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The #1 youth drone STEM summer program for kids, teens and high school students using drones in and out of the classroom

 

The Drobots Company started this blog to help inform, update and educate parents and students alike. We want kids and teens to be more engaged with drone technology as well as STEM education all together.

We are strong believers that students learn best when they are able to to (a) get outside and away from the computer (b) spark their internal curiosity through both mind and body in a STEM application and (c) create! Drones for kids and teens was specifically designed to open the door into both the present and the future. Fly away with us as we continue to educate students all over the world to both the application and usefulness of drones and how this technology will have an impact on how kids, teens and high school students to create, to think, and to solve.

Next-Generation Drones for Instantaneous Relief Supplies

Next-Generation Drones for Instantaneous Relief Supplies

Article by Peter Diamandis  | Peter Diamandis Blog

Particularly in the case of wildfires and conflict zones, autonomous drone technology is fundamentally revolutionizing the way we identify survivors in need and automate relief supply. Not only are drones enabling high-resolution imagery for real-time mapping and damage assessment, but preliminary research shows that UAVs far outpace ground-based rescue teams in locating isolated survivors.

As presented by a team of electrical engineers from the University of Science and Technology of China, drones could even build out a mobile wireless broadband network in record time using a “drone-assisted multi-hop device-to-device” program. And as shown during Houston’s Hurricane Harvey, drones can provide scores of predictive intel on everything from future flooding to damage estimates.

But beyond surveillance, UAVs have begun to provide lifesaving supplies across some of the most remote regions of the globe. One of the most inspiring examples to date is Zipline.

Created in 2014, Zipline has completed 12,352 life-saving drone deliveries to date. While drones are designed, tested and assembled in California, Zipline primarily operates in Rwanda and Tanzania, hiring local operators and providing over 11 million people with instant access to medical supplies.

Perhaps one of the most consequential and impactful applications of converging technologies is their transformation of disaster relief methods. While AI-driven intel platforms crowdsource firsthand experiential data from those on the ground, mobile connectivity and drone-supplied networks are granting newfound narrative power to those most in need.

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Competitions“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet and Uber Are Taking to the Skies

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet and Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Article Sebastian Herrera and Alberto Cervantes  | Wall Street Journal

Flying robots that deliver packages to people’s doorsteps are no longer science fiction. While commercial drone delivery faces many hurdles, government-approved tests by the tech giants will mark the first time consumers in parts of the country experience the technology. Wing this month started tests in Christiansburg, Va., while Uber says it will experiment in San Diego before the year ends. Amazon hasn’t revealed where it is operating but said in June it would begin delivering packages to consumers via drone “within months.”

Wing’s drone looks more like a small plane. Its two wings, extending more than 3 feet, each feature a propeller and allow the drone to fly further while conserving energy, the company says. Altogether, the drone has 14 propellers designed to reduce noise. Wing, which started in 2012 as a project in Alphabet’s X lab, began trials in Australia in 2014 and has conducted more than 80,000 tests. Wing is initially working with Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and FedEx Corp. to deliver small packages, food, beverages and medicine items in Christiansburg. Wing’s parent also owns Google.

Amazon, Uber and Wing are hardly the only players tinkering with the technology. This month United Parcel Service Inc. gained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to build out a fleet of unmanned aircraft to deliver health supplies and eventually consumer packages in the U.S.

Experts say wide-scale drone delivery operations will take years to build out. The FAA predicts sales of drones for a wide range of commercial purposes to grow from 600,000 in 2016 to 2.7 million by 2020.

The approaches vary, and success is anything but assured.

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Competitions“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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Mars Helicopter Drone Installed on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover

Mars Helicopter Drone Installed on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover

Article Mike Wall | Space.com

The first-ever off-Earth helicopter just hooked up with its traveling companion. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, attached the tiny Mars Helicopter to the agency’s car-size Mars 2020 rover today (Aug. 28), agency officials announced. The duo will launch together in July 2020 and touch down inside the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater in February 2021. Once on Mars, the solar-powered, 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) helicopter will detach and begin flying test sorties.

“Since our helicopter is designed as a flight test of experimental technology, it carries no science instruments,” she added. “But if we prove powered flight on Mars can work, we look forward to the day when Mars helicopters can play an important role in future explorations of the Red Planet.”

NASA plans to launch another rotorcraft soon as well — Dragonfly, which will soar through the thick atmosphere of Saturn’s huge moon Titan. The life-hunting Dragonfly is scheduled to lift off in 2026 and land on Titan’s frigid surface in 2034.

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Competitions“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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DHL Launches Its First Regular Fully-Automated and Intelligent Urban Drone Delivery Service

DHL Launches Its First Regular Fully-Automated and Intelligent Urban Drone Delivery Service

Article by sUAS News

DHL Express, the world’s leading international express delivery service provider, and the world’s leading intelligent autonomous aerial vehicle company EHang have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly launch a fully automated and intelligent smart drone delivery solution to tackle the last-mile delivery challenges in the urban areas of China. The launch ceremony was held today at the EHang Command and Control Center in Guangzhou, with the attendance of senior executives from both companies. This cutting-edge solution takes its inaugural flight for a DHL customer, making DHL the first international express company to provide such a service in China. It marks a new milestone in both companies’ continuous efforts to bring innovative and intelligent solutions with greater automation to the market.

“We are delighted to be partnering with EHang to set a new innovation milestone with this new fully-automated and intelligent drone logistics solution, which combines the strength of the world’s largest international express company together with one of the leading UAV companies in the world,” said Wu Dongming, CEO, DHL Express China. “This is an exciting time for the logistics sector, with the continued growth of the Chinese economy and cross-border trade, particularly in South China and the Greater Bay Area, which is home to an increasing number of SMEs and startups. This means there is a tremendous volume of logistics needs, which in turn creates new opportunities for implementing innovative solutions that can continuously drive growth with greater efficiency, sustainability and less cost.”

This smart drone delivery solution will enhance DHL’s delivery capabilities and create a new customer experience in the logistics sector that opens up even more opportunities for sustainable growth and greater economic contribution. Given the growing prominence of B2C business operations and delivery in China, employing drones in express delivery services offers an innovative solution for meeting the increasing demands for time-sensitive delivery, particularly for last mile delivery in urban areas.

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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With Drone Technology The Sky Is The Limit

With Drone Technology The Sky Is The Limit

Article by Elaine Dock, Evan Pagano, Mileysa Ponce Rios | RI Central

Imagine heading to a crowded beach and walking endlessly until you find the perfect spot for your family to camp out. You begin to unpack your bags only to realize you forgot to grab the sunblock. Do you make the long trip back to the car for it or do you risk sunburn for the entire family? What if you didn’t have to make that choice? What if you could simply use your phone to order sunblock and have it delivered directly to you by drone in less than 15 minutes?

This concept may seem far-fetched but a golf course in North Dakota is already experimenting with food delivery from its onsite restaurant to golfers via drone. The city of Reno, Nevada is evaluating the use of drones to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims, so treatment can begin before paramedics arrive. Amazon is working towards being able to deliver products by drone in under 30 minutes with a pilot program in the U.K. 

You’re back on the beach, in Narragansett Bay as a matter of fact, where the population nearly doubles every summer. You’re craving a thirst-quenching drink and after clicking a few buttons on your phone, a drone promptly arrives with an ice-cold lemonade. A few feet away, a lifeguard is using a drone with the ability to deliver medical supplies to monitor the shore and ensure the safety of beach-goers. Near the beach entrance, a drone is monitoring vehicle traffic and issuing parking passes as open spots are taken. While it’s unlikely drones will be prominent in this way during the summer of 2019, the future holds many opportunities for Rhode Island and the rest of the U.S. to use this technology to revolutionize the way we as a society go about our everyday lives.

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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4 Steps to Create an Effective K–12 Drone Curriculum

4 Steps to Create an Effective K–12 Drone Curriculum

Article by by Wylie Wong | EdTech

Before investing in the hardware, K–12 schools should take some basic steps to ensure their drone programs will get off the ground.

An increasing number of K–12 schools are bringing drones into the classroom as new use cases show how useful unmanned vehicles can be to teach science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics skills

While students are excited at the idea of flying robots in class, teachers will need support systems to learn how to incorporate the new technology into their lesson plans.

“It’s easy to attract students and hook them with the coolness of flying drones. The burden is on us to show them the career connection — that a drone is a tool and that many industries use it,” Duane Roberson, Colorado Springs School District 11‘s director of career and technical education and concurrent enrollment, told EdTech.

Kellogg reminds his students that they are at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, and that the technology offers a good career opportunity: “They understand that they have an opportunity to not only earn credit to graduate, but also to learn a career skill that comes with an industry-recognized certification. That looks great on a resume and makes them hirable.”

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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Drone Scan on Aisle 3: Pensa Pilots Grocery Store Inventory Solution

Drone Scan on Aisle 3: Pensa Pilots Grocery Store Inventory Solution

Article by Jason Reagan | DroneLife

The next time you stop at your local grocery store for eggs and bread, don’t be surprised to see small drones scanning shelves. Austin-based retail-tech firm Pensa is testing a new system in select retailers to capture in-store, real-time data by launching drones to fly around store shelves. The data can be processed seamlessly by Pensa’s backend intelligent cloud.

“In our store pilots, we’ve conducted thousands of drone flights around real-world retail environments, and at the end of the day, people in the stores are pretty ho-hum. The drones barely garner a glance from most shoppers, most of the time,” Pensa CEO Richard Schwartz writes in a recent blog post.

“The Pensa drone doesn’t look like ‘a drone’ in the conventional sense most people expect. Several recent press articles described the Pensa drone as looking more like flying whiffle balls – a reference to the distinctive protective encasings around the drone’s four propellers.”

Schwartz adds, the unassuming look of the drone and its quiet flight profile rarely surprises shoppers and in fact, nearly half of the shoppers didn’t notice the drones. “People who noticed the drone treated it much as they would treat a store worker or a new machine.” The company has already trialed the system for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s IGA Extra Beck retailer in Montreal where drones completed more than 200 flights.

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The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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Researchers Use Drones to Detect Potholes, Cracks, and Other Road Damage

Researchers Use Drones to Detect Potholes, Cracks, and Other Road Damage

Article from | VentureBeat

Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media, as it turns out. They’ve also been proposed for nuclear reactor inspection and used to detect signs of damage on wind turbines. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Real-Time Dense Stereo Embedded in A UAV for Road Inspection“), scientists describe AI that can be embedded in a quadcopter for road inspection.

The frequent detection of different types of road damage, e.g., cracks and potholes, is a critical task in road maintenance,” the researchers wrote, noting that most inspections are still performed manually. “[M]anual visual inspection [is] not only tedious, time-consuming, and costly, but also dangerous for the personnel. Furthermore, the detection results are always subjective and qualitative because decisions entirely depend on the experience of the personnel … With recent advances in airborne technology, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with digital cameras provide new opportunities for road inspection.

The paper’s authors’ framework comprised a stereo vision system — an algorithm that extracted 3D depth information from images — that captured a reference view. Disparities between the reference image and real-time snaps of the road were used to produce a “disparity map,” which was fed into a mathematical function that made the damaged areas easier to spot.


The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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Hospital Using Drones To Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

Hospital Using Drones To Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

Article from JONATHAN DREW | Associated Press

A pioneering use of drones to fly blood samples across a North Carolina hospital campus launched Tuesday in the latest move to expand their roles in business and health care.

The short trips between WakeMed buildings in Raleigh mark the first time the Federal Aviation Administration has allowed regular commercial flights of drones carrying products, according to UPS and drone company Matternet, which partnered with the hospital on the program.

“This is a turning point, and it’s an historic moment because this is the first FAA-sanctioned use of a (drone) for routine revenue-generating flights,” Bala Ganesh, vice president of UPS’ advanced technology group, said in an interview before the announcement.

The FAA confirmed in a statement Monday that it hadn’t previously allowed drones to make routine commercial package deliveries, known as revenue flights. Others have flown drone deliveries as part of smaller-scale tests or demonstrations.

The WakeMed program will start by flying patients’ medical samples one-third of a mile (.5 kilometer) from a medical park to the main hospital building for lab testing at least six times a day five days a week, Matternet CEO Andreas Raptopoulos said in an interview. Vials of blood or other specimens will be loaded into a secure box and carried to a drone launching pad, where they will be fastened to the aircraft and flown to another building. He said the flights will technically be within sight of operators on either end of the route, and they are authorized to fly above people.

The aim is to cut down on the time it takes to transport the time-sensitive samples typically driven on the ground.


The primary goal of any Drobots Company program is to mentor participants on how to become lifelong learners and instill a strong sense of curiosity, confidence and teamwork. Due to the exponential growth of the technology and drone industry, kids and teens may now explore, learn and evolve along with the applications of today and the discoveries of tomorrow. Drobots fosters this new technological landscape with a unique curriculum and well-trained positively motivated instructors.

Drone camps“, “Drone Corporate Events“, “Drone Team Building Events“, “Drone STEM“, “Drone Curriculum for Students in Lower and in Middle School“, “Drone education“, “drone summer programs“, “drone kids events“, “aerial robotics“, “drone teen events “drone curriculum” “futurism“, “mobile-app camps“, “Augmented reality camps for kids“, “Coding camps for kids“, “LEGO STEM camps for kids“, “3D Unity Camps for kids“, “Minecraft Camps for kids“, “Roblox Camps for kids“, “Java Coding camps for kids“, “Artificial Intelligence camps for kids“, “Game Design Camps for kids” for schools, academic institutions and other “Drone STEM” related programs.

Attention kids and teens working on the next drone business plan. Join us at a Drobots Company “Drone Summer Camp program and determine what your first “drone business” is going to be? Drone technology has become the catalyst to so many new business ventures. So it’s never too early to “launch” your drone startup business now! Join one of the Drobots Company national “Drone summer program” boot camp and submit your “drone business solution and plan. Who knows what you may build…

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Seattle Drone Startup Vtrus Raises Cash For Indoor Inspection Drone

Seattle Drone Startup Vtrus Raises Cash For Indoor Inspection Drone

Article from Alan Boyle | Geek Wire

ABI Zero can conduct an aerial survey for as long as 10 minutes, and then return to its base station for charging. The base also serves as a WiFi-enabled link for receiving streaming data from the drone and relaying it to Vtrus’ cloud service.

Because Vtrus’ platform is designed exclusively for indoor use, it doesn’t have to satisfy the Federal Aviation Administration restrictions on outdoor flights of unmanned aerial systems. The company has been demonstrating its technology in a “pilotless” pilot program, and the newly-reported funding round should help Vtrus get further down the path to commercialization.

A SEC filing published today shows a $2.9 million cash infusion for Vtrus. Renato Salas-Moreno, the company’s CEO and co-founder, declined to comment on the new funding when contacted by GeekWire.

Salas-Moreno was previously the co-founder of Surreal Vision, a computer vision startup that was sold in 2015 to Oculus, Facebook’s VR subsidiary. He went on to work at Oculus VR for more than a year as a research scientist in Redmond, Wash., then helped lay the groundwork for Vtrus, which he launched in 2017 with chief technology officer Jonathan Lenoff and chief design officer Carlos Sanchez.

The company, based near Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, has developed an indoor autonomous drone known as the ABI Zero that can navigate its way around the tricky surroundings of a warehouse environment without the need for a remote operator or GPS waypoints.


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