UAS Digest #55

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European aviation groups say EASA too slow
BY THE END of 2018 the EU will have its drone rules; guess FAA wasn’t that slow
Utility advertises that it uses drones to increase its company safety



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→  Google Drone Delivers Burrito to Virginia Tech – Drones delivered Chipotle burritos to waiting Virginia Tech students on Monday, September 12, in the first of a series of tests performed as part of Project Wing, a branch of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google.

→  The drone race is off and running, with Israel in the lead – Given Israel’s pioneering work with military drone technology, it is no surprise the country is the biggest military drone exporter in the world, supplying almost 61 percent of the drones sold since 1985. Commercial drones are a natural extension of Israel’s strong defense and aerospace industries, which are led by global visionaries such as Israel Aerospace IndustriesElbit SystemsRafael and Aeronautics.

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Business, Market Forecast & Investing

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→  VN-created Drone Race app attracts investors – After one week of raising funds, Drone Race, the game designed by a team of young Vietnamese, has received 300 orders and US$43,750 from investors at Indiegogo, the largest global site for fundraisers.

→  Hybrid UAV Drones Market Global Sales Revenue Market Share by Companies in 2016 – This report studies Hybrid UAV Drones in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2011 to 2015, and forecast to 2021.

→  Significant Global Demand Pushes UAV Sales to Exceed $82 Billion over Next 10 Years, IHS Markit Says – A new study by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, found that US demand and growing global expansion will drive the market for defense and security applications to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 6.4 percent, rising from $6 billion today to more than $11 billion per year by 2025.

→  Detailed examination of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market that will be worth USD 4.1 billion by 2020 – According to the market research report Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Market – By Product Type (Fixed Wing, Rotary Wing); By End User (Commercial, Consumer); By End User Applications (Agriculture, Law enforcement, Survey, Others)- Forecast 2020, published by IndustryARC, the market to reach $4.1 billion by 2020.

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→  Innovation and Industries: Commercial Drones – Companies now know what’s fair game for drones to do, which opens a floodgate of opportunities. Investors have certainly taken notice as well. Goldman Sachs estimates the potential market for drones is $100 billion, while PricewaterhouseCoopers thinks it’s worth more like $127 billion.

→  Rise of cargo UAV market – A new report from ASDReports predicts that the cargo UAV market is set to be worth $474m in 2016. The company attributes the rise due to rapid increase in technological innovation and private investment in the market.

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Economic Development

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Regulatory Action

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→  Palm Beach FL May Have To Rewrite Its Drone Ordinance – An anti-UAV ordinance passed by the City of Palm Beach, FL banning most drone flying on the island overreached the city’s authority, and they may have to rescind the law.

→  Holyoke, MA Moves Forward With Drone Ordinance – The Holyoke, MA City Council Ordinance Committee voted unanimously last week to move forward with new legislation that makes it a crime to fly an unmanned aircraft over private or city property without written permission.

→  Drone control: South Bend Airport lays out rules and regulations – On Thursday, the South Bend International Airport hosted a meeting to lay out all the rules and regulations that operators need to know.


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→  xCraft’s 100-mph drone is about as fast as they come – The xCraft packs what the company calls a rear “booster” motor that allows the quadcopter to exceed speeds of 100 mph (160 km/h). The extra boost of power is activated with the flip of a switch that kicks the drone into high gear from regular racing mode.

→  Drone racing comes to UK TV after $1m Sky Sports deal – The broadcaster will show 10 one-hour episodes on its new Sky Sports Mix channel from this week. The deal also includes rights to show the drone racing world championship final.

→  What It’s Like To Quit Your Job To Be A Competitive Drone Racer – Tommy Tibajia, a star pilot in the rapidly-growing arena of drone racing, initially turned down Mountain Dew’s offer to sponsor him. He’d flown drones as a hobby and entered the occasional competition.

→  Drone Racing is The New Formula One – ““When you put the goggles on, it feels like you’re in the cockpit of the drone”, says Steve Zoumas, a top ranked FPV drone pilot from the United States.”

→  Reno Air Races to feature drone racing for first time – For the first time, the University of Nevada, Reno Drone Zone will feature micro drone racing.

→  The Drone Racing League – This fall, tune in to ESPN, Sky Sports, and Prosieben, to watch the DRL 2016 Season. The world’s best drone pilots will come together to race through five levels and fight for the chance to be crowned the 2016 DRL Champion.



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→  Changes for UAS Program – he Prescott campus UAS degree program and minor area of study have undergone significant updates to keep current with industry and incorporate new Part 107 regulations. Brand new technology and a focus on marketable skills are at the forefront of the revamped program to prepare graduates for employment.

→  UAV high-altitude atmospheric sampling wins UK engineering prize – A team of scientists and engineers, including three academics from Bristol, has won a prestigious award for field research on Ascension Island using lightweight drones.

→  New UND class puts focus on the business of drones – While many around her want to take unmanned aircraft to levels in the sky, University of North Dakota student Elena Parrello has plans to take them the opposite direction — underground to inspect infrastructure such as sewers.

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→  Gulf Coast students to study drone technology –  The program, available for the first time this year through a partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, will provide students with an Associate of Science in UVS, as well as 50 credits that will directly transfer toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science at Embry-Riddle. They also will leave the program with their remote and private pilot licenses for drones.


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