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Blue sUAS are only drones to be used by the U.S. Department of the Interior

Only Blue sUAS 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.

Updated with a response from DJI.

Hat tip to Drone Life.

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Trump ban on Chinese-made drone parts increases risk wildfires

Trump ban on Chinese drone parts increases risk wildfires

According to an internal memo, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision not to buy more drones with Chinese parts has made it more difficult to fight wildfires. The memo exposes one consequence of the Trump administration’s crackdown on Chinese tech, which includes Chinese-made drone parts.

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DOI drone order creates confusion for Cape Cod shark researchers

DOI drone order creates confusion for Cape Cod shark researchers

The Department of the Interior’s drone order, which temporarily halted all non-emergency unmanned aircraft systems fleet operations, creates confusion for shark researchers in Cape Cod who use drones to spot and study sharks along the coastline. The Cape Cod National Seashore is administered by the National Park Service, which in turn is an operating unit of the United States Department of the Interior.

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DJI’s Brendan Schulman talks about drones, DJI, China, data security in this must-listen podcast

DJI's Brendan Schulman talks about drones, DJI, China, data security in this must-listen podcast

In this podcast, Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs at DJI, talks about drones, the history of DJI, China, data security, regulatory challenges, and a host of other issues. If you are active in the drone industry or are a drone enthusiast this is a must-listen podcast. The entire episode is a little less than an hour so make sure you reserve some time. If you don’t have time to listen, you can read some of the highlights below.

Update: apparently there also was a video version of this conversation. This one is even more informative. Check it out below.

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