Amazon patents trucks that unleash and direct fleets of delivery drones

Amazon is understandably keen to make the job of deliveries easier. The latest idea is a new patent for a system where delivery vans would carry items almost to their destination, then send out and direct ground drones to do the final drop-off.

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DJI flies into the classroom with Tello Talent programmable drone

Drone titan DJI has today added a new model to its recently launched Education division. The company aims to encourage robotics and AI tech learning with a package that includes a teeny drone, an intuitive mobile app and an exclusive curriculum.

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Latest Wingcopter delivery drone can haul three packages at once

German drone maker Wingcopter has today introduced a new generation model, the Wingcopter 198. This tilt-rotor/fixed-wing eVTOL drone is capable of delivering three packages to multiple locations during one flight.

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Rugged Scout drone designed to inspect tanks for leaks

The liquid-carrying tanks on tanker ships have to regularly be inspected for cracks – a task which is typically performed by humans. A new drone, however, is claimed to do the job much quicker and more thoroughly.

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Collaborative tech lets drones work together to lift heavy loads

While aerial drones do show promise as a means of urban parcel delivery, their small size will limit them to carrying relatively light packages. An experimental new system, however, lets multiple drones team up to hoist heftier items.

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Skyfront claims endurance world record for gas-electric multirotor drone

California-based drone manufacturer Skyfront is claiming a new endurance world record for its Perimeter 8 gas-electric hybrid multirotor, which stayed airborne for 13 hours, 3 minutes and 57 seconds, covering 205 miles in the process.

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Flying Drone Blanket will charge and launch swarms of quadcopters

Although it's getting more common to see swarms of illuminated drones being used for aerial light shows, simultaneously charging and launching all of those drones can still be tricky. That's where the Flying Drone Blanket is intended to come in.

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Wacky-winged drones may have a flying ace up their sleeve

There are now a lot of fixed-wing drones on the market, and most of them look pretty similar. FLY-R's aircraft are different, though, in that they incorporate a rhomboidal wing design – it's claimed to offer some distinct advantages.

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Sony starts its own drone company, Airpeak, to fly Alpha cameras

Sony's mirrorless Alpha series cameras have become hugely popular filmmaking tools, thanks in large part to the company's excellent sensors. At this year's CES, Sony announced it's starting up a drone business specifically to work with Alpha cameras.

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