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“Dark, dirty, and dangerous” describes the ideal job for a drone. With Drone Delivery Canada’s (DDC) newest approval, the company can add “dangerous goods” – which can include certain medical supplies – to their Drone Transport Initiative delivery program. Combined with DDC’s approvals to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) the company is demonstrating more of the real benefits of drones in supply chain logistics.
2022 is the year of pushing the chip shortage to the edge by developing smaller UAS that are more reliant on multiple microprocessors and chips to enable their advanced autonomous functions that enable data collection at scale.
Autel Robotics has remained in step with the competition by introducing the EVO Lite+ and the EVO Nano+, two drones boasting capabilities consistent with what the industry is demanding. Both platforms have taken what’s great from the EVO II and packed them into smaller aircraft that are useful to commercial and recreational pilots.
German drone manufacturer Quantum-Systems has accepted a commission from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine for the distribution of the company’s Vector reconnaissance drones.
A portion of the order has already been delivered, with the drones currently seeing active deployment. The remainder of the order is currently in the preparation and processing stage, with delivery planned to take place following the training of Ukrainian forces and drone pilots.
A bi-partisan group of 3 U.S. Senators have introduced the Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant (DIIG) Act, which would establish a grant program for local governments to “increase use of drones, invest in next generation workforce,” says a press release.
U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV), John Boozman (R-AR), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the Drone Infrastructure Inspection Grant Act, “which would authorize $100 million in competitive grants to use American-made drones to perform critical infrastructure inspection, maintenance, or construction projects,” says the press release. “This bipartisan bill would also authorize $100 million in grants for workforce training and education to prepare the next generation of workers in this field.”
Join Dawn and Bronwyn Morgan, CEO and Founder of Airversity, as we continue “Developing Industry Leaders” Month on the Dawn of Drones podcast, sponsored by Skydio. Airversity has locations in 11 cities across the U.S. and a Center of Excellence in St. Louis, Missouri to train, educate and inspire people of all walks of life and ages to become drone pilots. Learn more about the variety of Airversity offerings from Part 107 training and how you can plug into this incredible ecosystem that is developing industry leaders for today and the future!
Commercial drone delivery solutions developer A2Z Drone Delivery is launching its second generation Rapid Delivery System, the RDS2. This automated delivery winch does not require specialty cargo boxes, and boasts the highest payload capacity on the market at 10 kg/22 pounds. The company is also launching the RDST, a new off-the-shelf integrated cargo drone delivery system for last mile deliveries. These new products align with the company’s goal of addressing consumer-protection concerns with residential drone deliveries. In carrying out their deliveries from altitude, A2Z Drone Delivery’s solutions keep spinning UAV propellers far away from recipients, and reduce the privacy and noise-related concerns that come with low-flying drones.
Leading manufacturer of stabilizing gimbals Gremsy introduces AEVO, a heavy lift gimbal for industrial drone use cases. AEVO is “the heavy lifting carbon gimbal with the highest payload capacity ever for industrial applications,” says the company. Designed by Gremsy’s world class engineers for stabilization and reliability, the AEVO features major upgrades in mechanics and electronics.
Censys Technologies, a leading developer of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) unmanned aerial systems, is incorporating LiDAR into its offering of universal payload options. Censys provides a unique remote sensing solution that offers an innovative approach to the collection of aerial information for use in sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, public safety and more, by assembling the leading airborne intelligence software and hardware solutions. Censys is now implementing LiDAR into its Sentaero family, a line of BVLOS-capable fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones.
The key points from the Draganfly earnings call:
- Revenue for the first quarter was $2.37 million, an increase of 19.6% year-over-year.
- Gross margin was 42.8% compared to 36.8% in Q1 2021.
- Net loss excluding non-cash charges was $5.45 million compared to a $3.27 million loss in Q1 2021.
- Cash balance at the end of March was $16.2 million.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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