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Drone news – Mon Jun 1, 2020

Here are today’s most important drone news articles. We publish this post every weekday at 5:30 p.m. Some of these stories are from DroneXL.co and some of them will be from other sources. If you’d like to receive this in an email going forward, be sure to subscribe using the form below.

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Airmap offices burn down in Santa Monica as protests turn into destruction – Airmap offices burn down as peaceful protests turn into looting and destruction after the countywide 6 p.m. curfew in Santa Monica, California.

Airmap offices burn down in Santa Monica as protests turn into destruction

FPV drone-shot video ‘A World Artists Love’ explained by director – A very cool one-minute FPV drone-shot video explained by director Ani Acopian. The entire clip was shot with a very small drone built with GoPro parts.

Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone over Minneapolis – The Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone that appeared over Minneapolis last Friday to provide live video to law enforcement on the ground was called back, said a senior spokesperson.

Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone over Minneapolis

Sneak-peek into Autel Robotics’ production line – A short video that was posted on Facebook shows us a sneak-peek into Autel Robotics‘ production line. The 14-second clip shows Autel EVO II’s being put on a conveyor belt at the end of a production line.

Sneak-peek into Autel Robotics' production line

DJI opens up on design process of the Mavic Air 2 – For anybody interested in the design process of the DJI Mavic Air 2, be sure to check out this article on the DJI website as the drone maker lifts a small part of the veil to give us a behind the scenes view.

FAA UAS Symposium Program Agenda – Arguably one of the most important gatherings in the drone industry is the FAA UAS Symposium that is organized in partnership with AUVSI. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be held online. Here’s the FAA UAS Symposium Program Agenda as just announced by the FAA.

FAA UAS Symposium Program Agenda

DJI Airworks 2020 goes virtual and will be less expensive – As with many other conventions, conferences, expos, and symposiums, DJI Airworks 2020 goes virtual as well and at the same time dramatically lowers its price of admission.

DJI Airworks 2020

Drone photos show Gainsthorpe Medieval ‘lost’ village – Four drone photos that were stitched together provide a great aerial view of the Gainsthorpe Medieval ‘lost’ village in the UK. The photos were posted on social media by the editor of Drone User Magazine.

Drone photos show Gainsthorpe Medieval'lost' village

New Parrot Anafi drone will come in two versions: military and civilian – The new Parrot Anafi drone will come in two versions. One will be for the military, the other one will be for civilian use, including Search and Rescue operations. I have reached out to somebody with first-hand knowledge of this new and exciting drone from the French drone maker Parrot.

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New high-tech koala count begins on Kangaroo Island – A Kangaroo Island koala count using drones, infrared cameras and artificial intelligence will begin this week to better understand the remaining population following the summer bushfires.

Will Orcas Thrive in the Coronavirus Pandemic’s Quieter Waters? Scientists Aim to Find Out – John Durban, senior scientist with Southall Environmental Associates, and Holly Fearnbach of the nonprofit SR3 are a husband and wife team of scientists, so their fieldwork is not shut down by social distance requirements. They’ve had their drone up in the air documenting the southern residents already.

Crowd gathers in downtown Sacramento to protest the killing of George Floyd | Drone view – A crowd begins to gather in Cesar Chavez park in downtown Sacramento to protest the killing of George Floyd on May 31, 2020.

Drone captures sika deer drinking from pond in national park – A drone has captured pictures of a pair of sika deer drinking water from a pond in the dense forest of Shennongjia National Park in central China.

Company waiting for feds to embrace drones during pandemic – Using drones to deliver much-needed supplies quickly and efficiently can be a life-saver. And its implementation during the COVID-19 pandemic would be even more important.

Malaysia to use drones to monitor border with Thailand – The Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) will use drones to monitor the situation along the Malaysia-Thailand border, especially to curb the entry of illegal immigrants into the country.

Saudi-led coalition says it shot down two Houthi drones – Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki says the drones were directed at civilian targets in Saudi’s Khamis Mushait city.

Dramatic drone images show sheer scale of Eastchurch cliff collapse – The aerial images capture the horrifying reality families are facing

Drone footage reveals devastating impact of Longridge Fell wildfire – Drone footage of a raging wildfire on Longridge Fell shows its devastating impact on woodland and wildlife.

All Racing Broadcasts Should Look Like This Drone-Captured Sprint Car Battle – Without fans in the stands, it’s time to re-think how racing is broadcasted to the masses. That means playing with new camera angles and bringing the excitement of motorsports to those who can’t be there in person. We’ve seen a few different solutions for this, but the greatest has to be via drones flying overhead and catching the wheel-to-wheel action firsthand. Just watch this footage from Saturday’s World of Outlaws sprint car event at Lake Ozark Speedway.

RANCHERS USING DRONES TO KEEP CATTLE HEALTHY – Each year, millions of cows in the United States die from health problems and it’s costing the cattle industry, but “eyes in the sky” could help ranchers solve the problem.

Asia’s plastic-polluted rivers pose a problem for Australia. So scientists are turning to drones – While the drones can detect and photograph large pieces of plastic, there are plenty of smaller pieces known as microplastics (usually 5 millimetres or smaller) that can’t be spotted from the air.

Drone shots show marine recovery along quake-stricken Kaikoura coast – New drone images show bull kelp and other seaweeds recovering at Cape Campbell in Marlborough.

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