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Drone News of the Week, December 16: DRONELIFE Headlines, All in One Place to Read or Listen

Read or listen to all of the headlines in one place: excerpts from the DRONELIFE drone news of the week of December 16, 2022.  Click on the titles below for the full story.

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The DJI Mini 3 Portable Camera Drone Revealed Today! Pocket-Sized, Under 249 Grams

The pocket-sized DJI Mini 3 can be taken anywhere, and at under 249 grams it is exempt from most drone regulations in several parts of the world. Its 1/1.3-inch camera sensor records in 4K/30fps HDR and takes 12MP photos with True Vertical Shooting to create content optimized for social media platforms.

AUVSI Launches Drone Prepared: Is Your State Ready for Drones?

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the launch of its “Drone Prepared” multi-state initiative, which will help lawmakers to prepare for the future increase in drones in order to reap economic, environmental and workforce benefits

Choosing a LiDAR Sensor: What They Are, What They DoLiDAR sensorLiDAR sensor

More LiDAR sensors for drones are hitting the market, with promises of accurate 3D models and terrain maps.  How do drone professionals approach choosing a LiDAR sensor?  The deep dive on the options: what they are, and what they do.

Australias First Hydrogen-Electric VTOL Drone: H3 Dynamics and Carbonix Partner

H3 Dynamics and Australia’s UAV producer Carbonix have partnered to develop the first Australian hydrogen-electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) drone. Australia’s Carbonix is a drone manufacturer expert in advanced composite manufacturing, aerostructure design and sophisticated control systems for vertical and landing capabilities. H3 Dynamics has been working on hydrogen drone technology for over 15 years, and has just released a ground-breaking hydrogen-electric nacelle technology.

Heavy Fuel Engines for Heavy Lift Drones: Orbital UAV and Animal Dynamicsheavy fuel engines heavy lift drones Orbital UAV, Animal Dynamicsheavy fuel engines heavy lift drones Orbital UAV, Animal Dynamics

Integrated propulsion systems leader Orbital UAV and uncrewed aerial logistics company Animal Dynamics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  The two companies will work together to explore initial concepts for a heavy fuel engine system for Animal Dynamics’s Stork-STM, a heavy lift UAS designed to carry up to 135 kg for a maximum range of 400 km in harsh environments. Orbital UAV will leverage its experience with industry leading engines capable of operating in extreme temperatures, and will aid in accelerating Stork-STM’s commercial deployment.

This week, as we continue “Best of 2022” month sponsored by Sagetech Avionics, join Dawn and special guest John Eberhardt III, CTO of ATA, a design+build company focused on data and information solutions that is enabling the next generation of intelligent flight.

The Donut Shaped Drone for Challenging Spaces: Cleo Robotics Wins Army Contract for TacDronutdonut shaped drone Cleo Robotics TacDronut, Dronutdonut shaped drone Cleo Robotics TacDronut, Dronut

Dronut developer Cleo Robotics has been awarded a $2.5M contract by the U.S. Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office (RCCTO) for the delivery of a number of prototype Tactical Dronut (TacDronut) systems for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability.

Counter UAS Technology for the Private Sector: Edgesource X

Edgesource Corporation has announced the launch of EdgesourceX, a commercial Counter-Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-sUAS) provider committed to the creation of reliable and scalable C-sUAS solutions.  Over 870,000 drones are currently registered with the FAA, and the public safety and healthcare, arena, and critical infrastructure sectors have all struggled to manage the influx of unauthorized drones. The risks posed by these invading drones range from attacks and collisions to espionage and invasion of privacy.

How Do You Wash a 20 Story Building? Lucid C1 Wins Best Power Washing Drone of 2022power washing dronepower washing drone

Industrial drone leader Lucid Drone Technologies has announced that its Lucid C1 spraying drone has been recognized as the Best Power Washing Drone of 2022 at The Droning Company’s annual Droning Awards, which recognizes the year’s most impressive drone innovations.

Today, instant logistics and deliveries leader Zipline announced a new partnership with the Government of Rwanda to conduct roughly 2 million instant deliveries and fly over 200 million autonomous kilometers in Rwanda by 2029. The new partnership will see Rwanda triple its delivery volume through the addition of new delivery sites nationwide, while also opening Zipline’s service to any agency within the government. This will enable Rwanda to provide innovative and environmentally friendly logistics and delivery, as well as make it the first country in the world to be able to make autonomous instant deliveries to its entire population.


Miriam McNabbMiriam McNabb

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry.  Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
For drone industry consulting or writing, Email Miriam.


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