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Swiss Start-Up Fires Up Laser-based Drone Charger

Few drone pilots enjoy the often-tedious process of charging their UAV of choice. However, several new technologies are taking off that make powering up a breeze – from charging pile technology to landing-pad stations to portable compact chargers. But laser beams? That’s science-fiction, right? Not anymore. The Swiss Federal Institute …

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PrecisionHawk Acquires Drone Inspection Firm Uplift

Drone tech provider PrecisionHawk, has purchased inspection service Uplift Data Partners. Uplift provides turn-key inspection services for construction and building information management (BIM) as well as for real-estate. The company’s nationwide network of commercially trained drone pilots will join PrecisionHawk’s Droners.io network which consists of more than 15,000 drone pilots, …

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Peugeot and DJI Team Up for Third Annual Drone Film Fest

One of Europe’s largest car makers is teaming up with the world’s largest drone company to again launch one of the world’s largest drone film competitions. This week, Peugeot announced the third annual Peugeot Drone Film Festival, with a final event to be held in Frankfurt in April. Contestants may …

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The Drone Industry is Growing, and So are We: DroneLife Hits…

Sometimes we just have to share.  One of the most exciting aspects of being part of the drone industry is being able to watch it grow – and growing with it.  DRONELIFE published its first post in December of 2013.  In the almost five years since then, we’ve published 5,393 …

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Propeller Partners With DJI to Bolster Drone Analytics and M…

Cloud-based drone analytics provider Propeller has inked a deal with drone giant DJI in a new partnership that will marry the company’s mapping platforms with DJI’s Phantom 4 RTK drone. The Propeller PPK Solution integrates a software and hardware system that features photogrammetric model outputs in geodetic, projected, or local …

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Micro-drones Can Anchor onto Surfaces and Pull Heavy Loads

A Euro-American research team has developed a micro-drone that can open doors to new possibilities – literally, not figuratively. The flying robot – dubbed FlyCroTug – is outfitted with a gripping apparatus. Two of the diminutive drones work together to pull objects – for example — lassoing a door handle …

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