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Orpheus autonomous underwater drone will explore the ocean floor

Orpheus autonomous underwater drone will explore the ocean floor

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that on May 14, one of its exploration vessels called Okeanos Explorer departed from Port Canaveral in Florida for a two-week expedition. The vessel has onboard an autonomous underwater vehicle called Orpheus that is a technology demonstration.

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Royal Mail has delivered its first two packages using an autonomous drone

Royal Mail has delivered its first two packages using an autonomous drone

We've heard delivery services talk about using drones to deliver parcels in the future. The first delivery of parcels has been completed via Royal Mail in the UK using an autonomous drone. The two packages were delivered to the Scilly Isles.

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Skydio X2 self-flying drone takes flight for enterprise and government pilots

Skydio X2 self-flying drone takes flight for enterprise and government pilots

Skydio has begun shipping its X2, the public sector and enterprise version of its self-flying drone, complete with a custom new controller with much further range. Announced last year, the X2 takes the autonomous AI pilot tech that Skydio developed for its consumer drones, and packages it into a foldable, longer-flying version with a selection of different cameras.

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DJI Mini 2 battery discharging issue will get a firmware fix soon

DJI Mini 2 battery discharging issue will get a firmware fix soon

DJI already launched no less than two new drones this year, that despite the legal debacle it has in the US over its involvement with the Chinese government's activities. Fortunately, it hasn't forgotten about its relatively young products, namely the DJI Mini 2. Owners of that drone have been reporting minor but still unfavorable issues about its LiPo battery. The good news is that it will need only a software fix. The bad news is that its arrival is still unknown at this point.

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USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

The United States Air Force (USAF) has announced plans to update its Reaper drones in a way that makes them more capable against 'near-peer' threats. The plan comes from the USAF's Life Cycle Management Center, specifically its MQ-9 Program Office, which explains that the mission behind the drone platform is 'shifting' from one aimed at addressing extremist groups to one that may need to address near-peer threats.

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DJI Air 2S vs. Mavic Air 2: Difference between the two drones

DJI Air 2S vs. Mavic Air 2: Difference between the two drones

Mavic Air 2 released last year, met the excitement of the tech community by a good measure. Now, DJI has released the successor to the drone, called the “Air 2S.” It has dropped the Mavic from the name, but the quadcopter doesn’t drop on any features from its predecessor. In fact, it builds on them, and the overall performance of Mavic Air 2. The noteworthy ones being the bump-up in photography and video shooting abilities.

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DJI Air 2S pairs bigger 5K camera with auto-editing for drone video

DJI Air 2S pairs bigger 5K camera with auto-editing for drone video

DJI has revealed its newest consumer drone, with the DJI Air 2S pairing the portability the Air range is known for, with a new, larger camera sensor for better video and images. The 1-inch sensor is capable of 20-megapixel still images or 5.4K video, DJI says, and there's new post-flight software which promises to do some of the heavy lifting around editing for you as well.

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DJI Air 2s name belies significant upgrades

DJI Air 2s name belies significant upgrades

It has just been a month since DJI unveiled its FPV drone, perhaps one of the more interesting products it launched in the past few months. It is, however, still not done and another drone might just be around the corner. Like the DJI Mini 2 last year, it seems that the company is slowly retiring its "Mavic" brand if this upcoming DJI Air 2s is a close relative. Despite the name, however, it actually represents a rather major jump in terms of specs and features, almost making it worthy of being a DJI Air 3 instead.

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Genesis 3,281 drone show in Shanghai launch sets world record

Genesis 3,281 drone show in Shanghai launch sets world record

After a first few awkward and ill-fated attempts, drone shows have become a bit more common these days, at least for companies and organizations that can afford to deploy as many drones possible to create a captivating nighttime show. If you thought Intel's 1,218 drones in the 2018 Winter Olympics was already breath-taking, then the more than 3,000 drones that lit up central Shanghai might be even more enchanting, courtesy of Hyundai's luxury marque Genesis.

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Samsung delivers Galaxy phone, wearables via drones in Ireland

Samsung delivers Galaxy phone, wearables via drones in Ireland

Dreams of delivering products via drones or even self-driving cars have been around for years, maybe even decades. The current pandemic, however, made such contactless systems seem almost even more necessary than before. Those technologies and the laws around them are still in development but some have already started to pave the way to make that the new normal. In Ireland, for example, Samsung will be delivering some of its most recent mobile devices via drones to make the process not only safe but also faster.

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COVID-19 vaccines delivered to rural parts of Africa using drones

COVID-19 vaccines delivered to rural parts of Africa using drones

The latest example of drones supporting healthcare in rural regions comes from Gavi, UPS, and Zipline, which have delivered hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses to remote regions in Africa using small autonomous aircraft. The first delivery took place on March 2 in Ghana's Mpanya, where a Zipline drone delivered a payload of 250 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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Purdue researchers create a cheap underwater glider

Purdue researchers create a cheap underwater glider

Autonomous submersible probes and drones are of use to scientists all around the world for exploring the oceans. There are challenges with designing underwater drones and other autonomous underwater vehicles because they can be intrusive to the environment and have trouble fitting through confined spaces. Researchers at Purdue University have created a new underwater drone that's highly maneuverable and low cost.

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