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Over $2m in Prizes To Be Won in AI Drone Racing Contest

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and Drone Racing League (DRL) have announced a contest inviting teams to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems capable of piloting racing drones and beating human pilots. Participating teams will compete in a series of challenges for their share of more than $2 million in prizes. The challenge was announced by …

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New Developer Platform Could Make Skydio R1 The Go-To Commer…

When Skydio launched the long-awaited R1 in February, it was clear that we were dealing with something special. The Skydio team had set out to build a drone that could build a picture of its environment and fly as intelligently as a human pilot as a result. And they appear to …

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Italian Engineer Wins $20,000 Grant to Develop Drone Ambulan…

A $20,000 prize has been awarded to Italian Vincenzo Navanteri by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Navanteri won the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Grant at the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo, in Lausanne, Switzerland, for his drone ambulance concept. Switzerland, of course, is no stranger to drones transforming traditional medical services. …

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UK Prison Stats Offer Perspective on Issue of Illegal Drone …

In recent years there have been plenty of headlines highlighting the use of drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband into prisons. And that’s fair enough. It’s a new, interesting challenge for authorities to deal with. And fear gets clicks. Last year in the UK, for example, police monitored and …

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Fly, Float, Submerge: Spry Drone Shoots Watersports in 4K

The risks that come with flying in wet conditions have long held back drone pilots and aerial photographers. Most drone owners find that frustrating: A bit of rain doesn’t always mean a scene isn’t worth shooting. Watersports, for example, are another possible subject often seen as not worth the risks …

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Drones, Thermal Images and Koala Conservation

A forestry company in Victoria, Australia, is using drones and thermal cameras to spot koalas before trees are cut down or controlled burns take place. Hazelwood Forestry, in Latrobe Valley is regularly tasked with cutting down Hancock Victoria Plantations’ eucalyptus and pine trees. One complication is that carelessly harvesting – which …

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IBM Patents Coffee-Delivering Drone – DRONELIFE

There are two universal truths in the drone industry. The first is that technology companies will file rafts of drone-related patents in an attempt to score easy PR and cover even the most obscure bases for the future. The second is that tech workers need the occasional caffeine hit from …

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DJI Unveils Two New Drones: Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro

As expected, DJI has today unveiled two new drones that will aim to bridge the divide between the company’s professional and consumer models. Both are foldable iterations of the popular, top-selling Mavic Pro. Introducing the Mavic 2 Pro and the Mavic 2 Zoom… DJI’s New Drones: The Headlines DJI’s new …

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Drone Project Aims to Combat Illegal Fishing in the Seychell…

We’ve seen plenty of exciting applications of drone technology in Africa. Unsurprisingly, most of them are driven by necessity, far removed from the relatively frivolous notion of an Amazon prime delivery service or some kind of milkshake on-demand courier. US startup Zipline has long been established on the continent, providing …

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DJI Release Teaser for Mavic 2 Launch Event On August 23rd

Back in July, DJI delayed the launch event for what we know now is at least one new iteration in the Mavic drone line. The Chinese manufacturer’s ‘See the Bigger Picture’ event was pushed back indefinitely, until this week. In the interim UK catalog retailer Argos accidentally published pictures and details of the new …

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