Inside | Real news, curated by real humans
Inside Drones

Inside Drones (Apr 3rd, 2018)

Zipline has created what it claims is the world's fastest drone. The fixed-wing drone has a top speed of 75 mph and can fly nearly 100 miles in a single roundtrip. Since October 2016, the California-based startup has been delivering blood and other medical supplies to people in Rwanda. Its drones have transported about 7,000 units of blood in more than 4,000 flights, a third of which were life saving, CEO Keller Rinaudo said. The new drone will allow the company’s distribution centers to raise the number of deliveries from 50 to 500 a day. "Rwanda is basically writing the history books of showing what’s possible,” Rinaudo said. - QUARTZ

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Chinese authorities arrested 26 people accused of using drones to smuggle smartphones. The suspects apparently used the drones to fly a pair of cables between high rises from Hong Kong to mainland China. They attached bags filled with iPhones and other mobile devices to the cables, smuggling $79.8 million worth of smartphones over several months. Authorities seized two drones during a bust in early February. - WAPO

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

Three underwater drones are monitoring an Antarctic ice shelf to study climate change. The Seaglider drones were placed underneath West Antarctica’s Dotson Ice Shelf to autonomously monitor ice changes during the winter. The data will help University of Washington and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory study how climate change is affecting the ice sheet. The effort is backed by nearly $2 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. According to Drone DJ, the drones will enter a hibernation mode as the ice freezes through November. Once a month, one of the drones will gather data about the ocean conditions, which was previously impossible. The data will be stored in the Seagliders until they surface later this year. - DRONEDJ

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

A Russian drone meant to deliver parcels crashed during its first test run. The incident was the Russian postal service’s first attempt at a drone delivery. The UAV was meant to transport a small parcel from the city of Ulan-Ude to a nearby village. It lifted off from a small launch pad and flew for several seconds before falling and crashing into a house, according to video footage. No people were harmed. The company Rudron/Expeditor 3M built the drone, which cost roughly $20,000. - REUTERS

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

A small fire occurred at a drone range in Oregon. A mishap at the Pendleton UAS Range caused a fire to ignite at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport on Saturday. An organization, which was not identified in reports, was testing a drone during an FAA-authorized operation. The Pendleton Fire Department extinguished the fire quickly, and no injuries or property damage were reported. The airport's control tower notified the FAA, as well as the city and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which oversees UAS operations in the state. - AP

  • Email gray
  • Permalink gray

The best way to support this newsletter is to take a look at what our sponsors are up to. Check them out here. 

 

 

DroneDeploy is the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones, and is making the power of aerial data accessible and productive for everyone. Sign up for a free 30-day trial.

 

DroneBase is the world's largest drone platform that empowers pilots with commercial and creative activities across professional industries. [Learn More]

 

 

 
[YOUR LOGO HERE – click for details]

Subscribe to Inside Drones

MORE NEWSLETTERS

Facebook's mission is to connect the world's people. Ours is to keep an eye on them.

Inside Facebook

Facebook's mission is to connect the world's people. Ours is to keep an eye on them.

TWICE WEEKLY
Facebook's mission is to connect the world's people. Ours is to keep an eye on them.

Inside Facebook

TWICE WEEKLY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Rob May's roundup of stories and commentary on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Neurotechnology

Inside AI

Rob May's roundup of stories and commentary on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Neurotechnology

DAILY
Rob May's roundup of stories and commentary on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Neurotechnology

Inside AI

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

Inside Automotive

Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

DAILY
Electric vehicles, self-driving automobiles, smart cars and the world of 21st century transportation

Inside Automotive

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via

The news, trends and tech that is reshaping the rapidly changing world of retail

Inside Retail

The news, trends and tech that is reshaping the rapidly changing world of retail

DAILY
The news, trends and tech that is reshaping the rapidly changing world of retail

Inside Retail

DAILY

SUBSCRIBED!

Share via