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A court has fined a Chinese student $3,500 for taking drone photos and videos of his girlfriend at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Xu Zi Zhou, 25, was using the DJI Mavic Air 2 to photograph his girlfriend ...

Leak unveils new Air 2S drone combo with DJI RC

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This week Yifei and Seth round up what was shown at DJI’s first post-covid in-person AirWorks conference, like the Dock demos and more. Seth also shows off his new toy. Shop DJI, Autel, or other drone products on Amazon ...

DroneDeploy acquires StructionSite to unify drone and ground reality capture

Drone mapping platform DroneDeploy is joining forces with interior reality capture specialist StructionSite to accelerate automation in the construction and energy industries. The deal, which is expected to close later this month, will unify the two solution providers for aerial ...

EHang’s air taxi demos aid UAM U-Space development in the EU

EHang, the China-based developer of next-generation aircraft for use in urban air mobility (UAM) services, has taken another step in its efforts to usher in the launch of air taxis around the globe by successfully completing demonstration flights of its EH216 in a European ...

Volatus, Synergy pair for drone inspections of oil and gas infrastructure

Canada’s diversified drone services company Volatus has announced it is acquiring a majority stake in Alberta-based Synergy Aviation, which specializes in UAV deployment in the inspection of vast expanses of oil and gas infrastructure. Volatus said the deal to bring Synergy aboard will ...

Over 80,000 DJI drone IDs exposed in data leak: Report

A cybersecurity news website says its research team has discovered a 54.5GB unprotected database of DJI drone logs. The leaky data contains over 80,000 unique drone IDs, aircraft model and serial numbers, the position of the drone’s pilot, and ...

EVTOL air taxi developer Archer to unveil its production craft in November

Next-generation electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft developer Archer Aviation has announced it will be presenting the version of the air taxi it will take into production at an event in November. Archer made the announcement today, saying the unveiling would allow attendees to ...

Eve Mobility and Skyway partner in UATM vertiport solution deal

Aircraft manufacturer Embraer’s aerial mobility company, Eve, has announced a partnership to equip vertiport operational services provider Skyway with its software solution for urban air traffic management (UATM) systems. Eve said the letter of intent signed by the two companies calls for providing ...

Wing drone delivery in Ireland planned to – carefully – rival local hero Manna

Google’s corporate cousin Wing is preparing to initiate drone delivery services in Ireland with trial flights planned to begin in November. The move to carefully ease into aerial activity in Ireland comes at a time when Alphabet-owned Wing has started expanding its ...

Dedrone’s hand-held counter-UAV DedroneDefender unveiled

Counter-UAV detection and mitigation specialist Dedrone has unveiled its new hand-held DedroneDefender solution for effectively jamming invasive craft in urban environments. The Virginia-based company says DedroneDefender completes its line of counter-UAV tech by offering clients a small, lightweight platform ensuring targeted, precision radio frequency jamming of ...

AUVSI slams US states mulling the creation of drone toll lanes

AUVSI, the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems, autonomy, and robotics, says it’s willing to take the fight to state legislative sessions to stop all proposals that infringe on the FAA’s authority of the ...

Fortem anti-UAV tech upgrade can neutralize larger drones now battering Ukraine cities

Ukraine officials aghast at Moscow’s merciless aerial attacks on the nation’s cities and civilian targets take note: US airspace security and protection specialist Fortem Technologies has upgraded its DroneHunter F700 anti-UAV system to more effectively defeat even larger and faster Group 3 craft ...

Joby eVTOLs to provide airport air taxi service to Delta passengers under new deal

Delta has added itself to the list of airlines partnering with developers of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (eVTOL) in its deal with Joby to transport premium passengers by air taxis to airports for quicker commutes to their flights. The companies ...

Parrot releases major updates for ANAFI Ai drone, FreeFlight 7 app

European drone manufacturer Parrot has released the fourth major update for the ANAFI Ai drone and its accompanying FreeFlight 7 app. This new version comes with even more tools for developers, so they can easily create their own flight missions. ...

Autel Nano+ drone, $674 in Prime Day deal, adds subject tracking

The sub-250-gram Autel EVO Nano+, which is currently available at a 25% discount in an Amazon Prime Day deal, has received a new firmware update that allows the drone to automatically track and follow a person. The pocket-sized Autel ...

DJI AirWorks kicks off with Dock demo showing promise in the product’s design

The current state of DJI Dock development About DJI Airworks This week DJI is hosting its AirWorks conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I was lucky enough to fly out to see what all is happening. On Monday, media ...

After eVTOL air taxis, United to invest in e-planes for regional hops

United Airlines is going beyond its investments in shorter-range electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air taxis with companies like Archer and Eve Mobility, and preparing to reinforce its relationship with a Swedish maker of battery-powered planes that will operate on its regional US ...

Swoop Aero to launch drone delivery of lab samples from Aussie islands

International logistics and drone delivery company Swoop Aero is launching a new service in its home market with aerial transport of lab samples from the Moreton Bay islands off Australia’s east coast city Brisbane. After a prolonged burst of expansion abroad – notably ...

Broke cargo drone specialist Volansi bought by Sierra Nevada Corp.

Aerospace and defense company Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) revealed it has acquired financially stricken autonomous cargo drone maker Volansi in a cash transaction whose amount was not disclosed. SNC announced the deal Monday, but says it was finalized late last month in the wake of ...

DJI RC to add support for Air 2S drone this month

The wait may finally soon be over for those eager to use their Air 2S drone with the new DJI RC remote controller. Firmware updates enabling compatibility between the two are said to arrive later this month. According to ...

StrixDrones eyes up United States after successful first DroneDrop delivery

Who is StrixDrones? DroneDrop to come to the United States and made in Ohio Food isn’t at the forefront of DroneDrop’s market Not a one size fits all product StrixDrones, under the eyes of local and international agencies, received ...

Ohio sheriff’s force to swap its helicopters for enlarged drone fleet

Step aside Blue Thunder, the law enforcement future belongs to UAVs. That, in any case, is what one Ohio police force has decided in swapping its helicopters for what its leader says are more affordable, effective, and quieter drones. According to ...

First crewed eVTOL air taxi test flight at Rome AAM vertiport debut

Italy took a significant step closer to the launch of advanced air mobility (AAM) services with an event at Rome’s Fiumicino’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport featuring the country’s first crewed test flight of an electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) plane designed for use ...

DJI Digital FPV System adds support for RunCam Wasp cameras

RunCam Wasp for DJI Digital FPV System RunCam Wasp Link The DJI Digital FPV System for drones is now compatible with RunCam’s new 120fps Wasp camera series. DJI has released firmware updates for its Digital FPV Air Unit (v01.00.06.08), ...

New DJI drone Mavic 3 Classic shows up in FCC filings

DJI has filed paperwork with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a new drone joining the Mavic 3 family. The official release of DJI Mavic 3 Classic onto the FCC database indicates that the tech giant’s latest drone could ...

How a DJI Mini drone enabled a $147,000 ATM robbery

It’s a heist that would make Danny Ocean proud. In a stunningly brazen theft that even the police admit is “completely unprecedented,” a group of conmen is said to have used a DJI Mini drone to steal $147,000 (150,000 ...

After product ban, the US DoD formally blacklists drone giant DJI

Drone giant DJI received more confounding news for its US operations this week when the Department of Defense (DoD) included the firm in a group of Chinese companies it has entered on an official blacklist. The announcement officializes the de facto ban the DoD placed on procurement ...

25 takes, GoPro: How that viral Chicago Cubs drone video was shot

The concept Production studio and crew Drone and camera equipment The magic of post-production The final product: A viral FPV drone video FPV drone flying for beginners If you’re a baseball fan, or just appreciate exceptional sports content in ...

Ukraine’s anti-drone gun brings down Russian DJI Mavic Pro UAV

A new video has emerged on social media showing what is described as Ukraine using an anti-drone gun to force a surveilling Russian DJI Mavic Pro drone to execute an emergency landing. The video has been shared by researcher ...

GoPro HERO 11 Black just released last month, sees first discount to $450 (Save $50)

After just launching last month, Amazon is now offering the very first chance to save on the GoPro HERO 11 Black. Dropping down from its usual $500 price tag, today’s offer now makes the brand’s latest action camera more ...

AiRMOUR drone poll shows higher European public acceptance for medical use

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China’s GreatHigh drone show sets four different world records

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Fly-to-earn drone platform Spexi raises $5.5 million in seed funding 

Canadian drone startup Spexi Geospatial has secured $5.5 million in seed funding to fuel the world’s first standardized “fly-to-earn” drone imagery platform powered by blockchain technology. The Spexigon drone platform is a new offering by the Vancouver-based company whose ...

This free app tracks nearby drone flights using Remote ID data

There’s a new app on the market, and it’s one that transforms any phone or tablet into a drone tracking device. Czech startup Dronetag, which is developing Remote ID compliance solutions for drone operators and manufacturers alike, has released ...

DJI’s latest Mavic 3 quadcopter sees first refurbished discount to $1,749 (Save $450)

DJI’s official eBay storefront now offers the first chance to save on an in-house refurbished Mavic 3 Quadcopter. Dropping the drone down to $1,749 shipped, this is a new all-time low at $450 off the original price tag. For ...

After Baltic Sea gas leaks, unusual drone activity spotted near TotalEnergies oil field

As tensions around energy security in Europe mount, TotalEnergies says unusual drone activity has been observed close to an oil field that the French company operates in the Danish North Sea. The incident is reported to have taken place ...

Original Luke Skywalker actor joins Ukraine’s Army of Drones effort

Ukraine’s campaign to assemble an Army of Drones to push invading Russian forces out of the country staged a PR coup Thursday by welcoming its new ambassador Mark Hamill, the actor who played the consummate defender of good against evil Star Wars hero, ...

Wing delivery drone lands on electrical lines, cutting power in Aussie town

A precautionary landing of a Wing delivery drone caused electricity to be cut to around 2,000 homes in an Australian town Thursday after the craft accidentally came to rest on power lines. The good news, according to one report, was utility ...

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