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90-year-old Japanese farmer embraces drone technology

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90-Year-Old Japanese Farmer Embraces Drone Technology

A 90-year-old Japanese farmer recently passed a drone training and flying exam. Mamoru Tanaka is sick of walking around his rice fields while carrying more than 60 pounds of fertilizer on his back. The goal is to deploy an agricultural drone to sprinkle fertilizer over the fields in a smart and targeted manner. The farmer intends to get a permit to fly heavy drones as the following step.

Auterion to develop open-source drones with Japanese telecom company

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Auterion To Develop Open-Source Drones With Japanese Telecom Company

The Japanese Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) is one of the largest telecom companies in the world. The company makes extensive use of drones to inspect critical infrastructure such as cell towers and cabling along bridges. Until now, this was mainly done with drones from China but fearing cyber espionage, the company is now developing its own open-source drones.

Japan wants stricter rules for mini-drones, lowering the threshold to 100 grams

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Japan Wants Stricter Rules For Mini-Drones, Lowering The Threshold To 100 Grams

In Japan, mini-drones weighing less than 200 grams have less strict rules than “normal” drones. But the Japanese government is going to reduce that lower limit to only 100 grams, now that more capable drones weighing just under 200 grams are appearing on the market, including a special version of the DJI Mavic Mini. That reports the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.