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New York is Putting Money on Drones for Economic Development

New York’s investment in the drone industry is paying off – and as the first segment of the state’s drone corridor receives BVLOS authority, opportunities for new businesses are expanding. The state of New York has made a major investment in economic development for the Center State region, and part of that has been directed…
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AeroVironment’s VAPOR Helicopter Drones Offer Endless Possibilities

AeroVironment acquired Pulse Aerospace earlier this year for $25.7 million – and acquired the VAPOR Helicopter UAS series with it.  At last month’s Commercial UAV Expo, DRONELIFE got to see it up close – and talk to AeroVironment about what VAPOR can do. AeroVironment has long been an industry leader in the military space, but…
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UPS Drone Delivers First-ever Prescriptions to Customers’ Homes

Source: UPS UPS and CVS have delivered drone history that could literally be just what the doctor ordered. The carrier giant’s aerial subsidiary UPS Flight Forward partnered with drug-store chain CVS to complete the first-ever American commercial drone delivery of a prescription to a customer’s home – a mission both companies say will be the…
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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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Drone Video: Skypixel Announces Short Film Winners

For three talented drone photographers, Halloween proved to be a real treat after their tricked-out videos won the 2019 Skypixel Short Film Contest on Friday. Sponsored by DJI and Skypixel, the sixth annual contest paid out nearly $50,000 worth of drone photography equipment. Skypixel is DJI’s social-media/sharing platform for aerial photographers, videographers and enthusiasts and…
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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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Drone Saves 6-Year-Old Lost in Cornfield (That’s Why We Need a Rule on Night Flight)

It’s a feel-good story for the drone industry and communities everywhere – a local photographer with a drone saved the life of a small boy lost at night in a cornfield with his dog. It’s also a prime example of why a rule standardizing night flight for drones could benefit drone pilots and citizens across…
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Russian Startup Crowdfunds Drones-for-Schools Project

Image courtesy of COEX A Russian startup is hoping a $30,00 crowdfunding campaign will advance drone education in the classroom. Copter Express Technologies (COEX) recently created an Indiegogo campaign dubbed the COEX Clover Educational Drone Kit. The programmable quadcopter kit teaches students how to assemble drones from scratch using open-source software and basic components. Company…
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Drones in the Enterprise: Data Driven Risk Management

Dr. Earnest Earon is a drone industry veteran – and currently, he’s at insurtech platform REIN, the company behind DroneInsurance.com.  REIN’s expertise is in interpreting risk – and they’re using sophisticated AI and big data science to do it.  But at the DroneDeploy 2019 conference, Earon presented a simple but signficant idea for large enterprise:…
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