About the Author

Josh Spires

@drone_nr

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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Today

WiBotic has just announced that it has received FCC approval for its drone wireless charging tech providing up to 300 watts of power to equipped devices. The approval is the first of its kind, allowing mobile robots and drones to be charged wirelessly.

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Over the years, Parrot and Dronisos have worked on various projects together, and today they announced they will be exploring drone automation with Parrot’s ANAFI drone platform. The two have previously created record-breaking light shows and drone dances.

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The DJI Mavic 3 is the next drone for DJI to release, but which companion app will it use? The new DJI Fly app, or last generation’s DJI GO 4 app? I’m leaning toward the newer DJI Fly app for a few reasons mentioned below.

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Today we received a new update to the DJI Fly app, used to manage and control the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic Air 2. The update is on the smaller side but still fixes crashing issues, adds advanced gimbal controls for the Mavic Air 2, and improves the in-app battery indicator and flight time alerts.

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Yesterday

The Russian army is expecting to receive its first wave of Okhotnik stealth fighter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in 2024, according to Yuri Slyusar, the head at United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). The news comes after Slyusar shared the information with President Vladimir Putin.

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Chinese drones have just had a successful debut flight in an effort by the Chinese government to detect them sooner and be better prepared. The drone hit the sky on Sunday and was able to complete a multidimensional scan of Typhoon Sinlaku.

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Drones and wasps are being used in eastern Australia to reduce the amount of chemicals used in farming in order to lessen the damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef. The drones are being used to drop loads of wasps that will then attack the pest insects destroying the crops.

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August 4

The CIA has recently declassified documents surrounding Project Aquiline, which has turned out to be a stealth drone from the late 60s and early 70s. The bird-like stealth drone was used on many spy missions in the Soviet Union and flew out of Area 51.

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DJI has just launched the RoboMaster EP Core ground-based robot with a heavy focus on STEAM education in a classroom environment. The new robot marks DJI’s continuing efforts to push STEAM education into school curriculums.

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Audi has employed drones at its Neckarsulm site in Germany to find cars that are ready to be dispatched using GPS and RFID technology. The drones fly over all the vehicles, saving their location to allow employees to prepare for dispatch more efficiently.

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US Navy Insitu Blackjack drones could soon have the ability to see 5-square miles at once with a new wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor. Logos Technologies has been awarded a $6.7 million contract by the US Navy to deliver the new WAMI sensors.

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August 3

FlytBase and RAWview will join forces to provide aerial security and surveillance services to customers in the UK who require their assets to be protected 24/7. The partnership will leverage FlytBase’s FlytNow software with the drones, maintenance, and insurance being provided by RAWview.

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Altitude Angel has announced that it will integrate with Sky-Drones’ to enhance its drone management platform, Sky-Drones Cloud. Sky-Drones app will now allow pilots to access unmanned traffic management (UTM) services, ensuring drone flights are made safer with airspace situational awareness.

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Wing Aviation has announced it has also joined the UK Department for Transport to accelerate the development of the country’s UTM framework. The UK is looking to build an open unmanned traffic management (UTM) framework, moving away from the one-provider solution it currently uses with manned aircraft.

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Unifly today announced that Leon van de Pas (above left) will become CEO at the company to prepare for accelerated company growth in the unmanned traffic management (UTM) world over the next few years.

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July 31

Drone swarms were spotted flying above the Palo Verde nuclear power plant in Arizona two consecutive nights back in late September 2019. Around 10 drones were spotted over the two nights, but no damage was caused to the power plant.

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The DJI Mavic 3 is set to come out later on this year, and it should come with a DJI Smart Controller to make it the perfect package for photographers and videographers. Over the years, the Mavic line has shifted focus with some prosumer models — and it’s time for a prosumer controller in the box.

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NASA has just launched its Perseverance Mars rover that will feature a new helicopter that could be the first man-made vehicle to take flight on another planet. The helicopter has been in development for the last five years and features a dual rotor design that will hopefully be capable of flying in the thin Mars atmosphere.

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On July 23rd, the FCC hit HobbyKing with a fine of $2,861,128 for selling video transmitters used on FPV drones that do not comply with the FCC’s rules. The FFC found dozens of the video transmitters sold by HobbyKing to be operating on unauthorized frequencies.

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July 30

An Israeli drone start-up, StoreDot, has managed to reduce the charging time of drone batteries to just five minutes using ultra-fast charging (UFC) technology. The company has been able to overcome two of the main hurdles drones currently face when it comes to charging.

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