Thursday, September 29

Tag: Drone

drone technology: Karnataka’s new aerospace policy to promote drone technology
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drone technology: Karnataka’s new aerospace policy to promote drone technology

Karnataka has sought to include drones as part of its new aerospace and defence policy, as the state government seeks to promote investments in the emerging technology in view of its wider use across sectors. The draft policy has also mooted sops for fresh investments or expansion of existing units in the aerospace and defence sector in Bengaluru as well, people privy to the discussions told ET. All recent policies of the state offered incentives and concessions for investments only in regions outside of Bengaluru. The change in stance shows that the government wants to include the country’s technology capital as well for incentives, as it is home to a vibrant defence and aerospace manufacturing ecosystem and a 1,200-acre cluster is taking shape near the Kempe Gowda international airport. ...
Amazon says it will launch drone deliveries this year in Lockeford, California
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Amazon says it will launch drone deliveries this year in Lockeford, California

Amazon Prime customers in Lockeford, California, will start receiving package deliveries by drone later this year, Amazon announced Monday. That would make the community of 3,500 among the first U.S. locations to enjoy free drone delivery within 30 minutes — a promise that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos first made nearly a decade ago.The ecommerce company started contacting customers in Lockeford this week to ask them to opt in to drone delivery, said Amazon spokesperson Av Zammit. Once a customer enrolls, an Amazon employee will visit to make sure their yard has enough clear space to accept drone deliveries, Zammit added.Drone delivery will be free for Prime members, and only Prime members can use the service. There will be "thousands of items available" for drone delivery, Zammit said...
Switchblade drone: How the “kamikaze” anti-tank weapon works
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Switchblade drone: How the “kamikaze” anti-tank weapon works

There's new a drone on the battlefield. Only six months old, video of it in action is still secret. Unlike armed drones that carry weapons under the wings, launching them and returning to base, the Switchblade "kamikaze" drone carries its own warhead, and blows itself up – taking out tanks, armored vehicles and artillery nests with it. "It's a one-and-done drone," said Wahid Nawabi, who runs Aerovironment, which makes the Switchblade at a secure location he's asked us not to reveal. The Switchblade 600 tactical missile system contains high-precision optics and an anti-armor warhead for use against non-line-of-sight targets, such as tanks, artillery, and armored vehicles.  Aerovironment ...