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Drone News – Tue June 16, 2020

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Drone used in search for missing boater in Delaware waterway – A drone helps in the search for a missing boater in the Delaware waterway. On Tuesday morning the search resumed for a 45-year-old missing man from an overturned boat in a Delaware waterway.

Drone used in search for missing Delaware boater

DJI Father’s Day discounts up to $230 – DJI recently announced their Father’s Day Sale with discounts up to $230 on products such as the Phantom 4 Pro+, the DJI Mavic 2 Pro+, and the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom+. See all the individual prices below.

DJI announces Father's Day Sale with discounts up to 31%

Aerones abandons industrial drones in favor of robotics – Aerones announced that it has abandoned its plans to use large industrial drones to clean wind turbines. The turnaround comes as a surprise as Aerones had raised $3.6 million to date and moved its offices from Latvia to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aerones abandons industrial drones in favor of robotics

Honeywell starts new business unit to enter drone industry – Major supplier of aerospace products, Honeywell International Inc. announced on Monday that it will launch a new business unit to enter the drone industry. The new department will focus on the autonomous aviation space, including drones, air taxis, unmanned cargo delivery vehicles.

Honeywell starts new business unit to enter drone industry

Drone video captures Black Lives Matter in Brooklyn, NY – New drone video surfaces that show the Black Lives Matter street art in Brooklyn, NY. Apparently, this is the first of five murals that are to be completed in the various boroughs of New York City.

Drone video captures Black Lives Matter in Brooklyn, NY

Search and Rescue and drone team locate person who was missing for eight days – The Spotsylvania Search and Rescue team and the drone team located a person who was missing for eight days with help from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Spotsylvania Fire Rescue & Emergency Management. #dronesforgood

Search and Rescue and drone team locate person who was missing for eight days

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“Black Lives Matter!” paint on Camp Nine bridge defaced – Someone has defaced the “Black Lives Matter!” message recently painted on the remote Camp Nine bridge,to try to make it say “All Lives Matter!” Kyle Johnson, a 27-year-old resident of Angels Camp, said in an email he went to Camp Nine on Saturday afternoon to go swimming and he found the BLM! Mural for the first time. “I hope they can change it back,” Johnson said. Johnson said Saturday was his first time going down there to Camp Nine. He said he didn’t know there was a Black Lives Matter mural on the bridge until he got there.

Police find no trace of woman they heard scream for help – FARGO, N.D. (AP)–Police in Fargo searched a heavily wooded area after hearing a woman screaming for help. Authorities say officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the Riviera Heights mobile home park about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The driver fled with a female passenger as officers arrived to investigate. Sgt. Jerrod Wagner said that as officers searched for the vehicle, they heard a woman screaming for help in some woods not far from where the vehicle had been stolen. Police called in the fire department’s drone to do an aerial search, but found no trace of the woman, the male driver or stolen vehicle.

500-drone show lights up China’s largest trade fair – 500 drones illuminated the night sky during the 127th China Import and Export Fair held in south China’s Guangdong Province on Monday. The China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, is bracing for a new form of online exhibition this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The fair kicked off on June 15 and will last for 10 days.

French Ground Force receives first three Thales SMDR reconnaissance mini-drones – Delivered to the French Army, these first SMDRs will significantly strengthen its detection, recognition and identification capabilities as close as possible to the contact zone. In accordance with the Military Planning Law (LPM) 2019-2025, 10 other systems of mini-reconnaissance drones must be delivered by the end of 2020.

Zipline named as a 2020 Disrupter 50 by CNBC – This California-based drone-delivery company transports critical medical supplies such as blood and vaccines in Rwanda and Ghana. In April it added Covid-19 test samples to the list. The service began in Ghana’s two largest cities — Accra and Kumasi — and were collected from patients at rural health facilities and delivered to the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research for testing. Zipline says this is the first time that autonomous drones have been used to make regular long-range deliveries into densely populated urban areas.

VIDEO: Drone footage of Abbotsford oil spill reveals accident’s scope – Wilderness Committee group releases video and photos from spill site. Drone footage from the scene of the oil spill at Abbotsford’s Sumas Pump Station has revealed more of the scope of the accident. Wilderness Committee released videos and photos from the scene at the Trans Mountain pipeline, which occurred on late on Friday night. The pipeline was closed until Sunday afternoon.

‘Sanitizing spray drones’ designed to disinfect large arenas, venues, concert halls, parks – Drone operators direct the drones to hover feet above targets and spray EPA-approved disinfectant that kills the coronavirus. Now more than ever it’s important to keep public spaces clean. But disinfecting larger areas like arenas or theaters can take a lot of time, so a local drone company is stepping in to help.

Bloomfield’s Black Lives Matter Chalk the Street Event Captured by Drone – BLOOMFIELD, NJ – After a successful Chalk the Street event on Washington Street yesterday afternoon, TAPinto Bloomfield shared some stories and pictures from the gathering.

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