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Drone-sourced whale snot helping Aussie scientists gather vital data

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Whale snot sourced by a water proof drone is helping Australian researchers understand the whale population in greater detail. The substance is rich with DNA, viruses and bacteria and can help scientists understand whales’ behaviour. The drones fly close to the whale with an attached petri dish and get gather samples for the researcher to use. According to a report by ABC in Australia, before the drone-sourced whale snot they had to rely on whales that were either killed or beached to learn more. Macquarie University marine biologist Vanessa Pirotta is using a water-proof drone fitted with a petri dish
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DJI to add aircraft detectors to new consumer drones in ‘Elevating Safety’ move

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DJI has made the commitment to install airplane and helicopter detectors in new consumer drones as part of its 'Elevating Safety' move. The manufacturer confirmed the news at an event in Washington D.C as part of a 10-point plan it says is a move to make the world’s skies safe in the drone era. All new DJI drone models released after January 1, 2020 that weigh more than 250 grams will include AirSense technology, which receives ADS-B signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters and warns drone pilots if they appear to be on a collision course. AirSense can detect airplanes
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International ports to deploy drones to sniff out pollution rule breakers

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Ports around the world are looking at implementing drones to detect vessels breaking pollution levels. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Netherlands is currently preparing to use a large UAV to detect emissions from ships. In Hong Kong, where rule breakers face large fines and up to six months in prison, similar but smaller drones are being tested for the same purpose. The Bloomberg report goes on to detail how maritime authorities in Denmark and Norway have also already started using the technology. Authorities can use drones to filter through the ships coming in and out of their ports
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CAA launches ‘Innovation Sandbox’ with six industry leading participants

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The CAA has launched ‘Innovation Sandbox’, a new virtual space where new technology can be safely tested. It has been designed to offer innovative companies the chance to discuss, explore, trial and test emerging concepts. Launched by the CAA’s new Innovation Team, which was initially funded by a Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) grant, it has six participants. The six consist of Altitude Angel, Amazon, NATS and Searidge Technologies, NBEC Consortium, Nesta Challenges and Volocopter. Expected to work closely with the participants, the Innovation Team will have input to help them understand how they can meet regulatory
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UAV Navigation teams up with payload manufacturer

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UAV Navigation has joined forces with Octopus, a manufacturer of payload for UAV platforms. The move will see UAV Navigation’s Vector autopilot pair up with the Octopus Epsilon UAV gimbal payload. The combination is planned to provide positional and rotational parameters to enable precision tracking and pointing features for the camera. The Vector autopilot, due to its extensive I/O capabilities allows the transmission of attitude and position data directly to the gimbal so no additional devices are needed. UAV Navigation commented on the move and said that as a firm wanting to work with payload manufacturers, it sees this partnership
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