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Inside Drones (Oct 9th, 2018)

1. Dutch scientists believe they can create millions of bee drones to compensate for dwindling bee populations. Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands created the DelFly drone that could one day pollinate plants like a bee. The drones, which have helicopter-style blades, are able to sense things in their environment to avoid obstacles while they fly plant to plant. “I think within five to 10 years we will have the technology to make the drones much smaller and we could see them put to use in greenhouses," scientist Matěj Karásek told the Guardian. - DRONEDJ

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2. The government has extended drone testing at seven sites across the U.S. The passage by Congress of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act allows the designation at all the sites to continue through 2023. The locations include Griffiss International Airport in New York, which has partnered with more than 200 organizations to advance drone research and economic development. - TNS

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3. India’s drone market is expected to reach nearly $886 million by 2021, according to a report from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Ernst & Young. On a global scale, the drone market is expected to be $21.5 billion that year. "A lot of jobs will also be created as drones need to be manufactured, serviced, repaired and operated," the Financial Express reported. India's drone guidelines are expected to take effect on Dec. 1. - DRONEDJ

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4. Walmart has applied for a patent in India that would allow it to use drones to deliver products. The company's patent outlines a delivery system would involve drones and interaction with customers. Amazon has also filed a patent in India for drone deliveries. - FINANCIAL EXPRESS

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5. Digital Trends created this list of seven drones with super long flight times. 

6. Global UAV and Planck Aerosystems Inc. successfully landed and deployed a drone from a moving vehicle.

7. DroneLife has published an article on why consumerization is good for the commercial drone market.

8. Student drone teams can now register for next year's 2019 Forest Fury Team Drone Challenge. The competition, which is open to students aged 11 and older, will take place at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in New York on April 7.

9. The Women Who Drone online community has grown by leaps and bounds since its founding a year ago. According to the Verge, the site now has more than 9,000 images from women drone pilots from across the world.

10. Colorado State University's new drone center plans to open a physical location for people to train by the end of this month. The center, which opened in August, focuses on drone research and education.

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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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