Zipline expands medical drone deliveries from Rwanda to Tanzania

On the heels of news that drone deliveries are coming to Iceland, drone delivery startup Zipline announced that it is expanding to Tanzania.

Beginning in the first quarter of 2018, the Tanzanian government will begin using Zipline’s drones to make up to 2,000 deliveries per day to more than 1,000 health facilities, in a move that could serve 10 million people across the country.

Unlike companies like Flytrex, Flirtey or Amazon which promise speedy deliveries on consumer goods and even hot food, Zipline has focused its delivery efforts on medical deliveries.

In Tanzania, Zipline’s drones will deliver blood transfusion supplies, emergency vaccines, HIV medications, antimalarials and othermedical supplies like sutures and IV tubes, via four distribution centers across the country in the capital of Dodomoa as well as near Mwanza, Lake Victoria and Mbeya.

Image Courtesy Zipline

Each of the four distribution centers will be equipped with up to 30 drones which are capable of carrying about three pounds of cargo. Continue reading Zipline expands medical drone deliveries from Rwanda to Tanzania

Iceland now has a drone delivery service to deliver food via Flytrex

Drone delivery has arrived in Iceland.

Tel Aviv-based brone delivery company Flytrex has partnered with e-commerce site AHA to deliver its products to customers in Iceland, via drone of course. AHA sells everything from consumer products to groceries and even hot food.

Flytrex’s drones are currently flying one route — from the AHA headquarters, across a large bay to a point just outside the Grafarvogur suburb, which is a suburb of Reykjavik, Iceland.  An AHA courier handles the packages between that drop-off point and the customer’s house, filling in the “last mile.”

Courtesy Flytrex

The drone flight isn’t actually that far as the crow flies — just a four minute flight and two mile distance — but a Flytrex spokesperson says it would take a lot longer to get deliveries without a drone.

During peak traffic hours, crossing the water could mean a 25-minute drive.

Currently, drone delivery is available to anyone who places an order with AHA in the Grafarvogur suburb of Iceland, and getting a delivery via drone won’t cost any more than getting it shipped by traditional means. Continue reading Iceland now has a drone delivery service to deliver food via Flytrex

DJI now offering drone education discount to students and teachers with additional Spark deals

Are you a student, a teacher, or academic researcher?

DJI has a drone education discount program — and the deals are incredible.

The DJI Educational Discount allows customers with a “.edu” email address and who successfully fill out DJI’s online form to get a 10% discount on a select group of items.  The items available for purchase include everything from drones like the Mavic Pro, accessories like DJI Goggles and –for those who prefer shooting from the ground — the Osmo Mobile.

Related read: DJI Mavic Pro review: everything a flawless drone should be

And from now until Aug. 24, shoppers who apply online can get an additional discount on the Spark Fly More Combo.

The Spark Fly More Combo is typically $699, but can be purchased with the student discount for $629, and between Aug. 22 and 24 for just $615.

Here’s how it works:

 

 

 

 

Here are some other items you can get with the student discount:

Check out the full deals on DJI’s Education Page here.

Drone Girl to talk privacy with Intel and PrecisionHawk at InterDrone 2017

InterDrone 2017 is nearly upon us, and you can catch Drone Girl talking privacy this year.

InterDrone is one of the largest drone conferences, and takes place from Sept. 6-8 in Las Vegas.

I’ll be speaking alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on the panel “Privacy Issues Related to Expanded UAS Operations,” which will be moderated by DLA Piper’s Matthew Grosack.

We’ll dissect whether or not drones are compatible with privacy concepts based on two dimensional vantage points as three dimensional observation of persons and property (where height is no longer a restricting factor) soon become the norm.

The panel will take place on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

And while of course you should check out this panel, here are some other things you’ll want to check out while at InterDrone:

 

Finally, a drone that can swim AND fly (and it’s doing bridge inspections)

There are flying drones. There are (recently) more swimming drones. And finally, there’s a drone that can do both — in the same flight.

The Applied Fluids Lab at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, under the direction of Professor F. Javier Diez, developed a drone called the Naviator. It’s a submersible drone, meaning it is part submarine, part aircraft, and completely agile under water and in the air. The Naviator is funded by a grant from the Office of Naval Research, and it has been inthe public eye as a prototype as early as 2015.

rutgers naviator underwater drone

The drone appears much like a traditional quad copter, though it has four arms with a propeller on the top and bottom of each arm, meaning it actually has eight propellers.

Watch it in action here: Continue reading Finally, a drone that can swim AND fly (and it’s doing bridge inspections)

DJI’s AirWorks enterprise drone conference headed to Colorado in November

Looking to use off-the-shelf drones for commercial use cases, like agriculture, construction, inspections or public safety?

DJI is hosting its own enterprise drone conference called AirWorks this November 7-9 in Denver, Colorado. Registration is now open here. This is the second year in a row that DJI has hosted the AirWorks conference.

The three-day event is set to include presentations, workshops and training sessions. The workshops will be broken down into five tracks: agriculture, construction, energy, infrastructure, and public safety. Continue reading DJI’s AirWorks enterprise drone conference headed to Colorado in November

DJI follows up U.S. Army drone ban with new stealth mode

Weeks after the U.S. Army announced that it would discontinue use of DJI drones due to “cyber vulnerabilities,” DJI launched a new stealth mode.

DJI this week announced the introduction of “local data mode,” which stops internet traffic to and from its flight control apps, in order to provide enhanced data privacy assurances for sensitive government and enterprise customers.

Earlier this month, news came out that the U.S. Army prohibited its troops from using DJI drones because of cyber-security concerns, according to a U.S. Army memo first obtained by sUAS news.

DJI said in a news release that local data mode has been in development for months. Continue reading DJI follows up U.S. Army drone ban with new stealth mode

DJI is hosting a summer sale: get DJI Spark deals and more!

Waiting for the perfect moment to buy a drone? Hoped to buy a drone for your last minute summer vacation? This should come as good news then. DJI drones are on summer sale!

Sale items include the DJI Spark, DJI Mavic Pro, Osmo Mobile and more.

Most of the sale consists of full price items plus free add-on items like batteries — which could prove to be a big money-saver since you’ll definitely want a spare battery anyway. Other items include freebies like t-shirts, “skins” for the Spark and more.

Here are some of the sale items:

DJI Spark: Purchase a Spark at full price, and receive 2 free Spark Skins and a t-shirt

Mavic Pro: Purchase a Mavic Pro at full price, and receive 2 free Mavic Pro skins and a landing pad

Osmo Mobile: Purchase Osmo Mobile at full price, and receive a free Osmo base and intelligent battery

OnePlus Backpack Combos: The sleek OnePlus backpacks are heavily discounted when purchased with a DJI drone

Check out the full sale here!

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