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I hope you all are well and are managing to stay sane in these strange times. Hopefully, this week's news letter provides some much needed distraction and helpful information about what is going on in the commercial UAV industry. This week we have shared reports on a number of product developments, showing that the industry is still moving forward and  continues to find creative ways to do business. We also explore the many ways drones could and are helping with the current crisis and the many companies who are supporting their efforts.   


If you are looking to stay on top of what the industry is doing and talking about while you are sheltered in place, take a look at our lineup of free webinars that cover everything from drone delivery and the future of the industry in the face of COVID-19 to lidar and SLAM


Be well and Stay connected!


Danielle Gagne
Commercial UAV News Editor

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By Dawn M.K. Zoldi

The Coronavirus has people wondering if and how we can utilize drones to support our communities. Dawn Zoldi points out that although novel, these operations are not new: "Collectively, over the past five years these sites have facilitated more than 15,000 UAS flight tests, supporting R&D across critical areas, such as BVLOS flight, command and control links and equipment, UAS-based and ground-based detect and avoid, cybersecurity software systems and the ability to carry loads of varying weights, to name a few. Important to the current situation, these test sites have engaged in significant hazard and risk mitigation T&E, building safety cases that enabled FAA approvals to conduct complex UAS operations."
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Featured Story

By Danielle Gagne

Captain Vern Sallee of Chula Vista PD, talked with us about ways that Chula Vista is already utilizing drones and how they may deploy them in response to COVID-19 if they obtain FAA approval.

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By Alan H. Collier

Zipline is already having a huge impact on public health in Africa. Their UAVs are saving lives in Rwanda and Ghana through contracts with those countries' health organizations to deliver blood, vaccines and other medical supplies to remote areas difficult to access by road.


Drones Making a Difference

By Danielle Gagne

The adoption of drone technology to help with Coronavirus has spread globally. With all of these efforts, various companies are stepping up to lend a hand to support those who are working to address the pandemic. Here are a few resources.

Industry News

By João Antunes

AeroVironment will provide Draganfly sales, marketing collateral, and product technical support for the Quantix Mapper.

Industry News

By Juan Plaza

Strategic partnerships, like the one INVOLI and Altitude Angel have formed, are a clear demonstration of how two businesses with a mutual vision for future drone flights can collaborate and, in doing so, move an entire industry forward. 



Industry News

By João Antunes

Together with Bandung Institute of Technology and PT Airborne Geophysics Indonesia, Terra Drone Indonesia, a drone service provider, is combing drones with GPR for soil structure modeling.

Headlines from the Industry

By João Antunes

Through Parrot's SDK program, Parrot and Survae, a geospatial media company, combined Parrot's ANAFI and ANAFI Thermal hardware with Survae's software to bring professionals a new mapping solution.

By Danielle Gagne

Visual data management companies, like Delair, are developing robust AI-assisted solutions to help agricultural companies, like BASF, obtain the actionable, timely results they are looking for. 

By João Antunes

To further help first responders, Altitude Angel's UTM now provides airspace situation awareness via satellite constellations. 


Our Digital Doors are Open: Join us for a Free Webinar

As the entire world shifts to a new normal in the present while continuing to explore opportunities for the future, it's our goal to provide our communities with resources that can help them make sense of both. We're taking that effort to the next level with a series of webinars, all of which will be highlighting topics and issues that will be especially relevant to countless professionals in the coming weeks, months and years.


You can sign up for free to any or all of the webinars below:


What's the Future of Lidar?
Wednesday, April 8, 2020  | 12:00PM - 1:00PM Eastern Time 

This panel discussion features industry executives from the leading geospatial firms in the US, who will share their thoughts and the future of the lidar industry, broadening applications, areas of opportunity for growth, emerging technology trends, and more. Carla Lauter, Editor for Geo Week News will Moderate the panel discussion.

How Will COVID-19 Impact the Present and Future of the Drone Industry?
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern Time 

COVID-19 has already reshaped the ways countless businesses function, but the fallout and ramifications of the pandemic that brought the global economy to a standstill are just beginning to be felt. More changes are imminent and the drone industry will see and feel them over the coming months and years. What has this situation taught us about how drones can be utilized in emergency situations? How do the revised economic prediction for 2020 impact the many predictions that have been made about the future of drone technology? What will the =E2=80=9Cnew normal=E2=80=9D in the drone space look like? Join a panel of experts to discuss these topics and many others, followed by a live Q&A session with the audience. 

Is the World Ready for Drone Delivery?
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 |   12:00PM - 1:00PM Eastern Time 

Due to regulations and other logistical and philosophical issues, the drone delivery industry has been relatively restricted to how much it can scale. However, due to recent global events, drones are starting to get attention not only within the industry but by the media and the public. Join us on May 13th at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET to talk about what opportunities are beginning to open up, what obstacles are still in place, and other ways the conversation around this industry is changing.

The Handheld Scanning Revolution: How SLAM Scanners Can be Leveraged to Enhance Reality Capture Workflows
Wednesday May 27, 2020 |   12:00PM - 1:00PM Eastern Time 

Handheld Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) lidar scanners are broadening the use cases of 3D capture by providing versatile and portable solutions for difficult scanning tasks. SLAM-based handheld scanners have been increasing in use across construction, transportation, and urban planning because they can often go where traditional scanners cannot =E2=80=93 and offer the ability to work without a GPS signal. Learn from a panel of experts how handheld SLAM lidar scanners can be added to existing workflows, how the technology has advanced, and how handheld SLAM scanners are being used to creatively solve reality capture challenges.


GEO Buisness
May 20-21, 2020 | London
AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference
June 3 - 5, 2020 | Chicago, IL
SPAR 3D Expo & Conference
June 3 - 5, 2020 | Chicago, IL
Commercial UAV Expo Americas
September 15-17, 2020 | Paris Las Vegas
Commercial UAV Expo Europe/Amsterdam Drone Week
December 1-3, 2020 |RAI Amsterdam

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