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Flawed BBC Drone Documentary Does Further Damage to UK Drone…

Commentary.  The UK drone industry has taken a beating in recent weeks. First, the head of Unmanned Traffic Management at NATS, Andy Sage, took it upon himself to categorize drone pilots as either “clueless, careless, and criminal” in a parliamentary hearing – a mistake he has since apologized for. And …

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Drone Pilot’s Family Take Evasive Action After He Spots a Sh…

Unprovoked shark attacks are incredibly rare, but for many years Florida has topped the global charts. That trend continued last year, with 16 shark attack cases in the Sunshine State representing 50% of the U.S. total and 24% worldwide. Still, statistically, you’ve got to be seriously, seriously unlucky to become …

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“The Time is Right” – DJI to Ease Security Concerns By Makin…

Chinese drone industry leader DJI has confirmed plans to build drones at a new production facility in California. With concerns raised over DJI’s data security practices and the threat of a ban on the use of DJI products by US government agencies, Mario Rebello, the manufacturer’s VP of North American …

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Unattended Technology: The Move Towards Greater Drone Automa…

“Unattended technologies” are those that facilitate the use of automated drones to perform tasks – not just the automation technology that allows the drone to perform its mission, but technology that allows the drone to charge its own battery.  Unattended technologies are paving the way for significant advancements in surveillance, …

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No Major Releases from DJI in 2019? Why a Consumer Drone Slo…

Before the launch of the RoboMaster S1 earlier this month, many guessed DJI was about to unveil its first consumer drone of 2019: A Spark 2, a new line of FPV racing drones, or maybe even a Phantom 5. But that proved to be wishful thinking. The drone industry’s leading …

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Telefónica Combines Drones with IoT Sensors for Wildfire War…

The combination of drones and wildfires isn’t usually a productive one. Emergency teams tasked with fighting them are often disrupted by opportunistic aerial photographers. But the technology has also proved to be a useful situational awareness for fire crews. Drones can cover ground quickly and provide an indication of a …

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Drink Droning Outlawed in Japan

Japanese politicians have taken steps to enforce a more responsible culture among drone pilots with a blanket ban on droning under the influence of alcohol. New laws passed this week will see pilots caught drunk behind the controls facing up to a year in prison. Drunk pilots flying a drone that …

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Big Macs From Above: Uber Plans to Deliver McDonald’s Via Dr…

The drone delivery of everyday items is starting to take off with services from companies including Flytrex and Google. But the most successful programs have been medical in nature. This week another technology giant has announced bold intentions in the drone delivery space: Uber. At the Uber Elevate conference in …

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DJI Steps into Educational Market with RoboMaster S1

DJI’s ‘Learn to Win’ teaser has culminated in a ground robot for the educational market, the RoboMaster S1. The launch follows on from DJI’s collaboration with RyzeTech and the Tello drone, but this time the Chinese industry leader has handled everything in-house. The S1 is designed to introduce a younger …

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