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DRONEII: Drones and the Coronavirus – from Crisis to Opportunity

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As the entire world scrambles to react to the global health crisis caused by the spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness, conversations about automation and the role of robotics in society have never been more relevant. With the number of those infected by the new coronavirus passing 1,000,000 and the number of deaths passing 50,000, two main concerns sit at the forefront of…

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SimActive Used to Determine Solar Potential from Satellite Imagery

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In a recent press release, SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces that their Correlator3D™ product is being used by Dutch company NEO B.V. to assess solar potential in multiple cities. Digital surface models (DSMs) are generated from WorldView and GeoEye satellite stereo images and serve to calculate solar panel capacity.

DSMs covering hundreds…

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Commercial Drones FM: Skydio CEO, Adam Bry Talks Autonomous Drones [Podcast]

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In this most recent podcast, Ian Smith of Commercial Drones FM spends some time with Adam Bry of Skydio on the recent release of Skydio 2, the latest in their line of autonomous drones for commercial application. The show has an interesting twist: Ian is both interviewing Adam and also happens to be a client of Skydio with this inventory management enterprise named, Ware.

Ian describes…

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Bessemer’s Tess Hatch on the evolving aerospace market and COVID-19 adjustments

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The aerospace market is evolving quickly and merging with other segments of tech, making it an exciting space for both startups and investors — but the complications of the global pandemic are being felt by both.

Bessemer Venture Partners investor Tess Hatch has been helping guide companies in their portfolio through these strange times and has been rolling with the punches…

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This Segment of the Drone Industry is Predicted to Reach $1,419.5 Million by 2026

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“ Passenger Drones Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, By Component (Hardware, Software, Services); By Capacity (Less than 100 kg, More than 100 kg); By End-User (Personal, Commercial); By Region: Segment Forecast, 2019 – 2026, “ says that passenger drones have value beyond just urban air mobility, the idea of adding air travel options to public transportation…

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Multiple Helicopter Drones Flown Simultaneously by a Single Operator: Alpha Unmanned and Simplex

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Spain’s Alpha Unmanned Systems has partnered with Israeli Simplex Corporation to enable multiple flights of Alpha’s large, gas-powered helicopter drones – by a single operator. The Unified Flight System allows up to 6 simultaneous flights of Alpha’s large helicopter drones and 4 additional drones.

It’s a complex solution with great implications for a wide variety of…

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Altitude Angel Launches Dutch Drone Traffic System

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British UTM provider Altitude Angel is taking flight with the Netherlands’ air traffic control authority after winning a contract to provide an unmanned traffic management system.

LVNL awarded the three-year contract in December. Altitude Angel will provide a full UTM platform, clearing the way for commercial drone use.

This week, the company announced the completion of the…

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Drones Play a Role in the Digital Future of Healthcare [Infographic]

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ID Medical Group, the U.K.’s leading recruiter in the medical field, has a unique perspective on trends in the medical industry. They’ve taken a deep dive into the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) Long-Term Plan to see what the future holds for healthcare. In the following infographic, they’ve outlined the trends – and they’re fascinating. Implants injected under the skin will…

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Iris Automation Enables BVLOS Flight with 360 degree Onboard Detect and Avoid

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Iris Automation‘s latest product, the Casia 360, is a 360 degree onboard detect and avoid system – and a major step forward for flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The Casia 360 is a lightweight system that can be mounted on a drone. The system uses computer vision to “see” any other aircraft (or birds and other obstacles) in the air, safely making intelligent decisions…

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ANRA Technologies Introduces SmartSkies™: Drone Airspace Authorization Platform

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ANRA Technologies has been a leader in the global UTM space for several years – and today, ANRA announces a family of software services designed to allow drone pilots to get nearly instant authorization to fly in airport control zones. SmartSkies™ offers pilots instant authorization when allowed; and supports drone tracking, deconfliction, auditing, alerts, and more.

With SmartSkies,…

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