RDS2 tech lets drones carry – and drop-deliver – all sorts of parcels

In most delivery-by-drone systems, cargo has to be packed into system-specific containers, or must fit inside a designated onboard compartment. The new RDS2 setup, however, can transport almost any shape or size of parcel, weighing as much as 10 kg (22 lb).

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AUDROS tech would keep captured drones from falling on people’s heads

There are now a number of systems in which "good" drones are used to disable "enemy" drones, such as those conducting spying missions. A new system takes a safer approach to the task, in that the captured drones don't simply plummet to the ground.

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165-mile Project Skyway to become the world’s longest highway for drones

A stretch of airspace spanning 165 miles (265 km) across England is set to become the world's longest dedicated drone corridor, with the UK government approving plans for the initiative as part of a wider push into next-generation aviation.

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UK embarks on world-first delivery of chemotherapy drugs by drone

In an effort to get chemotherapy treatment to patients in a more timely manner, the UK's National Health Service is embarking on a new drone delivery trial for the Isle of Wight, billed as the first of its kind.

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Wingcopter prepares 12,000 cargo drones for world’s largest deployment

German company Wingcopter has signed a deal to roll out 12,000 of its long-range, triple-drop delivery drones across Africa over the next five years, in what promises to be the largest commercial drone deployment ever attempted.

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Latest version of Elios caged drone gets LiDAR for 3D mapping

Mapping the inside of cramped, difficult-to-reach areas can be helpful to people such as plant operators, but drones flown in such places could easily crash. The LiDAR- and cage-equipped Elios 3 quadcopter was designed with that challenge in mind.

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Royal Mail plans 50 drone delivery routes servicing the isles of the UK

Over the past couple of years, the UK's Royal Mail service has been exploring the potential of drones to service remote corners of the nation, and is now pressing ahead with its plans for automated aerial delivery.

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Undefined’s next-gen “silent” ion propulsion drone: still noisy

With two successful flight tests in the bag, and just under US$2 million in seed funding, Florida company Undefined Technologies has unveiled the next generation of its "silent" commercial drone, which uses ionic propulsion instead of propellers.

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Drone Interceptor pops its own props to deploy a drone-catching net

Over the years, we've seen a number of drones that are designed to capture other drones. One of the latest, aptly named the Drone Interceptor, utilizes detachable net-pulling propellers to get the job done.

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