30 minutes. That’s how quickly Walmart plans to deliver your order right to your front porch. For a small fee of $4, customers can order up to 10 pounds of groceries and household items between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. each day. That means those hot dogs could make a trip through the skies right to your grill.

Walmart plans to deliver up to 1 million packages via drone by the end of 2022 with the recent expansion of the company's DroneUp delivery network to over 4 million households from Virginia to Utah. It's an impressive move that's one giant leap for Utah's advanced air mobility industry, but it doesn't look like the program is going to be profitable right from the start.

That's why Walmart plans to utilize its drones for more diverse uses, including to help construction companies with on-site aerial photography. “Not only will the added revenue help offset the cost of delivery, but it also serves the entire drone industry by gathering more flight data as we work together to expand drone operations in a safe and regulated way,” the company said.

Walmart says that DroneUp’s team of pilots will operate within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines. Once an order is placed and fulfilled, the drone travels to its destination and gently lowers the package onto a customer’s porch using a cable.

Walmart says it hopes to eventually give back to communities by offering its drone infrastructure to assist in areas like emergency response.  Learn more from


The future of advanced air mobility in Utah is even closer on the horizon. The Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity has awarded up to $69 million in future tax incentives to Logan-based Electric Power Systems (EPS). EPS plans to produce batteries for flying cars and other aerospace applications at a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the Logan area. They also plan to hire as many as 3,100 new employees over the next nine years. 

CEO Nathan Millecam said EPS has more experience than anyone in designing battery systems capable of powering aircraft, including small, car-size craft. “We call them electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicles.” The company currently employs 135 people in Logan. It sells battery power systems to Boeing, NASA and Bell helicopters, among other industry leaders. 

EPS spokesperson Abbie Bean said the 3,100 jobs, which will be phased in over nine years, will have an average wage of $75,000 a year plus benefits. “We are also building our own electric aircraft and will have a first flight hopefully this year, and that is being built at our facility in Logan,” she added.



This Fourth of July, some Utahns will see their regular firework show replaced with colorfully lit drones. At the Forum Fest in Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, some of the slated fireworks were swapped for an innovative alternative.

These drone formations are an innovative alternative to fireworks and can prevent catastrophic wildfires and improve air quality, among many other benefits. Complaints about noise, pollution, injuries, and environmental harm are not new to the world of fireworks.

With these drones, those complaints are nonexistent. The spectacle and thrill of a big, vibrant show remains, but with a safer approach that could cut down on unfortunate accidents. You can learn more from




DroneHive, Inc. manages a network of over 1,900 nation-wide certified drone pilots. Businesses hire DroneHive to collect aerial data, which can be used for inspections and operational surveillance. DroneHive not only recruits the pilots, but also ensures safety compliance, and manages the job until the data is delivered to the client. 



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