DJI rolls out Mavic 3 firmware update to fix IMU calibration issue

A new firmware version has just been released for the DJI Mavic 3 drone to fix the IMU calibration issue that many users are facing after updating their aircraft to v01.00.0700. The 0700 firmware update, which came out on ...

War in Ukraine is sapping Russia’s supply of commercial drones

In what represents yet another unexpected consequence of a war Moscow incorrectly believed would be a quick walk in the park, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is provoking the depletion of the nation’s supply of commercial drones, and sparking a correspondingly steep rise in ...

MEDUSA ‘dual robot’  drone flies and dives to monitor water quality

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a shape-shifting drone that can both fly through the air and float on a water surface. This Multi-Environment Dual robot for Underwater Sample Acquisition, aka MEDUSA, drone can also extend its “tentacles” underwater ...

DJI releases RS 3, RS 3 Pro gimbals with automatic unlock, LiDAR focusing

DJI RS 3 Pro with LiDAR Range Finder DJI RS 3, RS 3 Pro: Price and availability DJI is upping its gimbal game with the release of new RS 3 and RS 3 Pro models for mirrorless and cinema ...

France’s SITA to provide IT services at Skyports’ AAM vertiports

Wearing its increasingly large hat as a next-generation advanced air mobility (AAM) infrastructure builder, Skyports has struck a partnership with French air industry IT specialist SITA to outfit its future vertiports with digital services facilitating passenger use of air taxi ...

New $145 million Overair infusion fuels drive to test eVTOL prototype in 2023

Overair, developer of an electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with significantly reduced noise output, has received $145 million in additional funding to support its push to test fly a prototype of its Butterfly plane next year. The financial ...

Heisha launches autonomous drone charging station for eVTOL aircraft

Ahead of the expected demand by operators of eVTOL aircraft, autonomous drone charging station hardware manufacturer Heisha has unveiled a new dock, V200, that can charge a vertical takeoff and landing drone in 120 minutes. The IP55-rated V200 eVTOL ...

San Diego drone tech startup raises $165M to build AI pilot

Shield AI, an artificial intelligence company focusing on drones and other autonomous aircraft, is on a mission to build “the world’s best AI pilot.” To that end, the San Diego startup has raised $90 million in equity and $75 ...

Propeller Aero, Quantum-Systems pair in drone surveying, 3D mapping of construction sites

Construction and mining companies now have an additional mapping asset for faster and more effective surveying of worksites with the announcement that Propeller Aero’s data visualization and analytics tech is now compatible with Quantum-Systems’ top-drawer drone. Denver-based Propeller Aero ...

Echodyne gets $135 million infusion amid spiking demand for anti-drone radar systems

Specialized radar company Echodyne has raised $135 million in new funding it needs to keep pace with client demand and to continue anti-drone tech development, receiving the largest boost from backers Bill Gates and Scotland’s Baillie Gifford Group. The Series ...

Amazon to begin free drone delivery service in California

Don’t look now, but Amazon’s beleaguered drone delivery program, Prime Air, is finally beginning to show signs of life. The company announced today that customers in Lockeford, California, will be among the first in the US to see Amazon ...

UK’s MoD shapes its UAV future with Skydio drones

Planners in the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) are drawing consequences from the enormous effects of small commercial drones deployed in Ukraine’s defense against Russian invaders, and are turning to top-drawer consumer tech specialists like Skydio to muscle up their own UAV assets. ...

Paris metro looks to modernize with drone inspections

Though the Paris Métro may be over 120 years old, the famous underground subway system strives to stay young through modernization, and is now preparing to roll out new tech innovations that include robots and drones. Operator Régie autonome des transports parisiens ...

DJI’s new OM 5 smartphone gimbal sees first discount with built-in selfie stick to $129

Several retailers are now offering the very first discount on DJI’s new OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer. Now dropping down to $129 shipped direct from DJI, as well as Adorama and Amazon, today’s offer takes $30 off the usual ...

Ukraine teen and his drone doom Russian convoy nearing Kyiv

A 15-year-old amateur pilot in Ukraine has provided an excellent example of how consumer drones have become one of the worst – and deadliest ­– nightmares for Russian armed forces seeking to conquer the country, according to a report detailing the ...

California man arrested for dropping illegal fireworks from drone

A 55-year-old man has been arrested for dropping ignited M-80 type explosive devices from his drone in California. According to the authorities, the culprit has been issued a misdemeanor citation for dangerous fireworks, and his drone confiscated for evidence. ...

The Buzz Podcast 26: Mini 3 and Mavic 3 updates, Irish drone pilot convicted, and more

Join Yifei and Seth for this week’s weekly round-up of news from the drone industry. Each week they discuss the top stories and pick a drone video of the week. Shop DJI, Autel, or other drone products on Amazon ...

Leak shows DJI FPV Goggles for rumored Avata CineWhoop drone

A photo of the DJI FPV goggles for the rumored Avata drone has leaked online. The CineWhoop-style drone is expected to release in July. Leaker @DealsDrone shared two new images over the weekend that show the DJI Avata drone ...

Taser drone maker halts project after mass resignation from ethics board

Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith says he’s “pausing work” on the infamous Taser drone project until his company has had a chance to “fully explore the best path forward.” The announcement comes as nine of the 12 members ...

DJI Action 2 camera Power Combo falls to new all-time low of $279 (Save $120)

DJI is now offering its new DJI Action 2 Power Combo for $279 shipped. Also matched at Adorama. Down from the usual $399 price tag, today’s offer is marking a new all-time low. We last saw it sell for ...

Thermal drone helps Nevada police catch suspects on the run

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Begging to differ with US ban, UK’s MoD buys DJI drones

The special relationship and traditionally skintight closeness on security matters between both countries notwithstanding, the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is buying DJI drones that the US government has blacklisted on data security concerns. Word the MoD was gearing ...

Zipline trials medical drone deliveries in Nigeria’s Kaduna State

Zipline is once again expanding its instant logistics network in Africa, this time with the addition of new centers overseeing drone deliveries of medical supplies in Nigeria, which boasts the continent’s largest population and economy. San Francisco-based Zipline said it has ...

SKYMAGIC steals the show with Queen’s Jubilee drone performance

Despite earlier concerts by pop stars, appearances of celebrities, and speeches by royalty, it was UK drone performance specialist SKYMAGIC that stole the show Saturday night with its aerial salute to Queen Elizabeth II during the Platinum Jubilee celebration ...

DIU’s Blue sUAS revision broadens use of four drone platforms

The Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) has updated its Blue sUAS list of drones meeting standards to qualify for use by US forces and government agencies, clearing Ascent Aerosystem’s Sprint line of coaxial UAVs, the WingtraOne, and two other craft for broader ...

Ascent AeroSystems unveils new coaxial rotor delivery drone

Ascent AeroSystems, a leading manufacturer of compact, all-weather, high-performance coaxial rotor platforms, has introduced a new drone designed for transporting objects of up to 5 lbs. in even exacting flight conditions. Massachusetts-based Ascent AeroSystems revealed its new NX30 drone this week, ...

Axon begins taser drone development amid backlash from ethics advisory board

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Ireland prosecutes, convicts its first rule-breaking drone pilot

When it comes to aerial safety rules, Irish aviation authorities don’t kid around. Just ask the man who became the first pilot successfully prosecuted in the country for breaking regulations by flying his drone above a crowd. The Irish ...

Teal to roll out four-drone, single-operator mini-swarm platform

Aerial tech group Red Cat Holdings has announced its Teal Drones unit is introducing a product allowing a single pilot to operate four UAVs simultaneously, offering swarm performance and effectiveness to defense and enterprise users alike. Red Cat, which added Teal to its stable ...

North Dakota to test 6 new BVLOS drone cases this summer

North Dakota calls itself “the Silicon Valley of drone innovation.” And this summer, the state will be able to do full justice to that tag when six companies simultaneously fly their drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for ...

Canadian firm offers unique drone detection solution

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Draganfly’s new Heavy Lift delivery drone can transport packages weighing up to 67 pounds

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Event 38 announces the E400, the company’s first VTOL drone

Event 38, an Ohio-based drone manufacturer, has just announced its first VTOL drone called the E400. Built in the US, it is on a short list of fixed-wing VTOL drones made stateside. Sporting a 90-minute flight time, the E400 ...

AirVuz offering XDynamic Evolve 2 in June drone video contest

AirVuz is teaming up with XDynamics, with the drone video and photography sharing platform offering one of its partner’s state-of-the-art UAVs to winners of its monthly aerial imaging contest. AirVuz, which awards winning pilots of its weekly competitions $250, will be ...

Tahitian drone pilot wows viewers with insane Teahupo’o surfing videos

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Lilium is latest eVTOL company to change leadership as certification looms

It is said that once is an accident, twice a coincidence, while thrice is a trend. That may now apply to recent leadership changes at top electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) plane manufacturers working toward craft certification ­– the ...

Exclusive: Norway’s GRIFF Aviation debuts rocket-launching drone at CANSEC conference

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Swiss Post to hand over drone delivery operations to California’s Matternet

California-based drone logistics company Matternet, which has been working successfully with Swiss Post since 2017, says it will take over drone delivery operations from Switzerland’s national postal service starting January 1, 2023. In addition, Matternet will leverage its experience from operations ...

Draganfly announces Commander 3 XL weather-resistant, multiuse drone

Canadian drone manufacturer Draganfly has announced the launch of its new North American-made Commander 3 XL drone. Draganfly is calling the high-endurance, weather-resistant, multirotor UAV the “Swiss Army Knife” of drones. The easy to assemble and transport drone is compatible ...

Skyports, Swoop Aero, Astral Aerial Solutions partner in Kenya’s first BVLOS medical drone deliveries

Drone service companies Skyports and Swoop Aero are extending their past partnerships to Kenya, where they’ve teamed up with local UAV operator Astral Aerial Solutions in a series of the nation’s first beyond line of sight (BVLOS) delivery trials ...

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