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WALMART DRONE DELIVERY COMING TO UTAH
In another exciting step forward, Walmart has announced plans to bring its drone delivery service to several stores across the United States, including right here in Utah. The company says it will expand its DroneUp delivery network to 34 sites by the end of 2022, including at least one site in Salt Lake City.

Walmart could deliver up to 1 million packages by drone each year, potentially reaching 4 million households across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Customers can use the drone delivery service between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to order thousands of items, ranging from hotdog buns to diapers and Tylenol.

“Participating stores will house a DroneUp delivery hub inclusive of a team of certified pilots, operating within FAA guidelines, that safely manage flight operations for deliveries,” say Walmart officials. “Once a customer places an order, the item is fulfilled from the store, packaged, loaded into the drone and delivered right to their yard using a cable that gently lowers the package.”

Walmart also plans to allow local businesses and municipalities to use its drone infrastructure for “areas like insurance, emergency response and real estate.” The company says the additional revenue will help offset delivery costs while gathering flight data to expand drone operations in a safe and regulated way. Learn more from ksl.com.
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AEROSPACE & DEFENSE FLIES HIGH IN UTAH
With Utah's aerospace & defense industry, the sky is no longer the limit. Home to companies like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, L3 Harris, Hexcel and many more, Utah is one of the top states in the nation for aerospace and defense with an employment base of more than 28,000 people. According to a recent research study from the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, it's just getting started. 

In 2000, the Department of Defense set a mandate to have one third of its fleet unmanned or autonomous. Utah, already with a rich history in unmanned systems, has taken this mandate seriously. Utah universities extensively research unmanned systems and related technologies and a variety of Utah companies continue to make strides in the industry.
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UTAH AERONAUTICS CONFERENCE

We had an incredible time at the first-ever Utah Aeronautics Conference! The future of advanced air mobility is bright in our state, and we are honored to be able to interact with the best and brightest of this industry. We look forward to joining you all again next year. If you would like to stay connected or be added to our directory, visit deseretuas.org.

 

BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT

Hot Shots Aerial Photography provides professional aerial service using advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. Their photography and videography services provide value for individual, corporate and government clients. Hot Shots provides aerial imaging for the construction and real estate industries, farmers and growers, the insurance industry, and energy and power generation, just to name a few. Learn more about them at hotshotsfilm.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Unmanned and Autonomous Systems for Utilities and Energy Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
June 8 - 9
Register

Edge AI and Robotics Solutions with NVIDIA
Virtual Webinar
June 15
Register

Utah State University Aviation Career Fair
Logan, Utah
September 29
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ABOUT DESERET UAS
Deseret UAS is a non-profit corporation created jointly by Tooele and Box Elder Counties, in close partnership with Ogden City. As the premier organization in Utah dedicated to Advanced Air Mobililty (AAM), Deseret UAS provides unparalleled access to several large flight test ranges with miles of wide-open land and air. We offer active commercial UAS/AAM flight test ranges, foster applied research, and provide a centralized source of information on AAM in Utah.
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