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Legislation holding the drone industry back in South Africa

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Restrictive UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) or drone regulations in South Africa are holding the industry back, with major reforms needed, especially in the security...

Niger’s National Guard to receive an additional Delair UAV

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Niger’s National Guard is set to take delivery of a fourth unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from French company Delair, after having received three aircraft...

Commercial UAV market to hit 2.91 million units by 2023

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The surge in the demand for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, by the professional segment is inflating the global commercial UAV market,...

Advances in drone technology come under the spotlight

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Advances in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, technology were once again under the spotlight at a Drone Conference held at Emperor’s Palace last...

Mind the unmanned aerial rifle

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In recent years, many videos of recreational drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) fitted with weapons have abounded on YouTube. A recent video shows...

Drones vs airports

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Last December, during the holiday rush, Gatwick airport, the second busiest of the UK was paralyzed for three days due to drone sightings. The disruption...

FAA details impact of drone sightings on Newark airport

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The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that 43 flights into New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport were required to hold after drone sightings...

Newark Airport resumes normal operations after drone sightings temporarily halt traffic

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Reports of drone sightings in northern New Jersey temporarily halted arrivals at Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday, but normal operations had since been...

Commercial UAV market has $15.1 billion potential

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The global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market will be worth $15.1 billion by 2027, according to a new study. Asif Anwar, Executive Director and expert...

Hensoldt tests UAV collision warning radar

Hensoldt has successfully concluded flight tests with its new collision avoidance radar system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). This sensor is intended to improve...

Sale of armed UAVs growing to the Middle East

Countries in the Middle East are increasingly buying armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), especially from countries like China and Turkey which are stepping in...

Canada cracks down on drones with new rules

Canada's federal government is clamping down on drones with new rules it announced on 9 January that will ban their use near airports and...

Algeria operating new UAV types

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Algeria's military has greatly expanded its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet, and is now operating aircraft acquired from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as...

Gatwick, Heathrow airports order military-grade anti-drone equipment

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London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports have ordered military-grade anti-drone defenses worth "several million pounds" after drones caused three days of disruption at Gatwick last...

Vanuatu baby treated in world’s first commercial drone-delivered vaccine

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A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu has become the first person in the world to be immunized using vaccines delivered by a commercial drone, the...

Frontex testing unmanned aircraft for border surveillance

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Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, has begun testing the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Greece, Italy...

Proliferation of drones a risk for US military

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As of January 2018, over 1 million micro drones were registered with the US Federal Aviation Administration, with about 878,000 of those...

UAV market to reach $25 billion by 2023

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The global market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, is anticipated to reach $25 billion by the end of 2023, witnessing...

Drone light show has commercial operators seeing Absa red

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As part of a rebranding exercise, Absa partnered with Intel's Drone Team for a drone light show above the Johannesburg CBD to...

Yemen’s Houthis say they attacked Abu Dhabi airport using drone

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Yemen's Iranian-aligned Houthi movement said on Thursday it had attacked Abu Dhabi airport in the United Arab Emirates with a drone, though...

Onerous regulations have cost the UAV industry R400 million

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Delays in licensing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for commercial use have cost the South African industry at least R400 million, industry association...

Yemen’s Houthis say they attacked Aramco refinery in Riyadh with drone

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The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it had attacked a Saudi Aramco refinery in Riyadh on Wednesday using a drone, but...

The challenges of integrating UAVs into national airspace

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In a recent report published in June about the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, into the U.S. national airspace,...

General Atomics to provide drones to the Netherlands air force

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc said on Tuesday it had been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Defence to provide unmanned aircraft...

Power to the drones: utilities place bets on robots

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Flying robots that can travel dozens of kilometers without stopping could be the next big thing for power companies. Utilities in Europe are...

Kumba secures drone licence to boost mine safety

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A multimillion-rand investment in drone technology has paid off for mining company Kumba Iron Ore as it is now licensed to fly...

Feature: Drones as a disruptive technology

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are as ubiquitous as pigeons and are disrupting a broad spectrum of industries, from deliveries to...

US military UAV spending on the increase

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Proposed spending for unmanned vehicle systems by the US military totals $9.6 billion for 2019, an increase of 28 percent over last...

UAVs a useful tool in wildlife conservation

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, are a useful tool in wildlife conservation, performing duties ranging from anti-poaching to crocodile and bird...

Rocketmine obtains BVLOS drone licence

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Local drone operator Rocketmine has become the second drone operator in SA to obtain a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) licence...

Increasing number of states using armed UAVs

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Over the last five years the number of countries actively using armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has quadrupled, according to new research. A...

SA Civil Aviation Authority promises flexibility on UAV regulations

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The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has acknowledged issues with its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulations, and pledged to work with...

Limitless applications for drones and conservation

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The limits to applying drone technology to nature conservation are literally defined by your imagination, says Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife ecologist Dr Debbie...

Crop-spraying drones promise to change agriculture

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Drones are being touted as a real game changer in one of agriculture's most hazardous environments – crop spraying. Ballito-based company Pacsys (Precision...

Elios – a unique collision-tolerant drone

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It looks like a soccer ball and bounces about like one - but it's actually a drone inside a tubular cage. This is...

Aviation insurance for drones

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"Is there anyone here without a licence? Anyone here without an ID card or book?" Pieter Niemand asks the serried ranks of...

South Africa pushing for flying cars

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One day Heidi Patmore hopes to visit her clients out in the east of Johannesburg from her office in the north west...

Drones are a disruptive technology

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Valter Adao is not a drone specialist. He's Deloitte's chief digital officer and he's fascinated by technological disruption. Drones, he told the...

DroneCon bringing local drone industry together

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The who's who of the local drone industry are meeting this week at Vodaworld in Midrand, north of Johannesburg, at the second...

South Africa needs a drone register

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The first insurer to offer commercial drone insurance has called for the drafting of a register of all drones in South Africa. Bryan...

U.S. agency seeks new authority to disable threatening drones

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The head of the U.S. Homeland Security Department on Tuesday told Congress that the agency needs new legal authority to track threatening...

German military to move forward with plan to lease Israeli drones

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The German Defence Ministry will notify lawmakers shortly that it will proceed with plans to lease Israeli-built Heron-TP surveillance drones, a programme...

Drone fever attacks South Africans

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Remotely-piloted aircraft systems, or drones, have steadily increased in popularity in South Africa since regulation was passed in 2015. While once considered an...

Airbus, Uber, MS join new US drone programme

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Apple will soon be capturing images of North Carolina by drone; an unmanned aircraft will look for mosquitoes in Florida; and start-up...

Chinese firm breaks record with 1,374 dancing drones

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A Chinese drone company has broken the Guinness World Record for most drones flown simultaneously in a 13-minute flight that involved 1,374...

‘Breakthrough’ in mosquito-packed drones to combat Zika in Brazil

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Millions of sterile mosquitoes will be released from drones over parts of Brazil to combat the Zika virus, after successful field tests...

Saudi issues drone restrictions following palace incident

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Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry on 22 April instructed drone enthusiasts to obtain permission to fly the devices until regulations were finalised, a...

Deployable counter-UAV system unveiled by Hensoldt

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Sensor solutions provider Hensoldt has unveiled its new compact and deployable Xpeller Rapid counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. Based on the existing Xpeller,...

Drone incidents rise less than expected in Germany in 2017

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Incidents involving drones and commercial aircraft rose last year in Germany though less than expected given the popularity of the devices, air...

Feature: Peacekeeping’s eye in the sky

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo serves as a testing ground for using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance, with the United...

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