Newsletter drone semaine 1-5 février 2021

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UTM

Dedrone First to Offer Both United States and European Union Drone Remote ID Capability

UAS weekly – 03.02.2021 – Dedrone, the market leader in airspace security, now enables their customers to leverage both U.S. and E.U. government-provided drone remote identification standards, commonly known as Remote ID, to identify drones. In December 2020, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (U.S. FAA) announced final rules for unmanned aircraft systems, commonly known as drones, including a requirement for Remote ID. Additionally, the European Commission Regulations on UAS, which set the framework for the safe operation and management of drone traffic in the European Union (E.U.), came into effect on December 30, 2020. Once these rules take effect, drone pilots in the U.S. and E.U. will be responsible for complying with drone regulations in their geography, including registering their aircraft and incorporating registration data into the drone’s Remote ID system… lire l’article

 

Thales, H3 Dynamics Trial Drone Flight Monitoring System

Inside Unmanned Systems – 31.01.2021 – Late last year, Thales and H3 Dynamics tested a real-time autonomous drone flight monitoring system in Singapore. H3 Dynamics’ DBX autonomous drone charging box was tested in an urban environment with a drone electronically registered and identified using Thales’ Remote Identification tracker, according to a news release. The UAS was monitored in real time via the Thales UAS Airspace Management solution to enable beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations. This development is expected to accelerate the adoption of IoT technology to manage Singapore’s complex urban airspace. The solution can help UAS operators and others precisely monitor unmanned traffic in dense urban areas, securely and in real time… lire l’article

Drone Identification Service Takes to the Air In Switzerland

Inside Unmanned Systems – 27.01.2021 – ANRA Technologies has launched SmartSkies DroneID in partnership with the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) and Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) to remotely identify drones in Switzerland. The company specializes in UAS Traffic Management (UTM). Approved by the Swiss government, SmartSkies DroneID provides appropriate levels of access to drone information based on user permissions with just a few clicks. SmartSkies DroneID enables public safety organizations and, sometime in 2021, the general public to identify drones operating in their vicinity by providing the drone registration number and mission information, while additional operator details are available to qualified authorities upon request. This permissions-based approach protects operator privacy while also ensuring the safety and compliance of drone operations. Additionally, the SmartSkies products facilitate safe drone operations by preventing collisions between aircraft operating within the same airspace… lire l’article

Inspection de linéaires

Dronecloud to Develop Drone Management Software for Railway Inspection

UST drones – 01.02.2021 – Dronecloud has entered into an agreement to provide management software for the fleet of drones operated by Network Rail, the organization responsible for managing much of the railway network in Great Britain. The agreement covers development and license of the software over the next five years. The software will be used by Network Rail to manage multiple projects involving drone-based monitoring and surveying of rail infrastructure. It will provide the ability to manage both in-house and contracted drone pilot activities, and support the safe, compliant and efficient running of concurrent projects and creation of an audit trail of completed work… lire l’article

Anti-drone

Cerbair développe un système anti-drones pour protéger navires et ports

Mer et Marine – 04.02.2021 – L’emploi de petits drones civils de plus en plus performants et accessibles au grand public constitue une menace, car ils peuvent être employés à des fins de renseignement mais aussi pour des actions criminelles voire terroristes. Centrales nucléaires, prisons, aéroports, zones industrialo-portuaires, bases militaires… les sites sensibles terrestres ont été les premiers concernés par ce phénomène ces dernières années, un certain nombre de cas venant démontrer la difficulté de repérer de tels engins, les empêcher d’agir et débusquer les opérateurs qui les mettent en œuvre. Le domaine maritime n’échappe pas au problème, avec par exemple, en septembre dernier, un drone repéré aux abords de l’Ile Longue, la base des sous-marins nucléaires lanceurs d’engins (SNLE) français située en rade de Brest. Ce qui a donné lieu à un dépôt de plainte de la part du commandement de l’arrondissement maritime de l’Atlantique, la procédure étant toujours en cours… lire l’article


Logistique médicale

Medical drone startup to begin Covid vaccine delivery in April

Bloomberg – 04.02.2021 – Zipline Inc, a drone delivery service that specializes in medical supplies, announced Thursday that it plans to begin transporting Covid-19 vaccines in April. The South San Francisco-based startup said in a release that it is partnering with “a leading manufacturer of Covid-19 vaccines” in all of the markets where its drones currently operate. Zipline has been delivering medicine and supplies to rural clinics in Rwanda and Ghana since 2016 and, last year, began delivering personal protective equipment to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina. It plans to add operations in Nigeria later this year. Zipline declined to specify its vaccine partner but said it has built a system that can deliver ultra-low temperature medical supplies, including “all leading Covid-19 vaccines.”… lire l’article

Le CHU de Rouen va expérimenter le transport médical d’urgence par drone

Paris Normandie – 31.01.2021 – Peu connu, le transport médical d’urgence par drone constitue un levier porteur. La phase d’expérimentation va être lancée pour le CHU de Rouen. Pour le grand public, le drone reste associé aux jolies photos prises de « tout là-haut ». Récemment, il y a aussi eu un buzz sur le transport de pizzas ou de livres par ces engins en pleine ascension. « Il faut regarder la valeur des objets transportés. Pour beaucoup d’entre eux, ce n’est pas intéressant… lire l’article

Logistique terrestre

Bell cargo drone demonstrates autonomous package delivery in residential area (vidéo)

Flight Global – 03.02.2021 – Bell recently demonstrated its Autonomous Pod Transport 70 (APT 70) cargo drone autonomously delivering a package over a 4mi (6.44km) preprogrammed route in north Texas. The demonstration took place on an undisclosed date at the AllianceTexas Mobility Innovation Zone, a region that is agreed to allow testing of and experimentation with novel ground and air transportation vehicles amid, as well as in the airspace above, commercial and residential buildings. “The APT reached a maximum altitude of 300ft above ground level,” says Bell. “Its route included flying near I-35W and miles of unpopulated fields as the aircraft transitioned in and out of Class D and Class G airspace”… lire l’article

 

Industrie

eBee Geo Joins senseFly Line of Fixed-Wing Mapping Drones

UAS weekly – senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing mapping drones, today announces the expansion of its flagship eBee X drone solution with the launch of eBee Geo. The eBee Geo represents the first extension into a new eBee X series of fixed-wing drones and is positioned as a cost-effective option for surveyors and GIS professionals who may be unfamiliar with fixed-wing drone mapping and data collection. With a maximum 45-minute flight time, eBee Geo can achieve single-flight coverage of 160 ha at 122 m (395 A at 400 ft) – offering an ideal solution for smaller surveying firms and project-based drone service providers who are looking to upgrade their mapping capabilities while also meeting budget expectations. Operators across a range of verticals including construction, urban planning and land management can also benefit from the RGB imaging capabilities of the supplied senseFly S.O.D.A. camera fixed payload while achieving greater efficiency and absolute accuracy down to 2.5 cm thanks to the eBee Geo’s available Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) function… lire l’article

CAMCOPTER S-100 UAS Selected by Nordic Unmanned

UST drone – 02.02.2021 – Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER S-100 unmanned aerial system (UAS) has been selected by drone services provider Nordic Unmanned as its system of choice for carrying out maritime pollution and emissions monitoring. Nordic Unmanned has purchased two of the systems, with one already delivered. The acquisition follows successful sulphur sniffer operations with the UAS in Denmark and France, as well as the world’s first full-scale offshore UAV cargo delivery to the active oil and gas platform Troll A in Norway. These operations were both carried out by Nordic Unmanned and Schiebel… lire l’article

C-ASTRAL Aerospace selected as Pipistrel’s industrial and R&D partner

UAS weekly – 02.02.2021 – Following the immense market response after the initial launch of the NUUVA products family (on 1st September 2020), Pipistrel is relaunching the NUUVA V20 based on initial customer feedback and needs, in order to deliver even greater value for the end users’ diverse needs. Beginning today, the NUUVA V20 is gaining capability that goes beyond delivery of cargo such as spare parts, valuable items, medical supplies etc., by adding ISR functionality with a diverse array of payloads, sensors and data link options for achieving superior situational awareness and C4I systems integration. First deliveries of NUUVA V20, furnished for VLOS as well as BVLOS operations, to our launch customers will begin already in Q1 2022. Pipistrel is excited to partner with C-ASTRAL Aerospace, whose UAS integration and R&D experience will enrich the product with proven and class-leading C4 solutions intuitive ground station elements and support suites… lire l’article

UAV Factory Acquired by Aerospace & Defense Equity Firm

UST drones – 28.01.2021  – UAV Factory has been acquired by AE Industrial Partners (AEI), a private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense and government services. UAV Factory will be a new standalone unmanned technology platform for AEI, who are seeking to invest significantly in the rapidly-growing unmanned systems market. UAV Factory is a recognised designer and manufacturer of tactical UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), and has delivered more than 300 aircraft to defense, intelligence, and commercial customers in over 55 countries. The company has a unique vertical integration strategy, producing airframes, engines, stabilized EO/IR ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) payloads and related components in-house… lire l’article

Citadel Defense Lands Multi-Million Dollar Contract for their AI Powered Counter Drone System

Bloomberg – 28.01.2021 – Citadel Defense has received a multi-million-dollar government contract for their Titan, an AI-powered, radiofrequency (RF) based counter drone system. Citadel’s technology was selected following a competitive evaluation of two dozen competitive counter small unmanned aircraft systems (C-sUAS). Titan proved highly effective in complex urban environments and was preferred by operators as it exhibited technical superiority across many unpredictable threat scenarios including drone swarms… lire l’article

Transport

Un hub pour eVTOL en Grande-Bretagne pour 2021

Aerobuzz – 29.01.2021 – La ville de Coventry a été choisie par la Grande-Bretagne pour accueillir le premier hub conçu par Urban Air Port pour eVTOL pilotés et autonomes, dès 2021. Hyundai utilisera le site dans un plan de développement qui vise à commercialiser son eVTOL en 2028. Le gouvernement britannique a désigné Urban Air Port comme lauréat de son défi pour le vol du futur (Future Flight Challenge). L’objectif d’UrbaJn Air Port, partie intégrante d’un conglomérat d’entreprises britanniques, est d’implanter son premier hub, Air-One, dédié aux eVTOL dans la ville de Coventry dès 2021. Le hub accueillera des eVTOL habités mais aussi des drones de transport de marchandises… lire l’article

 

Essaim de drones

UK’s Dstl Trials Drone Swarm Technology

UST drone – 03.02.2021 – The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has recently completed an exercise with a swarm of 20 drones in the largest collaborative military-focused evaluation of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the UK to date. The exercise was the culmination of Dstl’s Many Drones Make Light Work’ competition, which was funded under the Ministry of Defence’s Science and Technology Portfolio through the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). The exercise, based at RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria, showcased the progress made in phase 3 of this drone swarm project, which was undertaken by an industry team led by Blue Bear Systems Research that included Plextek DTS, IQHQ, Airbus and Durham University. The scope of the contract was for an Integrated Concept Evaluation activity to explore the technical feasibility and military utility of a swarm of up to 20 small UAVs operating collaboratively… lire l’article

Face à une attaque de drones autonomes, l’US Army serait obligée de laisser l’IA aux commandes

Futura Tech – 29.01.2021 – Des drones qui évoluent par essaim fondent de toutes parts sur des troupes au sol. Chargés d’explosifs, ils font un carnage en s’abattant sur des soldats incapables de lutter contre autant de petits aéronefs armés. Ce scénario envisageable est l’une des plus grandes craintes des militaires américains. S’ils arrivent en nombre suffisant, ces drones tueurs autonomes seraient trop rapides pour que les soldats puissent tenter quoi que ce soit, selon le général John Murray, chef de l’United States Army Futures Command, la branche militaire dédiée à la modernisation des armées américaines. Lors d’un webinaire tenu dans le cadre du Center for Strategic & International Studies, le général a expliqué que, dans une telle situation, l’humain est à même de prendre les premières décisions mais que la nuée de drones ne lui permettra pas de résister longtemps. Pour lui, la seule façon de s’en sortir, c’est d’exploiter des systèmes de combat renforcés par de l’Intelligence artificielle (IA). Ils permettraient d’améliorer la reconnaissance et l’identification des cibles et surtout de gagner en réactivité… lire l’article

Surveillance maritime

L’avenir des drones de surveillance pour l’aéronavale française

Air & Cosmos – 05.02.2021 – Alors que la LPM 2019-2025 prévoit le renouvellement de nombreuses capacités, dans un objectif de remontée en puissance de nos armées, la Marine n’est pas en reste. En effet, le 19 novembre dernier, la Ministre des Armées, Florence Parly, alors en visite sur le site de Dassault Aviation à Seclin, notifiait un contrat à l’industriel pour douze Falcon 2000 LXS, qui prendront le nom d’Albatros. Une première tranche de sept appareils avait alors été commandée, devant donner lieu à une seconde à l’horizon 2025, en fin de LPM, pour les cinq avions supplémentaires. Cette commande vient ainsi renouveler les moyens de surveillance maritime de la Marine et permettra de remplacer les Falcon 200 et Falcon 50 actuellement en service. Alors que les cinq Falcon 200, stationnés sur Nouméa et Tahiti, seront retirés de service en 2025, les huit Falcon 50, basés à Lorient, mèneront leur dernière mission en 2029… lire l’article

GA-ASI Plans to Demonstrate Maritime Capability in UK

UAS weekly – 03.02.2021 – General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) announces its plan to take a company-owned SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft to the United Kingdom later this year to undertake a series of operational capability demonstrations for NATO allies, including the Netherlands. The UK’s Protector program is a derivative of SkyGuardian with a range of UK modifications and the Royal Air Force (RAF) is supporting this visit. The GA-ASI aircraft will be configured with maritime capability, including a multi-mode maritime surface-search radar with Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar imaging mode, an Automatic Identification System receiver, and a High-Definition, Full-Motion Video sensor equipped with optical and infrared cameras. This will build on previous GA-ASI demonstrations showcasing the unmanned advantage, which include the transatlantic flight of SkyGuardian in 2018, maritime demonstrations in Greece in 2019 and last year’s validation flights in Japan… lire l’article

Drones de combat

HAL’S WARRIOR DRONE COULD PROGRESS FROM CONCEPT TO DESIGN IN 2-3 YEARS

Indian Defence News – 04.02.2021 – The Warrior teaming drone revealed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at Aero India 2021 today could transition to detailed design phase by 2024.  Ahead of that a scaled down version of the drone is planned for the next 1-2 years which will be a flying concept. HAL is developing the Warrior to work both autonomously and as part of a team with the Light Combat Aircraft (TEJAS) and other jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The drone is planned to venture into hostile territory while its controller aircraft would remain at a stand-off distance. It can be equipped with a variety of weapons including an airfield destroying missile and air to ground bombs… lire l’article

Northrop and Ultra demonstrate unmanned aircraft system mission

Naval Technology – 03.02.2021 – Northrop Grumman and UK-based firm Ultra have successfully demonstrated an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability. During the demonstration, a modified, manned Bell 407 platform, acting as an MQ-8C Fire Scout surrogate, was fitted with Ultra sonobuoys, a receiver, and a processor. According to Northrop, this UAS ASW mission took place in October last year and was the first time a ‘vertical take-off surrogate unmanned aerial system’ had been used for conducting a ‘large area multistatic acoustic search’. The MQ-8C Fire Scout is a next-generation UAS designed and manufactured by Northrop Grumman… lire l’article

Surveillance de zone ou de site

Franc succès des vols nocturnes et hors vue (BVLOS) avec 1 000 kilomètres parcourus

Actunews Wire – 04.02.2021 – DRONE VOLT, expert en intelligence artificielle embarquée et constructeur de drones civils professionnels, annonce le franc succès de la réalisation parfaite d’une cinquantaine de vols hors vue coordonnés par sa filiale DRONE VOLT BENELUX dans le cadre de son contrat avec un client majeur de l’Europe du Nord opérant dans le secteur de la sécurité industrielle annoncé le 29 juillet 2020. Grâce à l’expertise technologique de pointe de DRONE VOLT, sa filiale du Benelux a réussi la réalisation de ces vols automatiques, nocturnes et hors vue (BVLOS) sur une distance totale de 1 000 kilomètres et une distance moyenne de 20 kilomètres par vol parcouru en 19 minutes seulement et sans aucun incident. Ces vols ont servi à réaliser des missions de surveillance et d’observation tout au long de voies ferrées et ce dans des conditions météorologiques souvent difficiles : très basses températures (proches de 0 degré), brouillards épais, vents forts et précipitations fines… lire l’article

Un drone autonome pour protéger un site nucléaire à La Hague

Challenges – 04.02.2021 – Pour la première fois en France, un drone automatique est déployé selon nos informations pour protéger le site de traitement de déchets nucléaires d’Orano à La Hague (Normandie). l décolle tout seul. Va faire sa ronde d’inspection, de jour comme de nuit. Puis revient à sa base de chargement. Le site nucléaire de traitement de déchets nucléaires de La Hague (Normandie) accueille pour une année en test le drone automatique français d’Azur drones. Skyetech pèse environ 7kg pour 70 cm d’envergure. Sa batterie lui permet de tenir une trentaine de minutes en vol même si une mission classique ne dure pas plus d’une dizaine de minutes en moyenne… lire l’article

Destruction

Les États-Unis développent un bateau autonome rempli de drones kamikazes

Capital – 02.02.2021 – L’entreprise Metal Shark développe un bateau autonome lanceur de drones kamikazes pour les marines américains. Le but ? Pouvoir faciliter le débarquement de troupes sur les plages d’un pays ennemi. Un raz-de-marée de drones kamikazes pour attaquer les côtes d’un pays ennemi. C’est le nouveau projet de la compagnie américaine Metal Shark. Dans un communiqué, l’entreprise a annoncé que son navire autonome, baptisé “Long Range Unmanned Vessel”, sera même financé par le Marine Corps, – la branche amphibie de l’armée américaine – qui y voit un nouveau moyen de protéger ses soldats, lors d’un débarquement sur une plage. Ce navire de guerre autonome pourra patrouiller les eaux peu profondes et lancer une multitude de drones explosifs contre des appareils ou des troupes ennemies… lire l’article

R & D

Fit2Fly Aims to Make Future Drones Safe and Reliable

UAS weekly – 02.02.2021 – It’s a relative’s birthday and you’ve ordered a last-minute gift. A delivery drone is assigned to fly your package from a distribution center out by the airport to your home downtown. There’s a lot riding on this brief flight and you need to trust the small uncrewed aircraft isn’t going to crash and wreck the family birthday party, let alone endanger anyone along the way. So, before it takes off, without any human nearby, the drone must make sure on its own that everything is working fine, and it’s safely fit to fly. And then once in the air, will it be able to detect a problem during the flight, immediately and safely deal with the issue, and then report the trouble so repairs can be made, or other drone operators can watch out for the same trouble? An exploratory research activity in drone safety named Fit2Fly seeks to solve these challenges… lire l’article