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Inside Drones (Nov 10th, 2017)

DJI introduced two new versions of its wind drones, as well as a new drone management software, at the DJI Airworks Conference in Denver. The custom-built DJI Wind 4, a quadcopter, and DJI Wind 8, an octocopter, are variations of the company’s agricultural drone, Agras. They are built for windy conditions and can carry payloads of up to 30 pounds. The website Quadcopter sells the DJI Wind 8 for $15,500. The drones, aimed at enterprise customers, are not available on DJI’s website as of now. DJI also unveiled FlightHub, a web-based service that allows operators to control a fleet of 10 or more drones at once. Operators can view up to four drone video streams and receive live telemetry data. - THEVERGE

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An Australian UAV startup will launch medical transports by drone in Melbourne. JAR Aerospace joined with Australian Clinical Labs and the country’s Civil Aviation Authority to begin transporting blood by drone. The company – which specializes in customizable unmanned aerial systems - said on its website that it has the first drone pathology delivery service in Australia. The drones “have in-built redundancies so nothing can go wrong — they have 12 motors on board,” CEO and Co-Founder Jack Cullen said. This week, JAR also launched a new manufacturing hub in Caringbah, a Sydney suburb. - TELEGRAPH

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A Virginia-based company developing parachutes for drones successfully demonstrated the technology three times this week. Indemnis Inc. designed its Nexus product to allow safer commercial drone flights over people. Nexis, a ballistic parachute launcher, can deploy the chute in under 30 milliseconds. Indemnis demonstrated the system during ASTM International’s Committee F38 meetings at Virginia Tech this week. “The system is designed to meet and exceed the upcoming FAA regulations and work 100 percent of the time in all real-world testing scenarios,” the company said. - DRONELIFE

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Police used a drone to locate an 81-year-old woman who was lost in a cornfield. The woman, Mary Brown, became lost on Sunday in Asheboro, North Carolina. Randolph County police deployed a drone after noticing the “difficult terrain and a cornfield." The drone pilot located Brown within 25 minutes, Sheriff Robert Graves wrote in a Facebook post. The footage has appeared on news websites. - THEDRIVE

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A Washington state man was charged with reckless endangerment after he crashed his drone on the top of Seattle's Space Needle last year. Police reported that Cole Kelly, of Pasco, flew the DJI Inspire drone around pyrotechnicians that were setting up a fireworks show on December 31. The drone recorded video footage of the crash that was circulated online. Police accused Kelley of operating the nearly 7-pound drone higher than the FAA’s 400-foot limit. The Space Needle measures slightly over 600 feet. Reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, carries a sentence of up to 364 days in jail and as much as a $5,000 fine. - STIMES

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