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Inside Drones (Jul 6th, 2018)

More drones have been flying over the U.S.-Mexico border lately, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The Washington Examiner attributed the increase to drug traffickers seeking a way into the U.S., as well as government efforts to secure the border and journalists who are reporting on immigration policy. The Air and Marine Operations Center received 36 reports of drones along the U.S.-Mexico Border between October and March. By comparison, there were only 19 reports during the full year from October 2016 to October 2017. Out of the recent sightings so far, officials seized only one drone, which “was being used for counter-surveillance in conjunction with narcotics smuggling,” said Jennifer Gabris, a CBP spokeswoman. - EXAMINER

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A Danish firm has released a wearable drone jammer that can disrupt enemy drones. The Pitbull is capable of running up to 20 hours in standby mode, or two hours straight while jamming. The device uses directional antennas to emit radio signals, which disrupt other signals nearby that remotely control rogue drones. Unlike other drone jammers (many of which resemble guns), the device can be mounted on a person's torso. The manufacturer, MyDefense, lists the device's range for downing drones at 3,200 feet (1,000 meters) away. The Pitbull operates over the 2.4ghz, 5.8ghz and GNSS frequency bands, although add-on accessories can cover other frequency bands. - DRONEDJ

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Intel's drone light show was grounded on the Fourth of July because of windy conditions. The show was postponed a day but went on without a hitch on Thursday. The 500 drones created various shapes in the sky, including an American Flag, at Travis Air Force Base north of San Francisco. It is the first time Intel has used its Shooting Star drones for a Fourth of July aerial display; the drones were previously featured during the Winter Olympics and Lady Gaga's Super Bowl halftime show last year. - USATODAY

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A man was arrested for allegedly flying a drone over a public park and an old town area of Edinburgh. The 30-year-old man was charged after people noticed a drone flying over the Scottish city's Princes Street Gardens and the Royal Mile. He will appear in court on an unspecified date. Police Superintendent Bob Paris, of the Edinburgh Division, urged people to read the rules governing drones before taking flight. - BBC

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