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Drone News – Wed Jun 3, 2020

Here are the most important drone news articles from Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Today we have news on a new DJI partnership, another humpback whale, a drone in Washington, D.C., and more. So check it out.

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DJI partners with UNSW Sydney to bring latest tech to students – DJI partners with UNSW Sydney to bring their latest technology and innovations into student learning and STEAM education. Both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a strategic partnership in the areas of education, training, and talent development.

DJI partners with UNSW Sydney to bring latest tech to students

Swarm drones could become the U.S. Army’s new weapons of mass destruction? – Could swarm drones become the U.S. Army‘s new weapons of mass destruction? According to The National Interest, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been working with the drone industry to develop ‘distributed, secure and trusted-computing for heterogeneous swarms of autonomous vehicles’, better known as drones.

Swarm drones could become the U.S. Army's new weapons of mass destruction

Wingcopter is a finalist in AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards 2020 – Wingcopter has been named as a finalist in the XCELLENCE Awards by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). The Germany-based manufacturer of autonomous delivery drones was selected from a pool of accomplished applicants as one of six finalists for the Humanitarian category.

Wingcopter is a finalist in AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards 2020

Secret Service drone flew over EEOB building in Washington, DC – Last night a Secret Service drone was seen flying over the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (EEOB) in Washington, DC. In a tweet, White House correspondent, Jim Acosta said that the Secret Service was operating a drone over the building. The unmanned aircraft was most likely used to provide an aerial view of the surroundings of the White House and the peaceful protests that were taking place there.

Secret Service drone flew over EEOB building in Washington, DC

Dedrone and BlackBerry partner to counter unauthorized drone activity – BlackBerry Limited today announced it has partnered with Dedrone®, a market and technology leader in airspace security, to deliver advanced counter-drone technology to secure the world’s most critical sites. As part of this embedded technology partnership, Dedrone, is integrating BlackBerry® AtHoc software into its products to enable real-time secure alerts when a malicious or unauthorized drone is detected in an airspace.

Dedrone and BlackBerry partner to counter unauthorized drone activity

‘The Drone Age,’ a new drone book by Michael J.Boyle – At the beginning of this month, a new drone book appeared on Amazon, called ‘The Drone Age – How drone technology will change war and peace‘ by Michael J. Boyle. In the book, Boyle covers not only the use of drones during war, but also the impact they have on law enforcement, commerce, humanitarian actions and their potential use by nonstate actors.

Drone book:'The Drone Age' by Michael J.Boyle

Drone captures massive humpback close to New Jersey shore – Yesterday, we covered the whale swimming in the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. Today we can report that a drone captured a massive humpback whale swimming close to the New Jersey Shore.

Drone captures massive humpback close to New Jersey shore

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Swift Teams Continue to Make History in Kobe City by Uncovering Key Safety Findings – Nearly two years after Swift UAS teams flew the first unmanned vehicle over a densely populated area, the drone services leader is making history in Kobe City again. Teams from Swift Tactical Systems, in partnership with its Japanese counterpart, Swift-Xi, both subsidiaries of Swift Engineering, completed a multiphase study, enabling government officials to make critical decisions regarding the ongoing safety of its citizens.

SpaceX’s reusable Falcon booster returns to port after crew launch – Almost exactly three days after taking off a few miles to the north at the Kennedy Space Center on SpaceX’s historic first crew launch, a 15-story-tall Falcon rocket booster returned to Florida’s Space Coast Tuesday aboard a football field-sized drone ship.

Man nabbed after passer-by wounded by drone – The police said today a man, 33, was arrested on Hill Road in Shek Tong Tsui last night in connection with an incident in which a 25-year-old woman was injured by a drone. The woman suffered a head injury and was sent to the Queen Mary Hospital in a conscious state.

Drone views of Wixom Lake drained after the Edenville Dam fails – Docks along the shores of Wixom Lake appear to be on the edge of a canyon as the water from the lake drained south after the Edenville Dam failed sending floodwaters south to the communities of Sanford and Midland.

The high-tech kit being used by US police – US authorities have deployed everything from drones to phone trackers to get a handle on protests and riots that have rocked the country.

Drone footage shows scale of North Hykeham industrial fire – Drone footage of firefighters tackling a blaze at an industrial unit in North Hykeham has been captured by Lincolnshire Police.

Drones Scour Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Waters For Pollution – A local environmental group is turning to heat-seeking drones to find pollution in the massive Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed.

Drone that disinfects hospital rooms using UV light revealed by Irish team – Among the latest innovations to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic now and in the future has been revealed by a team from NUI Galway and the University of Limerick (UL), this time using drones. The project has helped develop a novel method of providing sterilising ultraviolet (UV) light radiation suitable for a range of indoor environments with a flying drone.

City councilors considering 2021 Independence Day drone show – Following the success of the City of Sequim’s first drone show at March’s Sunshine Festival, City Councilors are considering bringing a similar show to town to celebrate America’s independence next year.

US Army tests electronic ‘smart scope’ designed to kill drones in Syria – Images of U.S. soldiers in the Syrian desert training with an advanced electronic aiming system on their rifles have offered the first indication that the Israeli-made device was being field tested by the U.S. military.

Racing is back – and so are the drones: flying camera spotted at Newcastle – Racing’s resumption on Monday was met by a rather less welcome return – the racecourse drone. Newcastle spotted the flying camera above the stand, which was being operated remotely by a punter hoping to profit from in-running betting on the behind-closed-doors meeting.

Laser drones are helping tackle tree disease in Highland Perthshire – The high-flying devices use thermal imaging technology to assess the lay of the land beneath forest canopies. They were brought in by Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) to plan woodland management in the face of a “devastating” plant pathogen.

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