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Gatwick drones: 'Military capability' withdrawn from airport

Gatwick drones: 'Military capability' withdrawn from airport

"Military capability" deployed to counter illegal drone flights at Gatwick Airport has been withdrawn, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.The Army was deployed as hundreds of flights were cancelled on 20 December following repeated drone sightings.Gatwick said it had spent £5m to prevent future attacks, but would not comment on the nature of the system.Sussex Police said no arrests have been made since a couple were released without charge on 23 December.More than 140,000 passengers were affected by cancellations and delays during the 36 hours of chaos.Following a further sighting on 21 December, the airport said the "military measures" had provided "the reassurance necessary that it is safe to reopen"
Here’s the Latest on the Gatwick Drone Disruption: Damaged Drone Being Tested for DNA Evidence

Here’s the Latest on the Gatwick Drone Disruption: Damaged Drone Being Tested for DNA Evidence

Some news outlets still identify the drone operators as “Eco-terrorists.”  Others mention organized crime.  One poice chief suggested that the flying object causing complete chaos at Gatwick Airport last week might not even have been a drone.  The U.K. government and military, airport authorities and law enforcement have all committed major resources to the crime: but so far, we have very few answers about who was responsible for last week’s disruptions.England’s second busiest airport was closed down last Wednesday, December 19, when pilots and airport officials spotted drones “buzzing” over the runways.  In order to avoid a collision, flights were canceled.   The drones were identified by airport officials as “industrial” drones – larger than most recreational or commercial drones, and potentially more damaging to aircraft.   The drones in questions also appear to have a long range – making it more difficult for authorities to identify the operators.
UK police release airport drone suspects and admit there may not have been any drones after all

UK police release airport drone suspects and admit there may not have been any drones after all

Less than a week after mystery drones grounded flights at the U.K.’s second largest airport, wreaking havoc on as many as 140,000 people’s travel plans for the Christmas period, police have admitted that there may in fact not have been any drones at all.Gatwick airport reopened on Friday after a one-day shutdown but it appears that investigators are no closer to knowing what actually took place.The Guardian reports that police released and exonerated a couple who had been detained as suspects, while a senior police spokesperson said there is “always a possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place.”
Delayed thermal camera for Mavic 2 Enterprise at CES 2019 instead

Delayed thermal camera for Mavic 2 Enterprise at CES 2019 instead

We have been informed by one of our trusted sources, that the thermal camera for the Mavic 2 Enterprise, that was to be announced today, will be announced at CES 2019 instead. There is no explanation provided for the delay, but it seems that DJI has thought at the last moment that it might be better to launch the thermal camera for the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, at the Consumer (!) Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, together with the new ‘Pro’ Remote Controller with built-in display for the Mavic 2. There’s also more information on the type of delayed thermal camera btw… Jump right in.
Drone may have hit Boeing 737 just before jet landed in Mexico

Drone may have hit Boeing 737 just before jet landed in Mexico

Mexican airline Aeromexico is investigating whether a drone slammed into one of its Boeing 737 jetliners as the aircraft approached its destination Wednesday in Tijuana, Mexico, on the U.S. border.Images on local media showed considerable damage to the nose of the 737-800, which was operating as Flight 773 from Guadalajara. In a cabin recording, crew members can be heard saying they heard a "pretty loud bang" and asking the control tower to check if the nose was damaged. The collision happened shortly before landing."The exact cause is still being investigated," Grupo Aeromexico said in a statement. "The aircraft landed normally and the passengers' safety was never compromised."
Heavy-hauling drone lays claim to a Guinness World Record

Heavy-hauling drone lays claim to a Guinness World Record

We first caught wind of the Skyf drone around a year ago, and the Russian outfit rolled out some pretty outrageous performance specs to go with it. With a mix of gasoline and electric motors, the massive multirotor drone can apparently carry a 440-lb (220 kg) payload for up to eight hours. Recent demonstration flights in Tatarstan, Russia, didn't see it quite reach these lofty heights, but it did do enough for its creators to lay claim to a Guinness World Record.
Drone deal approved

Drone deal approved

Parliament has finally approved the drones-for-medical delivery deal after three failed attempts. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) introduced the deal to help deliver blood and essential medicines across the country, especially to rural communities. 102 MPs voted for the deal while 58 dissented. The GHS recently described the deal as extremely useful and called on all Ghanaians to support the idea. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, 4th December 2018, the Director-General of the GHS, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare expressed worry over the continuous politicisation of government's novel ideas by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), even when they have little understanding of the matter.
Here's How Drones Could Help With California's Wildfire Problems

Here's How Drones Could Help With California's Wildfire Problems

A string of devastating wildfires have raged across California in 2018, leading to what is likely the state’s worst season in history. Just under a week earlier, California managed to contain its single deadliest fire in its history after battling the blaze for 14 days. California state officials have reported 85 civilian deaths so far from the conflagration and three firefighter injuries. Now, some are looking to technology to help ameliorate the threat.
Drone Rules Likely Still Years Away, Dragging on Industry’s Growth

Drone Rules Likely Still Years Away, Dragging on Industry’s Growth

The Federal Aviation Administration is significantly behind earlier schedules for crafting airborne-identification rules for drones, causing industry officials to worry the delay could stymie their most ambitious plans for years.
The biggest threat to drone innovation is a group you’ve never heard of

The biggest threat to drone innovation is a group you’ve never heard of

A little-known but highly influential group of attorneys from across the country will soon meet in Detroit and could change our skies forever. They claim their draft model legislation concerning drones will help protect privacy. However, their actions could have far-reaching effects on innovation, safety and future drone operations. The state-appointed members of theUniform Law Commission (ULC) aim to promote uniformity by proposing model legislation for consideration by legislatures across the country.
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