UPS Will Purchase BETA Technologies VTOL Aircraft: the Future of Drone Delivery

UPS has announced that they plan to purchase electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft from BETA Technologies (BETA), expanding their air service to small and mid-size markets. “These aircraft will take off and land on-property at UPS facilities in a whisper-quiet fashion, reducing time-in-transit, vehicle emissions, and operating cost,” says the announcement

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The CIA’s Tweets About Tupac Are ‘Vital to the Legitimation of the Agency’

The Central Intelligence Agency tweeted for the first time on January 6, 2014. “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” it said. As of this writing, the Tweet has gotten 277K retweets and 227K likes. The CIA’s presence on Twitter is bizarre. That’s the point, according to a new study

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Swoop Aero’s African Drone Delivery Operations Expand in Preparation for COVID Vaccine Distribution

Melbourne-based drone delivery logistics company Swoop Aero’s African drone delivery operations are expanding, in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.                        “In collaboration with NGO partners and governments of The Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and now Mozambique, Swoop Aero are implementing scalable drone delivery networks […] The post Swoop Aero’s African Drone Delivery Operations Expand in Preparation for COVID Vaccine Distribution appeared first on DRONELIFE

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FAA to Allow Part 107 Drone Pilots to Take ‘Fly Over People’ Test Online

The FAA is taking a specific drone training program for Part 107 online—for free. The federal agency has announced current pilots who hold Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification can complete required training courses that will update their knowledge of the Operations Over People rule set to take effect April 21

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DJI could drop a new drone this week, here’s what to expect

DJI is expected to unveil its latest drone this week, the Air 2S. But how will it improve on the Mavic Air 2 that it’s replacing?

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DJI’s Air 2S to shoot 5.4K video at 30 fps: @OsitaLV – DroneDJ

DJI’s Air 2S to shoot 5.4K video at 30 fps: @OsitaLV  DroneDJThe best FPV drone videos of all time  Digital TrendsView Full Coverage on Google News

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The best FPV drone videos of all time

Check out the some of the best FPV drone videos you’re ever likely to see, created by incredible pilots at the top of their game.

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Learn Multirotors From First Principles

Multirotors, or drones as they’re popularly called, are so ubiquitous as to have become a $10 toy. They’re no less fun to fly for it though, and learning how they work is no less fascinating. It’s something [Science Buddies] has addressed in a series of videos examining them from first principles. They may be aimed at youngsters, but they’re still an entertaining enough watch for those of advancing years.
Instead of starting with a multirotor control board, the video takes four little DC motors and two popsicle sticks to make a rudimentary drone frame. Then with the help of dowels and

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NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is 'go' for historic 1st flight on Sunday – Space.com

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity is ‘go’ for historic 1st flight on Sunday  Space.comMars Perseverance rover takes a selfie with Ingenuity helicopter ahead of historic flight  Fox NewsNASA to launch first helicopter flight on Mars this weekend  FOX 32 ChicagoWatch NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity test its blades! (video)  Space.comMartian drone takes ‘one giant leap’ millions of miles away this weekend  Digital Camera WorldView Full Coverage on Google News

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North Carolina Takes Aim at Drones – But Hits Free Speech

DRONELIFE reported earlier on a lawsuit in North Carolina challenging the notion that drone mapping is surveying without a license.  Here, members of the organization representing commercial drone operator Michael Jones lay out their case to protect his rights to sell aerial images

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