal and is to be expected but if we look at how drones are being used now, they are generally carrying out tasks that are impossible or too dangerous for humans to undertake. In essence, we believe that drones will, as they do currently, augment our capabilities and capacity – not replace them.” Read more Read More »


“THE WORLD IS ON THE BRINK OF A TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION”

Published December 12th 2017

“As we move into the most exciting era of the modern age, it is easy to imagine skies filled with small flying drones delivering parcels, but the truth is far more likely and far more exciting and the key is the evolution of airspace management. Imagine a future where global airspace is no longer managed in a rigid ‘airspace corridor’ way purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft but in a continuously flexible and dynamic way for the benefit of all. An airspace populated with vertical columns used by aircraft making subspace jumps, shifting geo-routes allowing passenger drones to pass safely at any altitude and shifting geo-fences protecting manned routes and high-value assets. The sky above us is an untapped sea of air which will have incredible value as the drone industry expands its operations into the future.  As data is the new oil, airspace will be the new gold. We are some way from taking full control of the airspace but this work is... Read More »


The tech that will power the 22nd century

Published December 12th 2017

The tech that will power the 22nd century

Published December 12th 2017

If predicting the future is dumb, then predicting advances in technology is even dumber. Challenges will appear that we've never contemplated, and knowledge we now hold dear will in many cases be proven false. The prediction game can soon become more a reflection of 'us' in the 21st century rather than 'them' in the 22nd century. And yet, as we enter a period of hyper-adoption of new technology, we have more data than ever before to give us an idea of what the world could look like in 100 years. And we know one thing, it's that the future is going to be home to some amazing technologies. Beyond both driverless cars and Amazon wanting to use drones to deliver parcels, the far-flung future could have a completely new kind of airspace. At present, global airspace is managed in a rigid 'airspace corridor' way, purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft, but that could change. "Global airspace could be managed in a continuously f... Read More »


Isis use of hobby drones as weapons tests Chinese makers

Published December 12th 2017

Chinese consumer drones figure prominently in the arsenals of terror groups for the same reasons they have grabbed market share all over the world, according to Robert Garbett, chairman of Drone Major, a UK-based consultancy: “They are cheap and readily available.” DJI has taken the lead among Chinese drone makers since 2013 in installing geofencing — which uses GPS to prevent drones from working in certain parts of the globe. However, experts say the technology is easy to bypass. Another security measure would be to require buyers to identify themselves and to require drones to carry UDIMs, SIM card-like devices that are a form of digital licence. Chinese drone makers are actively promoting this technology through the International Standards Organisation, where a committee is developing a global registry for drone users, Mr Garbett says. Read more.  Read More »


Users can control this underwater drone from the other side of the world

Published November 3rd 2017

Drone Major Group Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, explains that this technology could be applied across a range of industries including industrial inspection. Referring to the BBC's new Blue Planet II series, he says that you no longer need a large team of drone operators aboard a vessel which will save companies such as the BBC large amounts of money. Aquabotix, the developers of this revolutionary software, also claimed it could be useful in many businesses research centres and security forces, as well as applications like monitoring fish farms. Read the full article here. 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 »


Drone Major is featured in the Manufacturing And Engineering Magazine

Published November 1st 2017

The Manufacturing industry is one of the many that has seen a lot of benefits from the development of widespread drone use. Drone Major Group was first set up in September, by Founder and CEO Robert Garbett. The Group works to offer connections for the key players within the drone development industry in order to support the transformative drone developments taking place. Read more 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »