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Inside Drones (Dec 14th, 2018)

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1. A drone may have crashed into a passenger jet as it was landing in Tijuana, Mexico. Grupo Aeroméxico, the parent company of Aeroméxico, has launched an investigation to determine if a drone caused considerable damage to the nose of the Boeing 737 jetliner during Wednesday's flight. Crew members reported hearing a loud bang shortly before landing. "The exact cause is still being investigated," Aeroméxico said in a statement. "The aircraft landed normally and the passengers' safety was never compromised." - BLOOMBERG

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2. Backpack-wearing bumblebees could replace drones in plant monitoring. Engineers at the University of Washington developed a sensing system that can be attached to the bodies of bumblebees, replacing a drone, which is limited by its weight and battery life. The system would be capable of monitoring temperature, humidity, or crop health over fields. Its small rechargeable battery would charge overnight, while the bees are in their hive. “Drones can fly for maybe 10 or 20 minutes before they need to charge again, whereas our bees can collect data for hours,” says senior author Shyam Gollakota, an associate professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. - FUTURITY

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3. Drone manufacturer DJI appears to have launched an agricultural drone in China. Drone DJ first reported the news, citing a video in Chinese that describes the drone known as the T16. The drone, with has six rotors mounted on foldable arms, is capable of spraying 4.8 liters of pesticides per minute. It also comes with RTK for precise spraying and crop monitoring and a mapping software and radar system. DJI introduced the MG-1S Advanced and the MG-1P drones for the agricultural market a year ago. - DRONE DJ

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4. Hunters are now banned from using drones to film hunts or pursue game animals in Montana. The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission recently signed off on new regulations, which clarify how hunters can use drones. The restrictions, which also ban hunters from trying to locate animals on the same day they hunt, is designed to maintain the concept of "fair chase," or restricting certain technology to even the field between animals and hunters. - AP

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 5. The BBC listed noise, safety, and lack of standards as some of the reasons why widespread drone deliveries likely won't happen anytime soon.

6. Russia's Carnivora drone, which is capable of intercepting smaller quadcopters and carrying ammunition, is reportedly undergoing factory flight tests.

7. Finland is searching for UAV pilots to join a new drone unit that would deploy during conflicts. The country's military has started mailing out letters to drone hobbyists and professionals, who would have to undergo reservist training once a year.

8. The utility Indiana Michigan Power is using drones to inspect power lines in the Fort Wayne area starting next week.

9. Tunisia has trained eight drone pilots to help out with agricultural projects. The training period, which lasted two weeks, was put on by the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, the African Development Bank, and Busan Techno Park.

10. The drone video company Airvuz shared new drone-captured footage of a holiday parade in Minnesota.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine, and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news in southern California here. 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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