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DJI Inspire 2 top speed reduced to preserve video quality

DJI Inspire 2 top speed reduced to preserve video quality

DJI introduced the Inspire 2 drone earlier this month, listing it with a top speed of 67MPH — highway speeds, and one of many exciting features. That top speed has been reduced slightly by DJI, however, which bumped the Inspire 2 drone’s top speed down to 58MPH. This move was necessary, according to the company, to make sure video stability and overall quality weren’t compromised.

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DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

Consumer drones have become such a problem and legal grey area that people have started taking matters into their own hands. Some go as far as shooting them down and ending up in trouble themselves. While there are a few products or experiments that try to deal with drones, many of them result in damaging the drone. DroneShield proposes a better, less violent solution, though you probably wouldn’t guess it from the way it looks. The DroneGun unabashedly looks like some heavy duty rifle, but it can safely make a drone land or retreat, without firing an actual explosive shot.

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Despite Facebook drone crash, it’s all “successful” testing

Despite Facebook drone crash, it’s all “successful” testing

Does your vast, internet-broadcasting solar-powered drone need to land in one piece in order to be considered a success? Facebook clearly doesn't believe so, giving the Aquila internet drone test flight back in June a rave review, despite a freshly-confirmed safety investigation being carried out by US regulators. Their complaint: the drone flight, despite what Facebook might have led us to believe, wasn't quite such a perfect performance.

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Facebook Aquila drone crash under investigation by NTSB

Facebook Aquila drone crash under investigation by NTSB

Facebook has been flying a drone aircraft in testing that it hopes to be able to use to beam internet access to unserved parts of the world. The first test flight of the massive unmanned drone occurred on June 28 of this year. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the test flight in June was a success. However, there was a significant issue with that test flight as the aircraft came in for a landing.

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AirSelfie mini drone uses 5MP camera to take your selfie

AirSelfie mini drone uses 5MP camera to take your selfie

Taking a selfie from a distance greater than the length of your arm requires either a second person or a selfie stick...or, if a new Kickstarter campaign is successful, a small pocket drone. Called AirSelfie, this new drone is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, and it features a small integrated camera for recording videos and/or taking photographs. If all goes as planned, the drone will start shipping in March.

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DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro drones go up for preorder

DJI Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro drones go up for preorder

DJI has announced the new Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 drones. Both items are available for preorder now, and they target serious filmmakers and others who need to record high-quality aerial footage. The Phantom 4 Pro boasts a camera with a 1-inch 20-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. The Inspire 2, meanwhile, has a couple camera options as well as a top speed of 67MPH. This follows the recent launch of the DJI M600 Pro.

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TSB probes plane’s near-collision with drone: two people hurt

TSB probes plane’s near-collision with drone: two people hurt

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) is investigating an incident in which a plane nearly collided with what is believed to be a drone, something that forced the pilots to take evasive maneuvers that ultimately resulted in two flight attendants being injured. The incident happened Monday morning and involved a Porter airlines plane destined for Toronto. There were 54 passengers on the plane when this happened, but fortunately none of them were hurt. The plane was at a height of nearly 9,000ft when it encountered the drone.

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DJI launches M600 Pro to expand industrial drone lineup

DJI launches M600 Pro to expand industrial drone lineup

Usually, whenever we hear of a new drone from DJI, it's targeted at the consumer space. That isn't the case today, with DJI introducing its Matrice 600 Pro to the world. Outfitted with hardware and capabilities to tackle the industrial drone space, the M600 Pro takes what made the original M600 a popular model and improves it with this release.

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Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Sausage drone delivery lands Australian man possible $9k fine

Another report has surfaced that highlights the need to exercise caution and understand local regulations when using drones. One Australian man is now facing a hefty $9,000 AUD fine after sharing a video in which he seemingly uses a drone to both retrieve and deliver a sausage. It’s not the sausage delivery itself that may get him in legal trouble, however, but the way in which he made the delivery.

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GoPro Karma recalled over power loss issues

GoPro Karma recalled over power loss issues

It has barely been two months since GoPro launched its much-awaited and much-delayed first ever drone, but it seems that the Karma’s time in the spotlight will be short-lived. The company whose name has become synonymous with action cameras has just announced a recall of its GoPro Karma drones, all 2,500 or so of them, citing still undetermined issues that lead to power loss in the middle of operation. Considering the company’s coffers are already in the red, this recall has unsurprisingly made its market shares take a nosedive again.

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Parrot Bebop 2 has new follow-me features, but they’ll cost you

Parrot Bebop 2 has new follow-me features, but they’ll cost you

Parrot has added follow-me features to its Bebop 2 drone, but you’ll have to pay to get them in the FreeFlight Pro app. Using this mode, users can have the drone position itself so that the operator is always in the shot, something that is itself made possible with three different technologies: visual recognition, GPS, and altimeter vertical tracking.

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Airblock is a programmable modular drone for fun, learning

Airblock is a programmable modular drone for fun, learning

Most consumer drones can be found on two extremes. On one end, you’ve got sturdy, professional drones that cost hundreds of dollars. On the other end, you’ve got simple toys that won’t make you cry when they break but offer little else besides doing a few flips and flops. Drones, however, are just as, or maybe even more, interesting than robotics and can become a vehicle, pardon the pun, for both education and entertainment. Thus, the Airblock was conceived, offering a drone that’s easy to assemble and disassemble and can be programmed like a real robot.

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