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Inside Drones (Nov 30th, 2018)

1. DJI North America's head of R&D is proposing to deploy drone fleets to extinguish wildfires in California. “Imagine a fleet of 1,000 or 2,000 or 3,000 drones carry just a small amount of water each. But they never stop bringing that water as a constant chain,” Arnaud Thiercelin told reporters during the Fortune Global Tech Forum in China this week. “I call this idea the aerial aqueduct and I’m trying to push forward.” According to Thiercelin, drones can detect obstacles at night so firefighting efforts could last 24/7. “We are supporting a lot of efforts to point our drones in these scenario where they can really really help," he said. - FORTUNE
 

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2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation into a drone that reportedly flew in the path of tour helicopters near the Las Vegas Strip. One of the helicopters' pilots noticed the airborne drone about 500 feet underneath his aircraft on Tuesday night. The other pilots received a warning from air traffic control at nearby McCarran International Airport, where there is a "no-fly zone" for drones. An FAA spokesperson confirmed that the agency is actively investigating the incident. - KTNV

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3. Swoop Aero and Wingcopter are set to begin their vaccine drone deliveries in Vanuatu next week. Many of Vanuatu's islands are difficult to reach, making it hard to deliver vaccines to children in the South Pacific Ocean nation. Australia-based Swoop Aero and Germany's Wingcopter were recently awarded contracts by the Vanuatu government to deliver vaccines to hospitals on three small islands. The drones, which will be controlled from a village on each island, will carry about 88 ounces of vaccine up to 62 miles twice a day. - HEALTHCARE IT

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4. India could use drones to transport medical supplies between hospitals, according to the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha. The country's government is reportedly looking into the creation of "drone ports" to enable the flights along special corridors between hospitals. Sinha also told reporters that the government, which will soon require people to register their larger drones, is examining a policy that would allow operators to fly beyond their line of sight in specific areas. - HINDUSTAN TIMES

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5. San Francisco-based Occipital just released a new 3D sensor for drones and VR.

6. DroneDJ is offering a special discount on tickets to Saturday's SpinUp drone event in Austin, Texas. Drone hobbyists, professional pilots, and YouTubers will give talks at the meetup, which is put on by Ready Set Drone.

7. Lars Sang Mo Boom, a co-founder of the Drone Racing World Series, said the most important skill for a drone racer is to "have 3D imaging within your brain in a split of a second."

8. Nearly a dozen employees from Florida's Brevard County Fire Rescue are undergoing training to receive their drone pilot certifications from the FAA.

9. A drone helped Texas authorities track down a truck driver who fled from the scene of a traffic stop. 

10. A new YouTube video shows a quadcopter pulling wakeskater Brian Grubb down a river in Slovenia.

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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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