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Josh Spires

@JoshSpires_

Josh started in the drone community in 2012 with a drone news Twitter account. Over the years Josh has gained mass exposure from his aerial photography work and spends his days writing drone content for DroneDJ as well as pursuing his business. You can view Josh’s photography work on here.

Josh can be contacted by email at josh@dronedj.com or @drone_nr.

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Earlier this week, we spoke with Eitan Rotberg, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Airobotics, about the role drones are playing in natural disasters and what more they can do. Airobotics currently has its autonomous drone system deployed in Deer Park, Houston, Texas.

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Estonian company Hepta Airborne Group has the answer to a slow network connection at busy events: 5G-equipped drones that beam the signal down to the crowd. Using drones allows the network to scale to demand as it’s required.

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Ohio Drone has partnered with T-Mobile under AMITOLA LLC to bring live-streaming capabilities to drones via T-Mobile’s 5G network. Before the T-Mobile partnership, Ohio Drone partnered with SaaS company Rawhide Intel Services to commercialize a live-streaming platform for drone operators called Streaming Revolution.

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Today, Drone Rescue launched its parachute system for the DJI Matrice 300 RTK enterprise drone, making operations even safer. The DRS-M300 parachute adds an extra layer of peace of mind for drone pilots in case the drone goes down for some reason.

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Canadian drone company IN-FLIGHT Data has relocated its offices to the Calgary-Okotoks Air Park as a part of the company’s next logical step in its evolution. The company has now moved into a 2,000 square foot office with more room for RPAS students to learn.

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October 22

The next drone rumored to be coming from DJI is the Mavic Mini 2, a refresh of the Mavic Mini to bring 4k to the tiny drone. We have already seen images of what looks to be the Mavic Mini on the FCC database along with a price leak.

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French drone maker Parrot has announced its latest partnership with FoxFury to equip its ANAFI line of drones with lights for nighttime missions. The strategic partnership allows up to three D10 lights to be equipped to the drone.

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Tethered drone maker Fotokite has partnered with French Desautel Group to aid firefighters on the front line with a set of eyes in the sky. The Fotokite drone will be directly integrated into future fire trucks with the ability to add it to current ones as well.

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Tasmanian police in Australia are getting the latest drone tech to fight crime in the state, thanks to the government’s AUD$400,000, (US$283,640) drone program. Over the next four years, drones will slowly become an everyday tool for Tasmanian police.

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American Marines are training to guide Air Force bombers with drones in preparation for a possible war in the Pacific Ocean. The American troops trained in northern Australia at various military test ranges to simulate islands hundreds of miles apart.

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October 21

The Air traffic control agency Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL) in the Netherlands is working with Altitude Angel to power its GoDrone platform. The partnership will allow Dutch pilots to create an account and submit flight applications. It’s a process that was previously done over the phone or via email.

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Aviation giant Airbus and two Israeli companies have been tasked with tracking down migrants trying to enter Europe via the Mediterranean with drones. The companies will be paid €100 million or about $118 million.

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West Haven, Connecticut’s fire department will receive a new Autel EVO 2 drone, thanks to the National Public Safety Drone Donation Program (NPS-DDP) and PropelUAS. The fire department will receive a new Autel EVO 2 drone, which will be delivered in person.

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Earlier this week, Airwards launched a digital awards scheme that recognizes some of the best drone work around the world. Airwards is the brainchild of Richard Nichols to show off everything good drones have to offer in the world.

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The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced its latest member of staff being NBA champion Chris Bosh as dean for the DRL Academy. The two-time NBA Champion and 11-time NBA All-Star will join DRL for the 2020 racing season starting tomorrow at 9 pm ET.

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October 20

DJI’s latest product, the DJI Pocket 2, is here. It has a larger sensor, improved and wireless audio, and a range of modes that make it easier to capture the moment. The Pocket 2 forgoes the old Osmo branding but receives a nice spec bump. You can pick up the Pocket 2 from November 1st for just $349 from DJI’s online store and authorized retailers.

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Camera company Insta360 has teased its latest pocket-size 360-degree camera in a short 30-second video uploaded to its YouTube channel yesterday. Insta360 has shared that its next pocket-size camera will launch on October 28th.

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Volansi has launched its commercial drone delivery program in rural North Carolina by delivering cold chain medicine to the Vidant Healthplex in Wilson from the Merck manufacturing facility. The delivery drones will allow for rapid and flexible delivery of temperature-sensitive medicines to be delivered to patients.

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DroneSec has partnered with DroneALERT to provide customers with advanced threat intelligence reporting and case management tools. The partnership will allow for more accurate reports on malicious drones with the hope to reduce restrictions on drone innovation and adoption.

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October 19

US drone company Skydio has announced its newest office today in Tokyo, Japan, to better support local enterprise and public sector customers. The move into Japan is the first step into the company’s international expansion strategy after it recently received $100 million in Series C funding.

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