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Project Wing completed the first long-distance, residential drone delivery in the United States. The drone provided an aerial delivery of ice cream and a Popsicle, a mere six minutes after a Wing technician confirmed the order through the company’s smartphone app.
The Smiths were part of a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration-approved test that for the first time allowed delivery flights over congested areas where people live, and ventured beyond the view of its operator on the ground. It was the most realistic public demonstration to date in the U.S. that people may someday get near instant purchases sent to their home by unmanned devices.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico (July 25, 2018) – Silent Falcon UAS Technologies solar electric, fixed wing, long endurance, long range Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) has been selected by DARPA as the unmanned aircraft system for its Stand-off Ubiquitous Power/Energy Replenishment - Power Beaming Demo (SUPER PBD). SUPER PBD is an innovative project designed to prove the feasibility of recharging an electric powered UAS while in flight using a laser light source, allowing for indefinitely long flight times by using concatenated “Fly” and “Fly & Charge” cycles removing the need to land to refuel.
The Silent Falcon™ UAS is uniquely suited for this important project as it is a proven solar electric powered system and the addition of the SUPER PBD capabilities builds on the established Silent Falcon™ solar electric technology. This is another important milestone for Silent Falcon™ as it continues to increase the deployment of its Silent Falcon™ UAS in a wide variety of commercial, public safety and military applications.

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The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) is looking to create the nation’s only multi-domain distributed environment for integrated operational robotics experimentation and research. The Sea Land Air Military Research (SLAMR) Laboratory will consist of multiple robotics arenas (subsurface, surface, and aerial) within an enclosed netted structure. This facility will feature an enclosed UAV flying area, multiple pools for underwater testing, an operations center, workshop, and classroom facility.

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On Friday, July 13, drone pilot Luke Bannister achieved a new drone world speed record flying the Vodafone XBlades Wingcopter XBR Drone at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, U.K. The sUAS News reported that the Goodwood event celebrated its Silver Jubilee this year as the “world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture.”

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CR4ISRNET stated that the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act allocates funding for nearly three times as many unmanned vehicles as in previous years. Most of the drones are reportedly smaller, less expensive models. The Pentagon also plans to invest nearly twice as much on drone countermeasures as it spent in 2018.

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