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Inside Drones (Dec 11th, 2018)

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1. Ghana’s Parliament approved a plan to deploy drones for medical deliveries. The project has encountered criticism from some politicians, who argue that it is too expensive or conflicts with the current delivery system for medical supplies in the country. On Tuesday, 102 members of Parliament voted for the deal and 58 dissented. The approval allows U.S.-based Zipline International Inc. to design and install a supply chain of drones that will deliver health care products between hospital across Ghana. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Ministry of Health will run the drone delivery network, which will operate from four distribution centers. - GHANAWEB

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2. A Kickstarter campaign for the Hover 2 drone has raised nearly $1 million — far above its initial goal of $100,000. California-based Zero Zero Robotics developed the autonomous flying Hover 2 drone, a second generation version of its Hover Camera Passport drone. People who donate $449 or more will receive the drone, which has a stabilized 4K camera, along with accessories after it ships in March. The fundraising campaign ends on Dec. 30. - CINEMA5D

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3. Drone startup AeroVironment Inc. recently deployed one of its drones to survey the destruction in the wake of California's Woolsey Fire. The National Park Service (NPS) asked Simi Valley-based AeroVironment to help it assess damage from the fire, which burned through nearly 100,000 aces and 600 structures in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. An aerial imaging and environmental impact study will help further assess the damage. “AV was a huge help,” said NPS ecologist Stacey Ostermann-Kelm. “We went out with their flight crew and could immediately see that some of the oak trees were stressed. They had burned, but they look like they are still alive.” - SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

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4. A Russian company has developed a drone that can patrol oil and gas facilities in the Arctic. According to state-run Russian media, the ZALA 421-08M and ZALA 421-16E drones will also be able to monitor ice levels and provide “safety of sea shipping and the round-the-clock protection of the perimeters,” said Vladimir Dmitriyev, CEO of the Russian small arms manufacturer Kalashnikov Group. The company developed the drones and recently presented them during the eighth international forum of “The Arctic: the Present and the Future." - GPS WORLD

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5. Archangel FPV has introduced limited DR1 racing editions of its drones as part of a collaboration with DR1 Racing. "One of my goals is to help drive awareness to the sport of drone racing," said David Thompson, CEO of Archangel FPV LLC.

6. A U.S. Coast Guard admiral wants all National Security Cutters to have ScanEagle drones aboard. The drones would help with drug arrests and increase surveillance at sea, according to Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz.

7. The city of Toronto, Canada is using drones to conduct inspections of its pipes and waterways.

8. ParaZero has developed a SafeAir parachute for DJI drones.

9. The drone company Skydio has upgraded its R1 drone to support flights over large bodies of water.

10. Police used a drone to locate a suspect who stole a tow truck in the Bismarck-Mandan of North Dakota this week.

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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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