Drone news – Fri May 29, 2020

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Parrot Anafi Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone shows in new photos – This week new photos appeared online that show the Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone in greater detail and also side-by-side to its smaller brother the ANAFI. As we said before, this seems to be the perfect drone.

Sabrewing's Rhaegal cargo drone. The future of air freight transportation? – If you like to take a peek into the future of air freight transportation, then I would recommend reading the following article that was published today in IEEE Spectrum. In it, Ed De Reyes, a retired Air Force test pilot, and CEO of Sabrewing Aircraft Co., in Camarillo, explains how the Rhaegal cargo drone could revolutionize air freight transportation in the near future.

World's first reconnaissance drone, the Radioplane RP-71 Falconer from Northrop – Back in the thirties, Radioplane developed a number of model airplanes that were radio-controlled and served as aerial targets for antiaircraft gunnery training by the U.S. Army Air Corps, writes Peter Suciu. Later on, they would form the basis for the first reconnaissance drones.

Drone unit impresses Nottinghamshire police during first six months – The new drone unit of the Nottinghamshire in the UK has had an impressive first six months and has helped fight crime and save lives.

Drone deliveries take off in Scotland during coronavirus outbreak – Drone deliveries are taking off in Scotland 10 weeks after the pandemic peaked. Vital supplies, such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and Covid-19 testing kits, now arrive by drone up to four times a day on the isle of Mull in the inner Hebrides.

Legislation backed by ACLU restricts law enforcement's drone use in Minnesota – The state legislature has passed a first of its kind bill that put restrictions on 's law enforcement's use of drones. The bill was signed into law by Governor Tim Walz on May 16 after winning near-unanimous approval from the legislature. As a result, law enforcement agencies will have to get a warrant before using a drone, unless an exception applies.

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22-Year-Old Arson Suspect Arrested After Found By Police Drone in Irvine – Police set up a perimeter and deployed a drone to search for the suspect, and it found him in the backyard of a residence on Wyndover

Customs And Border Protection Predator B Drone Appears Over Minneapolis Protests – The unmanned aircraft looks to be surveilling the city, which has seen increasingly violent protests following the police killing of George Floyd.

Should Killer Drone Swarms Be Considered Weapons of Mass Destruction? – Swarms of autonomous kamikaze drones, capable of hunting down and killing people, should be considered weapons of mass destruction. That's the conclusion of an article at West Point's Modern War Institute blog, which argues such drones should be treated like other WMDs, including nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

Technology has provided a big assist to Real Estate sales during Covid-19 – In Anchorage sales are up, real estate is also doing well in the valley, and technology has a lot to do with that. Buying a house is the biggest investment many consumers will ever make, they want to be sure of what they are getting. During a pandemic that can be difficult, that's where virtual tours, drone flight through's, and other creative means come into play.

Sinaloa collective's drone shot down during search for graves – A collective of mothers searching for their disappeared children had its drone shot out of the sky while using it to examine a rugged area of Sinaloa on Wednesday.

Climate change forces Sami reindeer herders to adapt – Viklund watched as the reindeer disappeared into the snow-dusted forest, before launching a drone with a speaker attached into the freezing air above.

Drones assist personal injury law firm in recreating vehicle accident scenes – Dallas-based personal injury law firm Witherite Law Group and commercial drone services firm Midwest UAS Technologies have partnered to use drones to improve how an insurance company and jury visualize a car or truck wreck and the accident scene.

The Download: Sunflower Labs security drone – Drones can be fun toys, and in some cases, useful tools. But can you imagine a drone keeping your home safe?

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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