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Parrot Wins Swiss Army Micro-Drone Contract

French drone manufacturer Parrot has been selected by the Swiss Armed Forces to develop and supply micro-drones as part of the Swiss Mini UAV Program (Swiss MUAS). Parrot successfully won the contract against several commercial UAV suppliers. Last year, the French manufacturer was chosen by the DoD for the U.S Army’s Recon Drone Program, in…
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How Drones are Saving Koalas Injured in Australia’s Bushfires

A couple of years ago, we shared the news that a forestry company in Victoria, Australia, was using drones equipped with thermal cameras to detect koalas before trees were cut down or controlled burns ignited. In recent times, the wildfires devastating the same area of Australia have been anything but controlled. And sadly, those same…
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Untangling Maine’s Drone Stalking Mystery

For years, the drone industry has been weighed down by a minority of irresponsible pilots flying where and when they shouldn’t: disrupting firefighting efforts, getting way too close to manned aircraft, and even delivering contraband into prisons. If reports from Maine are to be believed, it seems we can add another negative application to the…
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“Not Like This” – DJI’s Critical Response to FAA’s Remote ID Proposal

In an article published by DJI today, the manufacturer’s VP of Policy and Legal Affairs, Brendan Schulman, has come out strongly against the FAA’s NPRM on Remote ID, calling it “deeply flawed” and “a complex, expensive, and intrusive system that would make it harder to use drones in America.” That description is particularly significant given…
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Department of the Interior to Permanently Halt Drone Programs

The Financial Times has today reported that the US Department of the Interior is planning to ground its civilian drone program for good in response to growing concerns that hardware made wholly or partly in China could pose a security risk. The latest move by the Trump administration will see the DOI halt the use…
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AlphaPilot Challenge: Winning Team’s AI is Slower than DRL Pilot… For Now

The wider aim of the four-event series was to advance the development and testing of fully autonomous drone technologies with real-world applications in mind, including disaster relief, search and rescue and space exploration. DRL’s RacerAI drone races autonomously during AIRR Championship. In total, nine teams from around the world took part. Each as tasked with…
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Interview: Skydio CEO Adam Bry on Autonomy, Scaling Up & Taking on DJI

Last month, California startup Skydio launched a new drone for the consumer market: Skydio 2. Then came a docking station that looks set to propel the same aircraft onto worksites around the country. The first impression is that Skydio 2 is a drone that could provide serious competition to DJI‘s market dominance. It’s lighter, smarter,…
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DJI’s New Mavic Mini is So Small You Don’t Have to Register It

DJI’s latest drone has arrived. As we revealed earlier this week, it’s called the Mavic Mini. As the name suggests, the Mavic Mini is tiny. It weighs just 249 grams and has very deliberately been designed to squeeze under the registration weight threshold put in place by aviation bodies around the world, including the FAA.…
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Fly As You Are: New Drone From DJI to Launch on October 30

In a matter of days, the wait for a new consumer drone from DJI will be over. The ‘Fly As You Are’ event is set to take place on October 30. And it’s been a long time coming. The Chinese manufacturer and industry leader hasn’t launched a mass-market drone since the Mavic 2 and Mavic…
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Is 2019 the Year The Future of Drones Became Reality?

A few years ago, a regular stream of Amazon Prime patents and test flight clips from burgeoning aerial taxi services were enough to grab headlines on a weekly basis. Prototypes and concept designs were in no short supply, the only question was when. When would these futuristic ideas move past the promotional bluster and become…
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