Osprey NPS lets drones perform direct-contact power line inspections

Live power lines are traditionally inspected by workers who have to climb poles, stand in bucket lifts, or ride in helicopters. A new system promises to make such inspections quicker, easier and safer, by allowing a drone to do the job.

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Honeywell’s BVLOS suite designed to let drones fly farther and longer

Currently, most electric drones are limited to rather short flight times. Also, in order to maintain radio contact with their operator, they must stay within line of sight. A new Honeywell system, however, is intended to address these limitations.

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Magenta 5G drone set to provide live HD footage of sporting events

While drone racing is becoming increasingly popular as a televised sport, the live video from the drones' onboard cameras still leaves something to be desired. T-Mobile and The Drone Racing League are addressing that problem, with a new 5G drone.

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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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