Missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh, says Saudi TV – CBS News

Missile or drone intercepted over Riyadh, says Saudi TV  CBS NewsState Dept. to review Trump admin’s decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization | TheHill  The HillSaudi Arabia says it intercepted ‘hostile target’ over Riyadh  New York Post Saudi Arabia expects ‘excellent relations’ with Biden administration, foreign minister says  NBC NewsBiden admin launches review of Trump decision to designate Yemen’s Houthis as foreign terrorist organization  CNNView Full Coverage on Google News

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Saudi Arabia says it intercepted 'hostile target' over Riyadh – New York Post

Saudi Arabia says it intercepted ‘hostile target’ over Riyadh  New York Post State Dept. to review Trump admin’s decision to label Houthis a terrorist organization | TheHill  The HillMissile or drone intercepted over Riyadh, says Saudi TV  CBS NewsAmerica Is Complicit in Yemen Atrocities. Biden Says That Ends Now

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Why a Former Apple Executive’s Experience is Perfect for the Drone Industry Right Now: DroneUp’s New Hire

DroneUp’s new hire is a retail powerhouse, a veteran of major names that include Apple, Under Armour, and Verizon.  DRONELIFE talked to DroneUp’s new Chief Strategy Officer about why his experience at Apple – he negotiated the first iPod, and managed the global retail iPhone business – is a perfect fit for the drone industry today

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Loon’s bubble bursts—Alphabet shuts down Internet balloon company

A Loon balloon. [credit:
Loon ]

When Google announced “Project Loon” in 2013, a running joke behind the project was that no one thought a network of flying Internet balloons was a feasible idea. Eight years later, Google has decided that a network of flying Internet balloons is indeed not a feasible idea. Loon announced it is shutting down, citing the lack of a “long-term, sustainable business.”
Loon CEO (Loon was eventually spun out into an Alphabet company) Alastair Westgarth writes:
We talk a lot about connecting the next billion users, but the reality is Loon has been chasing the hardest problem of all in connectivity—the last billion users: The communities in areas too difficult or remote to reach, or the areas where delivering service with existing technologies is just too expensive for everyday people

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Passenger Drones Should Benefit the Disabled Community: But Will They? The Need for Inclusivity

Urban air mobility (UAM) could provide a major benefit for the disabled community.  A new white paper from Aerobility and CIVATAglobal says the industry must be inclusive from the outset to realize that goal as passenger drones are introduced

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Iran's supreme leader tweets attack threat to golfing Trump

The post appears to depict the ex-president playing in the shadow of a warplane or large drone.

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UK Airport Consortium Develops Drone Delivery Network in Scotland

One of the UK’s largest airport agencies is leading the development of Scotland’s first drone delivery network to transport medicine, blood and organs. AGS Airports, which owns and manages Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, is leading a consortium of 14 groups including the University of Strathclyde and air traffic control provider NATS

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The Ultimate Thermal Payload for Public Safety: FLIR’s TZ20 Hi-Res Dual Thermal Zoom

FLIR’s Vue® TZ20 Hi-Res Dual Thermal Zoom has all the features to make it the ultimate thermal payload for public safety and more. Situational awareness is a key benefit of public safety drone programs

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North Dakota DoT and Northern Plains Test Site Announce BEYOND Partners

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) announce 8 BEYOND partners.  These companies – including some major players in the commercial drone space –  will work in North Dakota to execute on the goals of the (FAA) BEYOND program, the next phase of the UAS Integration Pilot […] The post North Dakota DoT and Northern Plains Test Site Announce BEYOND Partners appeared first on DRONELIFE

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Major Aviation Advocacy Group Lauds FAA Drone Rule Changes

One of the world’s largest aviation advocacy groups is flying high on the tailwinds of recent FAA regulatory changes to drone rules. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is lauding the agency’s recent publication of Part 89 as well as the overhaul of Part 107 on Jan

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