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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DJI engineers have managed to find a simple solution to a problem involving its DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone. Cotton swabs have allowed the accuracy of the thermal imaging cameras to improve, allowing for the detection of those with coronavirus.

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February 25

Delivery drones are delivering supplies to marines in combat, allowing emergency food and ammunition deliveries in a short amount of time. The autonomous drones can carry 60 pounds of cargo and fly up to six miles away. The delivery drones are a part of the Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System’s (TRUAS) $225,000 competition.

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Drone pilot and founder of Drone Gear, Alex Kavanagh, has taken the old-fashioned wedding proposal to a new level with the introduction of drones. Drones have been used for years at weddings but haven’t been as common at proposals. Hopefully, this video will change that. expand full story

February 24

A drone has spotted sharks swimming off New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a popular beach and swimming location. The drone, flown by Jeremy Johnston, was able to take photos and videos of an estimated 20-50 sharks swimming in shallow water.

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February 20

We finally received our PowerEgg X from PowerVision, delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, and so far it is looking like a great three-in-one camera. The PowerEgg X is a unique take on a drone, with the ability to remove the arms, turning it into a handheld AI camera.

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February 19

Drones are being used to inspect the airfield at Seville Airport in a pilot project seeing if drones can be used in the daily operation of an airport without causing interruptions. The drones have been introduced as a part of the airport’s technological initiative.

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The Drone Champions League has released its first drone racing game, giving players the option to play live with others and even qualify for real-life races. The packs include 30 maps, including some of the past courses flown and the ability to fly with up to 29 other people.

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February 18

Scientists funded by the US Navy have announced that they have successfully been able to control locusts and “hijack” their sense of smell. The bomb-sniffing locusts have electrodes in their brains to monitor signals concerning different gases smelled by the locusts.

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February 17

Sydney’s massive New Year’s Eve fireworks could be replaced by drones for good after Liberal councilor Craig Chung gave the go-ahead for the City of Sydney to report on the feasibility of using drones. The proposal came up due to the massive bushfires that destroyed much of eastern Australia.

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February 14

An early bushfire detection system is currently seeking funding to be deployed before Australia’s next bushfire season thanks to UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute, a research group headed by Professor Joe Dong. The new system will utilize drones equipped with an array of sensors to monitor changes that could mean a bushfire is nearing.

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February 12

Drones equipped with thermal cameras are being used in Australia to locate koalas injured in the recent bushfires that devasted Australia. The drones are being utilized as a part of a collaboration between the Victorian forest and wildlife officers and the Australian defense force.

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The Pentagon is working with Utah-based company Fortem Technologies to introduce its SkyDome anti-drone system into the wild. The drones will allow for rogue drones to be captured that don’t produce a traceable signal that is picked up by the average ant-drone systems.

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February 11

Indonesia is planning to start mass-producing its Black Eagle long-range surveillance and attack drones for military use by 2022. The news comes two years earlier than originally planned by President Joko Widodo. PT Dirgantara Indonesia, a state-owned company will be tasked with manufacturing the drones.

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February 9

Delivery drone company Wingcopter, in partnership with Merck and Frankfurt University, has completed its first drone delivery trial showcasing the benefits of drones as a delivery method. The delivery test spanned over 25 km from a Merck lab in Gernsheim, Germany, to the Merck headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany.

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An Australian couple stuck on a quarantined cruise ship with cases of coronavirus on board have managed to get wine delivered by drone. The couple’s wine club was more than happy to send wine to the cruise ship via drone, leaving the couple a little bit happier.

Update: We have received confirmation that the claim by the couple was false after they told an Australian radio station.

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February 7

Andrew Davies is the first drone pilot to be granted a drone spraying license for weeds in Tasmania, Australia, after years of fighting to get the license. Previously in mining and construction, Andrew saw a hole in the market and decided to fill it, using a drone equipped with pesticide sprayers.

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Are you going to the beach this summer and happen to be in Australia? Look up, you might see a drone flying around keeping an eye on swimmers, looking out for sharks, or helping out with rescue efforts. The drone will be yellow and red — the colors of lifesaving — to make sure it stands out.

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February 6

A new project announced on Wednesday by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will explore how current laws and regulations can be developed to allow search and rescue drones to be used to in coastline rescues. The drones will reach incidents first and relay critical information back to the MCA headquarters.

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February 5

Drone maker Skyfront has partnered with Silvus Technologies to create a drone with a maximum flight time of five hours and an operating distance of 100km. The new long-range drone will allow operators to inspect pipelines and other assets as well as conduct long-range surveillance missions.

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February 4

Madrid-Barajas Airport was forced to close on Monday for two hours when two pilots spotted a drone flying near the takeoff and landing area just east of the city center. The closure left passengers stranded, planes grounded, and forced incoming aircraft to divert to other airports.

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