Delivery Drones and the Commercial Race to the Moon

Over the past 12 months we have been covering the efforts of companies such as FEDEX, UPS, DHL and Amazon to develop and deploy product and package deliveries using UAVs. I believe that this particular market niche of delivery drones, in terms of potential number of units, could be the largest and most profitable of…

Zipline and the Issue of Drones Saving Lives

Over the past two years I’ve been closely following the advancements on a particular segment of the UAV industry: delivery drones. Why? Because I’m convinced it will be the largest sector in terms of number of units and flights. So far my focus has been commercial deliveries and the individual initiatives of behemoths such as…

After Close Call with F-22, Pentagon Receives OK to Shoot Down Private UAVs

On August 4th the Pentagon announced it has signed off on a new policy that will allow military bases to shoot down private or commercial drones that are deemed a threat. The new policy was announced by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. Increased number of incidents of privately owned UAVs over, or dangerously close…

The First Drone, The First TV Camera and the First Catholic President Who Never Was

World War II, Europe. The dawn of the year 1943 finds Adolf Hitler at the beginning of serious trouble. Since September of 1939, the world had lived through the horror and impotence of three years of continuous victories by the German juggernaut. Hitler’s mechanized infantry, unstoppable panzers, relentless artillery and screaming Stukas had effectively steamrolled…

City of Raleigh Seeking Public Input on Drone Ordinance

On June 29, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (PRCR) of the City of Raleigh made an announcement on their website seeking public input on a draft policy regarding the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in public parks. The fact that PrecisionHawk, one of the largest drone manufacturers in the country, makes their…

Close Call with an F-22 Has the Air Force on Alert

Last week, an F-22 Raptor fighter jet coming in for landing just missed colliding with a small UAV, thanks to the great reflexes and training of the pilot. This incident has the top brass of the Armed Forces in high alert, especially when another drone sighting happened at the base just a few days prior.…