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The UAV Digest is an audio podcast devoted to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems. We cover new developments in the industry, regulatory issues, unmanned technology, and a lot more. We consider both commercial and military applications, from all perspectives.

The UAV Digest The UAV Digest

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    • 4.8, 58 Ratings

The UAV Digest is an audio podcast devoted to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Systems. We cover new developments in the industry, regulatory issues, unmanned technology, and a lot more. We consider both commercial and military applications, from all perspectives.

    335 Kespry CEO George Mathew

    335 Kespry CEO George Mathew

    Our guest is George Mathew, chairman and CEO of Kespry, a leading drone-based aerial intelligence solution provider.

    • 42 min
    334 Drone Aerobatics

    334 Drone Aerobatics

    AI-powered drones perform extreme aerobatics, U.S. to allow export of armed drones, testing swarming drones, Royal Canadian Navy drone finds drug smugglers, hybrid drone rescues a stranded motorist, 5th Annual FAA UAS Symposium goes virtual.

    • 25 min
    333 Insect-Inspired Microbot

    333 Insect-Inspired Microbot

    A cockroach-inspired microbot, a manned vs. unmanned fighter fly off, autonomous deliveries from CVS, a Predator over Minneapolis protests, a police helicopter collides with a police drone, piloting a UAS from an airborne C-130J Hercules, and library books delivered by Wing.

    • 32 min
    332 Last-Mile Drone Delivery Tested

    332 Last-Mile Drone Delivery Tested

    A major test of last-mile drone delivery, direct-seeding rice with a drone, a drone-centric kiosk you can build yourself, and a webinar to learn the BVLOS regulatory landscape.







    UAV News







    Last Mile Drone Delivery: Testing the Limits of Commercial Operations







    DroneUp partnered with Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) and UPS on a project to quickly evaluate the concept of last-mile drone delivery. They wanted to see how unmanned aerial systems could assist with critical delivery during times of crisis.







    On the vacant campus of St. Paul’s College, in Lawrenceville, Virginia, a group of pilots flew over 200 flights under a scripted plan, operating under part 107 rules, with industry-standard drones. The flights simulated the delivery of 1.275-pound payloads of medical and other critical supplies in city-like conditions. Data was collected with respect to operational capacities, airspace deconfliction, operator safety, processes, policies, and training.







    Tom Walker, DroneUp’s CEO, said, “DroneUp’s drone delivery exercise was aimed at learning what is possible to do safely and effectively today while gathering data to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles in the near future.” 







    For more, see the 56-page report, DroneUp Resources Operation Last-Mile: Critical Drone Delivery Report.







    XAG Introduces Rice Seeding Drone







    XAG is a Chinese company focused on agricultural technology. In April 2020, they organized a rice direct-seeding demonstration where two workers spread 5kg of rice seeds through a muddy rice paddy. Following that, a XAG drone repeated the same task. The difference in planing time was significant.







    Raspberry Pi-based Kiosk Display Shares Weather, FAA Advisories for Drones







    A project from Sky Horse Tech uses a Raspberry Pi to power a custom drone-centric kiosk. The kiosk pulls in local weather data and FAA advisories through AirMap and MapBox. The data cycles every 30 seconds and is refreshed every 5 minutes. The kiosk uses a 32” display, a $35 Raspberry Pi 3 Model B or newer, some free software, and weather and FAA advisory APIs.







    Navigating the Regulatory Landscape Towards BVLOS Operations







    This free AUVSI webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 03:00 PM TO 04:00 PM (EDT). You’ll learn about the regulations affecting Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone flight and the factors involved in successfully navigating the regulatory environment to achieve a waiver. 







    Iris Automation director of airspace integration Trever Linn will explain what operators should expect before applying for a waiver, and the key components such as risk mitigation measures and CONOPS documentation necessary for approvals. Attendees will learn about current regulatory challenges, readily available solutions, and the path forward for BVLOS drone operations.

    • 24 min
    331 Skyborg for Loyal Wingman UAV

    331 Skyborg for Loyal Wingman UAV

    Skyborg design competition for USAF loyal wingman UAVs, catapulting a drone from a helicopter, FAA investigating Blue Angels close encounter, drone launches grenades and sprays crops, Singapore keeps an eye on people, drone crash caused by electric lines.

    • 27 min
    330 Passenger Drone Hotel

    330 Passenger Drone Hotel

    A passenger drone hotel, a pub drone for beer delivery, UFOs that might be drones, distance-learning UAS education, flying creatures make drones better, measuring whales from above, and a close encounter with the Blue Angels.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
58 Ratings

58 Ratings

JD in Reno ,

There’s more to drones than DJI

I started listening to UAV Digest shortly after buying a Mavic 2 Pro. Although I was aware the world of UAV was much deeper than consumer drones, I didn’t know how much. Thanks to Max and David, my outlook on the potential of this industry has grown. Their show is very informative and well produced. I look forward to downloading it every Friday. Thanks guys!

Pilotwithoutaplane ,

Great Listen!!!

Thank you for your weekly shows!! I look forward to listening to you guys on my drive to work!!!

CamboSliced ,

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