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3 Technologies That Could Transform Future Drone Operations

Not that long ago, the industry was dominated by bold forecasts (and VC investment) projecting enormous adoption rates and a huge rise of the number of drones in operation. In reality, the more ambitious projects have been slower to get going than some predicted. Amazon’s Prime delivery service is still more …

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Drones At Sea: The Highs & Lows of a Parley SnotBot Expediti…

If you follow how drones are being used in the world of conservation, you will have heard about Ocean Alliance by now. The Massachusetts-based marine conservation organization has pioneered a new way of collecting biological samples from whales in the form of SnotBot. These adapted drones act as flying Petri …

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Drones Will Be Shot Down Until These Misconceptions Are Tack…

On February 23rd, Long Island resident Gerard Chasteen allegedly fired his Shotgun three times at a DJI Mavic 2 Zoom flying near his property. Rather than a neighbourhood menace up to no good, the drone’s operators – Lynn Fodale and Teddy Henn – were volunteers working for local pet-rescue group, Missing …

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Impossible Aerospace US-1 Makes Public Safety Debut in Calif…

A tense, 11-hour long stand-off between a suspect and police offers at a Denny’s restaurant in Cambell, California was brought to a peaceful end earlier this month, with help from an Impossible Aerospace US-1 drone. The US-1 was launched by Impossible Aerospace in September 2018. We haven’t heard much since but …

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Flights Were Grounded At Dublin Airport After Another Drone …

It’s happened again. Following high-profile disruption after drone sightings at London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Newark Liberty and, most recently, Dubai International airport, another has grounded air traffic. This time it was at Dublin airport in Ireland, where flights were delayed for around half an hour after a pilot spotted a …

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Transurban: Using Drones To Maintain Roads & Bridges Down Un…

Australian transport infrastructure company Transurban has released a video outlining how their drone fleet is supporting construction, maintenance and inspection operations. Transurban operates infrastructure in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as roads in North America, in Montreal and Greater Washington. The company’s maintenance teams have been using drones to …

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Fortem’s DroneHunter Turns DJI’s M600 Against Its Own

Utah-based Fortem Technologies, which launched in 2016 and now counts Boeing’s HorizonX among its investors, last week demonstrated its counter drone technology for legislators at the Utah State Capitol building in Salt Lake City. The company’s countermeasure combines its SkyDome platform – which provides situational awareness – with the DroneHunter, …

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Airbus Publishes Study into Public Perception of Urban Air M…

Airbus – one of several players in the race to make Urban Air Mobility (UAM) a reality – has delved into how open the public is to the idea of getting from A to B using unmanned aircraft. The report can be read in full, here. The study’s headlines are …

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Man Jailed For UK Prison Drone Delivery Attempt

A British man has been sentenced to five years in jail after attempting to deliver contraband to Liverpool prison using a drone. Anthony Cheeney was caught after he crashed the drone, a Yuneec Typhoon H, close to HMP Liverpool back in August 2017. Merseyside Police officers recovered drugs, mobile phones and …

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Super Bowl Security Operation Proves Drones Can Be Part Of T…

In the days leading up to the NFL Championship Game in Atlanta last weekend, FBI officers confiscated six drones flying closer to the stadium than temporary flight restrictions allowed. With local drone pilots either not aware or deliberately ignoring the flight ban, there were no doubt concerns that the Super …

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