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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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January 15

Researchers have managed to use drones to transmit light particles across large distances to transmit information. A team from the Nanjing University in China has transmitted data using drones over a one-kilometer (0.62 miles) distance.

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Russia’s Okhotnik stealth fighter or Hunter-B killer drone has dropped an unguided bomb for the first time in the latest testing round. The testing took place at the Ashuluk range in southern Russia, where a 1,100-pound bomb was reportedly dropped.

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FoxFury and Autel Robotics have once again worked together to produce the D100 lighting system for its EVO 2 series of drones. The new light system uses Osram LEDs and turns the EVO 2 into the perfect search and rescue drone.

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Sydney Water workers have turned to a specially equipped drone to suck water from a location and get tested back on land. The drone is being put to the test at nine locations to check the water quality after the recent downpours.

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January 14

A woman from Rutherford County, Tennessee, has been found by an emergency response team using a drone to aid in the search. The drone was used to locate the woman from above, who made her way into the woods sometime earlier.

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While it’s normal to hear about drones being used to aid in search and rescue missions worldwide, this story is a little different but still required a drone for a happy and safe ending.

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Drone manufacturer Insitu is expected to pay $25 million in fees for allegedly using used parts for some of its drones being built under contracts with the United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the Department of the Navy.

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China’s latest armed surveillance drone has just completed its first flight after first making an appearance at the 2018 Zhuhai Airshow in Zhuhai, China. The WJ-700 is the fifth drone from Haiying General Aviation Equipment, a subsidiary of the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC).

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Researchers at the University of Zurich and the Delft University of Technology have been able to keep a drone flying after a motor fails. The researchers have managed to use onboard cameras to keep the test drones in the air and flying safely.

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January 13

The Japanese Defense Ministry is reportedly beginning research into the use of vehicle-mounted counter-drone lasers to fend off rogue drones. The news comes from sources close to the Japanese government, with an expected arrival date no earlier than 2024.

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Autel Robotics has released a few new drones at CES this year – its heavily leaked Dragonfish VTOL and the new EVO 2 RTK series of drones. Autel teased the launch of the new products last week, to which we then speculated about the drones it would release.

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DJI has confirmed on Twitter that it currently has no plan to add DJI Mini 2 support to the DJI Smart Controller. The info was shared in response to a tweet from one of the biggest drone YouTubers, Aldryn Estacio, talking about a recent update to the controller.

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During General Motors’ (GM) CES 2021 keynote, it showed off a new series of concept products under the Cadillac brand. The concept is made up of a passenger VTOL drone and an autonomous car to get you and your friends to and from locations and drones.

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A resident in Dalian, China, has come up with a smart solution to take out the trash as the country endures another wave of COVID-19 lockdowns. The resident has chosen to use a drone to drop the package off on the ground through their apartment window.

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January 12

Altitude Angel hires ex-AirMap and SOARIZON employees

Altitude Angel has announced it has hired two new senior sales team members who previously worked at AirMap and SOARIZON. The two new hires will collectively work across the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa).

Verizon’s Skyward and UPS Flight Forward have announced they will be working together to bring drone delivery to The Villages in Florida. The drones will use Verzion’s 4G and 5G networks, running on Skywards’ drone management platform.

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Thanks to a new partnership with Skypersonic UAV, Fat Shark has managed to fly a drone from 1,200 miles away with minimal lag. The system uses custom-developed hardware and software from Skypersonic and Fat Shark’s Shark Byte system.

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French drone manufacturer Parrot has been chosen by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) to supply the French Army with ANAFI USA drones. Maybe a name change is needed. The ANAFI USA has been specifically designed to comply with strict military standards.

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During the recent celebration of the Chinese People’s Police Day, drones were used to both promote China’s emergency number and thank its police force. The day saw more than 1,000 drones hit the sky, creating some impressive aerial visuals.

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January 11

The Abu Dhabi University (ADU) has announced that it has received a grant of Dhs 150,000 ($40,000) from Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) to put to use in three drone or robot-related ideas that electrical, computer, and mechanical engineering students have come up with.

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