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Drone news – Tue May 26, 2020

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Latvia’s runaway drone flew unlicensed – Latvia’s runaway drone was flying without a license. The drone was lost midflight and remained missing for two weeks before it was found high up in the trees.

If your drone videos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough – Famous Magnum photographer, Robert Capa once said that “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” The same is likely true for drone videos. Check out this one from Hermes Photography.

Flying a DJI FPV drone at 124 mph with DJI FPV System – Check out this video of a DJI drone, built with parts from the DJI online store and the DJI FPV System. The bi-blade drone flies up to 124 mph!

Flash Forest aims to plant 40,000 trees per month with a drone – Drones can do many things faster, more efficiently, and more economically. One of them we now learn is planting trees. The Flash Forest drones can plant up to 40,000 trees per month. Much faster than humans could do. The goal is to plant 1 billion trees by 2028.

Drone with thermal camera locates missing 84-year-old woman – In Nijkerk, The Netherlands, a missing, 84-year-old woman was found in a field with help from a drone outfitted with a thermal camera. Volunteers and two helicopters were used in the search and rescue mission, but it took a drone to successfully locate the person as the evening set in.

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Other drone news

Drone to deliver masks to Isle of Mull hospital – Drone technology is to be used to deliver protective equipment to a hospital on a Scottish island.

Russia’s doomsday drone prepares for testing – One year after the fatal accident with a nuclear-powered missile in the White Sea, Russia’s weapon designers say a test launch the Poseidon nuclear powered underwater drone will take place this fall.

Police use drone to find a missing woman in Orange – Officers responded to a call at 11:42 a.m. to the area of 5100 East Henley Pl. and shortly called in a drove operator to help with the search and check the hillside of Via Escola near Weston Street, officials said.

Drone Video Shows Devastation Of San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Warehouse Fire – Newly-released drone footage of the aftermath of a warehouse fire in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf shows a facility completely gutted by the flames that lit up the city’s waterfront over the weekend.

Drone images help experts monitor active volcanoes – Experts at the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) have used drone images of active volcanoes to create 3D models with incredible resolution. Due to the high risk of collapse or explosion, as well as limited accessibility, it is very challenging for scientists to take pictures of active volcanoes.

Flirtey granted patent for drone deliveries – Flirtey has been granted a patent to make safe and precise drone deliveries. The patent covers a combination of hardware and software to deliver packages, covering lifting up packages, holding them securely and lowering them at the point of delivery.

Alpena Fire Department Credits Drone With Helping Fight House Fire – Emergency crews in Alpena say a drone helped them put out an early-morning house fire on Sunday. The City of Alpena Fire Department says it happened on Washington Street a little after 5:30. a.m. A passerby called in the blaze and smoke alarms roused the residents.

Watch a US Navy battleship take down a drone with a laser – The USS Portland – LPD 27 has conducted a successful Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) test out on open water.

Drone deliveries are making their case in a crisis – It feels like drones were built for this moment. The coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to spend the majority of their time indoors and, where possible, maintain a healthy distance from anyone that doesn’t live in the same building.

Drones to Help Texas Railroad Commission with Efficiency, Safety – The Texas Railroad Commission believes its drone inspection team offers multiple advantages, including quality investigation of areas that humans can’t reach and reduced person-to-person contact during COVID-19.

Balancing New Technology and Privacy When Using Drones in Land Use and Construction – The mixture of sheltering-in-place, warm weather, and increasing drone usage creates a combustible situation – literally. Drone shootings are on the rise as property owners seek to combat perceived trespass, nuisance and invasions of privacy.

Tired Creek Lake could use drone to target grass problem – The Grady County Lake Authority is turning to a technological solution for an environmental problem at Tired Creek Lake. The Lake Authority’s recommendation to begin seeking bids for an aerial drone to monitor the spread of three species of invasive grasses in Tired Creek Lake was approved unanimously by the Grady County Board of Commissioners last week.

Coronavirus: drones used to enforce lockdown pose a real threat to our civil liberties – Drones are often seen as weapon against terrorist suspects, a state snooping device or a novelty tool for delivering things like pizza. But since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, drones have acquired a new role.

Citadel Defense Launches Deepfake AI to Prevent Drone Attacks on Military and Government Assets – As adversaries look for ways to spoof counter unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), Citadel responds with unparalleled speed and agility.

Wingcopter Lands Award for Humanitarian Drone Delivery – UAV startup Wingcopter is flying high this week after being named one of nine winners of Germany’s top global hackathon to kick-start humanitarian drone delivery.

Researchers use drones, machine learning to detect dangerous ‘butterfly’ landmines – Using advanced machine learning, drones could be used to detect dangerous “butterfly” landmines in remote regions of post-conflict countries, according to research from Binghamton University, State University at New York.

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