Looking at the Impact of Amazon’s First Commercial Delivery Using a Drone

On Wednesday December 14th Amazon.com announced it made its first commercial delivery using a drone a week earlier. The shipment took place in a rural area of Cambridge, U.K. and consisted of popcorn and a Fire TV video-streaming device to a farm house 13 minutes away from one of the giant retailer’s distribution centers. Delivering…

Airbus and Local Motors Complete the Cargo Drone Challenge

In early 2016, Airbus, the giant European aerospace company, and Local Motors, a USA-based company that operates a growing global network of microfactories, launched the Cargo Drone Challenge. Until now, Airbus had focused all of their drone efforts in a military context, but with this initiative, Airbus seems to be sending a message to the…

ScanEagle Drone and ViDAR for Maritime Search and Rescue

Insitu’s ScanEagle platform has now close to one million flight hours. The Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) from Boeing’s wholly owned subsidiary recently completed a demonstration of its capacities to the Royal Navy as well as military and industry officials from across the globe. The ScanEagle drone from Insitu showcased its newest wide-area maritime surface search…

Boeing drones and Microsoft holograms to fight wildfires

For the first time, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and holograms helped to fight wildfires. Drones from Boeing’s subsidiary Insitu and the Microsoft HoloLens are the new tools used to make fighting forest fires a lot safer for firefighters. Mix a large drone as the ScanEagle from Insitu with the Microsoft HoloLens and suddenly you’ve holographic…