First Australian Hydrogen Drone Flight

Swinburne University of Technology’s Aerostructures Innovation Research Hub (AIR Hub) has successfully completed the first flight of an Australian-developed hydrogen fuel cell electric powered VTOL drone. The flight test was achieved using AIR Hub’s innovative Small Hydrogen Aircraft Development & Evolution (SHADE) drone. This flight marks a significant milestone in Australia’s advanced air mobility (AAM) […]

FlyGuys Gets $10 Million Series A Funding

FlyGuys, a reality data-capturing technology company based in Louisiana, announces the triumphant closing of its Series A funding round, securing a remarkable investment of $10 million. This substantial financial boost is poised to catalyze relentless innovation, create a scalable software solutions platform, and strengthen the company’s nationwide influence. The round was led by prominent investors who […]

Successful UAS Test Flights with US Marine Corps for Sentient AI-ViDAR

Sentient Vision Systems’ Artificial Intelligence enabled ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) sensor edge solution has completed a rigorous evaluation program for the US Marine Corps (USMC) centred on ground and test flights on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Official confirmation of the successful Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) project was made during the official visit of Australia’s […]

WhiteFox Safeguards United Nations General Assembly from Rogue Drones

As global leaders representing more than 140 countries convened for the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York City this September, the threat of drone attacks remained a pressing concern. WhiteFox Defense played a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and security of the UN Assembly by deploying its state-of-the-art WhiteFox STRATUS system. Drones have increasingly been […]

Cleveland Clinic to Use Zipline for Drone Delivery of Medical Supplies

Cleveland Clinic to Utilize Zipline‘s Drone Delivery Services for Medications and Meals Continue reading below, or listen: DroneLife · Cleveland – Clinic – To – Use – Zipline – For – Medical – Drone – DeliveryCleveland Clinic has unveiled plans to harness the power of drone technology for the delivery of prescription medications and supplies […]

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November’s Public Safety Drone Review: a New DFR Option, and Firefighting in the UK

Aerodome, and the London Fire Brigade on the Next Public Safety Drone Review! Tuesday, November 7 at 3:00 PM ET.  The Public Safety Drone Review is a collaborative webcast, co-sponsored by DRONERESPONDERS and DRONELIFE. Continue reading below, or listen: DroneLife · Public – Safety – Drone – Review – NovemberPublic Safety Drone Review, Tuesday November […]

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A New Drone for Education: Hopper, from FTW Robotics

Hopper is new drone for education. By DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian J. McNabb Continue reading below, or listen: DroneLife · FTW – Robotics – Introduces – A-New – Drone – For – Education FTW Robotics, a Paramount, CA-based edtech company, recently announced the release of their Hopper drone for education. Designed to support hands-on learning, […]

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“Behind the Wings” PBS drone special TV episode set to air Thursday

Mark your calendars for a drone-filled television event! On Thursday, November 2 at 9:30 pm ET, a PBS drone special episode of “Behind the Wings” will air. 

This episode is set to feature Archer Aviation, DroneUp and Walmart, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Drone Express and MissionGo. All those companies and organizations share one key focus, drone delivery, suggesting that this PBS show could provide some key insights into what 2024 holds for the drone delivery world.

That focus comes at a particularly exciting time for the delivery side of drones. Walmart, which will be featured in the show, recently added Wing (the sister company of Google) as a drone delivery partner. Just this past summer, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted BVLOS approval to four companies (many of which are delivery-focused) that would allow them to operate select drones without a visual observer watching the drone’s every move. Even DJI launched its delivery drone, the FlyCart 30, recently.

Dawn Zoldi, the CEO of P3 Tech Consulting, will host the “Behind the Wings”, a Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum project episode. Dawn Zoldi is a huge name in the drone industry. She’s a licensed attorney, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a premier force in the drone industry. Along with an advisor for Women & Drones and an adjunct professor at Colorado State University. She puts on the annual, in-person Law-Tech Connect events (which have a webinar component for the virtual folks), and she’s also a podcast celebrity as she hosts the Dawn of Drones podcast, plus co-hosts two more: the Full Crew and Full TILT podcasts. Read The Drone Girl’s full interview with Dawn Zoldi here

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Who should watch “Behind the Wings”

This show was designed with the general public in mind, so it could be an ideal viewing to get friends and family more interested in drones. 

The show will stream on Rocky Mountain PBS for Colorado locals (network comprises five full-power stations—flagship station KRMA-TV (channel 6) in Denver and satellites KTSC (channel 8) in Pueblo (also serving Colorado Springs), KRMJ (channel 18) in Grand Junction, KRMU (channel 20) in Durango and KRMZ (channel 24) in Steamboat Springs. 

If you aren’t based in Colorado, the PBS drone special will also stream on YouTube and on the PBS livestream player.

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Chinese Fighter Comes 10 Feet from B-52 in ‘Unsafe’ Nighttime Intercept

A Chinese fighter jet closed within 10 feet of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber in a nighttime intercept over the South China Sea on Oct. 24 that U.S. Indo-Pacific Command deemed “unsafe and unprofessional.” The incident marks the latest close call between Chinese and U.S. aircraft in the region. The Pentagon recently claimed in its […]

Slovenian Firm Quietly Provides Surveillance Drones to Ukraine

Slovenian drone maker C-Astral recently provided reconnaissance systems to Ukrainian troops – its unmanned aerial system Belin — otherwise known as Bramor C4EYE — made their way to the embattled country. “It [the drone] is in fact being used by the Ukrainians and has been for some time,” Jernej Moderc, a Bramor drone pilot at C-Astral, […]