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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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New York Sponsors “Fly-In” To Show How Drones Can be Used to Save Lives

As drones become more widely used for public safely applications, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) and officials in New York sponsored a “Fly-In” to showcase and educate public officials on various public safety applications. As discussed in their recent press release: “NUAIR hosted its first New York UAS Public Safety Fly-In, bringing more than…
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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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Terra Drone Tests Urban Patrol Aircraft Over Tokyo Business District

Tokyo residents may someday see regular drone patrols over urban skies thanks to a recent pilot program by Japanese drone provider Terra Drone. On Thursday, the company showcased a test mission for real estate giant Mitsubishi Estate. The flight demonstrated surveillance and logistics capabilities while flying over a busy, dense cityscape. Patrolling autonomously over Tokyo’s largest…
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French Drone Firm Scores Major Military Contract

Courtesy of Novadem French drone company Novadem announced delivery this week of its latest model of micro-drone as the centerpiece of a $2.2 million contract with French armed forces. The Ministère des Armées purchased 55 micro-drones from Novadem’s NX70 model line to provide security surveillance and reconnaissance over 24-hour periods. “For several years, we have…
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Drones Doing Good: AOPA Assists in Organizing Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts.

AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association,  is lending a helping hand in Florida and the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.   Drones can be used in a variety of ways for assessment,  search and rescue, and coordination of emergency relief efforts. From their recent release: AOPA Lending a Helping Hand in Florida and…
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DJI Calls on Drone Pilots to Prepare for Hurricane Dorian

As Hurricane Dorian bears down on Florida, DJI is urging authorized pilots to begin preparations for post-storm operations. For regular DJI pilots, the manufacturer has asked that all FAA guidance is followed, including the requirement to ground aircraft during rescue and recovery operations. As always in the case of emergency efforts, it’s important to ensure…
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FAA Reiterates That Weaponized Drones Are a Bad Idea

Back in July, we reported that Ohio-based flamethrower company Throwflame had launched a flamethrower designed to be attached to commercial drones. The TF-19 Wasp can shoot fire 25ft and, with its 1-gallon fuel capacity, offers 100 seconds of fire between gas refills. That’s right: 100 seconds of fire from above. At the time we discussed…
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