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Representative body launched for South African drone industry

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The drone industry in South Africa now has its own representative body following the launch of the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Safu). The nonprofit body, launched last week in Kyalami, aims to promote and support the development of the industry and to educate operators in the correct use of UAVs. Chairperson Sam Twala said: “Safu is a nonprofit organisation. We currently have a strategic plan, but it is for a short time, only for this financial year. “We have a plan to have interest groups. That is, under the aegis of Safu, various member companies will be
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DJI unveils Manifold 2 on-board supercomputer to make drones autonomous

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DJI has introduced the Manifold 2, a compact onboard supercomputer for DJI drones that can turn them into autonomous robots. With the new capability, users would be able to process complex image data onboard the drone and gets immediate results. Users can also program drones to fly autonomously while identifying objects and avoiding obstacles. Jan Gasparic, director of strategic partnerships at DJI, commented: “Through partnerships with some of the industry’s leading computing companies and chip manufacturers, we are enabling DJI drones to become intelligent flying robots that can perform complex computing tasks and advanced image processing literally on the fly.”
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Citadel Defense Company awarded US government purchase contract valued at over £750k

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The Citadel Defense Company has been awarded a purchase contract valued over £750,000 ($1M) by the Defense Logistics Agency in support of USSOCOM requirements. This is the company's sixth government contract for its mobile system that counters threatening drones. Through autonomy, proprietary machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, Citadel Defense creates a force multiplier for Warfighters that enables them to be more efficient. Christopher Williams, CEO at Citadel Defense , said: "By working alongside the U.S. Government and hundreds of warfighters, we've fielded a capability that works today, at scale, and with minimal field support in the harshest operating environments. 
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WATCH: BAE Systems challenges students to counter drone threat

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BAE Systems has sponsored a multi-university competition at Cranfield Airport. Taking place last week, it brought together four teams from three universities in a game of attack and defence using UAVs. The teams from Cranfield University, University of Manchester and University of Strathclyde were challenged to develop the most effective solution to take control of unauthorised UAVs in a restricted area. Organisers say the scenario was developed based on the real and emerging threats that exist to protect urban spaces, airfields and airports from such incidents. The students used a combination of technologies including AI and automation, together with close
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