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  • BREAKING: DOD Statement on DJI Drones
    by Miriam McNabb on July 24, 2021 at 12:06 am

    The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has clarified their position on Chinese made drones.  In a DOD statement on DJI drones, the agency stated that “systems produced by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) pose potential threats to national security.”  (Read the full statement here.) The statement appears to be in response to a recent Pentagon audit, The post BREAKING: DOD Statement on DJI Drones appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • China Deploys Drone to Restore Communications During Flood Disaster
    by Miriam McNabb on July 23, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    The South China Morning Post has reported that China deployed the Wing Loong 2H military scale drone to restore communications during the recent floods, in another example of how drone technology can be utilized for disaster response. Recent flooding destroyed ground-based communications infrastructure.  The all-weather, long-duration Wing Loong 2H hovered for five hours in torrential rains, The post China Deploys Drone to Restore Communications During Flood Disaster appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Drone Taxi Market Predicted to Grow to More than $800 Million in the next 8 years. Where Will They Fly?
    by Miriam McNabb on July 22, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Update July 23, 2021: Joby Aviation, mentioned below, reached out to clarify that their aircraft are not “drone taxis” but manned by type-rated pilots.  A new report “Drone Taxi Market by Range (Intercity, Intracity), Propulsion (Fully Electric, Hybrid, Electric Hydrogen), Autonomy (Fully Autonomous, Remotely Piloted), Passenger Capacity (Up to 2, 3 to 5, More than 5), The post Drone Taxi Market Predicted to Grow to More than $800 Million in the next 8 years. Where Will They Fly? appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • The NTSB Wants Authority to Investigate Drone Accidents. Will That Really Improve Safety?
    by Miriam McNabb on July 22, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    A new Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) seeks to revise the agency’s authority to investigate drone accidents.  In AUVSI’s formal comment, the largest unmanned systems advocacy organization asks if the change – which expands the agency’s reach to smaller drones – will really impact aviation safety. Currently, The post The NTSB Wants Authority to Investigate Drone Accidents. Will That Really Improve Safety? appeared first on DRONELIFE.

  • Atlanta Police Department to Host DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety UAS Summit at AUVSI XPONENTIAL
    by Miriam McNabb on July 21, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety UAS Summit in Atlanta is an important part of this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL show, providing public safety agencies from all over the world the opportunity to gather for training, education, and collaboration.  This year, the 2,000 strong force of the Atlanta Police Department will serve as the host agency for the The post Atlanta Police Department to Host DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety UAS Summit at AUVSI XPONENTIAL appeared first on DRONELIFE.