Boeing NeXt drone completes forward-flight milestone [VIDEO]

Boeing’s 227-kilogram-capacity Cargo Air Vehicle (CAV) successfully completed forward flight tests in an outdoor environment. The company’s innovation-focused NeXt team commenced outdoor testing earlier this year, and has since completed more than 90 outdoor flights, according to a release from the company. During a recent three-minute flight test the CAV took off, hovered, and then […]

Drone Delivery Canada, Air Canada dive in with drone ops for Vision Profile

While unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) figure in to the future cargo operational plans of major companies including SF Express, Amazon and UPS, the futuristic technology  has typically left industry observers skeptical that future regulatory requirements will meet the needs of the niche equipment operations. However, the future is now, and Canadian company Drone […]

Amazon petitions FAA for commercial drone ops exemption 

In addition to wide- and narrowbody freighters joining the Amazon Air fleet, Prime Air drones may soon begin delivering Amazon purchases directly to customer doorsteps. Next in the series of the broader air cargo industry’s commercial drone saga, Amazon Prime Air submitted a petition to the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) yesterday that, if […]

UPS seeks airline-type status for long-distance drone deliveries

United Parcel Service is seeking approval to operate delivery drones under the same rules as a private jet service, unlocking the potential to carry health-care packages over long distances between hospitals. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to obtain Part 135 certification this year, a step toward freeing it from current commercial […]

Amazon aims to grow cargo drone team in the UK [VIDEO]

Amazon is aiming to add more than 2,000 technology workers to its United Kingdom team, the company announced in a 3 July press release. While the statement noted roles include “engineers, software developers, data scientists and cloud and machine learning experts,” Bloomberg reported that Amazon’s Prime Air cargo drone service is among the technology areas new […]

Boeing’s autonomous aircraft prototype completes first flight [VIDEO]

A prototype autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV), developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences under the leadership of the Boeing NeXt division, successfully completed its first test flight in Virginia this week. Although the PAV is designed for passenger transport, the technology presents major opportunities for the future of autonomous and remote pilot cargo operations. […]

Boeing invests in Matternet urban delivery drone platform

Through its Boeing HorizonX Ventures investment arm, Boeing led a round of funding in US-based Matternet, which the company will use to expand US and global operations of its on-demand drone delivery platform for urban deliveries. The funding round also included investments from Swiss Post, Sony Innovation Fund, and Levitate Capital, and raised US$16 million. […]
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