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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 here.

Josh can be contacted by email at josh@dronedj.com or @JoshSpires_.

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After being out for less than a week, the DJI FPV drone has already begun to see its first crashes, with this one causing total destruction. The video doesn’t show the crash but rather what is left of the drone after what looks to be a high-speed impact.

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Drone manufacturer Elbit Systems has announced it has won a contract to supply an Asian country with its Hermes 900 drones. The contract is worth a huge $300 million and will see drones delivered to the unnamed country over the next five years.

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A cress grower from the Netherlands has turned to drones to protect crops from the moths and caterpillars that munch away at them. The greenhouse grower has enlisted PATS Indoor Drone Solutions’ help to get the high-tech security team in the air.

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South Korean and Israeli firms have recently signed a memorandum of understanding that will see helicopters equipped with kamikaze drones. The drones will be offered to the South Korean military if everything goes according to plan.

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Justin Bieber’s latest music video, “Hold On,” appears to use an FPV drone to get some of the fast-paced follow and high-speed aerial shots– creating shots that would not have been possible using any other equipment.

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March 5

In Indiana, the Seymour Police Department is looking for the owner and more information on a drone that flew into a girl’s window at her home. The drone was equipped with a camera and was likely recording at the time of the incident.

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Australian-listed Comet Resources has turned to drones to find high-grade copper at its Barraba Copper Project in northern New South Wales, Australia. Comet Resources has tasked drone service Airborne Geo Exploration (AirGeoX) with the job.

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A wanted Montana man was captured early last month by police with a drone’s help after the man hid from police and cut down a tree to block the road leading to him. The drone was able to take the helicopter’s place and aid in the arrest of the man.

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Drone delivery company Flirtey has begun taking pre-orders for its delivery drones after completing the certification process. The company has also ramped up its production efforts at its Reno, Nevada-based facility to cope with demand for its drones.

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The FAA has announced that the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will be one of five to test out its counter-drone tech as it hopes to install it at every airport in the country. The airport has seen drones in the past, making it the perfect place to test the technology.

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March 4

Not long after the DJI FPV drone was released, a teardown video has already appeared online, showing off the insides of DJI’s latest drone. Looking at the drone before tearing it apart, it looks very complex. But once inside, things start to get a little easier to understand and repair.

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Volansi has announced that Dr. Will Roper has joined the board, with expertise in R&D and emerging tech. Roper was the assistant secretary of the US Air Force and will focus on Volansi’s strategy, operations, and growth in the defense market.

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Drone Delivery Canada has shared an update on its Condor drone testing after a successful test flight at the Foremost UAS Test Range in Alberta, Canada. The company has been working on its Condor drone for a few years now, ensuring it is flight-ready before making it operational.

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The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has turned to drone technology to make its lines safer and track potential rockslides before they happen. This is done with its in-house drone pilots and Drone Harmony’s Hill Scan software platform.

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DroneShield has released a new version of its counter-drone software that brings a few improvements and support for the DJI FPV drone. The software update has already been available to customers with enrolled devices since early February.

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March 3

Boeing’s Loyal Wingman drone has taken to the sky for the first time after years of work, making it the first Aussie aircraft built in half a century. The test flight was done above the Woomera Range Complex in South Australia.

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The DJI FPV drone was just announced after months of rumors, and you aren’t sure if you should get it or not. You should watch these videos reviewing DJI’s first FPV drone to see if it is perfect for you. The videos are from Benjamin Ortega, Potato Jet, kold, and Peter McKinnon.

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Indian drone manufacturer ideaForge has secured $2 million from the venture debt firm Blacksoil to complete its orders. The news comes two months after the company received funding from the Indian Army to produce a high-altitude variant of its SWITCH UAV.

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Researchers from MIT and other universities have managed to create a drone that can stay in the sky after being struck, much like insects can. The drone uses a tiny rubber actuator to flap the wings rather than a motor used by most consumer and commercial drones.

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Design and innovation studio CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati is working with drone company Flyfire to prototype a new drone swarming system that can control up to 10,000 drones at once and fits into a suitcase. The system hopes to allow thousands of drones to be quickly set up to swarm information.

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