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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 »


Drones Are Increasingly Being Used To Help Save Lives

Published June 6th 2018

Drone Major supplier, DJI, is on a mission to follow how many times drones save lives. DJI said that last week "marked a new milestone in public safety drone use". Drones were used to rescue four people in three separate incidents on two continents in one day. “This brings the total number of people rescued from peril by drones around the world to at least 133,” says DJI, as there are now countless incidents in which drones are used in law enforcement, firefighting and rescue operations to assist in saving lives. Last Thursday, police and fire departments recorded three rescues: Police in the UK used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to find a missing semiconscious man at the edge of a steep Exmouth cliff face. Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police posted a video of the rescue here: https://twitter.com/PoliceDrones/status/1004368785346912256 An Indiana fire department dropped a life vest to a criminal suspect who ha... Read More »


AMENDMENT TO THE UK AIR NAVIGATION ORDER 2016 – 30TH MAY 2018

Published May 29th 2018

Tomorrow morning the Department for Transport (DFT) will be laying an amendment to the Air Navigation Order 2016 in Parliament. Following the government’s consultation last year, this will put into law the requirements for: 1. operators of drones above 250g to be registered 2. pilots flying these drones (known as ‘remote pilots’) to obtain an acknowledgement of competency from the CAA, having passed requirements set by the CAA such as an online safety test to prove their knowledge of the restrictions 3. a height limit of 400ft for all drone flights 4. a restriction from flying drones within 1km of protected aerodromes in the UK, unless you have the permission of the Air Traffic Control unit in question. Measures 1 & 2 will not come into force until 30th November 2019 to give drone users time to adjust to this change and allow the Civil Aviation Authority to complete their work on the systems and educational materials required to implement these poli... Read More »


Thousands of manufacturing and building drones could boost GDP by £8.6bn

Published May 29th 2018

Thousands of drones could fill the skies above building sites and factories over the coming decade, boosting the UK's GDP by £8.6bn. The construction and manufacturing sector could save up to £3.5bn from widespread introduction of the machines, a report from accountants PwC found. Throughout the whole economy, Skies Without Limits forecast a £42bn GDP increase by 2030, with more than 76,000 operator-controlled drones taking off. The most common applications in construction and manufacturing will be monitoring and surveying building sites, infrastructure maintenance and stock-taking, the report predicted. Companies already commonly use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as cheap and efficient tools for tracking construction progress and checking wear and tear on installations such as wind turbines. Andrew Watts from building engineering firm Newtecnic also previously told Professional Engineering that drones will physically interact m... Read More »


UK MoD Successfully Trials Unmanned Minesweeper

Published May 7th 2018

Following a period of successful trials, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced a new unmanned minesweeper which could go on to be used by the Royal Navy in the future to defeat the threat of modern digital mines. The first of its kind for UK forces, it comprises an 11m long, 10-tonne unmanned surface vessel (USV) that tows three boats behind it. The boats emit signals that can detonate a variety of mines, including a new breed of digital mine that can detect and target passing ships above. According to the MoD, the vessel features 'sense and avoid' capability and is designed to operate alongside other autonomous systems for the common goal of making UK waters safe. Operated either from a ship or a portable control cabin, the minesweeper has been undergoing trials for the past four months. As well as the overall system performance, it was graded on how well it could clear mines and how successfully it could avoid obstacles. Read more Read More »


Underwater Drones used for Search & Rescue and Surveillance in India

Published May 2nd 2018

Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious gatherings on earth. It is a mass Hindu pilgrimage on the banks of Ganga of faith where Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. In preparation for the event, local police are planning on using underwater drones at the fair in 2019 for the first time for surveillance and rescue operations. Hundreds of thousands of people will be bathing daily in the river so Visual and SONAR (Sound Navigation & Ranging) sensors would be utilised by the police to ensure visibility up to 300 meters underwater, maintaining a close watch on river banks and deep water, and ensuring safety and security of pilgrims and preventing them from drowning. It also helps with inspection of any underwater structures. Furthermore, the drone will help the police with underwater inspections and maintenance & repair operations, exploring areas which are not accessible by divers, for example, areas with low visibility. The pilgrimage will be held on the b... Read More »


Drone Major: Counter Drone Technology

Published April 18th 2018

Drone Major: Counter Drone Technology

Published April 18th 2018

Drones will inevitably occupy our skies in the future, but how will we defend against them? In an ever-expanding market there becomes an increased threat from the misuse of technology. There is now an increased need for counter drone systems for a number of reasons, asset protection, anti-terrorism and privacy to name a few. Avoid near misses and collision by protecting airspace at airports Protect large gatherings of people at events Prevent illegal deliveries of drugs, phones and weapons at prisons Stop surveillance and damage to critical infrastructure Counter drone technology is now an expanding market within the drone industry and this document intends to outline the basic differences to enable buyers to source suitable systems that meet their requirements. Detectors Radar The word RADAR is an acronym for Radio Detection And Ranging, and in its simplest form, it consists of a transmitted radio signal aimed by an antenna in a particular direction, an... Read More »


Over 100 MILLION reasons to join Drone Major

Published February 1st 2018

We are delighted to announce that, since our launch on 27th Sept 2017, Drone Major has offered over £100 million of opportunities to our suppliers and we are receiving requests now which will push this figure well towards £200 million by end Q2. Drone Major was created specifically to connect all stakeholders in all environments of the global drone industry (Surface, Underwater, Air & Space) in order to support the growth of the most exciting emerging market mankind has ever witnessed. We achieve this by facilitating collaboration, assisting our suppliers to place their products and services with each other and by generating business through our drone technology advisory team who are helping with companies and governments around the globe implement drone solutions for FREE! We could not be happier with the results and the reaction to the Drone Major concept. If you are a manufacturer, distributor, inventor, service provider, operator or other business operating... Read More »


12 things to look for when buying a drone this Christmas

Published December 7th 2017

So, if you are planning to buy a drone for a loved one (or yourself) this Christmas, here are a few things you need to consider first:   1. What will they want to use it for? If you say the word ‘drone’ to some people, it instantly conjures up images of incredible aerial photos. Others may see racing potential. Consider how the person you are buying for would use the drone. Most drones fit into two categories: large camera-bearing drones and small, light drones built for speed or indoor flying. There are a few drones that purport to do both. However, it’s worth checking the megapixels on any inbuilt cameras. Some less expensive units may leave you wanting more from your aerial shots.   2. Who are you buying for? Are you buying for an adult or a child? Is it their first drone? If you’re buying for a child, check out reviews to ensure that the drone you are considering is sufficiently robust. Consider where they will fly thei... Read More »


How Spiderman is helping scientists extend drone flight time

Published December 6th 2017

Flight time is one of the biggest limitations on drone usability that we face. However, teams at Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Labs are working on a solution. They’ve developed a drone that can shoot synthetic web-like material out to nearby walls to act as an anchor. If you’re thinking Peter Parker, you’re on the right lines. The modified drone shoots out this material using compressed gas. Once anchored, drones can reduce the amount of energy they use to stay in the air. The drone, a modified DJI Matrice 100, can be fitted with one of two different modules; one for stabilising and one for perching. Then, once it has located a magnetic surface to perch beneath, it launches an anchor using a launcher and a spooling system packed with polystyrene thread. SpiderMAV then reels in the thread to make it taut. Fully anchored, the SpiderMAV can slow or shut off its motors to save power. The stabilisation module enables threads to... Read More »


Do robots or humans make better drone pilots?

Published November 28th 2017

This was a question that was vexing researchers from NASA two years ago. After 24 months of hard work, culminating in a head-to-head challenge on one of the toughest courses imaginable, they may finally be close to an answer. The challenge saw world-class drone pilot Kevin Loo take on an AI-powered drone to see who was faster and more accurate over a set period of time. Loo averaged 11.1 seconds for the dense circuit designed by NASA researchers, whilst the autonomous drone was a whole 2.8 seconds slower, completing the loop in 13.9 seconds. However, when the performances of both drones were analysed, the robot drone maintained a more consistent speed and a more accurate course. Over the 2 years, NASA researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, developed 3 AI drones: Batman, Joker and Nightwing, funded by Google. Read More »


12 ways your world will be changed by drones

Published November 28th 2017

‘The world is on the brink of a technological revolution’ Last week Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the Government’s intention to embrace the technological revolution. The Autumn Budget held promises to overhaul regulatory frameworks to enable safe testing of driverless vehicles. These changes are essential if the Government is to meet its target of getting self-driving cars on UK roads by 2021. Whether we like it or not, drone technology is transforming our world. Gartner reported a 65% increase in drone sales in 2016, and with a further 39% increase this year, there’s no sign of any let-up. Featured on Geoconnexion.com, Drone Major Founder, Robert Garbett, says: “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.” He explains how “developments in... Read More »


Is it a drone or is it an RPA? What’s really in a name?

Published November 19th 2017

The benefits of using drones are being recognised universally. The White House’s recent announcement of the UAS Integration Pilot Programme is just one example. They can improve safety in dangerous jobs, save lives in rescue missions, improve marketing, and provide a source of entertainment and challenge for hobbyists. But with such a diverse range of uses, can we justify using a broad-brush, catch-all name for this technology? The main problem many drone users appear to have with the term “drone” is that it is often associated with the early militaristic use of drones. This aversion seems to be inspiring references to UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles) UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) and RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircrafts), to name a few. Why are we trying so hard to avoid the D word? But, as it seems that all of these terms are interchangeable, why are we trying so hard to avoid the D word? Drones used to be equated with military technology but times have chan... Read More »