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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