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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. 

It's National Drone Safety Awareness Week!

September 13th-19th is National Drone Safety Awareness Week. All week long AUVSI and the FAA will be teaming up to educate the public about drone safety. The duo will be calling attention to drone safety champions by promoting YOUR safety stories, successes, events, and educational programs. Daily safety message themes include 'Safe Flyers Take Trust', 'Become Apart of the Flying Community', and 'New Rules' with information on remote ID compliance strategy. 

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New eVTOL "Seeker" Claims to be Better Than a Helicopter

Terrafugia has scaled down and launched a smaller eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) called the Seeker. With a range of more than three hours of flight on a single charge, the Commaris Seeker can reach a top speed of over 60 mph, and has a carrying capacity of up to 10 pounds. The aircraft can travel a distance of 170 miles, comparable to what a helicopter is capable of. Unlike a Helicopter, the Seeker operates much quiter and is virtually silent above 500ft. 

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Drone Traffic Management Tool is Used to Help Save Lives

GuardianUTM will now be integrated into a not-for-profit search and rescue solutions management system, SarStuff. As more and more first responders start to embrace drones for life-saving operations, the cloud-based system is increasingly being adopted by police forces and fire departments. 

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Drones Provide Impressive Fly-Through at PGA Tour Championship

A drone fly-through provided a impressive hawk's-eye view of the PGA Championship Tour. Drone DJ described the video as "We’re talking entering through the front door, zig-zagging through plush rooms, buzzing up the stairs, navigating tight corridors leading up to the locker room, exiting through a window and back in to interrupt an interview, and finally speeding up to take us to a finale that you wouldn’t believe until you see it.". As more impressive drone content is released, it is clear that drone use will become the standard in video content in the future. 

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15 Minute Drone Inspections for Wind Turbines 

Drones are proving to be a quick, cost effective solutions to inspect Wind Turbins as demand grows. Jay Choi, Nearthlab's CEO and co-founder stated “Using computer vision and AI software, the drone consistently flies along the blade while maintaining a close and constant distance to capture the smallest details. The inspectors can utilize this data to help them manage the overall operations, the maintenance and repair jobs.".

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Ondas Acquires American Robotics to Define the Value of Drones Operating at Scale

Ondas Holdings Inc. has completed the acquisition of American Robotics, Inc. The acquisition plans to prove what kind of technology drones can enable at scale. Reese Mozer, CEO, stated “Ultimately, we want to build a drone program is about more than just the drone itself, Because we understand what the scope of these complete solutions look like, and how they can define and enable connectivity on every level, we know what it means to scale. The data processing pipeline that's completely automated with our system is built on top of the autonomy and approval that we already have, so there’s a more you’d going to be seeing from us.”

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DJI's Mavic 3 Pro Release

Although anticipated in Q4 for this year, DJI's Mavic 3 Pro has been delayed until January 2022. Far and few between photo leaks of the product had pointed to signs of a delay in design for the long awaited drone. Enthusiasts worry that any additional delays in design could interfere with the Lunar New Year celebrations, thus causing further delays. 

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Firefighters use DJI drones and software to provide crucial disaster relief

DJI Drone Technology with aerial mapping GINA software was deployed to assist in a fire covering 10 square miles in Czech Republic. Col. David Jirous, head of KOPIS, stated: “Thanks to the experience gained from mapping areas damaged by tornadoes, we want to apply this knowledge to the project we are currently working on, which focuses on automatic mapping of the marked area in GIS or in GINA Tablet. A unique feature of this project will be the time it takes for the digital map to get to first responders in the field. We would like to distribute the data from the drone to GINA apps in near real time using a fast mobile connection such as 5G and LTE networks, or on a local network.”.

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Germany’s Lilium strikes $1 billion eTVOL deal with Brazil’s Azul airline

German electric take-off and landing (eTVOL) craft manufacturer Lilium has announced an expansion of its global advanced air mobility activities (AAM) to Brazil through a partnership with local airline Azul. The agreement calls for Azul to buy and operate Lilium eTVOL planes in a deal valued at $1 billion.

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How to Legally Fly a Drone in the United States 

Are you ready for takeoff? This artical will break down what you need to legally fly a drone in the United States. Learn about federal governemnt rules and get the answers to frequently asked questions. 

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Drones Used In Opening Olympics Ceremony 

More than 1,800 drones lit up the sky at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony. A great alternative to fireworks, drone light shows can really turn it up a notch with hundreds of light-equipped robots flying around the sky in formation, creating shapes, objects, words, and anything else you could think of.

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DJI Drones Cleared by Department of Defense Audit

DJI Government Edition Drones have been cleared for use by the US Department of Defenses. DJI spokespersone, Adam Lisberg, states “This U.S. government report is the strongest confirmation to date of what we, and independent security validations, have been saying for years – DJI drones are safe and secure for government and enterprise operations,”.

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Drone Used to Transport Vital Human Organ

"The opportunity is to reduce the number of people that touch that particular organ, to get it to the hospital, to get it to that particular patient as quickly as possible. That's what we're really trying to do here," Susan Gunderson, the founder and CEO of LifeSource, said.

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Kroger is Testing Grocery Delivery with Drones

The supermarket chain, Kroger, has begun testing drones for grocery delievery. Through Kroger’s pilot program, residents in Cincinnati and Monroe will be able to place online orders on kroger.com/dronedelivery and have their packages delivered straight to their smartphone’s geolocation. The companies efforts are another huge step forward for the future of drone delievery. 

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Drone Delivery Gets Seal of Approval in U.S. Test Site

Christianburg, Virginia is home to one of the most advanced trial drone delivery services operating in the United States. Out of the 22,000 residents, 87% give drone delivery their seal of approval. The trial is operated by Wing, Alphabet's drone-delivery subsidiary. As the interest in drone delivery rises and regulation adapt, expert’s say services like this could become routine in the next few years.

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New FAA Drone Rules Take Effect

An important update to the rules regarding the operation of drones flying over people and at night has taken place. U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, stated “Today’s rules are an important first step in safely and securely managing the growing use of drones in our airspace, though more work remains on the journey to full integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS),”.

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NASA Completes First Drone Flight On Mars

NASA has successfully landed its first solar-powered drone on the red planet. The success of the mission is opening new doors for future space exploration using similar autonomous drones. NASA is favoring drone exploration as they provide the ability to travel farther and explore harder-to-reach places that are off limits to ground-bound rovers.

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PromoDrone Expands Drone Advertising to Global Markets

In a historic moment that signifies the advancement and market acceptance of the drone advertising industry, PromoDrone partners with Bella Wings Aviation of Guam in an international licensing partnership that is the first of its kind.

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An interview with Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics

Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics and a pioneer in Drone Manufacturing. Read Chris's exclusive interview with Drone Industry Insights to learn more about 3D Robotics and opportunities Chris sees arising within the drone industry.

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