About the Author

Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone-related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys, and Electrek.

Haye can be reached at haye@dronedj.com or @hayekesteloo

 

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Yesterday

If you have some time left over this Friday afternoon, I highly recommend reading the following article about DJI that was published in Bloomberg a few days ago. The article is titled: “DJI Won the Drone Wars, and Now It’s Paying the Price.” In it, two Bloomberg reporters provide some exclusive and detailed behind-the-scenes information about the world’s largest drone maker.

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In an email this morning, DJI announced that the drone maker will extend the warranty service period for products with their original warranty ending from March 14, 2020 through April 30, 2020, to April 30, 2020, as the company recognizes that some of its customers may not be able to safely send their DJI products and drones in for warranty service during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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March 26

In an email earlier today, DJI announced: “Save now on DJI FPV, enjoy 16% off select products.” Clicking the link in the email brings you to a page where you’ll find a good number of DJI FPV products and discounted accessories.

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As you might have seen on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter yesterday, the Chinese drone maker DJI announced that the company is “Introducing the DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0,” and that the “DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 is back.” This is a bit weird and confusing since the iconic quadcopter has been back in stock for some time now. As you can imagine, the announcement from DJI caused some confusion among drone enthusiasts. Is this a new version of the Phantom 4 drone? No, it’s not. This is the same old, same old. SO why did DJI make this announcement? Let’s take a closer look at what might be going on here.

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Today, Transport Canada granted the first certificate for beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) for special flight drone operations to MVT Geo-solutions, in partnership with Iris Automation, using only onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA).

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March 25

What do you do when you run out of toilet paper during the coronavirus lockdown? Well, you contact your buddy and have it delivered to you by drone. Or at least that’s what this guy did in San Francisco. Check it out.

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InterDrone statement regarding COVID-19

At this time of global concern, the health and safety of our communities and constituents are of the utmost importance to us, and we are committed to the overall well-being of our industry. We wanted to take a moment to check in with everyone.

Sky Power welcomes new US Sales Manager

In order to expand and strengthen their position on the US market Sky Power welcomes Trent Aguon as a Sales Manager. Serving the UAS Industry for over 14 years and working with Scan Eagle UAS, Trent has great technical experience in this field.

Parrot, the leading European drone group, announced today the addition of enhanced flight data tracking to Parrot’s ANAFI drone through a partnership with DroneLogbook — which will allow pilots to keep track of their equipment’s performance, schedule necessary maintenance, as well as record and report all pertinent information to comply with FAA regulation.

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March 24

UPS Flight forward and Wingcopter to develop versatile new drone FLEET

UPS drone delivery subsidiary UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF) today said it would collaborate with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the United States and internationally.

Some of our readers have sent us these drone videos that show the deserted streets in Chicago and Zurich as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world. By now almost all countries seem to have implemented some form of social distancing and governments are strongly advising people to stay home in an effort to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to flatten the curve.

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March 23

Here’s a new way to use drones during the coronavirus lockdown. Instead of yelling at people why not ask a girl for a date using your drone? Yes, drone dating during the coronavirus lockdown with a DJI Mavic drone.

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In the fight against the coronavirus, we have seen countries such as China, Spain, and France turn to drones to help communicate to people and urge them to stay inside. We had not yet seen similar drone use in the US until now. The Chula Vista Police Department in California has started to use drones to enforce the coronavirus lockdown.

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March 20

Ocean Aero, based in San Diego, will deliver underwater drones that can stay at sea for months and operate both on the surface as well as underwater, for a Homeland Security program. The company has been awarded a multi-year, $4 million dollar contract by the US Department of Homeland Security.

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After China and Spain, the French Riviera police are now using drones as well to inform people about the dangers of the coronavirus and to order them to keep a safe distance.

Update: new photos confirm indeed that a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise with a speaker was used in this case. Drone-06 was involved in the drone operation.

Photo credits: AFP/Valery Hache

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March 19

A few weeks ago we learned that drones are playing a crucial role in fighting the coronavirus outbreak. For instance, we recently saw the Spanish police using drones to urge people to stay home. But even earlier we saw drones being used in China to quickly spray large areas with disinfectants. Today we’ve learned that the U.S. Department of Defense has no plans to use drones to fight the coronavirus.

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After the NYC Drone Film Festival and the Boston Drone Film Festival, we now have the inaugural Southern California Drone Film Festival. The event will take place on October 3rd of this year in Fullerton, California. There are 14 different categories for which you can submit your aerial footage or photo starting today!

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March 18

[Ed. Note: Yes we are aware that the tour will likely/hopefully be cancelled because of the Coronavirus, but after the pandemic ends…]

Yves Aucoin, Celine Dion’s production designer, uses Verity’s micro-drone technology to amaze the public on Celine’s Courage world tour. Verity’s drones are small, very lightweight, and can change colors instantly. These small unmanned aircraft have been used by some of the biggest entertainment names such as Canadian rapper Drake, rock bands like Metallica, and Cirque du Soleil.

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New research improves drone detection by radar [video]

New research improves drone detection as researchers are aiming to set up an open drone database to help design radar systems and drone detection techniques. Radar technology is one of the solutions to monitor the presence of drones and prevent possible threats. Due to their varying sizes, shapes and composite materials, drones can be challenging to detect.

Drone Delivery Canada statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Drone Delivery Canada Corp. (TSXV:FLT)(OTC:TAKOF)(Frankfurt: ABB) (the “Company” or “DDC“) would like to reassure our stakeholders that even before COVID-19, we have had in place robust health, safety and security protocols. We remain diligent and we are following all recommendations from Health Canada sources as Canada deals with COVID-19. The Company’s business operations remain ongoing.

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