Varying regional approaches to drone development, adoption and regulations

As the saga of developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to carry goods and shipments continues, some regions are emerging as forerunners in the development, adoption and regulation of drones. While drone development is still in its early stages, the disruptive technology presents stakeholders in air cargo an opportunity to fill gaps in supply […]

UPS leans into delivery drone application ahead of 3Q earnings

Ahead of the release of its third-quarter results today, UPS announced a slew of new projects and technology offerings, including several new delivery drone projects for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Several of the announcements relate to UPS’ technology subsidiary, UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF). First is a new agreement between UPS FF and CVS […]

UAVs to become an integral part of SF Express’ nationwide delivery network by 2022

Drones are finally becoming an accepted part of last-mile deliveries in the U.S., thanks to the Federal Aviation Administration stepping up and establishing guidelines and requirements. Earlier this year, UPS, in partnership with Matternet and WakeMed with oversight by the FAA and North Carolina Department of Transportation, began utilizing drone transport as an option for […]

UPS Flight Forward seeks FAA drone ops exemption

Under its partnership with California-based drone technology firm Matternet, UPS’ technology subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPS FF) is seeking exemptions from the Federal Aviation Administration in support of its Air Operating Certificate, according to a filing with the FAA. UPS FF is also seeking exemption from the: Special Authority for Certain Unmanned Systems (49 USC) […]

Amazon unveils futuristic helicopter-plane hybrid drone for deliveries

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a revolutionary new drone — part helicopter and part science-fiction aircraft — that the company expects to use for test deliveries of toothpaste and other household goods starting within months. The new device takes off vertically, then tilts to fly horizontally like a plane. It also features artificial intelligence, using a suite of […]

Regulators, aviation industry show new support for drone operations

Ever since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued strict rules in 2016 for the limited operation on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States, the air cargo industry has waited for a loosening of the regulations as drone technology has progressed at a rapid pace. Today, the FAA may be taking its first steps […]

JD.com completes first sanctioned drone delivery in Indonesia [VIDEO]

Beijing-based e-commerce giant JD.com is expanding its drone delivery network outside of China and into Southeast Asia. This week, the company said it completed the first government-approved delivery-drone test flight in Indonesia, which sets the stage for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery network in the region. The test, which took place on Jan. 8, […]

Chaotic drone situation at LGW still baffling officials

In a series of incidents that may become the “new normal” in this age of unmanned aerial vehicles, London Gatwick Airport (LGW) has resumed operations following several alleged drone sightings that forced the airport to shut down for 36 hours, beginning on Dec. 19, disrupting 140,000 passengers and 1,000 flights. However, despite reports from more […]

Kenya’s Astral Aviation to purchase two Falcon cargo drones

Today, at the Farnborough International Airshow, Dubai-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company Falcon Drones Technology and Nairobi-based cargo carrier Astral Aviation agreed that the airline will purchase two of Falcon’s  Lucas-F250 drones (pictured), with an option to purchase another 10 of the aircraft next year. The drone has an endurance of 10 hours, a range […]

GEODIS, Delta Drone plan to roll out warehouse drone system this year

Today, the logistics industry is a step closer to fulfilling warehouse optimization fanatics’ fantasies. Logistics company GEODIS and French unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) maker Delta Drone have released a new timeline for their UAV system, which replaces the need for human labor in the inventory-warehouse setting. The partnering companies are now entering the industrial production […]

Singapore Air Show: Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]

‘Must pass’ FAA reauthorization bill opens doors for commercial drones

Pretty soon, it might be time to start taking drone delivery seriously – at least in the United States. The bipartisan Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2017 now requires the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a delivery air carrier certificate that would allow for package deliveries by drones. Considered a “must pass” […]

Calling all drone operators! NVdrones wants your crash stories [VIDEO]

Have you ever operated a drone vehicle before? If so, have you ever crashed it? Don’t be shy now, we’re sure the failure rate has to be 100 percent, including the first time you turned on a quad copter and drove it into the concrete by accident. Well, a drone management startup called NVdrones says […]

Patent for hive-like urban drone warehouse hints at Amazon’s e-commerce strategy

A patent application for an urban drone delivery warehouse filed by Amazon.com provides a glimpse at the e-commerce giant’s potential plans for large-scale drone delivery, and it has set the logistics industry abuzz with last-mile speculation. In addition to looking like a beehive, the latest concept drawn up by Amazon’s engineers also emulates the hive’s […]
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