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Daily Drone News – Thursday October 8, 2020

Here are today’s most important drone news articles. We publish this post every weekday at 5:30 p.m. Some of these stories are from DroneXL.co and some of them will be from other sources. If you’d like to receive this in an email going forward, be sure to subscribe using the form below.

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EPA warns against drones to spray disinfectants and fight COVID-19

EPA warns against drones to spray disinfectants and fight COVID-19 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns against the use of drones, fogging, fumigation, and electrostatic spraying to apply disinfectants to help fight COVID-19, unless the product’s label provides specific instruction in how to do so, according to a recent post on the agency’s website.

Solar-powered drone provides first LTE connection from stratosphere

Solar-powered drone provides first LTE connection from stratosphere – The solar-powered drone from Google’s parent company Alphabet and SoftBank provided the first LTE connection from the stratosphere to enable a “high-definition” and “low-latency” video call.

Students excited to fly drones in West Virginia High School Program

Students excited to fly drones in West Virginia High School Program – On Wednesday morning, the Parkersburg High School Robotics Program held a drone flying demonstration by students at the Stadium Field. Thanks to the State of West Virginia and the Wood County Technical Center the high school was able to get a grant to teach students how to fly drones, according to PHS robotics program teacher Steven Reiner. Flying drones is something the students can get very excited about.

DroneSeed first in U.S to get FAA approval for post-wildfire reforestation

DroneSeed first in U.S. to get FAA approval for post-wildfire reforestation – DroneSeed is the first drone company in U.S. to receive approval from FAA for post-wildfire reforestation in California and five other states. Heavy-lift drone swarms can begin reforesting in these areas within 60 days.

Only Blue sUAS to be used by the U.S. Department of the Interior

Blue sUAS are only drones to be used by the U.S. Department of the Interior – Yesterday, the Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt sent a memo to the Assistant Secretaries and Bureau Heads informing them that only approved drones, so-called Blue sUAS are exempt from the PMB approval and reporting procedures, opening the door for the Department of the Interior to rebuild its drone fleet and start using it again for non-emergency missions.

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