DJI News, Aeromexico 747 Collision, DOD Selects Parrot to Develop Spy Drone, DJI Manifold Supercomputer for Autonomous Operations, DHS voices Data Security Concerns for DJI
Our first new drone story this week is about the Aeromexico Boeing 737 plane that was initially reported to be damaged by a drone collision in December 2018. NTSB, after extensive investigations, have debunked this theory. According to NTSB, 737’s radome (a dome-like shell at the nose of the aircraft), already weakened due to poor repairs, was unable to withstand the change of air pressure during descent. As was the case with the alleged drone sightings in Gatwick and Newark, this news story again highlights the misplaced fears over drone safety.
Our second big DJI News story is about the US Department of Homeland Security’s last week warning about data security issues with Chinese manufactured drones. Are these concerns valid or politically motivated? Are these constant streams of negative news disrupting the US drone industry? This topic serves as a good segue into our next story. The US Army has selected the French drone manufacturer, Parrot, as one of the organizations responsible for manufacturing a spy drone. Weighing less than 3 pounds, this drone will supposedly have a range of 2 miles.
In other DJI News, you will also learn about DJI Manifold, an onboard supercomputer that can facilitate autonomous drone operations. With greater computing power, onboard processing of LiDAR data might become possible in the future too. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now!
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- [01:45] Was the Boeing AeroMexico plane damaged due to a drone collision?
- [07:20] Drones block emergency response operations in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- [08:55] DJI News – DJI and other Chinese-made drones spark data security concerns from DHS
- [13:04] Parrot selected to develop a spy drone for the US military
- [16:17] DJI News – DJI launches Manifold 2, an onboard computer that will make drones autonomous
- [18:44] FAA UAS Symposium 2019 coming up next week in Baltimore, June 3-5