As a drone drug drop that took place at the Barwon Prison in Australia in October is still under investigation, another contraband delivery by unmanned aircraft happened at Melbourne’s Port Phillip Prison.
2020 is apparently the worst year for shark attacks in Australia. More Australians have been killed in unprovoked attacks than in any year since 1934. No wonder that the Australian fisherman in a kayak freaked out when he saw this great white shark. A friend’s drone captures the close encounter as it happened in a video.
After the devastating wildfires on Australia’s East Coast, specialized seed drones are now used in a test program to drop seeds to boost koala numbers by regenerating bushland with gum trees. The program is part of a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) scheme.
Over the last couple of years, various U.S. government officials and lawmakers have expressed concerns about DJI and the data security of DJI drones and possibly stored on DJI servers in China. DJI has always maintained that the drone operator is in charge of the data and can decide to use their DJI drones offline without risk of any data being transmitted overseas. Various studies some of which were paid for by DJI have not shown any evidence of data being transmitted to China. The Australian government recently conducted their own cyber vulnerability review on the usage of DJI drones for their Defense Department and concluded that it was comfortable with using the unmanned aircraft in non-classified situations.
A drone captures a pod of killer whales attacking a humpback whale mother and her calf of the coast of Ningaloo in Western Australia on Friday, in an event rarely seen by scientists.
Lifeguards with drones keepbeachgoers (and sharks) safe in New South Wales, Australia. The NSW government started the drone initiative in response to an unprecedented spike in shark bites in 2015.
A drone spots a Great White Shark off Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Bondi Beach is Australia’s most famous beach and is well known for being the great surfing spot that it is. It is less known for shark sightings.
In Australia, the New South Wales Government announced a new $8 million strategy to keep people safe from sharks this season. Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall commented that up 80 drones will be used to do so. This is double the number of unmanned aircraft that were used last year.
Swoop Aero, based in Melbourne, Australia, builds and operates drones to transport medical supplies, just announced it has secured an eight-figure investment round. The medical drone company will use the funds to establish a presence in New Zealand and certify is aviation systems for additional operations.