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VIDEO: UK university team returns from drone volcano mapping trip

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A team of scientists and engineers from the Universities of Birmingham and Bristol have returned from Guatemala where they have been teaching local scientists how to use drones to map a volcanoes. Supported by the World Bank and the British Embassy in Guatemala, the team have been assisting volcanologists at the Guatemalan government agency responsible for monitoring volcanoes. The local scientists took part in a four-day workshop led by Dr Rick Thomas from the University of Birmingham’s School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science and were trained in safe flight protocols, data acquisition and image processing using quadcopters and 3D
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VIDEO: Sophisticated autonomy to provide solution for search and rescue connection issues

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Drones using sophisticated autonomy could provide the solution to unreliable GPS signals when flying in dense forest canopy, research suggests. The findings focus on rescue missions in thick tree canopy and show how autonomous flight could help these type of search and rescue assignments. In a paper being presented at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics conference next week, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology described an autonomous system for a fleet of drones to collaboratively search under dense forest canopies. The drones use only on-board computation and wireless communication and require no GPS, something they hope will help when
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AirWorks 2018: Watch DJI and American Airlines inspection demo with new Mavic Enterprise

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As part of the media day before the official start of AirWorks 2018, CDP gained access to a demonstration by DJI and American Airlines on how drones can be used to carry out aircraft inspections. Using the new DJI Mavic Enterprise, the DJI pilot flew the drone around an American Airlines plane to highlight how UAVs can make the inspection easier and save huge amounts of time and money. The footage captured by the drone was projected onto a TV screen for the media to see and ,for the sake of the demonstration, it found a small sticker acting as
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BREAKING NEWS: DJI unveils new commercial drone aimed at working professionals

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The first news out of DJI’s Airworks conference this year is the announcement of the new Mavic 2 Enterprise. The device is aimed at professionals who use drones in their daily working lives. DJI has specified that it has primarily focused on businesses, governments, educators and other professionals in this release describing the device as a “reliable everyday tool that helps professionals do their work better.” The Mavic 2 Enterprise features a foldable design with controls and accessories that have been designed to extend user capability during critical operations like firefighting, emergency response, law enforcement, and infrastructure inspections. President of
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VIDEO: University develops drones to move objects 40 times their own weight

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Researchers at the University of Stanford have developed small drones that can anchor onto surfaces and pull heavy loads. The modified small flying robots, called FlyCroTugs, use powerful winches, gecko adhesives and micro-spines with their work. They have been fitted with advanced gripping technologies meaning two FlyCroTugs can work together and jointly lasso the door handle and heave the door open. The developments were made in the labs of Mark Cutkosky, the fletcher jones chair in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, and Dario Floreano at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Matthew Estrada, a graduate at
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DJI slams last week’s Dayton Research ‘misleading’ drone collision footage

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DJI has demanded that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) withdraws a video and blog post which depict a collision between a DJI Phantom 2 and the wing of a small airplane, calling the video ‘misleading’. In a statement, DJI has said the UDRI staged its video to create a scenario inconceivable in real life. The international manufacturer described how the collision shown on video was at a higher speed than the combined maximum speed of the drone and airplane, which is also faster than the FAA’s testing guidelines. The statement went on to detail how the UDRI has
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VIDEO: Footage shows what damage a drone can do to a commercial airline

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Research from the University of Dayton Institute has shown how small drones can cause significant damage on impact with large aircraft. The test, designed to mimic a mid-air collision at 238 miles per hour, launched a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter into the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. On impact, the drone did not completely collapse meaning it managed to cause serious damage to the wing of the plane. Kevin Poorman, group leader for impact physics at UDRI, said: “While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing. We’ve performed bird-strike
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VIDEO: Drone footage used to capture aftermath of Storm Michael

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News organisations around the globe have been using drone footage to show the world the damage caused by Storm Michael. UAVs were also used by first responders and emergency services as part of the rescue mission. But, despite the value of drones in these situations, CDP reported yesterday on an FAA warning which told drone pilots to stay away from disaster hit areas so not to interfere with the rescue missions taking place. Watch this week's drone footage, as shown by NBC News, which captures the destruction caused by the Storm. https://youtu.be/hPJ6fhQ8-Tw Drones were used in a similar way in
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Startup launches crowdfunding campaign to change drone pilot gender gap

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US-based start-up Women who drone (WWD) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help build and grow its global influence. The company wants to change the fact that less than 4% of certified drone pilots worldwide are female. Company founder and CEO, Elena Buenrostro, started the company on the back of support she received following drone footage she captured while on holiday. Since its beginning Women who drone has grown and now has brand ambassadors across the globe with the aim to inspire, educate and empower more women to learn to fly drones, obtain licenses, and join the drone industry. WWD
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VIDEO: MSAB and URSA introduce new tech to acquire and analyse drone data

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The XRY Drone, introduced following a collaboration between MSAB and URSA, lets investigators extract and analyse data from popular drone models being used for illegal activity. The technology aims to reveal flight paths, origin, behaviour and other critical information that can identify operators. As part of the development process, URSA, a geospatial intelligence company, and MSAB, a global leader in mobile forensics, worked together to produce the device. The XRY Drone is a new member of the XRY line of products which are widely used law enforcement professionals to recover and view data from mobile phones and other mobile devices.
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