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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May 29

Drones are being used to patrol the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border. Its closure to stop the spread of COVID-19 hasn’t deterred everyone from crossing. Papua New Guinea is receiving the drones from the Australian Military, made possible by the partnership between the two countries.

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EHang is working on using its passenger drones to deliver heavy air cargo after it received the go-ahead from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). EHang will be trailing the concept until enough data is collected to understand if the drones can be used in a larger area.

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May 28

A documentary on Turkey‘s first armed drone has been released on YouTube by arms maker Baykar Technologies. The documentary looks back on the last six months of development of the AKINCI drone up until it’s first flight.

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Autel Robotics has updated its Autel Explorer app by adding support for new features for the EVO II series and a few general feature updates for the app. This includes changing the maximum flight height to 2,640 feet (804 meters), well above the FAA’s max flight limit of 400 feet (121 meters).

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Russia is working on its latest drone, dubbed the ‘Doomsday Drone’, with an impressive range of 10,000km (~6213 miles). Russia is hoping to get the drone into testing in late June and will be launched from a Russian submarine.

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May 27

It might seem hard to make money doing professional drone work. After all, there are already many successful drone companies providing movie-quality videography. But it’s not as hard as you might think, thanks to the powerful consumer-priced drones on the market from DJI, Autel Robotics, Yuneec, Parrot, and others.

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Zipline‘s medical delivery drones have made their first US delivery late last week in North Carolina—six months ahead of schedule. The first drone delivery was pushed forward in response to COVID-19, delivering protective masks.

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Reddit user rossmoney posted a video to the Multicopter community with the title, “Went 96MPH with my Mavic 2 Pro” — a somewhat misleading title, but humorous at the same time. The results of a Mavic 2 Pro being attached to an FPV drone flying at 96 mph are impressive.

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May 26

A recent video posted by NBC News points out that drones are being used in Greece to monitor and keep beachgoers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a result of great weather and a loosening of restrictions that are allowing many to swarm the beach and enjoy the sun for the first time in a while.

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India‘s agriculture ministry is looking to drone technology to fight against locust swarms that have infested the states of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Madhya Pradesh. India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has given the go-ahead for the drones to be used in the fight.

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May 25

The Australian state of Victoria is probing how the government has responded to COVID-19. During the inquiry, Public Accounts and Estimates Committee member David Limbrick had a few questions to ask concerning the Victorian Police‘s use of drone technology .

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While a few countries around the world are starting to recover from COVID-19, many are still just at the beginning of a difficult time. Drone footage taken in São Paulo, Brazil, has captured the massive affect COVID-19 is having on the Brazilian population, with cemeteries digging mass graves to accommodate the mounting deaths.

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The latest version of the DJI Mimo app is now available. It adds support for devices to record video in 60fps and to shoot slow-motion video when connected to the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 smartphone gimbal. The update also allows for faster post-processing of footage to take place.

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May 22

We are almost halfway into the year which has already had some significant new drone releases. How do these new drones compare to other hot models on the market? Let’s take a look at the latest offerings from DJI, Autel Robotics, and Skydio along with some models that are still going strong to identify the best consumer drones you can buy.

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The US Army has successfully deployed a spy drone out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter while in flight. The demo took place over Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, in early March and has just recently been made public.

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May 21

Nottinghamshire Police in the UK have shared drone footage of a recent police chase of a man wanted in connection to a burglary. The drone was able to follow where the man was fleeing to while ground units chased after him.

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Several drones have taken to the sky to capture the massive amounting of flooding in Midland, Michigan caused by two dam failures as a result of heavy rainfall over the last few days. Thousands of residents have evacuated as a result.

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May 20

DJI’s GO 4 app is great for a majority of its users. But for those wanting something more powerful in terms of mapping capabilities or mission planning, some alternatives have risen to the top over the years, including Litchi, Airmap, Pix4D, and UgCS for DJI.

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DJI AirSense was a big talking point for the DJI Mavic Air 2, as it was the first consumer drone to have it built-in, but due to supply chain issues and the state of the world at the moment, AirSense is only present in the US variant of the Mavic Air 2.

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While flying a mission to find a man on the lam, Devon and Cornwall Police drone operators came across an unusual piece of artwork that had been cut into a field to resemble a familiar shape.

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