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  1. Do you work with high school students, or are you in high school yourself? If so, today's interview with Jeremy Jackson, a teacher at St. Charles West High School in St. Charles, MO, might be of interest. In 2019, St. Charles West received a $10,000 Grow Rural Education Grant. In the interview we cover how Mr. Jackson helped build a drone program at his school using some of the grant money, and other ways the awarded funds were useful in supporting his students' STEM education. Read the interview now.
  2. DJI just launched its 2020 spring sale. Wondering what the best deals are? Here are our top picks: DJI Mavic 2 Pro—price reduced by $230 ($1,729 Now $1,499) Mavic 2 Fly More Kit—price reduced by $60 ($439 Now $379) DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Fly More Kit—price reduced by $100 ($1,610 Now $1,499) Mavic 2 Zoom—price reduced by $190 ($1,439 Now $1,249) Osmo Pocket—price reduced by $50 ($399 Now $349) Osmo Action Camera—price reduced by $80 ($379 Now $319) Read our post on DJI's spring sale to learn more about the deals being offered.
  3. Sunflower Labs unveiled its Home Awareness Security System at CES 2020 earlier this month, and it's pretty darn neat. The system comes with an autonomous drone that can be used to get live coverage of any area of a property, as well as special high-tech sensors that can create a detailed map of the property in real-time. The catch? It's selling for just under $10,000—pretty steep for those of us who just want an alarm to go off when an intruder tries to break in. But maybe just right for a certain clientele. Read today's article to learn more about how the system works and to get some thoughts on who exactly it was made for.
  4. By now you’ve probably heard about the mysterious drones that have been spotted flying in formation at night in Colorado and Nebraska. But what exactly do we know? Read today's article to get a full list of everything that has been reported about these mystery drones, why the FAA decided to form a task force to investigate them, and why that task force is now closing up shop even though it hasn't found out who is flying them. Do you have theories about the Colorado mystery drones? Chime in here to share your thoughts.
  5. CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a massive tradeshow—in 2019 the conference had over 180,000 attendees and about 4,500 exhibitors. CES 2020, which just wrapped up in Las Vegas, NV, was just as big. One of the biggest surprises at CES this year might have been DJI’s small showing. Instead of a product release, DJI showcased it’s “wide product portfolio.” Meaning, they shared all the drones they already make. Read today's article to see all of the top drone releases at CES 2020, including a home security system currently selling for about $10,000, a drone mailbox, and a 2.0 version of a drone shaped like an egg.
  6. DJI recently unveiled the Zenmuse XT S, a new model of their thermal imaging camera, the XT. The new XT S is made just for DJI’s Matrice 200 series, which you can see in action here: Read today's article to learn more about DJI's new thermal camera, and to get more information on the different ways thermal drone cameras are being used today.
  7. Drone company Ehang recently announced pricing for its Initial Public Offering (IPO), which began trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol “EH” on December 12, 2019. Some are speculating that Ehang is going public too early, and may be doing so because it’s in need of cash. It will certainly be interesting to see how successful the IPO is. Read today's article to learn more about Ehang's IPO and their latest drone taxi offering, which was announced recently at Amsterdam Drone Week.
  8. DJI recently joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s UAS IPP (UAS Integration Pilot Program) by partnering with the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s ongoing pilot program (MSCAA ). Here’s a list of drone operations that the MSCAA IPP has been testing as part of their pilot program in Memphis, taken from the MSCAA IPP proposal: Aircraft Inspections: Inspection of commercial aircraft on FedEx ramp during day and night operations Airport Security Fence Inspections: Inspection of perimeter security fence and dispatched response for alarm resolution Security Patrols of FedEx Ramp: Security monitoring of FedEx ramp during day and night operations Perimeter Security Monitoring: Protecting logistics warehouses against intruders and fighting cargo theft Read today's article to learn more about what DJI will be doing as an IPP partner, as well as some speculation on why they have been conspicuously quiet about the new partnership.
  9. The French postal service, La Poste, has started using drones to make deliveries to Mont-Saint-Martin, a remote Alpine village that sits almost half a mile above sea level in the Chartreuse mountains. This is the second delivery route that DPD, a subsidiary of La Poste, has been given permission to fly. Read today's article to learn more about La Poste's new drone delivery program and how it's saving time and keeping drivers from potentially dangerous conditions on the road.
  10. Drone giant DJI recently demonstrated a direct drone-to-phone system that remotely identifies drones in flight. The demo took place at a park in Montreal, Canada during the third annual Drone Enable conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization. DJI’s remote ID system is WiFi-based and provides a quick, easy way to monitor drones in the air from a smartphone. The new system is the product of the broadcast methodology pioneered by DJI AeroScope, the professional remote ID system first introduced in 2017 for airports, prisons, stadiums and other critical locations protected by police departments and other government agencies. Read today's article to learn more about DJI's remote ID system and the coming implementation of remote ID requirements in the U.S. and abroad.
  11. DJI just announced their Black Friday deals for 2019. The sale will start next Friday, November 24, and run through December 4. And if you miss that window, they'll be running another promotion from December 13 through January 1, so there will be plenty of time to shop DJI drones at reduced prices between now and the end of the year. Want some highlights? The DJI Mavic 2 Pro bundle is going for $470 off and the Osmo Action camera is $100 off. Read today's post to see our top deals from DJI this holiday season.
  12. This week marks the FAA’s first-ever National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Every day of the week the FAA has prepared events around different segments of the drone industry. Today's focus is on Infrastructure and Agriculture—read today's article to learn more about how drones are being used in these two areas of the commercial drone industry, and to learn more about National Drone Safety Awareness Week. Are you participating in National Drone Safety Awareness Week? Chime in here to let us know!
  13. Scared of tests? Don’t be, says the FAA. At least not when it comes to the knowledge test currently in the works for recreational drone pilots. In a recent meeting of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) Jay Merkle, the Executive Director of the FAA’s UAS Integration Office, said that the new test should be fun and presented in an enjoyable format. Read today's article to learn everything we currently know about the new knowledge test, as well as some information on the RFI (Request for Information) process the FAA went through to get advice and feedback from private companies on various aspects of making the test.
  14. A new startup based in Florida called UAV Turbines has developed a small jet engine, or microturbine, that can be used to power UAVs. These small jet engines could be used to power drone taxis. They could also be used in larger delivery drones capable of flying farther for longer distances in order to do inspections or other commercial drone work. Read today's article to learn more about UAV Turbines and the work they're doing to find new ways to make drones stay in the air longer.
  15. Airbus recently announced plans to partner with San Francisco-based 3D-printing startup Local Motors Industries (LMI) to make drones and self-driving cars using 3D printers. The new venture is called Neorizon, and its first project will be to run a “microfactory” building new transportation products like drones and self-driving cars—also called “mobility solutions”—to test the use of 3D printing for creating vehicles. Read today's article to learn more about Neorizon and Airbus' investment in the future of transportation, including drone taxis and modular 3D-printed cars.