VIDEO OF THE DAY: Drones become eye in the sky to preserve one of the seven wonders

Drones have come to the aid of one of the world’s most famous landmarks in the name of conservation. Intel’s drones are being deployed to protect and preserve the Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China in partnership with the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC). An Intel Falcon 8+ drone is being used to carry out an aerial inspection and survey of the Jiankou section, capturing tens of thousands of high-resolution images of areas proven too difficult or dangerous for human access. A video of the project can be found below.
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Vodafone drone races into the history books with record-breaking speed

Mobile phone and network provider Vodafone has etched its name into the UAV history books by breaking a speed record. Piloted by teenage drone racer, Luke Bannister, the Vodafone Xblades racing drone, the Wingcopter XBR, achieved a top speed average of 240.6km/h on the Goodwood estate, officially setting the record as confirmed by the team at Guinness World Records. “Setting a drone world record at The Goodwood Festival of Speed gives us a glimpse of what is to come with the roll-out of 5G across the country,” said Vodafone UK’s enterprise director, Anne Sheehan. “With super-charged data speeds, we will
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: DJI teams up with WRC to capture Micky’s Jump shot

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DJI and the WRC have continued their journey on the rugged and sun-baked gravel tracks of Rally Italia Sardinia. DJI's Inspire 2, complete with the Zenmuse X5S and the iconic Phantom 4 Pro, were on hand at the motor sport event, to capture all the stages, including the Monte Lerno stage, which is home to the iconic Micky’s Jump. A video of the event with cars flying high and long as the road drops away beneath them, can be found below. DJI has a history of partnering with motor sport events. Earlier this year the company announced it had
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Moment drone unit uncovered £50k urban cannabis farm

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A UAV police unit has demonstrated how drones can be used to assist law enforcement agencies by aiding the arrest and prosecution of a cannabis farmer. Officers from Lincolnshire Police’s drone unit carried out a scouting mission last October, and as a result of evidence captured by the drone, found what was described as a professional cannabis growing operation which could produce more than £50,000 worth of the drug. The unit flew the drone 400ft across an open field, before hovering 50m from the property where it was able to view an ‘obvious’ heat source. The filming from the drone
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IN PICS: 100 drones kick off Great Exhibition of the North

Skymagic was invited to design and deliver a bespoke performance drone show for the Great Exhibition of the North’s Opening Spectacular. The show, which featured 100 Skymagic performance drones with colour-changing LEDs, was developed around a track written and produced by electronic duo Darkstar. Skymagic’s choreography was designed to spark a sense of pride by drawing on the region’s rich heritage and celebrating its exciting future. “With roots in the north of England, we are very proud to be part of the Great Exhibition of the North,” said Skymagic’s director Patrick O’Mahony. “As one of only a few companies in
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DJI flies the flag for drone-enhanced marine conservation

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One of the market leaders in the civilian drone market has underlined the versatility of drones by demonstrating how they can be a powerful tool for marine conservation workers. DJI has released a video demonstrating how UAVs can aid the rescue of entangled whales. The company believes the technology offers a different perspective to assess the conditions of the whales and necessary equipment to intervene from above and that drones reduce the risk for people by limiting the number of approaches to the animals. Ed Lyman, Large Whale Entanglement response coordinator at NOAA, and Matt Pickett, president at Ocean Unmanned,
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Intel takes to the skies in support of Pride

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Software and hardware giant Intel has deployed a fleet of its entertainment drones as a mouthpiece to show its support for the LGBTQ+ community. AT&T, an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Dallas, kicked off Pride weekend in San Francisco on Friday, June 22, with Intel’s first public performance of an indoor drone light show since its debut at CES 2018 in January. The flight of 50 Intel Shooting Star Mini drones was a rehearsal for when the fleet will light up 1 Powell Street at night. The drones will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated cellist Tina
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WATCH: DJI grabs the wheel at 24-Hour Race

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DJI has unveiled a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of its most high-speed partnerships. Earlier this year it was announced that DJI locked in a partnership deal to support a Mercedes-AMG car at the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race at the Nurburgring. The sponsorship consists of a picture of the DJI Mavic Air and a prominent logo placement on the roof as well as on the bonnet of the Mercedes-AMG GT4. DJI will produce two short films from the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race, highlighting the partnership between the two brands. Amongst others, DJI deployed its Inspire 2 drone, which
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Dramatic moment police drone finds missing man stuck in Norfolk marshes

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A drone pilot has man national headlines with his successful life-saving UAV mission in Norfolk. A major search was launched for Peter Pugh, 75, from Brancaster, Norfolk, after he disappeared following a walk on Saturday June 16. According to Norfolk Constabulary, drone technology played a crucial role in helping the emergency responders locate Pugh. Sgt Alex Bucher from Norfolk Constabulary said: "Without the police drone we would not have been able to locate him in the time we did. "It allows us to search areas that are difficult to access and within close range where a helicopter may not be
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VIDEO OF THE DAY: SenSat writes its name in the history books with record-breaking BVLoS flight

SenSat, the UK’s largest drone data provider, has etched its place in history by claiming a new drone flight distance record. It was announced last week that the company successfully completed the first 12km beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) drone flight in complex airspace, breaking the existing record by a factor of 10. SenSat was granted to fly drones beyond a pilot’s visual line of sight, a world first within complex airspace. A video of the mission can be found below. SenSat’s BVLoS operations allows it to cut the price of drone data by up to 90%, allowing
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