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Drone News – Mon June 15, 2020

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Drone aids in San Joaquin River rescue of father and daughter after their canoe capsizes – A drone from the Antioch Police Department aids in San Joaquin River rescue of a father and daughter after their canoe capsized and sinks in the middle of the river.

Drone finds father and daughter in San Joaquin River after their canoe capsizes

Drone footage shows what’s left of Wendy’s restaurant set on fire after death of Rayshard Brooks – Drone footage shows what’s left of Wendy’s restaurant that was set on fire after the death of Rayshard Brooks. The restaurant is located in Atlanta where the 27-year-old black man died after being shot in the back twice by a police officer.

Drone footage shows what's left of Wendy's restaurant set on fire after death of Rayshard Brooks

Even golf becomes exciting to watch with help from FPV drone – Even golf becomes exciting to watch with the help of an FPV drone as the unmanned aircraft follows the golf ball in midflight. Make sure you turn up the volume on your computer or smartphone when you watch this epic drone shot video.

Even golf becomes exciting to watch with help from FPV drone

Drone video shows Dubai emergency vehicles say ‘Thank you’ – A stunning drone video shows Dubai emergency vehicles say ‘Thank you’ as a tribute to all the healthcare workers fighting the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Drone video shows Dubai emergency vehicles say 'Thank you'

New edition of CAP 1789 published by UK’s CAA – A new edition of CAP 1789 has been published by the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after EU implementation was delayed.

New edition of CAP 1789 published by UK's CAA

Drone technology acquired by San Mateo Police – New drone technology to be acquired by the San Mateo Police Department to help locate missing persons and solve auto burglary crimes, among other tasks. Likely to include the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise and the just-released DJI Matrice 300 RTK.

Drone technology acquired by San Mateo Police

Drone captures ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art in Brooklyn, New York – We have already seen similar street art in Washington, D.C., and Seattle, but now it seems that a trend is forming as ‘Black Lives Matter‘ is painted on the streets in Brooklyn, New York, and captured by drone.

Drone captures 'Black Lives Matter' street art in Brooklyn, New York

Litchi will likely be available for Mavic Mini and Mavic Air 2 later this summer – Good news for people who like to use the Litchi app to fly their DJI drones. The software development kit (SDK) is scheduled to be released in July, which will likely mean that Litchi will become available for DJI Mavic Mini and DJI Mavic Air 2 pilots later this summer.

Litchi will likely be available for Mavic Mini and Mavic Air 2

Couple arrested during Gatwick drone chaos win £200,000 from Sussex police – The couple that was arrested during the Gatwick drone chaos in December 2018 has been awarded £200,000 in compensation and legal costs after a settlement was reached out of court with the Sussex Police in England.

Couple receives compensation after being errested during Gatwick drone chaos

Drone video shows ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art in Seattle – Check out this drone video of ‘Black Lives Matter’ street art in Seattle. Over the last few weeks we have seen so many photos and videos of the protests, but this video shows perfectly how drones can provide a unique perspective.

Drone video black lives matter seattle

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HDFC Ergo launches drone cover – Mumbai: Private sector general insurer HDFC Ergo on Monday tied up with tech firm Tropogo to offer commercial drone owners and operators third-party liability cover for property damages and physical injuries from the flying machines.

Russia says U.S. plans to lift curbs on drone sales would hurt arms pact: RIA – MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday U.S. plans to lift restrictions on heavy strike drones would land a severe blow to a 1987 arms control deal regulating the export of rocket technology, the RIA news agency reported.

Coronavirus and police drone use – he police have an important role to play at the time of a pandemic when social distancing and self-isolation are so important. However, any action they take must be proportionate, transparent and, above all, lawful. Anything else will erode public confidence in the police and make their job more difficult. Take the case of Marie Dinou. British Transport Police admitted that they had wrongly charged her under coronavirus legislation. Dinou was arrested at Newcastle Central Station on 4 April after she refused to tell police why she needed to travel. A few days later, a police and Crown Prosecution Service review said she was wrongly charged. The court will be asked to set aside Dinou’s conviction and fine of £660. This is not the only incident of the police overstepping the mark.

Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee To Take Flight With Deuce Drone Delivery Demo – Mobile, AL, June 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — Deuce Drone has signed a Demonstration Agreement with Potters Wings Mobile, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee, to conduct a demonstration of the company’s drone delivery system. The demonstration will be conducted at the franchisee’s Mobile, Alabama Buffalo Wild Wings sports bar and is expected to occur at the end of August 2020. Deuce Drone will be responsible for the design of the Aerial Drone Delivery Interface System, including the design and operation of the landing, recharging and package handling system, software interfacing with both the drone and the Buffalo Wild Wings Point of Sale (POS) operating system, meeting regulatory and code compliance, conducting the demonstration, and any additional related activities.

“Buffalo Wild Wings is a perfect test case for Deuce Drone’s last mile delivery solution,” said Rhett Ross, CEO of Deuce Drone. “We feel we offer Buffalo Wild Wings a significant opportunity to provide alternative means of food and drink delivery to consumers.”

HAPSMobile to flight test high altitude drone at Spaceport America – HAPSMobile has chosen Spaceport America in New Mexico, USA for test operations and development of its high altitude endurance communications platform. The company, which is a joint venture between aircraft development company AeroVironment and Japan’s SoftBank, is developing an unmanned solar-powered High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) called the Hawk30. The Hawk30 has a 260ft (80m) wingspan and is designed to circle in the stratosphere at an altitude of around 65,000 feet above sea level for extended periods of time, while carrying a telecommunications payload. The solar-powered drone made its first flight last September.

INTERPOL Prepares for Drone Response – Recognizing the fact that drone usage increases both commercially and recreationally but also for criminal purposes in some cases, the international criminal police organization INTERPOL has launched a framework for responding to a drone incident. In a document signed by the organization’s secretary-general, Jürgen Stock, he explains that the increasing use of drones has inevitably given rise to “serious challenges for the law enforcement community globally. Drones have become a permanent fixture in the current policing operating environment, and one that can only grow in scale and impact in the future.”

It is “crucial that officers are equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to respond to drone incidents safely and effectively.”

Thousands of sterile mosquitoes dropped by drone into eastern Brazil are helping fight the spread of malaria and Zika virus – The male mosquitoes have reduced the reproduction rate of mosquito population in eastern Brazil, curbing diseases like malaria, dengue and the Zika virus. Hundreds of thousands of infertile male mosquitoes dropped from a drone onto a rural village in eastern Brazil have helped to significantly curb the number of new disease-carrying insects being born in the area. The mosquitoes were dropped by drone over a 20-hectare site in 2018, in a pioneering attempt to reduce the number of mosquitoes carrying diseases such as dengue fever, malaria and Zika virus.

Autonomous ‘killer drones’ being deployed in war zones – Killer drones that hover over war zones and autonomously decide when to kill are being rolled out into battle. Professor of artificial intelligence at the University of NSW, Toby Walsh, said the Turkish-made drones had been deployed along the Syria-Turkey border and were set for use in other countries such as Pakistan. Professor Walsh was speaking at the 2020 International Conference on Robotics and Automation, held online because of the pandemic. He said these new age drones differed from conventional military drones that involved a human making the final decision to kill a person. Here, machines used algorithms to initiate a kill.

“These drones are fully autonomous and use AI and other face-recognition software to identify, track and kill people on the ground. This is something that troubles me and many other ­people greatly,” he said.

US Air Force deploys Reaper drones to Estonia for first time on short-term mission – STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. unmanned aircraft are operating for the first time out of Estonia, where they will be temporarily based in support of allied intelligence gathering missions, U.S. Air Forces in Europe said Monday. MQ-9 Reaper aircraft were moved from Miroslawiec Air Base in northwestern Poland while a runway there is under construction, USAFE said in a statement. The move, while temporary, could give NATO a surveillance boost around the upper Baltics, where Russia’s military is active.

Drone flying near Kent State Airport causes concerns – STOW — It is not a common occurrence, but a drone flying in the area of Kent State University Airport caused enough concern to warrant a report to the police in late May. According to the report, the airport’s safety director told police on May 27 that pilots had seen a drone flying within their airspace above 400 feet in altitude in violation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The sightings had been in the area over Hiwood Avenue, less than a mile from the airport to the west, every day between 8 and 8:30 p.m. for the previous week. The report said the airport was not seeking to press charges, but wanted the unidentified drone operator to stop flying the drone within the airport’s airspace.

Drones against vector-borne diseases – In 2018, there were more than 200 million malaria cases reported in the world and more than 400,000 malaria deaths, two-thirds of whom were children under age 5 (1). Malaria is an ongoing tragedy of immense proportions, with the World Health Organization aggressively targeting its global eradication within the next decade. Reducing transmission of the malaria parasite Plasmodium, carried by Anopheles mosquitoes, is an important part.

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