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Mavic 3 launch may be delayed as Autel EVO II sales are not hurting DJI – The Mavic 3 launch may be delayed as the sales of the Autel EVO II are not hurting DJI as much as you might have expected, given the specs on Autel’s latest drones.
Retrieving meth packages dropped by drone results in arrest for Yuma minor – Yuma sector border patrol agents arrested a minor on Wednesday for retrieving multiple packages of methamphetamine that were dropped by a drone. The unmanned aerial vehicle (AUV) crossed the border with Mexico near San Luis, and agents spotted the young man in the same area.
Overdue hikers located by drone on Four Pass Loop attempt – The two hikers were one day overdue during an early-season attempt of the Four Pass Loop in Colorado. The duo was located by a drone from the Mountain Rescue Aspen team near Crater Lake on Wednesday.
Illegal drone flight over Disney World results in trespassing warning – After his illegal drone flight over Disney World in Florida, the 40-year-old drone pilot received a trespassing warning. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a security guard from Disney World saw the unmanned aircraft hovering about 100 feet from Cinderella’s Castle. The unidentified Floridian drone pilot was caught by an off-duty Orange County deputy. The illegal drone flight over Disney World happened on May 20th, 2020.
Atlantic bluefin tuna measured with an APH-22 hexacopter drone – In the Gulf of Maine, researchers use an APH-22 hexacopter drone to collect data and measure juvenile Atlantic bluefin tuna. The purpose of this pilot study was to see if a drone could keep up with the fast-moving tuna and take high-resolution photos that would capture individual fish and schools.
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Combat drone to compete against piloted plane – The US Air Force will pit an advanced autonomous aircraft against a piloted plane in a challenge set for July 2021. The project could eventually lead to unpiloted fighter aircraft that use Artificial Intelligence (AI).
This U.S. Army Scope Is Built To Take Down Dangerous Quadcopters – A new electronic tracking scope designed to give soldiers first round hit accuracy has been spotted in the hands of U.S. Army troops. The SMASH 2000 Plus scope locks onto targets in the optic’s field of view and does not fire the weapon until a hit is assured. The scope brings tank fire control technology to individual riflemen, making the job of shooting moving targets—particularly drones— much easier.
Police want to ID man flying drone near courthouse – Jacksonville Police are asking for your help in identifying a man they say was involved in suspicious activity with a drone. Police say the man was flying the drone near the Onslow County Courthouse on Tuesday.
Drones for 2021 Fourth of July? – Following the success of the City of Sequim’s first drone show at March’s Sunshine Festival, the Sequim City Council is considering bringing a similar show to town to celebrate America’s independence in 2021.
Drones part of mines growing use of technology – Technology is ever evolving and playing a growing role in the operations of businesses and industries, and it’s no different at Westmoreland Mining Holdings LLC’s Estevan mine.
Watch Drone Footage from Fatal OR Residential Fire – This lengthy drone footage provides a bird’s-eye view of Firefighters battling a residential fire in Sheridan that reportedly claimed the lives of two people Thursday.
‘Serious questions!’ Concern as UK Coastguard project linked with ‘conflict drones’ – CONCERNS have been raised over the potential use of “conflict” drones, which could soon be used for Search and Rescue missions by the UK Coastguard.
How to make a crazy flying explosive drone in Fortnite – This simple trick in Fortnite can allow players to make a bizarre explosive drone which can be deadly to enemy players. Since the release of Fortnite in 2018, players have been coming up with new unique tricks that could give them the edge in a battle.
NEW UK DRONE LAWS DELAYED – New European drone laws which were set to start in the UK have been delayed for a second time, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced this afternoon. The regulations are now scheduled to commence on Thursday, December 31, 2020. The laws were originally due to begin in July this year, but were postponed in April due to the disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak and pushed back to a November 2020 start date. Today’s announcement has delayed them for a second time.
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