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7-ELEVEN TESTING UAV FOR DELIVERIES
Friday, July 22, 2016
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Source: Flirtey


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RENO - 7-Eleven and Flirtey are developing a delivery system using an unmanned air vehicle (UAV). 7-Eleven has about 10,800 stores in North America and 59,500 in total around the world. Flirtey, a privately company based in Reno, Nevada, builds and operates UAVs.

During the 7-Eleven delivery, Flirtey's UAV successfully transported: Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee and candy to a local family's home. This test took place in Reno, Nevada, on July 10th.

7-Eleven plans to offer UAV delivery widely in the future. A specific date for the launch of this service is not available.

Source:  TechCrunch
Associated URL: https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/22/7-eleven-delivers-by-drone-in-reno-including-yes-slurpees/
Source Date: July 22, 2016
Author: Lora Kolodny 
Posted: 07/22/2016

 
 
DJI AND AIRMAP DELIVER REAL-TIME WILDFIRE AWARENESS AND GEOFENCING CAPABILITIES FOR DRONES
Thursday, July 14, 2016
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. - DJI and AirMap recently added real-time wildfire alerts to their geofencing data to help keep unauthorized drones from interfering with firefighting operations.

AirMap now obtains wildfire information directly from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s incident command system and immediately pushes it to drone pilots through AirMap’s iOS and web apps, AirMap’s API, and the GEO geofencing system included in the DJI GO flight control app. This data is more current and includes more active wildfires than Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"AirMap delivers dynamic airspace intelligence to unmanned aircraft in order to provide the safest operating environment possible," said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap. "Through our partnership with DJI and other drone manufacturers and application developers, more than 70 percent of the drones operated in the United States now benefit from wildfire information in real time."

"DJI wants to equip its customers with safety-critical information that will help our first responders, whether or not a TFR has been issued," said Brendan Schulman, DJI Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. "This enhancement to GEO will help prevent DJI drones from inadvertently taking off within, or flying into, a wildfire location without authorization."

Unauthorized drones near wildfires can pose a hazard to firefighting airplanes and helicopters, and in some cases they have forced aerial firefighting operations to be suspended. AirMap’s new wildfire alerts are designed to help drone operators understand the hazards and restrictions near them when deciding whether it is safe to fly.

The Department of the Interior records 300 new wildfires each day during summer fire season, rising above 500 new fires on the busiest days. The vast majority of wildfires start and spread faster than the time it takes to communicate and post the hazard as a TFR. Often, fires are extinguished before the TFR is issued, and in approximately half of those cases, the fires have been fought by specialized airplanes and helicopters.

DJI is integrating the new AirMap wildfire alerts into the GEO geofencing system in the DJI GO app, which helps pilots avoid flying drones near airports, prisons, nuclear power power plants and other sensitive locations without authorization. DJI pioneered geofencing technology three years ago and has been steadily refining the industry’s best technology to enhance aviation safety.

Source:  DJI
Associated URL: dji.com
Source Date: July 14, 2016
Posted: 07/22/2016

 
 
AIRBUS TO OPERATE HERON 1 DRONES FOR GERMANY MISSION IN MALI
Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Source: Cassidian


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BERLIN - The German Defence Procurement Agency (BAAInBw) and Airbus Defence and Space have signed a contract to provide Heron 1 surveillance drones to support the Bundeswehr mission in Mali.

Similar to the mission in Afghanistan active since 2010, the unmanned aerial systems will be leased from Israeli manufacturer IAI and operated by Airbus. Military missions will be also in future flown solely by military personnel. The operations in Mali will start in November 2016 and are initially planned until February 2018.

"A major success factor for this new assignment is our experience gained in more than 2300 missions over Afghanistan" said Thomas Reinartz, Head of Sales for unmanned aerial systems at Airbus. "There we have proven our reliability to the full satisfaction of our customer - with a fleet availability higher than 95 percent."

On July 1st 2016 Bundeswehr has taken over responsibility for the intelligence unit in Mali from the Netherlands. In the perimeter of the UN MINUSMA mission German forces are taking on their tasks mainly in the Gao region. The current threat scenarios and the size of the area of operations - the north of Mali is more than twice the size of Germany - require a long endurance surveillance system. Based on the extremely positive experience made in Afghanistan, German forces will therefore now also deploy the Heron 1 to Mali.

By using the current operator model the Bundeswehr benefits in various aspects. In addition to the high availability of the fleet and a high flexibility in terms of contract duration the German forces can focus entirely on their core missions. They also profit from the system’s full compatibility and interoperability within NATO.

The extension of the Heron 1 operational model is paving the way also for the next drone generation Heron TP, which has been selected by the German Bundeswehr Chief of Staff to succeed the Heron 1 and bridge the timeframe until a European drone development will be available.

Source:  Airbus Defence
Associated URL: https://airbusdefenceandspace.com/newsroom/news-and-features/airbus-to-operate-heron-1-drones-for-germany-also-in-mali/
Source Date: July 21, 2016
Posted: 07/21/2016

 

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