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In the UAV community (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) regulations and technology are changing constantly. Whether your a UAV enthusiast, or just purchased your first hobby drone, it is important to keep up with news within the industry. Follow Tracer Drone Technologies News & Media page for industry news from trusted sources. 

Australia: Drones worth $100K plunge into river at Perth light show

Thankfully, the drones were over a river. Check out the article from DroneDJ.

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SkyeBrowse now offers a free version of its drone 3D modeling app

One-click drone reality capture platform SkyeBrowse now offers a free version of its 3D modeling app that is used by more than 300 organizations across the US.

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Food Delivery Drone Lands on Power Lines

Check out the article from The Verge. This is not a good place to land a drone!

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Check out the new DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise drones

The Mavic 3 Enterprise Series redefines industry standards for small commercial drones.

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This kit gives DJI M30 drones unlimited flight time

See the article from Drone DJ. A product of Singapore-based tech company Volarious, V-Line Pro enables the M30 to be tethered and fly indefinitely using a ground power station.

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Planting Trees with Drones: AirSeed Delivers Seed Pods for Drone Reforestation Initiative

See the article from Drone life. CAL International Partners with AirSeed Technologies for Drone Reforestation Initiative, planting trees with drones.

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TSA is testing drone detection tech at Los Angeles airport

See the article from Drone DJ The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says it has begun testing drone detection, tracking, and identification technology around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Texas prison drone drug-smuggling ring busted, netting 42 suspects

See the article from Drone DJ how Law enforcement officials in Texas have arrested 42 people in an alleged criminal ring that used a drone to smuggle drugs into state prisons, including an inmate who now risks a life sentence for his role in the plot.

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Check out Samsung's new public safety drone

DNDN is the concept drone from Samsung that has been designed to help to keep the public safe.

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Operating a Drone Across the Ocean, with Only a Standard Cellphone Connection

Check out Dronelife's article: Skypersonic Remote Operations: Inspecting an Industrial Plant with Drone Piloted from Across the Atlantic Ocean Via Cellphone Connection

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Flying robots prevent bird strikes

Check out Dronelife's article on how airports are using cool tech to help stop bird strikes.

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Drones Are Turning Into Personal Flying Machines

Check out Wired's article. We were promised jetpacks that never arrived. But you know what’s finally here? Big, honking drones you can ride on.

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Want to know more about the DJI Mini 3 Pro?

DJI's Mini 3 is soon to be launched. Here are some more details.

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Percepto has partnered with Florida Light & Power!

This Company Just Unveiled The World’s Largest Autonomous Commercial Drone Deployment

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Headed to Xponential 2022?

Show Highlights: from DroneLife

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Own a DJI drone? Try FlightHub 2 for free!

FlightHub 2 Is Now Available For Free To All DJI Users. See how you can get access to the free public beta of DJI FlightHub 2 in six simple steps. 

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Offshore Drone Deliveries: Wingcopter and German Airways

Drones will soon have to ability to start making offshore deliveries.

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When will we see passenger drones?

When Will We See Passenger Drones? Volocopter CEO Florian Reuter from Amsterdam Drone Week

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DJI’s newest drone can fly in heavy rain — and has its own robotic dock

Check out the new DJI M30 Enterprise drone

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Wing Drone Delivery in Australia: One Drone Delivery Every 25 Seconds, Commercial Ops at Scale

Australia sees Drone Delivery by Wing Every 25 Seconds; 200,000 Deliveries

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An Inside Look at How Police Use Drones: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Read the Richmond Standard's article on how Drones were deployed to help capture a fleeing suspect in San Pablo

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An Inside Look at How Police Use Drones: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Read Dronelife's article from a founding member of Ft. Wayne’s Air Support Unit: how drones are used, how they train, and how they work with the community.

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Drones for Animal Rescue: Doug Thron Flies Around the World, Saving Pets and Wildlife After Natural Disasters

Drone Pilot and Photographer Douglas Thron travels the world following natural disasters, using drones for animal rescue.

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Rescuers attach sausages to drones to lure dog to safety in England

Rescuers working to draw a runaway dog away from dangerous mud flats in England lured the canine to safety by attaching a sausage to a drone.

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Drone carrying a defibrillator saves its first heart attack patient in Sweden

A man in Sweden is alive today thanks to — in part — a drone. The 71-year-old had a heart attack while shoveling snow in December and was resuscitated by a nearby doctor after a drone flew in a defibrillator, 

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Drones mapping, modeling historic site doomed by erosion

Custodians of the Seaford Head coastal cliffs in southeast England know loss of their archeologically important site to erosion and rising sea levels is a question of when, not if, and as a result are using drones and other digital technology to thoroughly map and model the area before it’s gone.

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The world’s first flying indoor security camera for your home is coming soon.

Equipped with navigation sensors, Always Home Cam moves safely inside your home – giving you a flexible point of view when you’re away. See what’s happening or fly to the action on your preset paths in the Ring App.

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Apple May be Expanding Into the World of Drones

Is there an iDrone in the making? Recent patent applications suggest that the Cupertino-based tech giant may actually be working on making a drone. According to a report by 9to5Mac, in the last year Apple has filed three patents for drones. Will Apple deliver a drone that works seamlessly with the iPhone? Time will tell. 

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Thermal Camera Used in Search for Missing Man 

The Western Berks Fire Department is putting its new drone technology to use. The department is now equipped with thermal drone technology. Commissioner Jared Renshaw described the drone technology as a "game-changer". The department expects the drone to become a vital part of their search and recovery effort in the future.  

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Fire and Rescue Drones at Work

Glenn Johnson has proved the worth of his department's launch of a drone fleet through rescue operations. In the past year, the FFD increasingly used drones during a variety of incidents, soecial events and geographic information system (GIS) projects. 

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Drones are the Future of Outdoor Search and Rescue 

If you get lost in the outdoors, your rescue may come from above in the form of small-propeller drones that are revolutionizing search and rescue, and saving lives. Even federal operations like the National Park Service have turned to drones for search and rescue efforts. There are currently 61 drone pilots trained to fly in National Parks. 

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Drones Being Used to Airlift Dogs Stranded by the Volcano in La Palma

Lava from a volcano on the island of  La Palma, Spain, has left several dogs stranded. Aerocamaras has obtained permits to try a unique rescue using drones to rescue the dogs. They plan on having a drone drop a net on each dog, and then whisk it to safety. A cargo drone with capabilities to carry 50 pounds per flight will be used. The complex rescue will require the dogs to be carried about 1,476 feet over lava. 

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Walgreens Announces Drone Delivery Option

Walgreens and drone delivery company Wing announced Wednesday plans to bring store-to-door delivery to Dallas-Fort Worth, expanding into densely populated metropolitan areas in the United States. The duo envisions deliveries of small packages will be made within 10 minutes or less using drone technology. "We’ll start with over-the-counter healthcare items, medicines. We’ll do snacks and food. One thing that we’re really excited about, and we hope we’ll be able to do, the COVID test kits," Jacob Demmitt, U.S. Marketing and Communications for Wing said. "From the time you press order until there’s a package sitting at your house, it’s about 10 minutes. Our fastest delivery time ever was two minutes and 47 seconds."

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A Step Closer to Flying Cars?

A startup from Israel has unveiled its first 'easy-to-operate' two seater flying car, that it hopes will be used to shuttle passengers through city skies as early as 2024. The all electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will primarily be sold in the US, where the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has worked with developers AIR for two years on preparing licensing and regulations to make it legal and safe. AIR executives say they hope to have approval by the end of 2023 for their AIR ONE vehicle, that is expected to cost 'about the same as a high end road car'. 

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2021 Drone Photography Awards

Stunning aerial footage from the Drone Photography Awards 2021 capture everything from a couple sunbathing on an iceberg to an eerie congregation of sheep. Stunning aerial footage from the Drone Photography Awards 2021 capture everything from a couple sunbathing on an iceberg to an eerie congregation of sheep. 

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Drone Racing Fan Experience is About to Get A Lot More Exciting 

Drone Racing League (DRL) is launching an innovation hub to develop next-generation aerial technologies that would disrupt both the sport and the fan experience.The company will launch DRL Labs – a research and development center that will advance the sport of drone racing. Draganfly and DRL engineers will work hand in hand to develop new technical solutions within autonomy, sensors, and artificial intelligence ecosystems to contribute discoveries to industries such as humanitarian aid, transportation, and aerial delivery. 

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BRINC Receives $25 Million in Series A Funding

BRINC, an emerging leader in the public safety drone market, has announced a $25 million Series A funding round. BRINC’s announcement of the funding round provides some insight into future plans. “Looking ahead, BRINC is building a system designed to respond to emergencies in seconds and succeed the police helicopter. This system would create a distributed network of drones in multiple locations to aid first responders when lives are at risk. In addition, BRINC is developing drones for industrial use cases that are dangerous for people.”

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Honda Announces Plans to Build Electric VTOLs and Telepresence Robots

Honda is switching gears from traditional cars and trucks, to Avatar-style remote telepresence robots and electric Vtols for inter- and intracity commutes before turning its ambitions to building a fuel-cell driven power generation system for the lunar surface. Honda envisions a future where people are unencumbered by space and time, where telepresence robots have visual and tactile acuity rivalling that of humans. The Avatar Robot is planned to be put into practical use in the 2030s and will conduct technology demonstration testing by the end of Q1, 2024.

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Oralndo is Leading the U.S. Towards Advanced Air obility

Orlando Florida is looking to become a national leader in air mobility options, including emerging electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing technologies and "vertiports for air taxis". Orlando Mayjor Buddy Dyer stated "As transportation options continue to evolve over time, the availability and accessibility of incorporating air taxis into a community’s transportation network greatly increases. As a future-ready city, the City of Orlando wants to be prepared to embrace these new transportation amenities that can enhance our regional connectivity and serve as a major backbone of our future transportation network.”. To move efforts forward, Orlando has partnered with VHB to create a Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Transportation Plan. 

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