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senseFly – Scaling new safety heights with fixed-wing drone technology

senseFly – Scaling new safety heights with fixed-wing drone technology

Ames Construction, one of the largest family-owned general contractors in the United States, has significantly improved the safety and accuracy of its surveying at a copper mining site in Arizona, thanks to innovative technology from senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing drones. By using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Ames Construction can now generate detailed 3D imagery of the pit wall surfaces – a process that would be much more difficult and time-consuming using traditional topographic methods.

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Parrot selected by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit as a major drone supplier

Parrot partners with WISeKey to define the future of drone security - Parrot selected by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit as a major drone supplier

Parrot selected by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) as a major drone supplier for the U.S. Government. Parrot, the leading European drone group, is pleased to announce its selection in the Blue sUAS program by the U.S. Army and the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The DIU is a Department of Defense organization that accelerates commercial technology for national defense.

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Skydio, Parrot and other dronemakers approved by Pentagon for military sales

Skydio, Parrot and other dronemakers approved by Pentagon for military sales

Today an article in the Wall Street Journal informs us that five drone makers have been approved by the Pentagon for military sales. Among the approved companies are four U.S drone makers; Skydio Inc., Vantage Robotics, Altavian Inc., and Teal Drones. As expected the fifth one is French drone maker Parrot, that recently launched the ANAFI USA in a controversial marketing campaign.

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Parrot expands partnership with Dronisos using the ANAFI platform

Parrot expands partnership with Dronisos using the ANAFI platform

Parrot has been in the news recently for ending their consumer drone offering, going after DJI by saying that you can’t trust Chinese-made drones as part of their ANAFI USA marketing campaign, and for having their PR Firm push data security reports to the foreground that DJI says contain ‘inaccuracies and misleading statements.’ In the midst of all this, Parrot announces that they will expand their partnership with Dronisos and use the ANAFI platform to do so.

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CEO Henri Seydoux declares end of Parrot’s consumer drones and offers to show audited software

CEO Henri Seydoux declares end of Parrot's consumer drones and offers to show audited software

Parrot’s co-founder and CEO, Henri Seydouxdeclares the end of Parrot’s consumer drones in an interview that was published earlier this month in Le Parisien. In the same article, Seydoux also offers to show that Parrot’s audited software applications do stand up to scrutiny.

Now, what I’d be interested to know is, did the French security researchers from Synacktiv, who we know worked for DJI’s competitors, work with Parrot directly or indirectly to scrutinizing DJI’s software? And will Parrot, as offered by Seydoux, have their software application reviewed as well by a security researcher to share the findings with the general public, similarly to what DJI did with the KIVU report more than two years ago? I’ll extend this invitation to Autel Robotics as well btw.

As regular readers of DroneXL.co will know, I am not a fan of Parrot’s anti-DJI marketing campaign to promote their new ANAFI USA. And if their CEO, Henri Seydoux is going to make bold claims like he has been doing, then I think he should back them up.

I am curious to hear your thoughts on this. Feel free to share them in the comments below.

My French is a bit rusty but with help from Google, I’ve tried to translate the interview with Parrot’s CEO, Henri Seydoux as best as I could. See below for all the details.

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US drone companies receive millions in recovery funds from Department of Defense

US drone companies receive millions in recovery funds from Department of Defense

US drone companies receive millions in recovery funds from the Department of Defense. On Friday, the department announced that it will issue US$84.4 million in funding through the Defense Production Act to small drone makers, shipbuilders, and a space company. Skydio is one of the companies that benefitted from the financial injection.

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Parrot announces partnership with AIRT’s Drones

Parrot announces partnership with AIRT’s Drones

Parrot has announced a new partnership with the Miami, Florida-based Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), the leading 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting Drones For Good™ and the official home of DRONERESPONDERS, the world’s fastest-growing program supporting the use of UAS by public safety and emergency services organizations across the U.S. and around the globe.

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Autel EVO II Dual with thermal camera. A nice alternative to new ANAFI USA

Autel's EVO II Dual with thermal camera. A nice alternative to new ANAFI USA

If Parrot’s marketing campaign, which included falsely accusing DJI and taking stabs at Chinese-made drones in general, left you with a foul taste in your mouth, but you are in the market for a thermal drone, you might want to consider the M2ED or the Autel EVO II Dual. Check out the performance of this drone in high winds as well as its thermal capabilities.

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Parrot CEO Henri Seydoux falsely accuses DJI during ANAFI USA presentation

Parrot's founder Henri Seydoux digs into DJI's data security issues

During the presentation of the ANAFI USA, Parrot’s founder and CEO, Henri Seydoux falsely accuses DJI of silently removing some software from the DJI Go app that would feed into a Chinese data intelligence platform. Not only is this a cheap shot, but he got his facts wrong according to DJI. See below for all the details and the response from DJI.

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Parrot’s new Anafi announcement: “Do you trust DJI drones?”

Do you trust Chinese DJI drones Parrot Announcement

In a series of emails to media folks, the PR agency for the French drone maker Parrot has announced that they will be releasing a new drone on June 30th, 4 p.m. CEST. However, that is not what stood out most to me and many other people in the drone industry. Nope. What stood out most were the slogans asking us if we trust Chinese drones and more specifically DJI drones.

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Parrot Anafi Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone shows in new photos

Parrot Anafi Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone 3.jpg

This week new photos appeared online that show the Parrot Anafi Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone in greater detail and also side-by-side to its smaller brother the Parrot ANAFI. As we said before, this seems to be the perfect search and rescue drone.

Update with more info on the name and two different versions here.

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The Parrot ANAFI UA – The perfect drone for search and rescue operators?

The Parrot ANAFI UA - The perfect drone for search and rescue operators?

Only a few days ago, we wrote about this tender from the department of the interior in France and how they are looking to purchase 651 drones. Part of the tender seemed to be specifically written for the Parrot ANAFI drone. Whereas another part of the document seemed written for a drone with a 30x zoom lens, which we (still) think is for the DJI Matrice 200/210. But then we learned about this drone that offers very similar capabilities but in a much smaller and lighter package. Check out the Parrot ANAFI UA from the French drone maker Parrot. Could this be the perfect drone for first responders and search and rescue operators?

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