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Inside Drones (Jan 9th, 2019)

1. London's Heathrow Airport is reportedly using drone tracking technology after Tuesday's drone sighting. Departures at the airport were temporarily suspended after the drone was spotted there on Tuesday evening. Later that night, a helicopter flew in a radar system that can prevent drones from flying within a certain zone near the airfield. London's Metropolitan Police agency said it continues to make "extensive inquiries" into the illegal drone activity after launching a criminal investigation and that "anyone caught illegally operating drones will be dealt with robustly." - SKY NEWS

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2. Indemnis' parachute for DJI Drones was recently certified. The authorization will allow drone pilots to fly over small groups of people, as long as the parachute is attached. It can be strapped onto DJI’s larger drones, deploying when the drone begins tilting abnormally or falling. "It deploys the parachute within 30 milliseconds at 90 mph, through a tube that rapidly inflates to keep the parachute lines away from the drone body and propellers," Alaska-based Indemnis said in a new release. - TECH CRUNCH

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3. Canada's Transport Minister announced new drone rules that ban "drunk droning" and other activities. The tougher regulations are set to take effect on June 1 and affect all drone operators. According to Transport Minister Marc Garneau, drone operators will have to register their devices and pass an online test for certification. The rules will apply to drones, both recreational and commercial, weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms. They will ban people from flying drones while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or within 12 hours of consuming alcohol, among other restrictions. - CBC

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4. Miami Beach's city manager said police did not violate an anti-drone law when they deployed a small blimp over an Orange Bowl party. Florida law prohibits police departments from using drones to monitor citizens. To circumvent the rule, Miami Beach police flew a dirigible to monitor the roughly 15,000 attendees at the Capital One Beach Bash last month, according to a letter City Manager Jimmy Morales sent to a city commission. "As crowds at major events here in the city have increased in size over the years, and given the emergence of new threats of terrorism seen around the world in such large gatherings, the department sought to acquire a new technological solution for aerial monitoring," Morales wrote. Questions still remain about whether the surveillance balloon violated Florida's police-drone ban. - GIZMODO

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5. DJI just released its Smart Controller remote with a 5.5-inch display.  

6. A risk group will meet this week to discuss suspected drone activity in the U.K. and how it could affect Irish airports.

7. A hydrogen-powered drone recently flew for longer than an hour.

8. Adam Ismail from Tom's Guide reviewed this phone case that doubles as a selfie-taking drone. The Selfly, which is on display at CES 2019, has a flight time of about 4½ minutes per charge.

9. Dronestagram announced the winners of its fifth annual drone photography contest.

10. A thermal drone that located a missing 88-year-old man in Texas may have saved his life, according to police.

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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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