The race to be the first to deliver packages using drones heated up when Amazon unveiled the company’s latest drone model and pledged that Prime Air, Amazon’s drone program, would be delivering packages “in months.” Just weeks later, Uber and UPS also applied for U.S. FAA air carrier certificates with the intent to launch commercial drone operations.
"[Drone deliveries] have great potential to… provide rapid parcel delivery that will also increase the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation system."
Earlier this year, UPS and a startup drone partner began carrying medical samples between North Carolina hospitals. The deliveries, which are conducted multiple times daily, take less time than ground transportation and are being used as a model for UPS to expand the service to hospitals around the country.
However, these drones are increasingly posing risks to airplanes. In December, the U.K.’s second busiest airport, Gatwick. was shut down overnight after drones were flown repeatedly over the airfield. This spring, flights into Newark Liberty International Airport were halted after pilots reported a drone flying near the airport.
Further complicating matters is that drones typically don’t show up on a pilot’s radar and there are no effective tracking systems on the market. But Red Cat, a company working to secure airspace globally for the drone industry, is building black boxes for drones that will track essential data, including flight paths, using blockchain.
Earlier today, Red Cat announced that it joined a growing list of enterprises, NGOs, and nonprofits that have selected GoChain as their network partner of choice. Red Cat previously announced that it was testing both EOS and GoChain blockchains. The Red Cat team recognized that GoChain’s scalable, low cost blockchain protocol and team of experienced industry leaders made it an ideal partner in their endeavor.
"In 2018, Red Cat set out on a mission to build the first native blockchain black box analytics platform for the drone industry. We are pleased to announce we have delivered on that mission," said Jeff Thompson, CEO of Red Cat. "With Amazon, Google and UPS currently building large commercial drone fleets, we believe our analytics platform will provide security and data transparency for the entire industry. Experienced partners like GoChain allow us to immediately and easily deliver the technology to our customers with speed and scale, a crucial step as we move towards our commercialization later this year."
Red Cat developed the industry’s first blackbox flight recorder and distributed system for drones with security and encryption that regulators and insurance companies can trust. The platform includes several integrated systems that enable industry regulators to track and review drone flight data, insurance companies to ensure drones with reliable third-party data, and pilots to ensure they stay compliant with regulators.
With a focus on real-world business applications and integrations, the team at GoChain is well-positioned to support Red Cat in integrating its blockchain black box and distributed storage system onto the GoChain platform.
"With more companies like Amazon testing drones for delivery, Red Cat’s black box technology is critical to receiving approval from aviation regulators around the world. GoChain is proud to provide Red Cat with a blockchain platform that will facilitate their data transfer and streamline the distribution and exchange of data to B2B partners while ensuring compliance."