Rainmaking drones? Water-poor UAE test cloud-zapping UAVs

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is using drones in tests seeking to jolt rainfall from obstinate cloud cover. The objective: to electrically shock water from rain-retaining skies. Jolt-packing drones The UAE is working with researchers from the UK’s University of Reading in the project deploying drones to force rain from shower-averse clouds. The plan involves […]

Irish DJI Mini 2 pilot discovers three ancient logboats

Anthony Murphy was flying his drone in search of a bottle-nosed dolphin nicknamed Kevin. Instead, he found three ancient, possibly Neolithic Irish logboats on the floor of the River Boyne. DJI Mini 2 films history A professional writer and photographer during working hours, Murphy is also an avocational archeologist and drone enthusiast who publishes his […]

A drone “autonomy economy” is coming. But how to get there?

OK. We’ll admit that headline might not hook all of you. But with drone Fleet Management tools and autonomous deliveries, it’s a big issue for the industry – and it made for a fascinating panel discussion on the closing day of this year’s XPONENTIAL online conference. There’s a lot of technology floating around when it […]

Dutch incubator Unmanned Valley is giving away money for drone development

Dutch autonomous systems field lab Unmanned Valley has announced subsidies for participating startups and maturing innovators of drone, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and sensor-based technologies. Unmanned Valley drone money Situated in a former naval base 16 km (10 miles) north of the Hague, Unmanned Valley says the subsidy scheme will award up to €25,000 ($30,000) […]

EASA video on EU drone regulations is simple, effective

One of the challenges regulators have is getting across their message. In this example, the folks from the comms department of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have really nailed it. Have you ever tried reading regulatory documents? We certainly have. And while they’re important and lay out the nitty-gritty of regulations, they’re not […]

Drone cargo specialist Volansi takes wing in Africa (too)

California-based Volansi continues its ascent as a global leader in autonomous drone deliveries with another in a series of important business development announcements. Flying VTOL BVLOS in Senegal The flurry of moves by the Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) solution provider has spanned continents and partners alike. Most recently, Volansi revealed it had become the […]

When small drones team up to deliver heavy packages

Are coordinated drone delivery swarms the future of last-mile delivery ecosystem? Yes, says a research team at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Most delivery drones in development today are expected to handle small payloads. Even the world’s first triple-drop delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198, can carry a maximum of 13 pounds on one battery charge. […]

Precision farming company raises $20M to deploy AI drone swarms

Canada-based agritech startup Precision AI has raised seed funding of $20 million to help the agriculture industry reduce its chemical footprint. Its solution? Deploying swarms of artificially intelligent drones to reduce the use of herbicides in agriculture dramatically. Avoiding criminal wastage Herbicide spraying is believed to be one of the least efficient agricultural activities. Precision […]