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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...

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