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Urban Air Mobility: The Future of Human and Freight Transport

Published May 23rd 2019

The drone industry is as complex as it is intriguing – many people still have the image of a drone as a small, airborne device used to take photos or, in light of recent happenings, disrupt airport traffic control.  In reality, the term drone refers to ‘any unmanned system that is autonomous or remotely controlled’.  This obviously includes surface systems such as driverless cars and unmanned ships, underwater systems such as unmanned submarines, air systems such as unmanned aircraft, unmanned space systems and, more importantly, any hybridization of the above such as flying taxis (surface and air) and multimodal systems capable of operating on the surface of the sea and underneath it and in the air above it.  Mind boggling right? To broaden the understanding of what precisely a drone is, we will describe one of the most relevant and life-changing applications of drone technology: Urban Air Mobility, or UAM for short. Urban Air Mobility refers to the... Read More »


InterGeo 2019

Published May 22nd 2019
InterGeo 2019

InterGeo 2019

Published May 22nd 2019

The use of UAVs is still hovering at the start of soaring development. At the sixth instalment of Europe’s leading commercial drones trade fair “INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS – part of INTERGEO (IAS)” in Stuttgart from 17 to 19 September 2019, the UAV sector is still largely represented by start-ups, despite a leap in professionalisation. Besides the global market leader DJI and other established drone suppliers, the organisers of the event are expecting exhibitors to showcase new business models, particularly in the field of special applications, such as infrastructure inspections and surveying with drones.  As part of INTERGEO this September, all three days of IAS will address hot topics, showcase innovative solutions for drone applications, and host discussions in various formats. Specific drone applications will interlink clearly with the topic of smart cities, above all, with an extensive conference programme and series of presentations focusing on this i... Read More »


European Drone Summit 2019

Published May 22nd 2019
European Drone Summit 2019

European Drone Summit 2019

Published May 22nd 2019

The EUROPEAN DRONE SUMMIT is an international conference for the European drone industry to explore strategies for the efficient use of UAS. Key figures from the fields of politics, law-making, research, industry and business come together to discuss the way forward for achieving acceptance and devising solutions for the safe and effective commercial use of unmanned aircraft in Europe. The EUROPEAN DRONE SUMMIT is the European platform for discussing the current needs of the UAS industry, both for people with an interest in the industry and for long-standing aficionados. Meetings on specialist subjects cover business models and strategies, particularly on the topics of:   Safety and security using and against UAS Integrating UAS into airspace as a whole Vertical mobility using UAS in urban environments UAS services using the example of medical provision and open up the opportunity to connect existing concepts with the requirements of new business sectors.... Read More »


How Drones Will Help Save the Environment

Published May 10th 2019

Often when considering ways to reduce our carbon footprint, we are bombarded with propaganda that promotes going “back to the basics”: Eat less meat, take shorter showers, bike to work, buy a reusable coffee cup, and recycle. While all valid and likely effective lifestyle changes, we also live in a world with cutting edge technology – and it should not be an either-or decision. Solar panels, electric cars, drones, they all provide us with opportunities to make environmentally conscious decisions that are both innovative and sustainable.  Thanks to publicity from Amazon and Alphabet, the examples of drone delivery systems replacing “last mile” trips (typically carried out by trucks or vans) have clear benefits – a reduction in road traffic, which consequently means a reduction in fuel consumptions and greenhouse gas emissions. If a city like London or Los Angeles is able to replace even 10% of their truck deliveries with airborne drone sy... Read More »


How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019
white background photo of notre dame with air drone pictured

How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019

Paris used to be a no-fly zone – well, for drones that is. The city, rich in history, art, fashion, to name a few, is known for taking cultural protectionism very seriously, which may explain the aversion to allowing high tech devices, like drones, to operate in their skies. But we have to wonder now if that opinion may change? When Notre Dame went up in flames close to two weeks ago, the world watched in awe as emergency services organisations struggled to gain control over the fire. While this is and continues to be an undeniable blow to history on a global scale, the event marked a significant milestone for the drone industry. Firefighters, desperate to quell the flames and preserve what they could of the landmark, looked to drones for safety and guidance. DJI drones equipped with delicate, yet powerful imaging devices helped to add information, insight and data to the strategy of the crews on the ground while allowing them to keep a safe distance from the scene. Utilisi... Read More »


Drone Delivery: Think Outside of the (Take Away) Box

Published May 9th 2019

In tech reporting, drone delivery is consuming more headlines than ever. Companies such as Alphabet, Amazon, FedEx and even Domino’s Pizza are releasing buzz-worthy statements about the scope and potential of their futuristic delivery plans. Many of the large corporations believe that their projects are on track to commercialise autonomous deliveries in major cities as early as 2020, contingent on Government clearance and standards compliance of course.  A few years ago, the majority would have dismissed autonomous deliveries as impossible. The risks – to people, infrastructure, privacy – outweighed the rewards. Pizza delivered right to your doorstep within minutes is convenient, yes, but if its drone carrier crashed into your window? Sorry Dominos, but no thank you. Within a few months of the initial hype, however, regulators and the general public quickly realised that these companies meant business. In the blink of an eye, drone delivery providers concep... Read More »


For Aerobility, the Sky is the Limit...

Published May 1st 2019

Drone Major Group is excited to partner with Aerobility, a registered charity that offers disabled people (without exception) the opportunity to fly and participate in aviation-based activities. Over the past 25 years, the Aerobility team has tirelessly worked to remove significant barriers to enable those with physical, learning or mental health impairments to feel a sense of achievement, accomplishment, pride and freedom. When they started in 1993, Aerobility was a simple organisation with a small team and limited space and equipment. Today, the charity has grown to include a fleet of five aircraft, classroom space for instruction and locations in several major UK cities. Every year, Aerobility helps over 900 disabled individuals to develop the life skill of aviation to not only build their confidence but also their chances of future employment within the industry. For people who live a life full of “No’s,” Aerobility serves as a fundamental “Yes” &nd... Read More »


SKYCORP & The Bionic Eye: Upgrade Your Drone System with Hydrogen Technology

Published April 30th 2019

SKYCORP, a Drone Major supplier and the provider of Europe’s only commercially available hydrogen drone (e-Drone Zero) has recently announced a joint service relationship with The Bionic Eye – a project they are calling H2DroneUnlock. This strategic collaboration will provide current drone hardware providers with the opportunity to revolutionise their offerings with the integration of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered system. To SKYCORP, the benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cell power (as opposed to traditional LiPO batteries) include the following: 3+ times longer flight endurance on multicopters Refuelling reduced to 1-2 minutes Improved workflow Improved flight characteristics Zero emissions In addition to installing the power system, SKYCORP and The Bionic Eye will also provide extensive training to ensure mastery of the use of your drone with their system. The benefits are clear – SKYCORP and The Bionic Eye are giving your business the opportunity to un... Read More »


MetaVista breaks Guinness World Record of multi rotor UAV flight time using Intelligent Energy Fuel Cell Power Module

Published April 16th 2019

Longest ever multi rotor flight of over 12 hours Loughborough, Tuesday 16 April 2019 – A flight time of 12 hours, 7 minutes and 22 seconds was officially recorded by South Korean company MetaVista as it successfully broke the multi rotor UAV Guinness World Record of flight time. The MetaVista team used a 6-litre liquid hydrogen cylinder and Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module to power the UAV. The previous record held stood at 2 hours, 6 minutes and 7 seconds. The substantial difference in flight time achieved demonstrates the impact fuel cells could have on the commercial UAV industry, breaking through the limited flight time constraints of traditional batteries. Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelligent Energy, said: “We would like to congratulate our customer, MetaVista, on their achievement of becoming the new World Record holders for multi rotor UAV flight time. The use of liquid hydrogen in this flight showcases the significant flight ti... Read More »


Drones for Good: The Lake Victoria Challenge

Published April 16th 2019

Drones have been getting a bit of bad press as of late, with most coverage focusing on malicious use and dangerous applications. It can be difficult to see the positives and the possibilities amidst the negatives – so, welcome The Lake Victoria Challenge. The Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC), taking place 25-30 November in Mwanza, Tanzania, is a place for drone technology innovators and suppliers to showcase the benefits of their technologies in a real-life scenario. Focusing on air drones with delivery capabilities, the LVC is utilising the rural, infrastructure-lacking region of Mwanza to highlight drones’ ability to “transform mobility through technology.” The goal of the challenge is to discover the most applicable, sustainable air drone technology that can safely and reliably connect the people of Lake Victoria – one of the most densely populated rural areas in the world. An infrastructure based on drone flight would be used to deliver necessi... Read More »


Intelligent Energy leads UAV fuel cell power market with launch of 2.4kW module

Published April 16th 2019

Intelligent Energy is to launch a market leading 2.4kW fuel cell power product for the commercial UAV market at the largest industry show, AUVSI Xponential 2019, Chicago (30 April – 2 May). In just 18 months, Intelligent Energy has launched four products specifically designed for commercial UAVs. These products provide a solution to the constraints of battery power and offer minimum downtime and fast refuel, making them a compelling option for the commercial UAV market. Recently, Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module – launched just eight months ago - was used to achieve a new Guinness World Record for the longest multi rotor flight time, conducted by South Korean company MetaVista. The multi-rotor UAV flew for 12 hours, 7 minutes and 5 seconds using liquid hydrogen to fuel the module. This record greatly exceeds the previous one held for 2 hours, 6 minutes 7 seconds, demonstrating just what can be achieved. Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelli... Read More »


The Importance of Branding: Make a Statement... Or a Video?

Published April 4th 2019

Drone Major Group’s 5 tips for successful start-up and SME branding:  Starting a new company can be a challenge. Day to day tasks are innumerable, shareholders can be hard to please and profitability may seem like a myth. Regardless of the validity of the concept or the expertise of the leadership, small businesses are vulnerable to market conditions, consumer demands and advertising trends. For any number of these reasons, 90% of small businesses fail within the first few years. Some of these can be attributed to unforeseen market conditions, but the majority of failures are due to a lack of consumer interest, which Drone Major believes can be successfully remedied, given the right tools. Consumers today are distracted, fragmented and, consequently, hard to reach. How can you distinguish your business and your products/services from the competition? To resonate with consumers, a successful brand (or product) needs to tell a story, give the consumer a why. Seems eas... Read More »


Fly Your Drone Safely with Moonrock Insurance and Consortiq

Published April 3rd 2019

Moonrock Insurance, a Drone Major Group supplier, is excited to announce a new partnership with Consortiq to promote safer drone flying for all of Moonrock's customers.  The details of Moonrock's news are below:  Drone safety hit the news in dramatic style in December. Christmas travel plans for thousands were disrupted and ruined, following sights of a drone flying in restricted airspace around Gatwick Airport. Following that incident, calls for greater restrictions on the use of drones resulted in the government announcing new powers for the police when it comes to drone use including the use of fixed penalty notices. What impact the new rules will have is unclear with further disruption experienced at Heathrow on 8 January following more drone sightings. While commercial pilots are already subject to regulations from the CAA and are required to have liability insurance, it seems inevitable that all drone pilots – whether they fly for a living or... Read More »


How to optimise value, leverage assets and foster business relationships… together

Published April 1st 2019

Consultancy is about collaboration – blending together ideas, strategies and expertise to create a product or service that matches the unique user requirements of the client(s). In theory, collaboration is clearly superior. In reality, however, genuine co-working can be taxing on all parties. One of the main reasons for the stress stems from the fear of competition between suppliers or stakeholders. To mitigate this fear and facilitate positive relationships among parties, TEAL Consulting integrates highly successful co-working models aimed at optimising customer values, leveraging current assets and building (or maintaining) positive internal and external business relationships. Their recent case studies highlight their positive responses in an array of applicable situations, such as critical improvement skills amongst high-potential managers and cross-functional analysis of customer profiles in relation to large public authorities. As the world’s leading independent... Read More »


VALQARI LAUNCHES THE FIRST SOLUTION FOR DRONE DELIVERY’S LAST INCH LOGISTIC PROBLEMS

Published April 1st 2019

The Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox holds U.S. and international patents for safe and secure drone deliveries. Valqari, a Chicago-based start-up, has solved the last inch logistic problems associated with drone delivery with its patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox, a universal drone receptacle for package delivery and pick-up. Backed with a strong international patent portfolio, the smart mailbox features agnostic capabilities to ensure seamless integration and communication with any drone manufacturer during a fully-automated delivery process. It is a concept that gives Valqari the ability to revolutionize drone deliveries for industries including pharmaceuticals, meal delivery and grocery services, governments and residential e-commerce. This technology also puts Valqari ahead of major players, like Google, Amazon and Uber, when it comes to the end process of a drone delivery. To date, it is the only drone delivery solution to be issued utility patents in 13 countries and territ... Read More »


What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019
the drone industry and how it will change with the introduction of 5G technology

What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019

5G has been the subject of significant recent media scrutiny, with critics claiming that the high frequency, ultra-fast service is dangerous to overall health, while supporters assert its potential to revolutionise life as we know it by offering 10-20x faster internet speeds than its predecessor, 4G. Regardless of what side you may fall on, it is important to understand the basics of what 5G is and how, if implemented, it could affect activities like drone use. So, what is 5G? In the most basic sense, 5G is the next generation of internet connectivity. It dramatically increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the pre-existing radio spectrum, allowing more users to access the network simultaneously, whilst maintaining a strong and fast connection. Essentially, 5G means a stronger mobile internet connection, lightning fast web searches and almost immediate connection between users, especially in condensed urban areas. The applications are vast, ranging from seamless data sharing b... Read More »


BAPCO Expo 2019: In Case you Missed it…

Published March 22nd 2019

The BAPCO Public Safety Communications Expo 2019 was a great opportunity to learn from and network with many industry leaders – from Samsung and Airbus to H-Robotics and Airvis. This year’s Expo included the first ‘Drone Zone’ and Drone Major Group was delighted to be one of the featured providers, with our own Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, presenting on two important topics: Perpetual surveillance and the future of drones. For those of you who missed the event, this podcast episode explores the highlights of Garbett’s presentations, as well as other insightful takeaways from the two-day event. A great event with a great turn out, Drone Major Group is excited to continue the enthusiasm and bring out even more suppliers to the 2020 BAPCO expo. >> LISTEN HERE TO THE LATEST PODCAST << Read More »


Are Drones the Farm Aids of the Future?

Published March 21st 2019

The days of small, recreational drones are long behind us, with commercial applications of drone technology expanding at an exciting, and often unforeseen, pace. It seems that every day there is a new prototype, a new business or a new application for drone and counter-drone technology, further sparking public interest in the true capabilities of this revolutionary technology. A recent, and very applicable, development comes in the form of crop monitoring. In previous years, monitoring large crops fields required large-scale piloted aircraft and bulky sensors; however, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” has introduced technologies that promise to make personal and professional tasks far more accessible. Drones are an important component of this revolution, as their applications in farming are producing substantial benefits for both farmers and the wider population. UAV’s equipped with advanced imaging sensors are now able to scan expansive fields and g... Read More »


Revolution.Aero Europe 2019: Learn and Network with the Best

Published March 7th 2019

Revolution.Aero Europe is coming to London next week (11-12 March 2019 at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington) and Drone Major Group, along with other industry leaders, are excited at the opportunity to connect and network with a professional set of speakers, organisations and innovators. Revolution.Aero Europe is a new London conference – bringing together the people shaping the aviation industry. There is an inspiring agenda of sessions planned, to be delivered by insightful speakers from industry leading companies in eVTOL and electric aviation, as well as from key influencers from across the aviation skyscape. A blend of high-level industry professionals from the traditional aviation sector will convene with start-ups and entrepreneurs set to disrupt the aviation space with the evolution of electric and unmanned aviation. Stakeholders will have the chance to discuss future regulation and how we might work together to unlock the potential of future aviation. Wit... Read More »


Robert Garbett to Speak at BAPCO-CCE Event 12-13 March 2019

Published March 7th 2019

Drone Major’s Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, is honoured to be speaking at BAPCO-CCE’s Public Safety Communications event occurring next week (12-13 March) at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. While exhibitor slots are now closed, it is not too late to attend…   A critical time in drone innovation and standardisation, Garbett will be addressing two pressing topics: Perpetual Surveillance and The Future of Drones.   Perpetual Surveillance: Perpetual (or persistent) surveillance drone systems are a key element in the evolution of security systems. Utilising the available technology, companies, governments or other organisations can detect, locate, characterise, and even track various subject matter with the end goal of improving current safety measures. The systems are intended to be long term, lingering idle until commanded or perpetually surveying an area – depending on the user needs. Additionally, the technology is functional acro... Read More »