About the Author

Josh Spires

@drone_nr

Josh started out 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 websites as well as pursuing his business dronenr. You can view Josh’s photography work on Unsplash.

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

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Today

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has announced that drone registration and accreditation will soon become a requirement to fly a drone unless you are in a CASA-verified model airfield and your drone weighs less than 250 grams.

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Kuala Lumpur is testing drones to spray disinfectant on buildings around the city in response to coronavirus. The drones are being considered as an option thanks to the relative ease of sending a drone up instead of a manned crew that is more expensive and a higher safety risk.

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Japan is reportedly planning to bring in a licensing system for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights in preparation for an increase in drones flying in the skies above delivering goods and assisting government agencies in day-to-day tasks.

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Yesterday

Earlier this week, scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson sat down with NURK to have an in-depth discussion on the world of drone racing on the StarTalk Sports Edition podcast. Not only did NURK get to fly his FPV drones with the astrophysicist, but was also able to share the wealth of knowledge he has gained over his years of flying drones.

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March 30

Western Australia‘s (WA) police force is going to begin using drones to deliver public service announcements. The drones will be at various popular locations, including beaches and parks where groups aren’t following the new laws in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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March 27

The University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have managed to take obstacle avoidance to a new level, allowing drones to dynamically avoid static and non-static objects with a latency of only 3.5 milliseconds. The drone is equipped with event cameras that detect light changes in the individual pixels instead of the whole frame.

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March 26

Researchers at the University of South Australia are working on coronavirus detection drones capable of detecting temperature, heart, and respiratory rates, as well as detecting people sneezing and coughing in crowds. The “pandemic drone” is being created in partnership with Draganfly Inc, one of the largest enterprise drone companies to date.

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March 25

Chinese car company Geely announced on March 23rd it will complete new online deliveries using delivery drones to ensure human-to-human contact is avoided. New owners will be able to receive their car keys via a delivery drone that will drop them off right your door.

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March 24

A possible design flaw has surfaced by DJI Mavic Mini owners experiencing the propellers rubbing against the drone‘s body due to the lightweight and flexible design of the arms. It looks to be a known problem with people already working on fixes for it.

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March 23

Drone footage in Paris, France, has captured the almost empty roads surrounding some of the most famous landmarks throughout the city. Drones managed to capture the effect COVID-19 is having on the once-bustling city of Paris and around the world, as cities go into lockdown.

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March 19

The Drone Racing League has announced its latest venture, the DRL Academy, a STEM program for students studying science, engineering, and unmanned aircraft technology. DRL has also partnered with various education groups to integrate the DRL Academy into school curriculums as quickly as possible.

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March 18

Drone footage captured last Sunday shows the effect the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on one of Los Angeles‘ biggest problems: traffic. The footage captures an almost empty 110 freeway compared to what would normally be heavy traffic at 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday.

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March 17

The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is using DJI drones equipped with infrared cameras to detect surviving koala populations in affected areas. The drones can automatically detect the heat signal from koalas, thanks to an algorithm built by QUT researchers.

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March 16

Matternet has launched its new drone station with a new design and direct integration with hospital systems. Matternet hopes to have seamless drone deliveries between hospitals and pharmacies with their suppliers.

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March 12

Just two days after we reported on leaks of what looks to be the DJI Mavic Air’s replacement, the DJI Mavic Air is starting to run out of stock in various regions of the DJI Store. Does this mean DJI is gearing up to release the DJI Mavic, or is coronavirus taking its effect on drone manufacturing?

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March 11

DJI has had a busy week with the next generation RoboMaster EP and the DJI Mavic drone being leaked, and we aren’t done yet! Today we managed to get our hands on the patent information for what looks to be a new dual vision camera, likely coming out with the DJI Matrice 300 series this year.

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March 10

A few months ago, DJI released its latest drone, the DJI Mavic Mini, a replacement for the DJI Spark, hinting at the fact that DJI was wanting to simplify its consumer drones into one series. Once again, from the recent leaks, we have seen what looks to be the replacement DJI Mavic Air, with its name likely to be the DJI Mavic.

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Why DroneDJ hasn’t reviewed the PowerVision PowerEgg X yet

Late last month we got our hands on PowerVision’s PowerEgg X, and we were excited to get out and test it, unfortunately, due to a technical issue, we weren’t able to. The PowerEgg X was looking like a great drone as it made its appearance at CES this year. The drone was promising competition with its unique ability to land, and take-off on water, and its unique egg shape, of course.

March 9

A drone pilot has taken his FPV drone to his local golf course to show it off in a new and entertaining way. Ross decided to fly his drone alongside a golf ball, getting never before seen angles and making a slow sport look more like an action sport.

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March 5

Impossible Aerospace has launched its latest product, Air Support, a new service aimed at helping first responders respond to emergencies using a fleet of Impossible US-1 drones located on the roofs of various buildings. Air Support will allow cities to respond to emergencies 10 times faster and allows crucial information to get to first responders before arriving on the scene.

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