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DR1 unveils new Pro Class racing drone for upcoming season

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DR1 Racing has unveiled the new Pro Class racing drone for the league's upcoming 2018 season, measuring over four times larger than previous devices. The giant Pro Class drones can reach speeds of 100mph in just over one second. DR1 Racing is currently looking to build on last year's success, where the Champions Series finals were the most watched drone racing event in the world with record ratings on CBS, Eurosport, beIN Sports, and Fox Sports Asia. Brad Foxhoven, CEO and founder of DR1, said: “To grow the sport of drone racing, the size of the racing drones themselves needed
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Prisoners get local Chinese takeaway delivered ‘by drone’

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Inmates at a prison in Dublin, Ireland are believed to have ordered a Chinese takeaway to be delivered by drone. It has emerged that staff at Wheatfield Jail became suspicious after they found the leftover boxes from a local Chinese takeaway. A source, who spoke with the Irish Mirror, said there is no other way the prisoners could have got hold of the food. They said: “There’s no other conceivable way a Chinese takeaway could get into the prison other than by a drone. That’s what the staff in the jail believe anyway.” The source added: “The food containers were
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VIDEO: Parrot swoops in on deal with software giant Adobe

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Parrot, a world leader in drone and wireless tech, has announced a new partnership with computer software company Adobe. The partnership between Parrot and Adobe allows photographers and film-makers to make the most of the images and videos taken with their Parrot ANAFI. The deal will include a free two month subscription to Adobe’s creative photography plan or to Premiere Pro, its video editing software. Parrot ANAFI is the flying 4K HDR camera with zoom that can enables uses to capture images from above. The special subscription offer will be available until September 2019 and will be dedicated to the
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Ryder Cup drone success could have implications for future sporting events

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Delta Drone teams have successfully carried out a six-day security assignment at Le Golf National for the Ryder Cup. The French-based company worked alongside the French national police and the Préfecture de Police of Paris who oversaw the assignment. The police wanted to use this weekend to test and validate several new innovative security tools due to a large number of upcoming events scheduled to take place in France in the next few years. The success of this weekend could mean drones are used as a security tool at the 2023 Rugby World Cup and the 2024 Olympics. As with
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Two arrested on suspicion of buying drones to ship to Islamic State

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Authorities in Denmark have arrested two people on suspicion of buying drones bound for Islamic State. Under the anti-terror laws in the country, the two were arrested by Copenhagen Police and the PET, Denmark’s security service. According to a report by Associated Press, police said the suspects were believed to be part of a network working for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. In a brief joint statement, police and PET said a series of raids were also carried out in greater Copenhagen. The suspects are set to face a judge, and prosecutors are expected to demand they be
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Surveillance drones used to spot tax cheats

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Tax authorities in Greece have used drones to catch people avoiding tax for the first time. The Santorini authorities say they have started to use drones to spot violations in which tourists would get boat tours of the island’s volcanic crater without receiving a receipt. Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue said that last week, a one-day operation looked at nine tour boats, finding a number of violations. According to the Associated Press, a follow-up found violations for the activity over one day totalled over £20,000. The news agency followed up the findings with a request for more information, but
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Canada in negotiations to buy £620m German surveillance drone

Germany is in the market to sell a second-hand surveillance drone which cost the country around £620m. The German defence ministry confirmed that negotiations with Canada are planned, as the Germans seek to sell the UAV without key components it needs to fly. A Government response from September 19, obtained by Associated Press, details how Germany is not in talks with anyone else with regards to the sale of the drone. Officials in the Canadian Embassy in Berlin were unable to comment, with no price or further details of the sale being confirmed by either party as of yet, according
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