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Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has completed phase one of its On The Fly Pilot with Peel Region Paramedics, surrounding testing with Automated External Defibrillatorn (AED). The company states it achieved a 100 per cent success rate in the utilization of its drone platform to enable reduced response time.
Unifly NV, which provides unmanned traffic management (UTM) software for drones, has completed a €17 million ($25.1 million CDN) Series B capital raise bringing in investors like Deutsche Flugsicherung, which is the national air traffic control authority of Germany, and FPIM, a wealth fund based in Belgium.
Terra Drone Corporation has completed an investment in RoNik Inspectioneering, a Dutch company that performs visual and ultrasonic inspections using wireless robotics. RoNik has performed more than 200 inspections to date, primarily for oil and gas, petrochemical, and food and beverage companies in Europe.
Signature Flight Support reached a partnership deal with Uber Elevate to facilitate ground-based operations and what the company describes as skyport infrastructure across the United States for Uber Air. Based on earlier agreements with vehicle producers, Uber has set goals to conduct flight demonstrations in 2020 and to make aerial ridesharing commercially available to riders in 2023. Its first Uber Air cities are scheduled to be Dallas-Fort Worth/Frisco, Texas, and Los Angeles, California.
The MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – designed and developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) – has now flown more than 100 test flights as development continues towards its first delivery to the Royal Air Force as part of the Protector RG Mk1 program.
Deloitte has earned a contract from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop a Concept of Operations (ConOps) for urban air mobility (UAM). The project is part of the NASA broader effort, which focuses on the development and introduction of new air vehicles into the air transportation system in the United States.
Embraer on June 11 unveiled its vehicle concept for Urban Air Mobility during the Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington, DC, where the first UberAIR international launch city was also announced. Development of Embraer's planned aircraft, with electric vertical take-off and landing capability (eVTOL), is being led by its EmbraerX subsidiary.
Drone Delivery Canada made changes to its management team and board, with Michael Zahra being appointed as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Former CEO and director, Tony Di Benedetto will take on a business strategy position at Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) continuing to focus on development initiatives for the company.
Raytheon Company and Black Sage are partnering through a formal teaming arrangement to provide what they describe as an integrated drone detection and mitigation system for civil authorities, critical infrastructure and military organizations.
AeroVironment Inc., focused on developing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for defense and commercial applications, has acquired Pulse Aerospace LLC, a developer and supplier of small VTOL UAS, for US$25.7 million in cash. This includes what the company describes as milestone-based earn-out payments of $5 million.
Red Cat Inc., a provider of distributed data storage, analytics and services for the drone industry, issued a letter of intent to acquire Rotor Riot, a technology and media company in the drone space.
Percepto has raised US$15 million Series A Round Funding, led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), with participation from existing investors: NHN, Spider Capital and Emerge. The company has to date raised a total of US$27.5 million. Previous investors include R&R Venture Partners and Hyundai Motors.
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