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£65m cash injection to help build batteries for electric aeroplanes

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A £65m government cash injection is set to help make the UK the global home for future technologies in battery development, robotics and advanced healthcare treatments. Part of the funding will go towards the development of robots that inspect, maintain and repair nuclear power stations, satellites and wind turbines. Of the investment announced today, nearly £44 million to develop the next generation of high-performance batteries for electric vehicles and wind turbines, which could also be used for new technologies such as electric aeroplanes. The funding will also be used to complete a first-of-its-kind UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, in Coventry, West
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Australian drone registration to go live later this month

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CASA, the Australian regulator, will soon require drone pilots to register drones which were recently exempt. Those flying in the sub 2kg or flying over your own land exemption category will now need to register from September 30. This must be done by January 28, 2021. CASA, which can be completed through the myCASA portal, says the registration will help ensure people are flying responsibly. It went on to explain that it is currently consulting on proposed charges which include an initial fee-free period as well as the introduction of a simplified fee structure for other regulatory services – providing
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