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DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

Published November 7th 2019

Funds will develop new technology to tackle rising security risks posed by Unmanned Air Systems.   The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year by the then-Defence Secretary. Among the proposal being developed are methods for detecting 4G & 5G controlled drones, cutting edge applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence for sensors to automatically identify UAVs, and low risk methods of stopping drones through novel electronic defeat or interceptor solutions. The competition, run by DASA – the MOD’s innovation hub – on behalf of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is the latest stage in Dstl’s ongoing research programme into countering unmanned... Read More »


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

Published September 23rd 2019

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 »


JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION

Published August 21st 2019
JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION 2020

JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION

Published August 21st 2019

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 »


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 »


How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019
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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 »


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 »


Intelligent Energy leads UAV fuel cell power market with launch of 2.4kW module

Published April 16th 2019

Intelligent Energy is to launch a market leading 2.4kW fuel cell power product for the commercial UAV market at the largest industry show, AUVSI Xponential 2019, Chicago (30 April – 2 May). In just 18 months, Intelligent Energy has launched four products specifically designed for commercial UAVs. These products provide a solution to the constraints of battery power and offer minimum downtime and fast refuel, making them a compelling option for the commercial UAV market. Recently, Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module – launched just eight months ago - was used to achieve a new Guinness World Record for the longest multi rotor flight time, conducted by South Korean company MetaVista. The multi-rotor UAV flew for 12 hours, 7 minutes and 5 seconds using liquid hydrogen to fuel the module. This record greatly exceeds the previous one held for 2 hours, 6 minutes 7 seconds, demonstrating just what can be achieved. Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelli... Read More »


Fly Your Drone Safely with Moonrock Insurance and Consortiq

Published April 3rd 2019

Moonrock Insurance, a Drone Major Group supplier, is excited to announce a new partnership with Consortiq to promote safer drone flying for all of Moonrock's customers.  The details of Moonrock's news are below:  Drone safety hit the news in dramatic style in December. Christmas travel plans for thousands were disrupted and ruined, following sights of a drone flying in restricted airspace around Gatwick Airport. Following that incident, calls for greater restrictions on the use of drones resulted in the government announcing new powers for the police when it comes to drone use including the use of fixed penalty notices. What impact the new rules will have is unclear with further disruption experienced at Heathrow on 8 January following more drone sightings. While commercial pilots are already subject to regulations from the CAA and are required to have liability insurance, it seems inevitable that all drone pilots – whether they fly for a living or... Read More »


VALQARI LAUNCHES THE FIRST SOLUTION FOR DRONE DELIVERY’S LAST INCH LOGISTIC PROBLEMS

Published April 1st 2019

The Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox holds U.S. and international patents for safe and secure drone deliveries. Valqari, a Chicago-based start-up, has solved the last inch logistic problems associated with drone delivery with its patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox, a universal drone receptacle for package delivery and pick-up. Backed with a strong international patent portfolio, the smart mailbox features agnostic capabilities to ensure seamless integration and communication with any drone manufacturer during a fully-automated delivery process. It is a concept that gives Valqari the ability to revolutionize drone deliveries for industries including pharmaceuticals, meal delivery and grocery services, governments and residential e-commerce. This technology also puts Valqari ahead of major players, like Google, Amazon and Uber, when it comes to the end process of a drone delivery. To date, it is the only drone delivery solution to be issued utility patents in 13 countries and territ... Read More »


What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019
the drone industry and how it will change with the introduction of 5G technology

What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019

5G has been the subject of significant recent media scrutiny, with critics claiming that the high frequency, ultra-fast service is dangerous to overall health, while supporters assert its potential to revolutionise life as we know it by offering 10-20x faster internet speeds than its predecessor, 4G. Regardless of what side you may fall on, it is important to understand the basics of what 5G is and how, if implemented, it could affect activities like drone use. So, what is 5G? In the most basic sense, 5G is the next generation of internet connectivity. It dramatically increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the pre-existing radio spectrum, allowing more users to access the network simultaneously, whilst maintaining a strong and fast connection. Essentially, 5G means a stronger mobile internet connection, lightning fast web searches and almost immediate connection between users, especially in condensed urban areas. The applications are vast, ranging from seamless data sharing b... Read More »


BAPCO Expo 2019: In Case you Missed it…

Published March 22nd 2019

The BAPCO Public Safety Communications Expo 2019 was a great opportunity to learn from and network with many industry leaders – from Samsung and Airbus to H-Robotics and Airvis. This year’s Expo included the first ‘Drone Zone’ and Drone Major Group was delighted to be one of the featured providers, with our own Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, presenting on two important topics: Perpetual surveillance and the future of drones. For those of you who missed the event, this podcast episode explores the highlights of Garbett’s presentations, as well as other insightful takeaways from the two-day event. A great event with a great turn out, Drone Major Group is excited to continue the enthusiasm and bring out even more suppliers to the 2020 BAPCO expo. >> LISTEN HERE TO THE LATEST PODCAST << Read More »


Are Drones the Farm Aids of the Future?

Published March 21st 2019

The days of small, recreational drones are long behind us, with commercial applications of drone technology expanding at an exciting, and often unforeseen, pace. It seems that every day there is a new prototype, a new business or a new application for drone and counter-drone technology, further sparking public interest in the true capabilities of this revolutionary technology. A recent, and very applicable, development comes in the form of crop monitoring. In previous years, monitoring large crops fields required large-scale piloted aircraft and bulky sensors; however, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” has introduced technologies that promise to make personal and professional tasks far more accessible. Drones are an important component of this revolution, as their applications in farming are producing substantial benefits for both farmers and the wider population. UAV’s equipped with advanced imaging sensors are now able to scan expansive fields and g... Read More »


A SKYCORP announcement - e-Drone Zero - 2019 Deliveries

Published February 5th 2019

A SKYCORP announcement - e-Drone Zero - 2019 Deliveries   Almost 3 months have passed since the unveiling of Europe’s first commercially available hydrogen powered drone e-Drone Zero in London’s Commercial UAV Show last November by SKYCORP and we would like to start off by thanking everyone for the tremendously overwhelmingly positive feedback and response. As 2019 is the first official year of production and deliveries then feedback & tight cooperation with first integrators is extremely vital to fine-tune the interoperability between the drone, the AI and the payload for maximum benefit in varied use-cases and environments. This means that not only can everyone who want to be in the top priority list of incorporating an advanced hydrogen Smart-Drone into their workflow enjoy a very tight knit relationship and have feedback based custom tailoring and other added benefits, but they of course also get to enjoy the perks that come with the technology such... Read More »


eVTOL Milestone: Boeing’s Successful Test Flight

Published January 31st 2019

eVTOL Milestone: Boeing’s Successful Test Flight 22 January 2018, American aircraft manufacturing company, Boeing, reached a technology milestone – the first flight of their passenger air vehicle (PAV). The flight, which lasted only minutes, involved a vertical takeoff, hover and controlled landing. The eVTOL vehicle proves promising in terms of autonomous functions and ground control systems, with future flights aiming to test forward motion and transitional maneuvers.   Boeing has developed this technology as a part of their NeXt programme, which has partnered with major transportation corporations such as Uber to work towards a highly advanced vision of urban air mobility. The aspirations of both organisations extend far beyond this test flight, hoping to commercialise their PAV prototypes as early as 2023. It is not just Boeing at the cusp of this revolution; Bell, Volocoptor and Airbus are also hard at work to showcase their ideas of the future of transpo... Read More »


RUSTA delivers regulatory consultancy service to the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong

Published January 24th 2019

The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong have been investigating how the United Kingdom, America and Australian UAV businesses operate before implementing their own training course procedures and regulations. RUSTA were honoured to be selected from a number of NQE’s to spend the week with the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong this month offering their regulatory consultancy services. The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong Head Quarters is located next to Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, with the assistance of RUSTA they are exploring the concept to introduce new regulation and legislation for sub 20kg UAV market in Hong Kong. During the week, Jim Rowlands one of the senior RUSTA instructors, covered how theoretical elements are taught in the UK. This included Air Law, Principles of Flight, Meteorology, CAPS, Lithium Polymer Batteries, Emergency Procedures and Human Factors. Jim also engaged delegates in a practical element of basic flying ex... Read More »


Drone Major Group’s Guide to Counter Air Drone Technology

Published January 17th 2019

Guide to Counter Air Drone Technology The drone industry is quickly becoming one of the most potent and profitable industries in the world.  The rapid influx of air drone technology into the market has steepened the learning curve for both civilian and industry affiliates alike as concerns continue to increase over what can be done to mitigate the threat of air drone technology being operated by ‘rogue’ operators in sensitive or prohibited areas. Recent events such as the shutdown of both Gatwick and Heathrow airports in London highlight the true danger in waiting to adopt a counter drone strategy – drone advancements are not slowing down, so the only option is for organisations to catch up and prepare.   In light of the recent media focus on this issue, it is easy to think that air drone technology is a threat, if not just inconvenient to those who experienced delayed flights or evacuation.  It is hard to refute the latter, but Drone Major... Read More »


Robert Garbett’s Take on Air Drone’s Latest Run-in: Heathrow Airport

Published January 10th 2019

London’s largest international airport, Heathrow, has found itself at the center of another air drone scandal. After a potential UAV sighting early Tuesday evening, all departures from Heathrow Airport were halted for the better part of an hour. While Heathrow officials state that the temporary shutdown was a part of a system of precautionary measures, Drone Major’s Garbett expresses his worry that major organisations, like airports, are still pushing the big red “STOP” button on all operations when drone sightings are involved. Garbett, the CEO of Drone Major Group, spoke with Jazz FM radio early Wednesday morning following the incident and discussed the importance of proper policy and procedure for dealing with events like this in the future. “Drones are set to become one of the largest industries in the world,” Garbett says, “we cannot avoid drone technology, we have to become “drone ready.’”  “Drone Ready,&r... Read More »


Barry Jenkins Comments on Counter Drones at Gatwick Airport

Published January 9th 2019

Despite recent happenings with “rogue” air drones, we should not demonize the technology. In a recent interview with 5 News, Drone Major Group’s Head of Counter Drone Technology, Barry Jenkins, discussed the logistics and practicality of removing (and preventing) unwarranted drone interference. To Jenkins, the economic, civil and philanthropic benefits of drone technology outweigh the risks, such as the recent happenings at Gatwick airport in late December. “By 2030,” Jenkins says, “drones have been externally predicted to generate 42 billion for the UK economy… providing 680,000 jobs.” Drone technology provides access to a plethora of exploratory solutions never before seen as possible — maritime study, agricultural surveillance, even autonomous vehicle integration. The possibilities, at this point, are only further growing; however, the fear of the public is growing steadily alongside the technology. Drone Major Grou... Read More »


Buy a drone air force for less than £30k - you’ll also need some Bacofoil

Published September 9th 2018

The Royal Air Force has celebrated its formation in 1918 with a series of superb displays and parades that show off their professionalism, panache and pride and demonstrate their global status as a leader in air and space power. The RAF’s creation lies in part with the threat posed by the manned Zeppelin raids on the UK mainland of World War One. The last attack off Great Yarmouth was unintentionally marked a hundred years ago to the day, by the drone attack wreaking a similar terror from the skies on the President of Venezuela. For air forces around the world and their political masters, there is now a new kid on the urban block. The £30K air force is available now with minimal running costs, no infrastructure requirements and comes pre-loaded with the mother of all irony bombs; soon it could be delivered to you straight from the warehouse, by drone.   So, the new kid on and above the block is an illegally modified drone. However, they have been around for decades,... Read More »


Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK

Published July 25th 2018

The measures in the consultation are part our wider drones programme and strategy and will help shape the content of a draft Drones Bill which will be published later this year, as well as other future measures. The measures under consultation include:   • Proposals for regulating and mandating the use of ‘apps’ on which pilots would file flight plans ahead of take-off • Additional powers for the police to enforce the law • Using new counter-drone technology to protect public events and critical national infrastructure, and stop contraband from reaching prisons • Introducing minimum age restrictions for drone owners in addition to the new tests they will need to take • Whether the 1km restriction around aerodromes, introduced as an amendment to the Air Navigation Order in May this year, is sufficient. The consultation will run until 17 September 2018 and they're keen to engage with as wide a group as possible. Please... Read More »