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U.S. nears law banning Chinese-made drones including DJI – Today turns out to be quite the drone news day, and I don’t mean that in a good way, unfortunately. Earlier today a long-established aviation news publication reported that the United States is nearing legislation that would ban all Chinese-made drones, including DJI drones.
Air Force One with Trump on board had near-miss with drone – Sunday evening as president Trump was flying back to Washington, D.C.from the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., the C-32A Air Force One had a near-miss with a drone, witnesses say.
DJI makes sweeping cuts in ‘Long March’ reforms – This morning, a lengthy article appeared about the sweeping cuts in the ‘Long March’ reforms that are taking place within the organization of Chinese dronemaker DJI. About 20 former and current DJI employees were interviewed. The article provides us yet another look behind the curtain of DJI.
DJI responds to sweeping cuts in ‘Long March’ reforms article – DJI just issued an official response to the Reuters article that reported on the sweeping cuts as part of the ‘Long March’ reforms that are taking place within the global DJI organization. See below.
Police thermal-imaging drone reveals more than 300 illegal ravers in Birmingham, UK – In the United Kingdom, a Police thermal-imaging drone reveals more than 300 illegal ravers, flouting COVID-19 restrictions in Birmingham. Thermal images from a police drone show more than 300 revelers, flouting COVID-19 restrictions by organizing raves for the second weekend in a row in Birmingham. The illegal rave parties are taking place as the number of Coronavirus cases in Birmingham has gone up from 13.8 to 28.1 per 100,000 people.
Drone flying park approved in Buena Vista, Colorado – In the town of Buena Vista, Colorado a special drone flying park was approved unanimously, last Tuesday. The park will be divided into four zones based on the activity and was proposed by the Central Colorado UAS Club.
DJI Mavic 3 Pro to replace Phantom 4 Pro and likely also Inspire 2 drone – As we have said before, the new DJI Mavic 3 is likely to arrive in two versions. A ‘regular’ Mavic 3 as well as a larger Mavic 3 Pro. The Pro version will not only replace the Phantom 4 Pro but is also likely to replace the aging DJI Inspire 2.
Drone Delivery Canada delivers pandemic supplies to Ontario First Nation – Drone Delivery Canada delivers pandemic supplies to Ontario First Nation by unmanned aircraft to ensure contact-free shipments of protective equipment and testing supplies.
Wedding drone photographers in Mauritius help coordinate oil spill clean up – The island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is a very popular destination of exotic weddings and honeymoons. And as the drone market matured a group of drone operators developed offering their aerial photography services to document the parties. Now, these wedding drone photographers are helping to coordinate the massive, volunteer-driven oil spill clean up on this paradise island.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Drone Unit uses DJI Matrice to find missing boy – A DJI Matrice drone was used by the Nottinghamshire Police’s Drone Unit to find a missing 10-year-old boy, who fled his home after a family argument. The boy had left his house in Mansfield in the UK without any shoes on the police said.
Football-sized drone, the Throwbot used by U.S. Air Force to assist base security – According to the press release, the 96th Security Forces Squadron is already equipped with a football-sized drone, called the Throwbot, to assist base security. This unmanned device is a throwable microbot that can record and transmit audio and video to an operator’s control unit. The Throwbot can be used in indoor and outdoor situations.
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