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DJI Spark drones Drone Products and Reviews Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

Some DJI Spark drones are falling from the sky, and that’s to be expected

Yesterday Quartz reported that a little over a dozen customers had complained on DJI forums about their new Spark drones mysteriously shutting down and falling from the sky in midflight. Today, DJI acknowledged the issue in a statement: “DJI is aware of a small number of reports involving Spark drones that have lost power mid-flight. Flight safety and product reliability are top priorities. Our engineers are thoroughly reviewing each customer case and working to address this matter urgently. DJI products are tested for thousands of hours, and the overwhelming number…

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Amazon will use delivery drones Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

Amazon Will Use Delivery Drones to Collect Data About Your House

Amazon’s ambitions to build a fleet of self-flying delivery drones will have an interesting side-effect: They will create unimaginable quantities of data. Aerial footage, mapping data, flight patterns, number-crunching analysis, and more — autonomous vehicles produce vast reams of data, and drones are no different. And Amazon is already thinking about how it can turn that to its advantage. In a filing for a patent granted on Tuesday, the Seattle-based online retail giant lays out how “captured data may be received by a computer system and properties about a destination…

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Drones in the Battle of Marawi Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

DJI Drones are Getting Shot Down – Drones in the Battle of Marawi

Various consumer DJI drones are being used in a war right now by both the Philippine Army and the radical Islamic terrorist group called the Maute. The Battle of Marawi is an ongoing war which started last May 23 when President Duterte of the Philippines declared martial law on the island of Mindanao due to a rise in terrorist activities. Consumer drones are easy to buy, and they can give an advantageous aerial perspective, so it wasn’t long before both the Maute and the Philippine Army starting utilizing them. While…

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Stricter Drone Regulations in Canada Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Stricter Drone Regulations in Canada – DJI “Disappointed”

Transport Canada has released a series of proposed measures that aim to reduce the security and administrative issues caused by the use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs or drones). The various restrictions cover different categories of drone models based on weight, as well as an overall set of measures for all drone pilots. Among the general proposed drone regulations is a clause that all pilots operating a drone weighing over 250g must have an obligatory liability insurance of $100,000. Regulations among the “very small” category of drone models — those…

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MIT Researchers Develop Mini-Computer Chips for Mini-Drones Drones In The News New Drone Technology 

MIT Researchers Develop Mini-Computer Chips for Mini-Drones

Recreational quadcopters and most standard hobby drones have a lot of data to process. The computer chips required to simultaneously handle stabilization, flight, and the recording and streaming of camera footage use quite a bit of power. Hence, they need a certain amount of battery power, which in turn results in a minimum weight. Now, researchers at MIT are developing miniature chips, which would require far less power, ridding drones of the hitherto-required battery weight. Smaller chips, less batteries, less weight. MIT researchers Sertac Karaman and Vivienne Sze claim that…

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Recreational drone Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Recreational drone pilots eligible for refund from FAA

Casual drone fliers will have an extra $5 to spend after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would refund the fee recreational drone pilots paid with the required registration of their aircraft. This comes after a federal appeals court ruled in May that these pilots no longer have to register with the FAA. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the FAA rule that required recreational drone users to register their aircraft. In response, the FAA updated the drone registration page on its website,…

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Bulk of UAVS in Indian Skies Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Civilian drones may account for bulk of 40000 UAVs in Indian skies despite ban by regulator

MUMBAI: Only defence forces, law-enforcement agencies and a few select government companies are allowed to use drones, but that is not stopping civilian ‘droners’ from hitting the skies. Over the past two years, Indians have spent close to Rs 40 crore buying civil drones, as per estimates of the Consortium of Unmanned Vehicle Systems India (CUVSI). Civil drones, which also include toy drones, bear price tags in the range of Rs 2,000 and Rs 50,000; a rough calculation hints at the presence of 40,000 drones in Indian skies. “Commercial sales…

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NDP Show Drones In The News 

300 Unmanned Drones Among the Firsts Expected for This Year’s NDP Show

SINGAPORE — A series of firsts will feature in the show element of this year’s National Day Parade (NDP), among them a display of 300 unmanned drones, the largest in South-east Asia, and an aerial system which can elevate performers and props 20 metres off the stage floor. Although no details were shared on the drone display, last month, 50 Intel drones lit up the skies in a three-minute performance in front of the Marina Bay Promontory at the DBS Marina Regatta, giving the public a sneak peek of what…

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Camera Drones to Have a Remote ID System Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Camera Drones May Soon Be Required to Have a Remote ID System

Ever since camera drones first became available to the average consumer, authorities across the world have had growing concerns about them. No-fly zones are being widely established, and regulations are becoming stricter to restrict when, where, and how the unmanned aircraft can fly. Now the FAA is looking into developing a system to identify drones from afar. The recent news of a man arrested for grounding a number of firefighting aircraft in Arizona with a drone is only the latest in a spate of incidents. Earlier this year, a company…

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Kalashnikov Launches Drone Drone Products and Reviews Drones In The News New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Legendary Kalashnikov gunmaker now launches surveillance drones

Kalashnikov Group, the producer of the famous assault rifles, has a diversified portfolio now with the launch of noiseless reconnaissance drones that can fly continuously for four hours. The company expects Russia’s “most advanced” ZALA 421-16E2 unmanned reconnaissance and surveillance aircraft to undergo state trials later this year, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported. “There are no analogues of ZALA 421-16E2 systems either in Russia or in the world by their functionality, the simplicity and reliability of operation. Besides, the unmanned aerial vehicle has a noiseless flight mode, which is…

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