Fly Low Sweet Chariot

The majority of drone marketing reports have been quite remiss in devoting little space to the discussion of the development of drone taxis. Indeed, the 2016 Valour Consultancy report only mentions the Ehang 184 in the section devoted to that company and only mentions the Urban Aeronautics AirMule in passing but in April 2017 the [...]

Our Fine Tethered Friends

In VC’s Commercial and UAV report, the section detailing Technical Requirements (chapter 2), discussed in some detail the alternative of tethered drones. Recent articles in the media have shown that this niche market is developing apace. Tethered UAVs on building sites for use with surveillance cameras make good economic sense. The basic problem with dirigibles [...]

Individual Drone Identification

In our commercial UAV report, Valour Consultancy laid out a timeline for future Drone Industry Development, both drivers and inhibitors. One of the first items it listed as a driver for development was Individual Drone Identification: “Commercial companies will welcome and whole-heartedly endorse drone registration and individual drone identification (they will do this for purely [...]

By | 2017-04-10T16:40:44+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: UAVs|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Over the Hills and Far Away

Vigilant Aerospace Systems (VAS), a private US company was founded in Oklahoma City in 2015, licenses aviation technologies. VAS commercialises NASA flight safety technologies and develops innovative situational sensing, analysis and prediction solutions which can enables collision avoidance and autonomous flight for both drones and small and medium-sized planes. The company recently completed Beyond Line-of-Sight UAS [...]

By | 2017-02-02T09:56:44+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments

Terra Drone in Terra Incognita

In an interesting move, the Japanese drone surveying company Terra Drone has opened an office in Fortitude Valley in Queensland. Fortitude Valley is a suburb of Brisbane most famous for shopping and nightlife. Terra Drone specialised in LiDAR surveying of construction, mining sites and forestry and land surveys. It also has a small unmanned crop [...]

By | 2017-01-31T16:17:53+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Categories: UAVs|Tags: |0 Comments

UAVs are a Key Enabler in Construction

Many people believe UAVs will become a big deal in the commercial construction space. Companies like 3DR, Parrot, DJI and many others have bet big on this assumption. We believe more than a 150,000 UAVs will be in active use in the asset, building (construction), land and mining inspection/surveying globally in 2017. A prime example [...]

By | 2017-01-23T18:55:45+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments

Drone Delivery Deluge

Sometimes when we watch an action movie, we see our heroes struggling along a mountainside and suddenly one or two little pebbles roll down in front of them. It’s a cinematic shortcut to let us know that a landslide is coming. The pebbles have started falling down the mountain of potential that is UAV delivery. [...]

By | 2016-12-22T08:36:07+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments

UAV Development in Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Markets

In Valour Consultancy’s leading report on commercial and industrial UAVs and systems, an in-depth qualitative assessment of all the key applications are provided. An extract for the agriculture, forestry and fisheries markets is provided below. The agricultural sector in Australia, America and Japan was quick to adopt UAV systems for high-value cash crops. Where labour [...]

By | 2016-11-22T13:17:08+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Categories: UAVs|Tags: |0 Comments

Zipline Raises $25 million in Series B Funding

Californian-based drone delivery company, Zipline, has raised $25 million in series funding which will be used for increasing its operations in Africa. The company estimates that it will be undertaking 100 emergency flights a day, delivering blood to transfusion clinics across the region, expanding its services in Rwanda and other areas of Africa. Zip, the [...]

By | 2016-11-17T16:54:23+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments

Drones – are these material to the business?

Following along from Valour Consultancy’s last blog about niche market opportunities in the drone industry, we might look at the construction of drones to meet these niche needs. When we think of vehicle construction, then there is a tendency to assume the manufacturer has chosen the best material for the job but manufacturers have to [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:50:51+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments

Time for the Niche Drone Market to explode

Within the last two years, the number of start-ups of “One Man and his Drone” has increased exponentially. These now number in the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands. It seems if you need a nice picture of your house from the sky or a wedding party featuring the father of the bride’s bald spot, [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:50:53+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Categories: UAVs|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How does the Airware-Red Bird integration stack up?

In 2011, Airware started with the goal of developing a standard application for drone operations. Since the company’s inception, it has developed a cross-manufacturer drone fleet controller and an in-depth integrated data management system. Its solution is extensively used globally and by a plethora of different markets: insurance, construction, mining, utilities (including telecommunications), oil and [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:50:55+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: UAVs|Tags: |0 Comments

The Development of the Commercial UAV Industry

Humanity has a unique combination of intelligence, ingenuity and idiocy, that makes its every action an adventure. The UAV industry is such an adventure. At the time of publication of “The Future of Commercial and Industrial UAVs – 2016 Edition”, aviation authorities around the world are trying to impose order on the chaotic world of [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:50:58+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments

The Business of Drone Development

There are various scenarios that might show the development of the ‘drone industry’. One used is from the Gartner Hype Cycle and it describes the idealised start-up and adoption of a new technology. It ignores international effects of differing adoption rates, competition and, when the market is saturated and new technologies arise, the inevitable drop-off. [...]

By | 2016-11-18T13:51:05+00:00 July 4th, 2016|Categories: UAVs|0 Comments