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Drone racing pilots set to compete for prize worth over £75k

The world’s top drone racing pilots are set to go head to head once again this year as they compete for the top prize in the Drone Racing League. The DRL begins tomorrow evening in California with pilots from around the world competing in the first heat. 18 pilots will compete in the season but only 10 will go to the championship, with each pilot flying on four of the regular season’s six events. The winner of each event clinches a spot in the championship as the remaining slots are awarded to the pilot's with the most season points. 2018
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Drone use in anti-terror strategy at public events to become ‘widespread’

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Drone use at large public gatherings is expected to become widespread in order to prevent acts of terror. The prediction follows news that Victoria Police in Australia will begin to use drones as part of its anti-terror strategy. The strategy aims to identify irregular behaviour in large crowds, report findings to officers who then investigate the potential threat. Speaking to ABC, assistant commissioner Ross Guenther, said it was not about having a surveillance state, but about keeping people safe. He said: “You drop a backpack down but then just return to the gate and leave the property, that would be
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DJI appoints former FAA and Facebook manager to public policy department

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Leading drone manufacturer DJI has appointed David Hansell as public policy manager. He joins from his role with Facebook, where he served in a similar position. Hansell is experienced in the aviation sector, having previously worked as director for transportation security policy in the executive office of the president under the Obama administration. Prior to that he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as a national security liaison, where he was responsible for evaluating intelligence and information and identifying current or potential terrorist, insurgent, criminal and cyber threats. At DJI, Hansell will be in charge of developing drone law and regulation
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Salisbury attack prompts MoD to test life-saving chemical detection drones

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A new fleet of robots and drones designed to test for chemical agents have been put through their paces by troops, police officers and scientists for the first time. The devices, which can also provide 3D mapping and identify casualties, were tested as part of a multi-million pound project co-funded by the MoD and the Home Office. ‘Project Minerva’ includes miniature drones which, according to the Government, could soon come into service to rapidly assess hazardous scenes. The aim of the research is to reduce the risk to emergency services and front-line troops attending incidents or operations involving hazardous chemical
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BREAKING NEWS: TV Dragons fight it out for stake in UK drone business

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Dragons' Den star Peter Jones has invested £60,000 in Drone Safe Register, but he had to fight off competition from two other Dragons that wanted their own share in the online platform for CAA approved pilots. Tech tycoon Jones ended up agreeing a 40% equity deal with Drone Safe Register founder Mark Boyt in an episode of the BBC series aired last night. Mr Boyt entered the Den looking for an investment of £60,000 for a 20% share in the company. Mr Jones' investment values the company at around £150,000. Things started to heat up in the Den when both Jenny Campbell
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Trump continues with African drone mission expansion in the Sahara

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Video footage has emerged of US forces expanding their presence in the Sahara Desert with a secret drone base development. The New York Times has released a video documenting the growth, from January to September, of an American drone airbase in the Sahara Desert. Nigerien and American officials told the Post that the CIA had been flying drones on surveillance missions for several months from a corner of a small commercial airport in Dirkou, which new satellite imagery confirms. The report suggests how under the Obama Administration, drone operations within the CIA were somewhat scaled back and responsibility was handed
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VIDEO: Global superstar Drake puts drones to work as part of his 2018 tour

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Verity Studios’ micro drones have been used in Canadian rapper Drake's performances to create flying waves and drone swarms. Aiming to light up the stage, the drones, along with Drake, will tour 50 locations and perform to audiences of over 50,000 people. However, this is not a first for the Lucie micro drones which have already made their musical debuts on tour with Metallica and Circus Knie. ‘Elevate’, a song on Drake’s new album Scorpion, opens with the micro drones swarming onto the stage to surround Drake in a cloud of lights and, in another guest appearance, the Lucie micro
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Original Gadget Show presenter Jason Bradbury announced as host for UK Drone Show

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Jason Bradbury has been announced as host for Tech Show Live at the UK Drone Show in December. The former Gadget Show host will take to the stage at the NEC in Birmingham, over the first weekend in December. The UK Drone Show is co-located with the Tech Show Live and will feature a Drone and Tech Expo, Drone Workshops and a special ‘Drones@Work’ showcase. The ‘Drones@Work’ showcase aims to highlight how UAV technology continues to evolve to help in a variety of industries and services. Joining the ‘Drones@Work’ series is the annual Drone Racing iseries, featuring some of the
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UK start-up Skyports continues with global expansion

UK start-up Skyports has ramped up its activity in the US as it seeks to establish an international network of helipads for flying taxis and drone deliveries. Skyports has so far secured 15 rooftops in London as ‘vertipads’ for passenger and cargo drones, and is currently negotiating on further sites in the capital. The company has recently expanded into Finland and the US too. Duncan Walker, managing director at Skyports, said: “We have 15 in London and a number more under negotiation. We have started work on the east coast of the US and are working with a company in
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X-Factor style show puts celebrity drone skills to the test

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DJI has teamed up with Talpa TV and its Netherlands-based show ‘Drone Masters’, giving celebrities a chance to compete and show off their drone skills. In an attempt to with the ‘Drone Master’ title, participants demonstrate their ability using DJI consumer and prosumer products in different challenges. During each episode, contestants perform three different tasks under supervision of Dutch TV host Dennis van der Geest. The tasks include a skill challenge, a photo challenge and a video challenge. Janneke Rozendaal, marketing manager at DJI EMEA, said: “We are excited to watch how our DJI flying cameras such as the Mavic
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