SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]

Tompkins Robotics goes portable with its ‘t-Sort’ parcel sorting system [VIDEO]

Tompkins Robotics partnered with design startup Lab Z to create the automated sorting system “t-Sort,” which uses independent robots for parcel and unit sortation. The system performs similarly to the traditional conveyer-belt tilt tray or cross-belt sorters, but instead uses individual robots with no track, allowing each robot to travel independently along the shortest route […]

Emirates SkyCargo begins ‘pharma corridor’ program to ensure cool-chain integrity [VIDEO]

Emirates’ air cargo arm, SkyCargo, has added another layer of protection of the high-value cool-chain commodities in its global network with today’s launch of “pharma corridors,” linking various destinations that are designed to maintain strict end-to-end temperature control for sensitive goods. According to SkyCargo, the facilities within these corridors are operated under uniform cool-chain standards […]

Boeing’s cargo UAV a shot in the arm for drone delivery market [VIDEO]

A working prototype cargo drone unveiled today by Boeing marks the entry of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer into the unmanned electric air cargo air vehicle space. While analysts have predicted for some time now that drones are on course to transform the logistics sector, Boeing’s additional aerospace muscle represents a seismic shakeup of the […]

Massive Stratolaunch aircraft successfully tests engines [VIDEO]

About five months ago, we introduced you to the Stratolaunch, one of the most unusual aircraft we’ve seen in our 75 years of publishing. Built to carry another smaller vehicle designed to launch satellites into low-Earth orbit from high altitudes, the Stratolaunch was made by Stratolaunch Systems Corp., an aerospace firm created by Microsoft co-founder Paul […]

Alibaba pumps billions more dollars into China’s brick-and-mortar market [VIDEO]

Is Alibaba taking a page out of Amazon.com’s playbook? Alibaba Group announced this morning that it will acquire a 36.2 percent stake in Chinese supermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group for US$2.88 billion, an investment that “further underscores its commitment to ‘new retail,’” according to a company statement. The investment gives Alibaba a strategic foothold […]

JD.com developing heavy-load, fixed-wing drones [VIDEO]

BEIJING – At 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, a promoter in a rural village on the outskirts of Suqian, in China’s Jiangsu Province, phoned another villager to let him know his JD.com package had arrived. The order, placed just before midnight on the night before, was delivered via one of JD’s own-developed Y3 multi-rotor drones. […]

Air New Zealand tracking technology delivers worldwide visibility [VIDEO]

New Zealand’s national carrier is installing more than 5,500 Bluetooth tags on its cargo containers, pallets and unit load devices (ULDs), as well as more than 100 readers at 29 airports for which it provides cargo services around the world. The technology is provided by Core Transport Technologies, which installs its low-energy Bluetooth devices into […]

Latest FedEx acquisition part of ongoing bid for e-commerce market [VIDEO]

FedEx has acquired Northwest Research, along with the latter’s capabilities to “resolve at-risk shipments” that the integrator hopes will improve its customer experience. Based out of Salt Lake City, Northwest Research is an inventory research and management company, and the latest in a string of FedEx acquisitions that bolster its e-commerce logistics capabilities. With Amazon.com […]

Lockheed Martin’s LM-100J freighter completes first test flight [VIDEO]

Lockheed Martin announced the first flight of the production model of its LM-100J commercial freighter, which took place on Oct. 11, putting the civilian iteration of the legendary C-130J military transport aircraft one step closer to commercial cargo service. The aircraft has since entered FAA type-design update tests. Lockheed anticipates the freighter operating in “austere […]

Alaska ‘combi’ aircraft goes into retirement [VIDEO]

Marking the end of an era at Alaska Airlines, the last of the carrier’s 737-400 combi fleet is scheduled for official retirement tomorrow. The five combi aircraft will be replaced by three converted 737-700 freighters, the first of which began commercial service last month. Alaska expects the combis will undergo conversion to full freighter configuration […]

Cargo loader sparks blaze at HKIA [VIDEO]

During loading of American Airlines flight 192 from Hong Kong to Los Angeles today, an external piece of loading equipment next to the aircraft caught fire, which spread to a pallet that contained non-hazardous goods. One ground worker sustained non-life threatening injuries, but no passengers or crew members were onboard the 777-300ER. In videos taken […]
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