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Inside Drones (Dec 19th, 2018)

1. Drone DJ reports that DJI will likely unveil its thermal camera for the Mavic 2 Enterprise at CES 2019, rather than over the holidays. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, takes place Jan. 8 to Jan. 11 in Las Vegas. According to Drone DJ's anonymous source, DJI hasn't provided a reason for the delay. The camera would be mounted to the top of the Mavic 2 Enterprise like the drone's loudspeaker and other attachments. - DRONE DJ

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2. The city of Thornton, Colorado is considering a ban on drones in public places. On Tuesday night, the city's council considered three options to prohibit drone flights, but decided to table a vote on an ordinance as members wait for more information. All three of the options would ban people from controlling, launching and landing drones from public streets, sidewalks, highways, and trails. Vic Moss, the owner of Drone U, urged the council not to pass such a law, which he described as "problematic" for both commercial drone operators and hobbyists. “It’s just something else that’s unknown to people and unknown scares people,” Moss said. - THE DENVER CHANNEL

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3. Drones currently deliver 20 percent of Rwanda’s blood supply to hospitals. Silicon Valley robotics startup Zipline is behind the project, which delivers blood and other supplies to 21 of Rwanda’s public health centers. The update comes from a report in the Christian Science Monitor that explores the benefits and concerns about Zipline's medical drone deliveries, which are set to roll out in Ghana next year. “Solutions like drones might feel very innovative, but they don’t replace the long-term needs for things like better infrastructure and better staffing,” says Donna Patterson, the director of Africana studies at Delaware State University. “They may temporarily reduce some health inequities, but what we really need is greater investment in the longer-term solutions.” - CS MONITOR

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4. Drone sightings are up in the U.S. There were 784 sightings in the second quarter of 2018 versus 659 reported drone sightings in the second quarter of 2017. An FAA spokesman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that there are just more drones in the skies. In addition, "pilots are aware there are more drones out there and are vigilant in reporting what they believe are drone sightings," the spokesman said. - REVIEW-JOURNAL

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5. Multiple Mexican news outlets are reporting that a drone did indeed crash into a Boeing 737 jetliner that was landing over Tijuana on Dec. 12.

6. The Washington Post published an in-depth report about Matt Chasen and his LIFT passenger aircraft known as Hexa. Chasen, a former Boeing engineer, plans to offer recreational flights aboard the vertical-takeoff-and-landing drone outside of Austin, Texas. As Chasen notes, the current "regulatory environment does not allow for a transportation use of these aircraft — yet."

7. Commercial UAV News profiled the top 5 companies that it says have pioneered the use of drones.

8. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana, stood by the government's decision to invest in a medical drone delivery service. “I prefer drones delivery flying to deliver essential medicines to our people than an investment in guinea fowl that allegedly fly out to Burkina Faso without any trace,” he said, referring to the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) project.

9. Drone Defence has made a reported upgrade to its Aeroguards mobile drone detection capability.

10. Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus will give out scholarships to first responders who want to attend a drone course at the school.

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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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