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.

Josh Spires's Favorite Gear

September 12

Yates Electrospace Corporation has released its Silent Arrow tactical resupply drone made to carry over 1,600 pounds to soldiers and first responders. The drone folds into itself for easy transport and a minimum set-up time required.

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An Aussie couple has been locked up in Iran after an illegal drone flight earlier this year. The couple along with another woman is looking at a ten-year plus sentence for the drone flight that would change their life forever.

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Drone delivery company Flirtey has released its new delivery drone and drone station at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) present. The new drone system brings improvements to Flirtey‘s already active drone delivery system.

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September 11

Natalie Malligan has been announced as Uber Air Australia‘s head, flying Australia forward in Uber Elevate’s passenger drone ambitions. The news comes after Melbourne was added to the list of cities to be first to offer Uber Air flights along with Dallas and Los Angeles.

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September 8

A drone video has been released showing the aftermath left by Hurricane Dorian that hit the Bahamas earlier this week. The video gives us an insight into the damage and destruction caused by the deadly hurricane as the cleanup and restoration process begins.

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September 7

Fast-food giant KFC is delivering its finger-licking good chicken by an autonomous drone system. KFC has teamed up with Chinese tech company, Antwork to bring drone delivery to the people of China. Drone delivery in China is nothing new with various companies already delivering food.

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September 6

The Drone Racing League is set to hold its first live audience racing event this Sunday at Chase Field in Phoenix. The event is sure to impress with high-speed battles, bright lights, and fierce competition between pilots.

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Drones are being used to keep the USS Midway, once an active vessel corrosion-free as a part of project Topside Drone. The drones utilize various sensors and a corrosion checking algorithm to detect possible rust. The project is a result of the Office of Naval Research sponsoring the technology.

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September 5

Earlier this week, Indigenous rangers from around Australia came together at this year’s Indigenous Ranger Forum to learn, share, and gain new skills. Australia’s Indigenous rangers are turning to drones to protect and watch over sacred land, save time, and make the land more manageable.

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September 2

DRL racing pilot Ralph Hogenbirk aka Shaggy FPV took to the skies in Viking Valley Fall in Norway earlier this month with his fpv drone and a GoPro to create amazing drone footage. The flight resulted in a breathtaking video flying low in the valley and around a waterfall.

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West Australian YouTuber, Andrew Murphy has released a video using a micro drone to weave through gym equipment. Giving us a fun new perspective of a place we all know a little too well. Drones are becoming smaller allowing for tighter shots and greater storytelling ability, proven by this video.

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August 30

Last year we shared an interview by Dronenr with Nurk, the 2018 Allianz Drone Racing League Championship winner. Today we get to interview Nurk again with some follow-up questions, gain insight into the Drone Racing League, and see where drone racing is heading.

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August 28

A drone has taken to the skies over what was once the Amazon rain forest to give us a glimpse of the damage left behind by the sweeping fires. The drone video gives us a limited look at the devastation, and what the animals will be forced to return to.

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August 24

An Australian drone pilot was fined AUD$7750 earlier this month in the Wollongong Magistrates Court over unsafe drone flights. The man was spotted by the public and later the NSW Police. The fine comes as the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) is finalizing new drone laws and taking a hands-on approach in the drone community. expand full story

August 16

Two new GoPro models have made their way onto the FCC’s website, likely to be the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro’s next iteration of its 360 camera, the GoPro Max 360. From leaked images, we can see a focus on features with Hero 8 and a focus on simplicity with Max 360.

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August 11

We recently caught wind of photos of a new DJI drone reported to come out soon. Today we learn of possible specs the DJI Mavic Mini will have, the features it won’t have, and the price we can expect to pay for it.

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August 3

Firefighters were forced to halt their fire fighting efforts due to a rogue drone flying above and around the Alaskan fire. Both the FAA and the local fire department have taken to social media to share their frustrations and concerns with rogue drones around fires.

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Drone manufacturer DJI is working on a mirrorless camera to compete with current offerings from Sony, Nikon, and Cannon. DJI has submitted a patent application on the same day FCC filings were made public for DJI’s Digital FPV system. The new DJI mirrorless camera shows a resemblance to the X1D-50c from Hasselblad.

Over the last year or so, DJI has expanded its product offering well beyond their core product, drones. In short succession, they have launched the DJI Osmo Pocket, DJI Osmo Action, DJI Robomaster S1, the DJI FPV system and they are about to launch the DJI Osmo Mobile 3 and now possibly a new mirrorless camera. We still don’t have  word on whether this new DJI camera will be a medium format one like the Hasselblad.

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August 1

Mining giant BHP, formally BHP Billiton, is using drones throughout its mining operations in Australia to save around $5 million every year. Making the switch from manned aircraft and workers saves BHP time and money and improves workplace safety.

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July 31

Swedish company Everdrone has completed the first autonomous drone delivery between two hospitals in Gothenburg, Sweden. The delivery drone transported a medical payload a distance of 4.4 km using onboard sensors and limited GPS.

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