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Protecting The Skies In The Drone Era : Elevating Safety


DJI’s plan for data-based, real-world solutions to maximize safety, encourage innovation, minimize conflicts and help society

Advanced Drone Operations Toolkit: Accelerating the Drone Revolution

World Economic Forum

The goal of this toolkit is to enable regulators to learn from the innovative policy experiments occurring around the world and empower them to adopt these new governance models that accelerate the promise of drones for all.

Concepts of Operation

Office of NextGen, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

The commercial applications of drones are driving public-private partnerships, who must balance emerging and innovative solutions with operational and safety needs.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Logistics

DHL Trend Research

Are drones just a hype, or are there substantial benefits that this new technology can bring to the logistics industry?

EPFL: Better Use of the Lower Sky in a Sharing Economy

J. M. Ledgard

This personal manifesto by novelist, journalist and director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Jonathan Ledgard, details why cargo drones are a good idea in Africa

Review of Potential Ecological Impacts of Peaceful Robotic Drone Use and Policy Implications for Developing Countries

Emmanuel Teryila Tyokumbar

How might the potential ecological impacts of peaceful or civilian robotic drone use impact policy in developing countries? This history of what are today known as drones begins in the late 16th century and shines light on today

Rwanda Takes Off: The future of drone delivery

Prof. Calestous Juma, Christoph Nedopil, Kiran Pookote, Taylor Ray

Rwanda, in conjunction with public and private sector partners, plans to build the world’s first drone ports for the delivery of essential goods

The Economic and Operational Value of Using Drones to Transport Vaccines

Leila A. Haidari, Shawn T. Brown, Marie C. Ferguson, Emily Bancroft, Marie L. Spiker, Allen J. Wilcox, Ramya Ambikapathi, Vidya Sampath, Diana L. Connor, Bruce C. Y. Lee

The use of drones could increase vaccine availability and decrease costs in a wide range of settings and circumstances, as long as the drones are used frequently enough

Drones in Humanitarian Action: A guide to unmanned airborne systems in humanitarian crises

D. Soesilo, P. Meier, A. Lessard-Fontaine, J. Du Plessis and C. Stuhlberger

Drones offer various strengths and weaknesses in different scenarios, whether gather information, transporting cargo, or taking part in search and rescue

Guidance note: Managing the risks of unmanned aircraft operations in development projects

World Bank

From an origin in military and security applications, the use of drone technology is currently transforming commercial and humanitarian activity

USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Landscape Analysis


Who are the various actors, and what are the objectives and lessons learned, from the use of drones in a development context?

JARUS Guidelines on Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA)


This first issue of the Specific Operation Risk Assessment (SORA) is the JARUS Working Group consensus vision on how to safely create, evaluate, and conduct an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operation

Evaluation of the Business Cases for Cargo Drones in Humanitarian Action

Wilko Dirks

This qualitative study, featuring 18 expert interviews from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), takes a closer look at the business feasibility of cargo drones in humanitarian interventions

UAVs in Global Health: Defining a collective path forward


To build upon past efforts and unlock the future potential of drones for global health, a broad community of users, funders, innovators and implementers must work together to identify the most pressing needs

Energy Use and Life cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Drones for Commercial Package Delivery

Joshuah K. Stolaroff, Constantine Samaras, Emma R. O'Neill, Alia Lubers, Alexandra S. Mitchell, Daniel Ceperley

The use of drones to deliver commercial packages is poised to become a new industry, significantly shifting energy use in the freight sector

What Should You Deliver by Unmanned Aerial Systems?

Chris Wright, Sidharth Rupani, Kameko Nichols, Yasmin Chandani, Matiko Machagge

As more low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) explore ways to improve efficiency and performance in their public health supply chains and diagnostics networks, they face myriad choices about how best to use unmanned aerial systems

A Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Benefits of Drone-Based Delivery Services in Urban and Rural Areas

Seung-Jun Shin, Jungyub Woo, Sudarsan Rachuri, Prita Meilanitasari

Drones used as delivery vehicles increase mobility and accessibility to remote areas. But what are the environmental impacts of drone versus motorcycle delivery?