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Inside Drones (Feb 27th, 2018)

Three hundred drones took flight over PyeongChang to celebrate the closing of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday. The Intel Shooting Star drones created figures in the sky of the Olympic mascot, a white tiger named Soohorang, and other shapes. Intel also produced a drone show for the Games' opening ceremony, which featured more than 1,200 drones in a pre-recorded broadcast. Shooting Star drones weigh about 10 ounces and come with built-in LED lights. According to the company, a single operator can control hundreds of drones simultaneously. - THEDRIVE

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A thermal-imaging drone located a car crash victim who was found unconscious in a ditch in England. A witness saw the man walk away from a car accident early Sunday on the A16 highway near Ludborough, Lincolnshire. Police dispatched a DJI Inspire drone, equipped with an infrared camera, to track down the unnamed man, who was found "unresponsive and hypothermic" about 500 feet away from the accident scene, the BBC reported. The man was later summoned to court for drunken driving and having no insurance. - DAILYMAIL

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A drone will map out radiation contamination in the reactor building of Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The RISER drone, which stands for Remote Intelligence Survey Equipment for Radiation, will create a 3D image of contamination in parts of the building that haven't been accessed before, reports said. The drone relies on a laser-based technology to avoid obstacles and autonomously navigate areas. U.K.-based Blue Bear Systems Research Limited developed the drone, which uses N-Visage radiation mapping software from Createc. It was first deployed at the Fukushima power plant several years ago. - DRONEDJ

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Drones carried Dolce & Gabbana handbags down the runway during the Milan Fashion Week show on Sunday. According to the Associated Press, the show was postponed for 45 minutes and the audience was told to turn off their WiFi connections. At least eight quadcopters, capped with large gemstones, carried individual leather handbags down the runway for the company's fall and winter collection. The company Betabrand previously used drones to model its clothing during a 2015 fashion show. - TIME

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The fourth annual New York City Drone Film Festival is happening this weekend. The event celebrating drone cinematography will kick off Saturday, March 3, at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York. The first day will feature panel discussions about drone tech, drone law and aerial cinematography, followed by a film screening and awards show. The second day of events will take place at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. The day of drones will feature micro-drone racing, a freestyle FPV competition, a flight demo cage and a drone expo. The center's theater will replay the winning films shown on Saturday at the festival. - DRONEDJ

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