UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLES

Amrit Sharma

How Drones Are Helping Save Nepal's UNESCO Heritage Sites

A small team from Skycatch, a San Francisco-based startup that specialises in data mapping from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flew into Kathmandu a few days ago. They're on a mission to provide an accurate 3D model of the damaged UNESCO World Heritage Sites, so that proactive steps can be taken to protect them before the monsoon season starts.
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Civilian Drone Industry: Are Indian Regulators Sleeping On A Gold Mine?

In May 2014, Mumbai inhabitants witnessed what could easily have been a scene lifted straight from a sci-fi novel; a pizza was home-delivered using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), more popularly known as a drone, from a local pizzeria. This experiment was not amiably met by the local police and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) came out with a circular in October expressly banning any Unmanned Aerial Vehicles from taking to the Indian airspace without prior authorisation.