German drone provider Airial Robotics this week unveiled a new drone carrier system known as Gyrotrak. A hybrid concept, Gyrotrak combines “tried-and-tested aerodynamic principles with the latest technologies,” an Airial statement notes View original article at Drone Life

German drone provider Droniq and UAV-tech firm Sky Drone are teaming up to help pilots better control unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Under the partnership, Droniq will use Sky Drone’s platform to offer a hardware package that enhances locating, controlling and transmitting drone data during BVLOS flights View original article at Drone Life

Munich-based aviation startup Lilium is soaring higher today with a funding boost of $240 million. The internal funding round is led by Tencent, with Atomico, Freigeist and LGT participating View original article at Drone Life

Wingcopter is teaming up with Merck to pilot a drone-delivery program. In partnership with the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the German UAV startup and the Big Pharma giant will create a program to transport pigment samples from a Merck site in Gernsheim, Germany to a lab in Darmstadt – a distance of 15 View original article at Drone Life

Any drone company with Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ambitions needs connectivity. Which is why the news of a partnership between EHang, the Chinese manufacturer behind the 184 passenger drone, and telecoms giant Vodafone, should come as no surprise View original article at Drone Life

Lifeguards in Germany are testing a drone for rescuing struggling swimmers. Once on the scene, the remotely controlled flying machine drops an auto-inflating float to keep the swimmer safe until human help arrives. The post Drones to the rescue – German lifeguards test quadcopters for rescuing swimmers appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Ai Weiwei has debuted his newest installation in Berlin outside the concert house of the Gendarmenmarkt. He adorned the columns of the venue with 14,000 life jackets previously worn by refugees trying to make it to Europe, in the hopes of highlighting the ongoing refugee crisis. This is Weiwei’s most recent in a series of outspoken pieces trying to call attention to the crisis and the response of European governments. Berlin is currently home to 80,000 refugees and plans for the arrival of 30,000 more in 2016. See…

A group of privacy activists from the tactical media group Peng! has been putting boots on the ground outside the headquarters of the NSA and GCHQ lately, hoping to help turn employees of the world’s most powerful intelligence agencies into whistleblowers.Now, it seems they’ve taken to the skies.In a new video set to cheesy-triumphant music, the group shows first-person footage of a remote controlled plane flying over Dagger Complex, the US military base in Darmstadt, Germany that houses 1,100 employees and serves as the NSA’s main European signals…

A pro-choice group called Women on Waves flew a small drone across a border river from Germany to Poland on Saturday to deliver abortion medication to women there, where abortions are severely restricted by Polish law The drop was successful, according to the group. Two women took the abortion-inducing pills, which the group said were prescribed by doctors in a press release distributed online See also: Activists to send drone with abortion medication to women in Poland You can watch video from the drone flight, below The flight…

In what may be the most innovative use of drone technology yet, women’s rights activists are planning to deliver abortion pills to Poland by drone this weekend, raising awareness for the lack of health care access Polish women face. The post Abortion pills will be delivered by drone in Poland this weekend appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends