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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Yesterday

Swiss Post’s drone delivery program will resume on January 27 after being suspended last May due to crashes. The drones were used to transport medical supplies and samples between two hospitals in less time compared to standard delivery methods.

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January 23

Earlier this week, a Tasmanian gold mine collapsed during the early hours of the morning with workers still inside. A drone was sent in to help with the search and rescue mission. In addition to the drone, a robotic camera was also used.

However, one worker is still yet to be found by police, fire, and rescue, along with a mine rescue team.

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January 22

In a recent survey, Clutch discovered that 39% of shoppers surveyed weren’t fazed if their packages were delivered or not delivered by a drone. 36% of people said they were more likely to order online if the package was delivered by a drone.

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UAV company UAVOS has managed to convert a Robinson R22 manned helicopter into an autonomous cargo drone, capable of flying over 1000km. The UVH R22 is capable of carrying 400 pounds of cargo, agricultural monitoring, and video surveillance, just to name a few.

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January 21

Heathrow Airport recently deployed anti-drone systems around its runways and taxiways to prevent rogue drones from coming into the airspace near the airport. The system is also able to locate the pilot and share their location with the authorities.

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Earlier this month, a bushfire in the Perth suburb of Baldivis, Australia, didn’t allow firefighters to take advantage of aerial support for some time due to a rogue drone being spotted close to the fire. The aerial support was forced to hold off while the drone finally made its way back to the ground.

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January 20

Pyka is taking on the crop-spraying business with its autonomous crop drone, which is capable of spraying 135 acres in an hour. The drone removes the danger for pilots who fly a few meters from the ground and reduces costs.

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January 17

Mauritania will soon be testing drones to fight back against the swarms of desert locusts damaging farmers’ crops and livelihoods. The test is thanks to the United Nations, which is hoping to minimize the damages caused by the desert locusts.

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January 15

Ever since the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) proposed Remote ID standard was shared, many people within the industry, including DJI’s Brendan Schulman, have been worried about the effect it will have on the future of commercial and recreational drone pilots, including the ones who build drones themselves. Earlier this week, Rotor Riot released a video giving an overview of the situation and the effect it will have on the FPV community.

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The DRL simulator tryouts are back for 2020 giving you a chance to make it to the Drone Racing League 2020 Championship series, where you will be taking on some of the best pilots in the sport. The tryouts will start on February 3rd and end on April 2nd.

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Wing Aviation, Google‘s take on drone delivery, is now venturing into the UK by starting a new holding company to possibly launch delivery drones. Formerly known as Google Wing, Wing Aviation made it out of Google X and took on drone delivery in east Australia and is currently in operation.

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January 14

A report by UK‘s Air Accidents Investigation Branch found that DJI Matrice 200 drones used by police were falling out of the sky in the rain due to a technical fault. The drone pilots lost full control and power of the drone causing it to fall straight down to the ground while in use by police.

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January 13

Drones have been delivering everything from life-saving medicine to coffee for some time now, but a Seattle company hopes to add cannabis to the list by using drones to deliver it directly to dispensaries.

GRN Holdings announced the move publicly in December when it signed a letter of intent to purchase drones for cannabis delivery.

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Drones are being used by South African insurance companies to inspect claims made by customers according to the South African comparison website, Hippo.co.za. Drone use within companies has grown exponentially over the last few years due to the lower costs and improved technologies.

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January 10

Insta360 has released its latest camera, the Insta360 ONE R, a modular 3-in-1 action camera giving users choice in the way they want to capture video. The ONE R has a 1-inch camera sensor module, a 360 camera module, and a standard wide-angle module. I’m interested to see where this new take on the action camera goes.

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This year at CES, PowerVision showed off its latest product the PowerEgg X, a stationary camera, a camcorder, and a drone all in one. The PowerVision PowerEgg X is a waterproof camera with a flight time of 30 minutes, 4K 60 fps video, flies in winds up to 38 kph, and can take off on water.

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January 9

Vanover is the latest Drone Racing League (DRL) pilot to take the top position in last year’s Drone Racing League Championship season. Today I got the chance to ask Vanover a few questions about the sport and competing in DRL. He also gave some advice for beginner pilots.

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January 8

Sunflower Labs has shown off its home security system like no other at CES this year: a drone. The system takes a new approach to keep your house safe with garden lights, a drone, and a waterproof drone charging station packed with AI.

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January 7

Uber has announced its partnership with Hyundai Global today at CES to produce air taxis. Uber has been working on its air transport system to free up roads for faster and cheaper rideshare trips. Uber has also been working on its drone delivery system for Uber Eats for some time now.

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The GoPro Karma is one of the most drama-ridden drones to come from a large tech company, with GoPro being forced to recall the drone due to an issue causing it to drop out of the sky. This later forced GoPro to leave the drone business altogether and let go of a large number of people.

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