AuthorWiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager (@wdejager) is the founder of Dronewatch and author of several bestselling books about drone photography. Wiebe is a certified drone pilot and has a full ROC license.

Dutch researcher wants to give drones “physical self-awareness”

Dutch researcher wants to give drones "physical self-awareness"

Over the next few years, TU Delft researcher Coen de Visser will be working on a system that should give autonomous robots and drones a certain degree of “physical self-awareness.” The idea is that robots gain insight into their physical limitations, even in the event of a malfunction. This should result in autonomously operating robots and drones being able to rescue themselves from an emergency situation independently in the future.

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Robot dog Spot will collaborate with Percepto inspection drone

Robot dog Spot will collaborate with Percepto inspection drone

The autonomous inspection drone developed by the Israeli company Percepto will soon be joined by a robotized four-legged friend on the ground. To this end, the company has raised a substantial investment and has entered into a partnership with Boston Dynamics, the developer of robot dog Spot. The goal is that drone and robot dog can go on reconnaissance missions together.

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DJI Mini 2 review: less drone is more fun!

DJI Mini 2 review: less is more

At the end of 2019, DJI introduced the Mavic Mini, the first full-fledged camera drone weighing less than 250 grams. With the successor the DJI Mini 2, the Chinese dronemaker has retained all the right things from the first generation Mavic Mini and has made significant improvements on a number of fronts. As a result, the DJI Mini 2 is not only intended for novice drone pilots: especially after the introduction of European drone regulations, the Mini 2 is also interesting for professionals.

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DJI investigates the option to assign Cx CE labels retroactively

Dronemaker DJI says it is investigating whether it is possible to provide drones with a Cx CE label retroactively. Such a label will be mandatory in Europe after January 1, 2023, to fly in Open subcategories A1 and A2. As part of the procedure, customers would have to take their drone to a DJI service center to either have their drone upgraded or a self-performed upgrade checked.

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EHang demonstrates synchronous flying air taxis

EHang demonstrates synchronous flying air taxis

The Chinese developer of heavy lift drones EHang has put a new video online showing how five electrically powered air taxis perform a flight in a nicely synchronized manner. With the demonstration, the company wants to show the benefits of centralized flight coordination. In its home country of China, the company wants to fly with air taxis to thirteen cities.

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DJI Inspire 2 with X7 camera captures Geneva and Romandy in Switzerland

DJI Inspire 2 with X7 camera captures Geneva and Romandy in Switzerland

One of our favorite drone video producers is the Russian company Timelab Pro. Armed with a DJI Inspire 2 and Zenmuse X7 camera, the team travels the world to capture the most beautiful aerial shots everywhere. For their latest drone video, they visited the beautiful Romandy region of Switzerland. The team also made drone shots of the Swiss city of Geneva.

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Small airplane possibly collided with a drone in the Netherlands

Small airplane possibly collided with a drone in the Netherlands

Last week, a small sports plane over Aalst, The Netherlands collided with an unknown object at an altitude of 1800 feet. It is suspected that it was a drone. The plane could safely land at Eindhoven Airport without any problems. There, damage to the nose and propeller was found. According to the police, it is out of the question that it was a collision with a bird.

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Medical transport drone will make BVLOS test flights between Dutch cities

Medical transport drone will make BVLOS test flights between Dutch cities

In the coming months, for the first time in the Netherlands, a medical transport drone will fly over a long distance between two hospitals. These are branches of the Isala hospital in the Dutch cities of Meppel and Zwolle. The aim is to investigate how urgent medical shipments such as blood, medicines, and diagnostic samples can be transported more quickly by drones in the future.

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EHang presents cargo drone with a payload of 440 Lbs

EHang presents cargo drone with a payload of 440 Lbs

Chinese company EHang – known for its electric air taxis – has announced a freight version of the EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV). The EHang 216L heavy-lift multirotor cargo drone is capable of transporting loads of up to 200 kg. The system should enable short and medium-haul air freight transport in both rural and urban environments.

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