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Flipkart is looking to rural delivery, using drones, in India

While commercial drone use is not yet legal in India, their top e-tailer is looking ahead to rural delivery with drones StillWorksImagery / Pixabay The Amazon of India, Flipkart, is hoping to bring drone delivery services to rural parts of India.  While drone regulations in India do not yet permit commercial uses of drones they are planning ahead, and pushing for a drone-filled future with drones helping with rural delivery. The Hindustan Times is reporting: “India’s leading e-tailer Flipkart is thinking beyond the horizon. It wants to use drones to…

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Commercial Indian Drone Usage cannot get off the ground

Indian Drone usage continues to be paralyzed by ineffectual government donvikro / Pixabay India remains poised to be a key UAV market but a slow moving government continues to prevent the market from moving forward.  The India Times reported today that approval for commercial drone usage remains stuck, waiting for clearance by the Home, Telecom, and Defense Ministries.  The story reports: ““The civil aviation ministry has taken this up the issue with these three ministries again and sent them a reminder on the issue,” said a senior government official, who did not…

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Drones in India should be legal soon

Drones in India are still illegal, at least for now The Director General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA, in India has been slow to approve the use of drones.  However, drones in India should be legal soon.  Read more of this story on Live Mint.  Photo: Reuters “Are you thinking of buying an unmanned aerial vehicle, better known as a drone? If yes, there’s a “Quadcopter Drone, 3D LED Light Show, Ultra Durable Nylon Body—Free Gift Wrapping—Free Surprise Gift!! 100% Genuine” for sale on online marketplace ebay.in. The drone, from…

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Drones are helping with wildlife conservation

The Times of India ran an article this weekend interviewing Dinesh Kumar Tyagi, the chief conservator of forest (CCF) & field director of Melghat Tiger Reserve (MTR).  The focus of the article was wildlife conservation. This caught our eye as the article was discussing the fact that UAV/drones will help conservation efforts in two important areas: Enabling a more accurate count of the melghat tiger population.  The population has dropped from 80 to 30 tigers over the course of the last decade and it can be difficult to track them down to keep an…

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6WResearch: India ready to become a key UAV market

6Wresearch announces the release of most anticipated “India UAV Market (2015-2021)” report covering UAV types, range types, applications, market trends and upcoming projects. The report estimates and forecast market by UAV types such as Mini–UAVs (Low Altitude-Low Endurance), Medium Range UAVs (Low Altitude-Medium Endurance), Long Range UAVs (Medium Altitude-Long Endurance), and Long Range UAVs (High Altitude-Long Endurance). The report also segregates market into different range types for Mini-UAVs (under 3mi & 4mi-10mi) and Medium Range UAVs (5mi-10mi & 11mi-20mi). Increasing terrorist activities, border security, rising defense budget, FDI, favorable government…

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