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  1. Parrot’s ANAFI USA is a tough new drone that comes with thermal imaging, high quality zoom power, and can be flown in harsh weather. Although Parrot is based in France, its new drone is manufactured in the U.S., as indicated by its name, and has the same “high-end security, durability and imaging capabilities as Parrot’s Short-Range Reconnaissance (SRR) drone designed for the U.S. Army.” Read today's post for a side-by-side comparison of the ANAFI USA with other popular public safety drones on the market, including the Matrice 300 and the Impossible 1.
  2. Time for some fun drone fireworks videos. Last weekend there were—of course!—fireworks galore for July 4th, as you probably saw (and heard) if you were most anywhere in the U.S. Since then, we’ve seen some pretty impressive drone footage of fireworks shows, so we decided to do a roundup to share some of our top July 4th aerial videos. Take a look at the full list here. Know of a great drone fireworks video shot over the weekend that we missed? Let us know by sharing it in the comments below.
  3. I haven't seen this, really appreciate you sharing. Just bookmarked this for my research as I work on the ANAFI USA article. Thanks so much!
  4. Agreed! You actually anticipated a writeup I'm doing next week on the ANAFI USA—working on an in-depth review of it, looks like it it could present some real competition for the Matrice series when it comes to public safety applications.
  5. It seems like more and more these days we’re hearing stories about drones helping to save lives. Just last week a family lost while hiking on a nature preserve in Plant City, Florida was found quickly with the help of a drone. Highs that day were in the 90s, and the family could have faced heatstroke if they weren’t found in a timely manner. DJI has a new map devoted to drone rescues like this one, which shows all of the drone rescues that have been made in the entire world to date. It is inviting people to submit drone rescues to be added to the map, so it will serve as a living record of drone rescues. Read today's post to learn more about the map and the data on drone rescues going back to the start of 2017.
  6. This year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has significantly ramped up its use of drones for studying the ocean, providing us with another example of drones being used for good in the world. In March, NOAA established an Unmanned Systems Operations Program to support the rapid expansion of unmanned systems—both aircraft and marine systems, collectively referred to as unmanned systems, or UxS—throughout the agency. The following month, NOAA published the results of an extensive survey of right whales conducted with the support of UAS. And then this month news has come out about its use of autonomous marine drones to collect oceanic data on fish, seafloor, and weather. Read today's article to learn more about NOAA's new drone program and the work being done with drones to protect the ocean.
  7. DroneBase just announced a successful Series C fundraising round. DroneBase, a company that offers both aerial data analytics and aerial services, raised a total of $7.5 million in its Series C, bringing the total the company has raised to $32 million. Along with its fundraising news, DroneBase has shared plans for expansion, which will be funded by the capital raised in the Series C round. This expansion will take two forms: The first is that the company will be opening its first office in Europe, and the second is the launch of DroneBase Insights for Wind and Solar. Read today's article to learn more about DroneBase Insights for Wind and Solar and how DroneBase is thriving at a time when many companies are struggling to stay open.
  8. Never one to slow down in the ongoing drone technology race, DJI recently filed several new patents with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). The patents cover four different technologies—a new folding design for a drone, a magnet-enabled drone docking system, a new camera module, and an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) system. The last patent has been of the highest interest, since buzz in the drone industry indicates that the new OIS system is being developed for the Mavic 3, which is rumored to be scheduled for release in September. Some of the technology covered in the new patents has people speculating that DJI may be developing a racing drone, but this seems a lot less conclusive than the Mavic 3 rumor. Read today's article to learn about all four of DJI's recent patents, and to find out everything we know so far about the Mavic 3.
  9. As drones become mainstream, the number of use cases is skyrocketing, as are the instances of drones being used for good. This week we learned about the drone program at Taylor Engineering, Inc., a civil engineering firm based in Jacksonville, Florida that does work throughout the East Coast, among other locations. The focus of the firm’s work is on civil engineering projects related to the water environment. Some of the most common types of projects they do are coastal restoration, coastal protection, flood management, water risk management, and dredging. Read today's article to learn more about how Taylor Engineering uses drones in its work, including three mini case studies highlighting specific projects in which drones provided significant value for the firm and its clients.
  10. We are pleased to announce the two winners of our third annual Drone Technology College Scholarship, a scholarship we launched in 2018 to provide financial support to college students who demonstrate an interest in pushing the drone industry forward. Each scholarship winner will receive $1,000 to support their college studies. Scroll down to meet the winners and read their award-winning essays. Read today's post to learn more about our two scholarship winners and read their winning essays.
  11. Good points Chuck and Dave—sounds like we may need to write a follow up piece on hype vs. reality w/ 5G, will see if we can find room in the calendar for that upcoming. I just poked around and found some studies have already been conducted to test 5G with drones, looks like there have been a few as well as an ongoing research project. Here are the links I found: And yeah, from what I see on a quick review of these, even in optimal circumstances 5G may not quite live up to the hype. Appreciate you both adding nuance to this and bringing it back down to reality a little bit. (Apologies for the late response by the way, I've been on vacation recently and I'm just now catching up with a backlog of To Dos.)
  12. Skydio just resumed production of the Skydio 2 after three months (they were forced to stop production due to challenges related to COVID-19). We wanted to take this opportunity to look closer at this unique autonomous drone and how it’s being used in various industries throughout the world, including public safety, inspections, and mapping. Read today's article to learn more about how the Skydio 2 is being used in commercial applications, and for a short history lesson on the advent of the autonomous selfie drone.
  13. Much of the trash in the ocean gets there by way of rivers—in fact, ten of the biggest rivers in the world collectively contribute as much as 95% of the plastic found in the ocean. Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) have been working on a massive global plastic pollution survey at sites around the world to better understand the problem so that they can work to find effective solutions. To vastly improve the speed of data collection for the survey, researchers have started using drones to photograph rivers and spot specific items of plastic waste. Read today's article to learn more about how researchers are using drones to fight global plastic pollution, and for some other examples of ways that drones are helping to speed up mapping for various industries and use cases.
  14. Drones are fast becoming a go-to technology for accident reconstruction, used by law enforcement, insurance companies, and lawyers trying to assess blame after a crash. One of the biggest values in using a drone for accident reconstruction is that it significantly reduces the amount of time needed to collect a sufficient amount of data to map out the scene for an investigation. While older methods for mapping accidents required hours to execute, drones offer a speedier, more accurate solution. With a drone, investigators can map an accident scene in just five to eight minutes, according to research done at Purdue University. Read yesterday's article to learn more about how drones are being used in accident reconstruction, and the major benefits they're providing.
  15. AUVSI recently shared a list of this year’s finalists for its Xponential Xcellence Awards. The awards this year are organized under three main categories—Technology & Innovation, Humanitarian, and Public Safety. Winners will be announced live at the Xponential 2020 conference, which was originally scheduled for last month but will now be held October 5-8 due to the pandemic. In looking over the finalists this year we found a lot to admire in each category, but we were especially interested in the drones for good stories that jump off the page when you read through the list of humanitarian finalists. If you're looking for inspiration, read our recent article on all six finalists for the Xponential Xcellence Humanitarian award—there are some great stories in here that showcase the many ways drones are being used for good throughout the world.