Airbus Aerial Provides a Whole New View of the World

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You may know Airbus as that Boeing competitor that also makes planes, but the European company is in fact an defense and aerospace giant that makes helicopters, satellites, and drones, and now it's using its aircraft not just to move people, but to give those on the ground a whole new view from the skies. A year-old effort called Airbus Aerial will seek to serve climate modelers, farmers, city planners, engineers, first responders, and anybody else who needs a a particular view of the world. The company combines data from observation satellites (of which Airbus is the largest global operator), manned planes with cameras slung underneath, and drones, to get to the places others can't reach. Airbus Aerial packages it all up, and presents it neatly to the customer, via a cloud-based interface. "It's a very complex thing to just say'I need satellite data'," says Jesse Kallman, president of the company.


Alphabet, Intel, FedEx, AT&T Among Drone Pilot Winners: Universities

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A Memphis Airport Authority official told Reuters that it had also been picked and that FedEx Corp is a partner that will use drones for inspection of aircraft at its hub in Tennessee as well as parts deliveries for aircraft and some package deliveries between the airport and other Memphis locations. Another partner is General Electric Co, Memphis said.


Amazon drone delivery gets closer to reality with $1.4 billion hub in Kentucky

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The tech giant will build a $1.39 billion hub for drone delivery service Amazon Prime Air at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron, Kentucky. The Cincinnati Business Courier reported the news on Tuesday and Amazon confirmed it with a press release shortly after. The 900-acre project will serve as Amazon's primary air cargo hub and as the home to its fleet of Prime Air cargo planes. Amazon leased 40 dedicated cargo planes last year, and 16 of them are in service today. "As we considered places for the long-term home for our air hub operations, Hebron quickly rose to the top of the list with a large, skilled workforce, centralized location with great connectivity to our nearby fulfillment locations, and an excellent quality of living for employees.


Two Held Over Drone Use at London Airport Are Released

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On Sunday, police said both individuals had cooperated fully and were no longer suspects, adding that they were continuing to follow leads in their investigation. The airport offered a £50,000 ($63,200) reward for any evidence that leads to the conviction of those responsible for the disruption, police said. Drone use around commercial flights is a growing safety concern for regulators. Prosecutions when drones are flown too close to commercial planes are rare, and some instances of drone sightings by commercial airliners have turned out to be inaccurate. This month, authorities in Mexico investigated a potential collision of an Aeromexico jetliner with a drone.


UK police release two people arrested over Gatwick airport drones

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Sussex Police have released the man and woman arrested on December 21st after determining that they're "no longer suspects" behind the multiple incidents. Don't anticipate new suspects in the future, either. Detective Chief Superintendent Jason Tingley said his force continued to "actively follow lines of investigation," but didn't hint at where those might lead. In a conversation to Sky News, Tingley said officers had found a damaged drone at the airport in Horley and were on an "expedited" effort to examine that drone for evidence. There's an increased financial motivation to bring the perpetrators in, at least.