Weekly Drone News Roundup from around the Web

Something is always exciting or brewing in the world of drones, and so here is our weekly roundup of some trending drone news collected from around the web.

DJI Warranty for Drone Replacement Now Available

This is good news for DJI fans needing to replace their broken or lost drones. DJI is now offering flyaway coverage for its Mini 2 and Mavic Air 2 drones, should they develop a mind of their own and take off. The cost of replacing the escaped drone is $225 for the Mini, and $399 for the Mavic, which is on top of the price of DJI’s Care Refresh extended warranty. For that, you’ll pay $50 for the Mini, and $80 for the Mavic. If you already own one of these drones and the extended warranty, you’re eligible for flyway replacements going forward. – Read more.

Read more about the company’s comprehensive warranty, DJI Care Refresh.

FAA’s Remote Identification Rule to Become Effective in March

The FAA remote Identification (digital license plate) rule becomes effective in March this year, and covers both recreational and commercial drones.

This rule is a new Part 89 in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) that becomes effective on March 16, 2021, which is 60 days after the publication date in the Federal Register. Basically, this new rule applies to all drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds, so it includes recreational and commercial drones. Manufacturers will have 18 months—until September 16, 2022—to begin producing drones with remote ID, and operators will have until September 16, 2023, to start using drones with remote ID in the United States. – Read more.

Pegasus Hybrid Drones by Robotic Research to be Enhanced with Persistent Systems Smart Radio

Robotic Research, developer of self-driving truck kits for the Army, and Persistent Systems, a manufacturer of high-tech smart radios, announced early in January that they are deepening their collaboration with an agreement to fully integrate the former company’s devices into the latter’s smart radio ecosystem. That agreement is particularly aimed at enhancing Robotic Research’s Pegasus family of drones […]can change shape between ground and aircraft modes. — Read more.

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Drones Play an Important Role in Physical Security

Drones are proving to be more and more useful than nuisances, especially when they are geared to provide physical security.

The physical security market is set to be worth $120.3 billion by 2025, according to a new market research report by MarketsandMarkets. While the figure is huge, it is perhaps unsurprising. The rising number of terrorist attacks, and technological advancements of wireless technology in security systems over the last few years, have been major drivers behind the increasing number of physical security solutions. One such solution is autonomous surveillance drones, which are revolutionizing the security of sensitive industrial sites. – Read more.

 Ukraine Gets Drones for its Navy from Turkish Drone Maker

Ukrainian naval chief Aleksey Neizhpapa on Tuesday met with Haluk Bayraktar, the CEO of Turkish defense company Baykar, in the port city of Odessa, an official statement said. The Ukrainian Navy said the two discussed Turkish unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, being supplied to Ukraine. – Read more.

Drone Technology to Assist in Operations of Victorian Firefighters

The Victorian government has launched an aviation unit within Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) that will be responsible for using drone technology to assist firefighters and other emergency services who are on-ground. The new unit will be staffed by four specialist firefighters, including qualified Civil Aviation Safety Authority drone pilots and aviation accredited personnel. – Read more.

Singapore Residents Still Wary about Drones in Residential Areas

It is not as hopeless as it sounds. […]an interdisciplinary research team led by Associate Professor Lim Beng Chong from the Nanyang Business School and Professor Low Kin Huat from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering carried out a study to better understand public attitudes towards the technology.  The study showed that while the Singapore public is ready for extensive drone application in the country, acceptance levels differed significantly depending on the context of use. The public is least welcoming towards drones when flown above residential estates but tend to be more embracing when they are used in industrial zones. – Read more.

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