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Inside Drones (Oct 8th, 2018)

1. A pilot with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will use a drone to survey and plot the scene of a limousine crash that killed 20 people on Saturday. All 18 passengers inside of the vehicle were killed, along with two pedestrians, after the limo ran an intersection and struck a parked Toyota Highlander in upstate New York. The NTSB on Monday ordered the scene cleared so it could deploy a drone over the area. The drone imagery will be used to create a map showing the course of the limo on the accident. "Doing it the old fashioned way, we would have had to clear this whole area for a couple of hours," NTSB investigator Mike LaPonte said. "Now, we can get the drone set up and do it in 20 minutes, or however long it takes [the drone] to fly the course." - DAILY GAZETTE

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2. Impact tests conducted at the University of Dayton Research Institute suggest that even small drones posed a risk to airplanes. The tests mimicked a midair collision between a Mooney M20 plane and a DJI Phantom 2 flying at nearly 240 mph. Rather than shattering upon impact, the 2.1-pound drone tore a hole into the wing's edge, damaging its primary structure. “We wanted to help the aviation community and the drone industry understand the dangers that even recreational drones can pose to manned aircraft before a significant event occurs,” research lead Kevin Poormon said. - PETAPIXEL

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3. A startup is delivering blood to rural areas in India. Recent college graduates Anshul Sharma, Arunabha Bhattacharya, and Rishabh Gupta founded Bloodstream, which aims to deliver medical supplies across the country. The startup, through a partnership with India’s Life Line Blood Bank, uses custom-made drones to deliver blood vials, which are in demand since the country continues to deal with an ongoing blood shortage. Bloodstream had already made blood deliveries to Karnataka, West Bengal, and Nepal. - NYMAG

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4. Police in England used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to locate a missing 16-year-old who said she was raped. The girl, who was not identified in reports, had called police to say she had been raped by an alleged attacker but did not know her location. She told police that she was with the man in a vacant industrial complex in Boston, Lincolnshire. The drone tracked down the girl and a man in his 30s, who was arrested and later released without charge. - BOSTON STANDARD

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5. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has granted $150,000 to Battle Creek Unlimited, an economic development agency, to attract drone manufacturers. "We believe that autonomous aerial vehicles are the future of the aerospace industry and Battle Creek has the right assets in place to attract companies to the region," BCU President Joe Sobieralski said.

6. Searchers will deploy a NearFlear drone to search for the remains of a young boy who was killed in Tennessee. "It has a heat signature camera which detects if a part of the ground was dug up or disturbed," Texas Equusearch search leader David Rader said.

7. The fire department of Henderson, Nevada will use drones in its emergency response efforts. The drones will be equipped with cameras, floodlights, and strobe lights, which could assist with search and rescue.

8. According to a new study, drones with thermal imaging cameras could help protect endangered dolphins in New Zealand.

9. Organizers of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are warning people not to fly drones at the event. A Temporary Flight Restriction was put into place for the highly photographed festival, which runs through Oct. 14.

10. Qatar's Ministry of Municipalities and Environment plans to use drones to seek out violations happening at the country's farms and pastures. The inspections will search for people dumping waste and cutting trees, among other illegal activities.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in California. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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