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Inside Drones (Jan 16th, 2019)

1. NASA is considering landing a drone on Saturn's moon Titan. According to a final proposal, the mission, which is called Dragonfly, would launch in 2025 and arrive in Titan nine years later. NASA will make a decision on whether to go ahead with the mission this summer. - SPACE

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2. A new study suggests that drones can map highway car crashes notably better than traditional methods. In the research, highway safety officers used drones to create 3D composites of accident sites. The drones helped responders improve traffic flow and reduce mapping time by 60 percent, according to the study from Purdue University. "The technology is so much faster than traditional ground-based measurements and provides a much better comprehensive documentation that it opens up all different kinds of research," said John Bullock, a research assistant on the project. - SCIENCE DAILY

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3. Surfer Derek Ho was nearly struck by a Phantom drone while surfing in Hawaii. A video posted online shows the incident, which occurred on Sunday while Ho was surfing the Banzai Pipeline surf reef break. The drone appears during the last moments of Ho's ride and appeared to come within several feet of the surfer. - DRONE DJ

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4. Airports in the U.K. have reportedly asked Dubai for help addressing future drone scares, which recently led to the shutdown of London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports. Dubai Airport, which is the third busiest in the world, underwent changes to avoid errant drones after a drone sighting forced its temporary closure in 2015. “I’ve been speaking to aviation entities from Gatwick as well as London Heathrow regarding the airspace disruptions they have experienced,” Michael Rudolph, head of airspace safety at Dubai Civil Aviation, told Gulf News, adding, "It’s just general conversation and suggestions on what they might consider moving forward." - GULF NEWS

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5. Quadrotors and underwater drones dominated this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), according to Electronic Design.

6. First responders in Lee County, N.C., have undergone special training to pass the FAA's drone exam. The department plans to use drones for search-and-rescue operations, crime scene investigations, and emergency surveys.

7. DJI's Phantom 4 Advanced "Plus" drone, normally $1,499, is on sale for $1,049 today.

8. Slate Magazine published an article arguing that people are too quick to blame drones when an unidentified object is spotted at airports and other venues.

9. Agricultural drones will be part of the lineup at this year's Fort Wayne Farm Show in Indiana.

10. British racecourses are looking to ban drones over fears that punters could use the footage to gain an edge during races.

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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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