Yesterday

Check out this near-miss drone video that was just posted on YouTube yesterday. It shows you how a helicopter can quickly appear out of nowhere and come at you fast. All of a sudden, your leisure drone-flight along the Hollywood Beach, FL coastline, could potentially cause a tragic accident, guaranteed to make the headlines throughout the country. Luckily this one ended well, but it shows you how careful we all have to be when flying our drones in a congested airspace.

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Across the waters of Africa, drones are being used to hunt down illegal fisherman, a group that costs Africa over $1 billion and hurts wildlife populations. These unmanned systems use AI to track and identify boats, ultimately cutting costs by replacing large, manned aircraft. Moroccan technology startup ATLAN Space is behind the development of this artificial intelligence used and looks to win back money for the people of Africa.

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Around the world more and more lifeguards are turning to drones to get to people in need faster. So too in this latest rescue in Puerto de Sagunto, Spain where the new Auxdrone Lifeguard drone, developed by the company General Drones, was put to use to help three swimmers who got in trouble in the surf in two separate events. the rescues took place last Wednesday.

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Good morning, here’s the news you may have missed with DJI’s biggest event of the year, micro-drones to spice up Drake’s show in Detroit and amazing drone photos from a terrible drought in Australia. Oh, and to finish things off we have the exact right drone video to kickstart your weekend. How about cruising through the Caribbean on a 100ft catamaran with the Slingshot Kiteboarding Team? So, hurry up get your coffee and check this one out!

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August 16

In a post on Instagram, Chinese drone-maker DJI calls their “See the Bigger Picture” event their biggest announcement of the year. Of course, we all know what to expect on that day, the official introduction of the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom and Pro models. The event can be followed live at live.dji.com (video) as it starts on August 23rd at 10 am EDT. So, be sure to tune in or follow the event here on DroneDJ.

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Drones are becoming more popular to bring a new dimension to events. We have seen them being used during large outdoor events, concerts, fashion shows, during a performance of Cirque du Soleil and now also during Drake’s 2018 Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour. The Lucie micro-drones from Swiss company Verity Studios dance with Canadian rapper Drake during the songs Elevate and Look Alive. Elevate, a song on Drake’s new album Scorpion opens with the little drones flying around Drake to create a cloud of lights. During the song Look Alive the drones form a red 3D cross that rotates around the Canadian artist.

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