Amazon, on Wednesday announced a six-wheeled ground delivery robot, Amazon Scout. Amazon filed a patent for this autonomous ground vehicle back in 2016. This robot which moves at a speed equivalent to that of a human walking will help streamline ‘last mile deliveries’.

Recently FAA released a NPRM which revealed that flight over people might be possible in the near future. So, with aerial drone deliveries finally set to take flight, why is Amazon experimenting with these ground based vehicles? Their patent gives us a “peek” into the delivery workflow that Amazon is planning on implementing.

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The truck will act as a mothership which will carry multiple ground robots. The truck driver will stop at a designated central location and offload all these ground robots. The robots will then proceed to make deliveries thus freeing up valuable human resources — and saving both time and money. …


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NYPD recently purchased 14 drones to help them in applications such as search and rescue, event monitoring and accident scene reconstruction. NYPD’s fleet includes 11 Mavic Pros, 2 M210 RTKs and an Inspire 1. Predictably, privacy concerns were raised with many objecting to having an eye in the sky. So, are these concerns justified? Are police departments better off relying on traditional technologies? What are the benefits of opting for drone technology? We also share if public safety officers need to procure any certification for flying a drone.

Are Privacy Concerns About Drones Really Justified?

Let’s talk about the privacy concerns first. New York City has been using Microsoft’s Domain Awareness System which provides real time information to the City’s 35,000 police information on their smartphones. This is made possible by 9,000 close circuit cameras and 500 license plate readers. Chicago also uses a similar Situational Awareness system titled Windygrid. With such sophisticated systems already in place, one can’t help but wonder about the hoopla surrounding the purchase of 14 drones. …


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With the Democrats and Republicans at an impasse, the government shutdown has prolonged to 10 days now. As a result of this, nearly 18,000 FAA workers have been furloughed. However, officials classified as “essential workers” are exempt from furloughs and continue to report to work. So, for instance, a majority of TSA, ATC and Customs and Border Protection folks keep working in spite of this funding lapse.

Thankfully, due to the passage of the 2018 Reauthorization Bill, the aircraft registry remains open as well.

But, what about the National Parks? Can you still go to your favorite National Park this holiday season? Well, the answer is slightly complicated. While, the National Parks themselves remain open, the NPS is not being paid, and hence are not reporting to work. …


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In order to ensure faster adoption of environment friendly technologies like wind energy, economic competitiveness with traditional, nonrenewable sources of energy is necessary. One important and often overlooked factor that is affecting the commercial viability of wind energy is the high percentage of blade failures. Globally, it is estimated that there are a total of 3,800 blade failures every year.

So, how do we ensure more efficient windmill inspection and maintenance? Are there better alternatives to traditional inspection methodologies? …


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With industries like real estate becoming overly saturated, it is critical for the drone pilot to step out his comfort zone and consider less explored options. One such option is using drones in agriculture. However, in order to successfully cater to a farmer’s requirement, a drone pilot needs to use the right equipment and follow the correct workflow.

In this blog post, I answer some common questions that drone pilots ask us before offering their drone services to the agriculture industry.

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Is it profitable to start a drone business in agriculture?

Many trade pundits predict that drone applications in agriculture will grow to a multi-billion industry. While this may be true, in order to start and run a profitable drone business in agriculture, pilots need a sound business strategy. …


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DJI recently came out with its new Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2 system. What prompted DJI to come out this new geo-fencing system? Does DJI’s Geo 2 place greater restrictions on drone pilots? Will GEO 2.0 lead to safer skies? In this blog post, I discuss each of these points. Read on to learn more.

What Does FAA’s Reauthorization Act of 2018 State with Regards to Flying Your Drone in Close Proximity to Airports?

SEC. 384 of FAA’s 2018 Reauthorization Act is titled, “Unsafe operation of unmanned aircraft”. These are the particulars of this section-

(b) Operation of unmanned aircraft in close proximity to airports. —

“(1) IN GENERAL. — Any person who, without authorization, knowingly operates an unmanned aircraft within a runway exclusion zone shall be punished as provided in subsection ©.


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As technology rapidly progresses, it is important that our educational methods evolve to stay in sync with these changes. A modern and dynamic educational model will allow students to grasp concepts with greater ease.

One such technology that is slowly but surely assimilating into our education is drone technology. So, how exactly can drone technology make teaching a fun and engaging experience? Are there any laws governing the use of drones for education? Which drones are ideal for teaching basic educational concepts? Read on to find out as I discuss each of these points.

Do You Need FAA’s Permission If You Are Flying a Drone for Educational Purposes?

The 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill has introduced new requirements for using drones for educational purposes. According to Section 350, “USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER…


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India will permit commercial drone operations from December 1, 2018. Recognizing the fact that the emergence of drone technology is a given, Indian government will permit daylight operations and flight till 400 feet.

As more and more emerging nations across the world legalize drone operations, it is important to contemplate how drone technology can help emerging countries drive efficiencies and better manage costs.

Firstly, it is important to realize that market dynamics of emerging nations like India, Nepal and Philippines is quite different. In such price sensitive markets, applications like accident reconstruction, for instance might not find many takers.

In this blog post, we discuss how drone technology can help tackle some of the biggest problems that these countries are currently facing. Let’s start with food security. …


Three Lucrative Drone Uses Where Sustainability is Driving Demand

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Are you looking for some lucrative industry verticals where you can pitch your drone services? Do you wish to use drones for greater good while you are at it? We have shortlisted three drone uses which can help you do just that.

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Enhanced customer awareness pertaining to the advantages of sustainable construction has resulted in more and more organizations and home owners opting to go “Green”. Along with lower energy costs, there are some intangible benefits too — such as better productivity and lower attrition rates.

The size of the U.S. green construction market is pegged at a mammoth $81 billion. In fact LEED certifications in US have grown from 296 to 65,000 for the 2006–2017 time-frame…an annual increase of 2,000%! So, how can a drone pilot be a part of this growing industry? In order to understand where you fit in, it is first important to understand the basics of sustainable construction. …

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