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Scott Simmie

July 3

Will DJI build an FPV racing drone?

That question is being kicked around again, following a recent patent application for a new type of gimbal that appears to keep the camera enclosed within a protective device – a design very suitable for this kind of application. That, plus a concept sketch of a racing drone from someone with street cred have people talking.

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July 2

If you’re visiting DJI headquarters in Shenzhen for the first time, you’ll likely receive the guest treatment. That means you’ll be taken to the main lobby and shown what looks like a small museum display. It’s a row of DJI-manufactured drones, including the iconic original Phantom that was released in 2012. It’s an astonishing record of technological accomplishment, and it makes you wonder what’s next.

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June 30

Parrot has just released a brand new drone.

The company hopes the ambitious new drone will find a niche with first responders and enterprise users. It’s called the ANAFI USA – a name that touts its Made-in-America status at a time when there’s been some push-back against Chinese-made drones over alleged security concerns. The product will retail for $7,000 US and features an array of sensors including thermal and 32X optical imagery, as well as enhanced data security features.

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June 29

Every once in a while, a drone happens to be in the right place at the right time to capture something truly spectacular. Luckily for us, that happened again recently — and the results are truly breathtaking. Just wait until you see this drone whale video.

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June 27

FAA UAS Symposium Pricing and dates for the FAA UAS Symposium

Thinking of attending an upcoming drone conference?

Wondering what conferences are taking place, and when?

We’ve got your back. But this year is not like other years. With COVID-19 still making large indoor gatherings potential hot zones, organizers of several drone conferences and conventions have wisely pulled the pin on physical gatherings. Others, particularly those with conferences late in the year, are hopeful that a physical gathering can still proceed.

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June 25

One of the leading companies providing choreographed drone light shows has established what is says is a new world record. Dronisos just flew 200 synchronized drones during an indoor performance, besting the previous world record of 160.

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June 24

Video: DroneShield promotes RfZero detection system

Possibly coming soon to a penitentiary or event near you: DroneShield’s RfZero drone detection system

Parrot has some big plans for June 30: It will be releasing a new product. But in announcing plans for that release, the company has taken direct aim at one of its competitors — and in a somewhat controversial manner.

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June 23


My name is Scott Simmie, and I’m happy to be a new addition to the DroneDJ team. I’m a career journalist who has worked in the drone space for about six years — doing everything from running websites and reviewing products to longer case studies, industry analysis, and communications work. I even traveled to Mexico with a company to document a 102-kilometer Beyond Visual Line of Sight flight over a gas pipeline. expand full story

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