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  2. The commercial drone industry knows that drones can be a critical tool for inspections, performing dark, dirty and dangerous jobs and providing enteprise customers with precise digital inspection data – but in many industries, drones haven’t yet uprooted traditional methods of inspection. A new Skydio whitepaper uses interviews with more than 100 organizations to explain why, and […] The post Skydio Whitepaper: Why Have Most Drones Failed to Uproot Traditional Methods of Inspection? appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  3. Part 89 – the ruling that contains Remote ID for drones – becomes effective April 21, 2021, and the clock starts ticking for compliance. Here’s a clear expanation of the requirements for operators and manufacturers. The following is a guest post by Ronald E. Quirk, Head of the Drone/UA Regulatory Practice and Internet of Things and […] The post Part 89 Remote ID for Drones is Effective April 21, and the Clock Starts Ticking – Everything You Need to Know. appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  4. In a first foray of Wingcopter in Japan, the German drone manufacturer and service provider has partnered with All Nippon Airways (ANA Holdings Inc, ANA HD) to trial drone delivery to the island communities of Japan. This is the latest big news from Wingcopter, which has risen rapidly in the drone delivery domain. Earlier this […] The post Wingcopter in Japan: Partnership with ANA HD Trials Drone Delivery to Japan’s Remote Island Communities appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
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  6. Airborne International Response Team, AIRT has been awarded a federal Grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help Public Safety and Emergency Drone Operations programs. AIRT will help public safety programs to establish standards and training programs, one of the greatest barriers to entry for public safety agencies. ” The grant funding will be […] The post AIRT Awarded Federal Grant to Improve Public Safety Drone Operations appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  7. KS-based drone company AgEagle has acquired Measure, provider of Ground Control drone operations software. The combination cash and stock transaction for Measure, valued at $45 million, is the latest move in publicly-traded AgEagle Aerial Systems (NYSE American: UAVS) efforts to “become the company of choice for end-to-end drone solutions,” says a company release. AgEagle was […] The post AgEagle Acquires Measure, on Path to Offering End-to-End Drone Solution appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  8. Last week
  9. The Fotokite tethered drone for public safety has won a top distinction at this year’s iF Design Award. “From almost 10,000 submissions, only 75 were honored with the Gold Award for outstanding design achievements by an international, independent jury of experts,” says a company release. Fotokite Sigma the Fotokite tethered drone for public safety teams […] The post Fotokite Tethered Drone for Public Safety Wins iF Design Award: Unlimited Flight Time, Elegant Design appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  10. Caged drones are a revolutionary tool for flight in confined spaces. Here, we get an expert deep dive comparison on the Elios 2 and the caged Mavic 2. Read on to learn which tool is best for surveillance or industrial inspections in hard to reach places. The following is a guest post by […] The post The Elios 2 vs. the Caged Mavic 2: Drone Inspections or Surveillance in Hard-to-Reach Spaces appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  11. Parrot and High Lander partner to enhance drone fleet automation – giving ANAFI and ANAFI USA users enhanced features and automation through an easy-to-use dashboard. While the partnership is brand new, public safety customers are already lining up to take advantage of the new combination. Parrot is the leading European drone group: Israeli-based High Lander provides drone […] The post This Mission Control App Adds New Functionality to Parrot’s ANAFI: and Customers are Lining Up for It appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  12. The new DJI drone launched this morning – and Creative Director Ferdinand Wolf calls the Air 2S “a wish list come to life…” Combining the best in image quality – yes, that 1″ 20 MP sensor – with new autonomous flight features, the Air 2S is an affordable, portable, powerhouse. Read on for all of […] The post The New DJI Drone Air 2S is Here: Pictures, Price, and VIDEO appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  13. DJI’s new drone, the Air 2S, is slated to be released tomorrow (we think.) But as usual when the world’s biggest drone manufacturer releases a new product, there have been plenty of rumors, leaks, and guesses about exactly what the newest product will offer. Here’s a summary of what we know so far – stay […] The post DJI’s New Drone: All the Rumors About the 4/15 Release appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  14. The commercial drone industry is booming – and if your company is looking for made-in-the-usa hardware, we’ve compiled a list of 5 commercial drones made in the U.S. to start with. By DRONELIFE Staff Writer Jim Magill With all of the drama engendered by the U.S trade war with China and concerns over potential national […] The post 5 Commercial Drones Made in the U.S. appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
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  16. UPS has announced that they plan to purchase electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft from BETA Technologies (BETA), expanding their air service to small and mid-size markets. “These aircraft will take off and land on-property at UPS facilities in a whisper-quiet fashion, reducing time-in-transit, vehicle emissions, and operating cost,” says the announcement. For the […] The post UPS Will Purchase BETA Technologies VTOL Aircraft: the Future of Drone Delivery appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  17. The Endless Frontier Act is a new proposal designed to support a stronger U.S. technology base: a move that could be a more concrete play in ongoing U.S.- China trade tensions. Technology – The Final Frontier By: Dawn M.K. Zoldi, Guest Contributor They say offense is the best defense. For the past couple of years, […] The post Endless Frontier Act: Flipping the Script on the Battle Against China-Made Drone Tech appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  18. The new Gremsy Mio is a lightweight, compact 3-axis gimbal designed to integrate into professional drone systems. Gremsy is a leading provider of professional gimbals for the commercial drone industry. The Gremsy Mio is the next-generation of 3-axis compact camera stabilizers, delivering robust performance for professional applications and offering the best weight-to-payload ratio. What’s New […] The post Introducing the Gremsy Mio: The Lightweight, Forward-Facing Gimbal for Professional Drone Applications appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  19. The FAA is taking a specific drone training program for Part 107 online—for free. The federal agency has announced current pilots who hold Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification can complete required training courses that will update their knowledge of the Operations Over People rule set to take effect April 21. Using the FAA Safety Team […] The post FAA to Allow Part 107 Drone Pilots to Take ‘Fly Over People’ Test Online appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  20. Melbourne-based drone delivery logistics company Swoop Aero’s African drone delivery operations are expanding, in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine distribution. “In collaboration with NGO partners and governments of The Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and now Mozambique, Swoop Aero are implementing scalable drone delivery networks […] The post Swoop Aero’s African Drone Delivery Operations Expand in Preparation for COVID Vaccine Distribution appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  21. DRONELIFE reported earlier on a lawsuit in North Carolina challenging the notion that drone mapping is surveying without a license. Here, members of the organization representing commercial drone operator Michael Jones lay out their case to protect his rights to sell aerial images. The following is a guest post by Sam Gedge and Daryl James […] The post North Carolina Takes Aim at Drones – But Hits Free Speech appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  22. The patent is complete, and this incredible new product is just a few weeks away from launch. Is the new drone AR system for DJI by Anarky Labs a game changer for the drone industry? Check it out and see for yourself. A picture is worth a thousand words – and the human brain can […] The post Is AR the Future of BVLOS Flight? The Flyby Guys and Anarky Labs Unveil Drone AR Solution for DJI [VIDEO] appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  23. Researchers at Virginia Tech University, working with State Farm insurance and ParaZero drone safety systems, have finally answered the question of what happens when a drone crashes into a windshield. Data gathered in the study resulted in State Farm® receiving an FAA waiver to fly over moving vehicles as of the end of 2019, prior […] The post What Happens When a Drone Crashes into a Windshield? appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  24. Steve Rhode is a public safety drone pilot and a manned aircraft pilot. Here, he points out four realities of drone aviation that no pilot can afford to forget. The following is one of a biweekly series on public safety drone issues by Steve Rhode, Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department and the North […] The post Public Safety Drone Pilot Steve Rhode: Four Realities of Drone Aviation No Pilot Can Afford to Forget appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  25. It’s been a year since we were able to gather, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Commercial UAV Expo Americas is on schedule for an in-person event this September, and it looks like the show will be better than ever. More than 225 organizations have already confirmed, and more are signing […] The post Commercial UAV Expo 2021: It’s Happening, Live in Las Vegas appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  26. Photogrammetry platform provider Pix4D continues their global growth, expanding their Tokyo office to serve the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. The expansion demonstrates growing demand in the region for software solutions to support commercial drone operations. Swiss-based Pix4D, a Parrot company, already has offices in Lausanne, Berlin, Madrid, San Francisco, Denver, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Over the […] The post Drone Mapping Platform Pix4D Expands Tokyo Office, Continuing Global Growth appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  27. Drones are now more important than ever for enterprise companies – and that means that drone security is more important too. Here, mobile development expert and author Godfrey Nolan gives 5 points that drone manufacturers, software developers for the drone industry and industry users must consider in the development process. The following is a guest […] The post Drone Security: 5 Points Manufacturers and Users Must Consider to Protect Drone Data appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  28. From their origins in the recreational arena, Parrot has emerged as a major power in the commercial drone industry: making the government-approved, Blue sUAS list in the U.S. with it’s U.S.-manufactured ANAFI USA. Now, the launch of a Parrot bug bounty program with YesWeHack shows the company is making a point of data security, a critical […] The post Parrot Launches Bug Bounty with YesWeHack to Up Security Analysis appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
  29. In the last few years, US drone companies have gained significant ground. Among those companies is American Robotics, which in January 2021 became the first company to be approved by the FAA to operate automated drones without any human beings on-site. DRONELIFE discussed the resurgence of US drone companies and new developments in autonomous flight […] The post American Robotics and the Resurgence of U.S. Drone Companies [DRONELIFE Exclusive] appeared first on DRONELIFE. View the full article
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