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

November 7

DJI announced its new drone, DJI Mavic Mini at its ‘Fly as you are!’ event late last month. The Mavic Mini is the latest drone to join DJI’s Mavic line of drones. The Mavic Mini keeps the classic Mavic design, adds a 2.7k camera, and 30 minute flight time in a lightweight package.

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November 1

DJI’s latest drone, DJI Mavic Mini has been rumored over the last few months to be the DJI Mavic Air or a DJI Spark replacement. We can finally say the DJI Mavic Mini will be replacing the Spark for an important reason other than the improved specs and new look.

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DJI Mavic Pro

October 28

As we continue to get closer to DJI’s “Fly as you are!’ event, we are seeing more photos of the upcoming DJI Mavic Mini being shared online. We already have a good idea of what is to come with the new Mavic Mini, thanks to the various leaks and rumors that have sprung up over the past few months.

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October 15

Skydio launched its latest drone, Skydio 2 earlier this week after months of sharing teasers. Skydio 2 is the perfect filming sidekick for any adventure or a commercial operation. GoPro’s Karma was a flawed attempt at creating a drone, what if GoPro and Skydio joined forces?

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October 9

The Drone Racing League has once again stepped ahead of the competition with its new RacerAI autonomous racing drones in partnership with Lockheed Martin. The new RacerAI removes the need for any pilot, is capable of producing 20 pounds of thrust and is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier, a similar AI platform to the one found in the Skydio 2.

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October 5

Aussie couple Jolie King and Mark Firkin, who were locked up in Iran after illegally flying their drone, are now free and are back in Australia. The Australian government has been working hard to bring the couple back safely, but has yet to be successful in their efforts to bring an Australian academic home.

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October 3

GoPro has just released its new GoPro Hero 8 Black action camera, bringing some improvements along with it over the GoPro Hero 7 Black. DJI also has its action camera, the DJI Osmo Action, so let’s take a look at all three cameras side by side.

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October 2

The launch of the GoPro Hero 8 Black brought along one of GoPro‘s best features to-date, HyperSmooth 2.0. HyperSmooth 2.0 improves on the original HyperSmooth found in the GoPro Hero 7 Black with improved sensor management and prediction algorithm. Let’s take a closer look at HyperSmooth 2.0. Is it better than HyperSmooth and DJI’s RockSteady?

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October 1

The long-awaited GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max 360 have been launched this morning in three YouTube videos with the titles ‘Beyond Next Level’, ‘This Is Action’ and “Ignite Your Creativity’. The new GoPros bring a range of new features and performance improvements to take your footage to the next level.

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September 24

We’ve known for some time now that a new GoPro Hero 8 and a possible GoPro Max 360 action camera will come to market before the end of the year. Today this was confirmed by GoPro in the form of a short video shared on its social media accounts.

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The DJI Osmo Action is the first action camera from DJI and is one of the best action cameras on the market today. DJI has released two more accessories to take videos and photos from the Osmo Action to the next level with the newly released audio adapter and underwater housing.

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September 21

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with flying an unregistered drone and the illegal use of a drone after he tried to drop explosives from it in March. In June, police raided Jason Muzzicato’s house, finding seven homemade explosives and 10 guns.

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September 20

Drone strikes on two oil production facilities have seen a sudden drop in oil and gas coming out of Saudi Arabia earlier this week. A reported ten drones were used in the strikes to take out around half of the companies output capacity.

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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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