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This blog aims to gather and share popular online news stories relating to the global commercial drone market (links to original news articles posted within each post).

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Autonomous tractors may become a common sight in our fields (Image copyright CNH INDUSTRIAL) In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air. And they’ll be working both day and night. Driverless tractors that can follow pre-programmed routes are already being deployed at large farms around the world. Drones are buzzing over fields assessing crop health and soil conditions. Ground sensors are

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Editor’s Note: Detect and avoid systems been tested in California. This is a key step towards integrating drones into the commercial aviation market. Vigilant Aerospace has completed successful beyond line of-sight flight testing of its new FlightHorizon detect-and-avoid collision avoidance system for unmanned aircraft at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Centre in Edwards, California. The tests demonstrated the system’s ability to provide beyond line-of-sight flight safety for both small and mid-sized unmanned aircraft to help comply with

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Editor’s Note: Drones are being used to monitor breeding and migrating birds, as well as map breeding habitat species at risk. Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article. Drone technology has been applied in support of bird science for more than a decade now. With the cost of this technology continuing to drop, the use of it is broadening across North America. In the same way

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Editors note: Drones are saving construction companies both time and money by providing quantifiable data in real-time. The construction industry has proved ripe for disruption by drone technology. The reasons for this can be difficult to pick apart. An important factor is that the business of construction—both commercial and residential—is highly complex and involves many skilled workers involved at different phases. Each of these phases can be broken down further into niche tasks, each requiring

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Editor’s Note: Drones are being used for planning, operations and measurement within quarries across the globe. Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article. With drones, quarries are measuring stockpiles in less time, for less money and with less risk to employee safety. Drones have become a leading tool for quarry management. From planning to operations to measurement, drones are being used to save companies time and

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Editor’s Note: Drones now being used to capture both images and live biological samples from wales. Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article.   The sight of a 50-foot whale breaching is breathtaking. Water slides down the whale’s back as it leaps above the surface, shooting spray in the air and then crashing back into the water. The powerful ocean giants make their own waves with

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A delivery drops from a Zipline drone. Photo: Zipline Editor’s Note: Rwanda begins ‘worlds first’ drone delivery of blood supplies and drugs across the heavily forested and mountainous East African country. Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article. You’ve just exited a scenic stretch of twisty mountain roads when suddenly the view’s no longer scenic: A tourist bus has tipped over and slipped into a gully, evidently just

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Editor’s Note: Agriculture is becoming one of the key industries for industrial drone applications, saving farmers both time and money. Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article. Billions of gallons of freshwater are used every day to irrigate crops, but a lot of it gets wasted on already ripe or dying plants. Now, researchers have used images captured by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—i.e., a drone—to map

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Editor’s Note: Global drone market expected to rise to from US$2 billion today to US$127 billion by 2020 according to PwC . Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article. The global market for businesses using drones is expected to rise to at least US 127 billion in 2020 from an estimated $2 billion now, says consulting firm PwC. Infrastructure, agriculture and transport are key industries that will

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Editors note: 5 New Year’s resolutions for those in the construction industry in 2017. Please see the note at the end of this post for the location of the original article. It’s the start of a new year, which means now is the perfect time for contractors and construction professionals to step back, reassess their daily work lives and make necessary adjustments. From management style to charity work, it’s all about making 2017 a successful

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