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Inside Drones (Feb 13th, 2019)

1. Starting Feb. 23, drone owners will have to begin displaying their FAA ID numbers on the outside of small drones. The FAA, in a preview document published at the Federal Register, said the new requirement is a response to terrorism fears — including “the risk a concealed explosive device poses to first responders who must open a compartment to find the small unmanned aircraft’s registration number.” The rule is set to be formally published in the Register on Thursday. While citizens will have a 30-day period to comment, the FAA still plans to implement the rule 10 days after publication. The FAA has previously allowed drone owners to place the device's registration number on the inside of drones. - THE VERGE

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2. DJI has improved its geo-fencing system to prevent drone encroachments in the wake of the Gatwick drone scare. Aviation company Altitude Angel developed the new tech, which expands no-drone zones from two-dimensional circles to much larger three-dimensional "bow ties," according to The Verge. DJI plans to use the new system in 13 European countries that had the original system, as well as 19 additional countries that previously did not have the technology. In December, flights at London's Gatwick airport were delayed after drones were spotted near the airfield, raising concerns about future drone incidents at other airports. - BBC

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3. The mapping organization Ordnance Survey plans to launch a solar-powered drone to collect images of the Earth. The company plans to conduct fully operational high-altitude tests of the Astigan drone before the end of this year. Astigan, which operates from the same location that previously housed Facebook's Aquila internet drone project, said its drone will fly at 67,000 feet and can circle the planet for up to three months at a time. The drone's images and data will be used primarily in commercial and industrial applications. - GIZMODO

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4. A French drone pilot faces up to three years in prison for illegally bringing his drone into Myanmar. Michel Desclaux, 27, is accused of illegally importing his drone and flying it near Myanmar’s Parliament, which is a restricted area. Myanmar has very strict drone laws, including banning flights in most of Yangon, its largest city. “In some places in Myanmar, you can’t fly drones, but the country should have put up notices,” drone seller Ye Tun Aung told The New York Times. In 2017, three journalists were arrested for flying a drone in Myanmar's capital of Naypyidaw. - NY TIMES

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5. France's Directorate-General for Civil Aviation signed off on plans for a fully-automated drone that has no pilot.

6. In a lengthy article published in International Airport Review, author Lee Mansell describes how new sensor technology can detect, track, and identify drones in the skies.

7. Research conducted by University College Dublin students found that most Irish business leaders and consumers feel lukewarm about commercial drone use.

8. A newly introduced bill would ban people from flying drones over private rural properties in Oklahoma. People who violate the rule could face up to a year in prison.

9. Unifly NV, a drone traffic management provider, has partnered with India's Terra Drone office to support drone management in the country.

10. A white drone narrowly missed striking a Boeing 737 that was approaching Australia's Brisbane Airport. The Virgin flight landed safely after crew members reported the drone sighting on Saturday.

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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) 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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