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Inside Drones (Mar 6th, 2019)

1. The challenge to keep drones away from interrupting air traffic at airports around the world continues. Recently, airports in Newark, New Jersey, Gatwick, England, Dublin, Ireland and Dubai have all grounded planes in the last three months due to drone sightings. To date, there is no solution to keeping these drones away from flying in restricted airspace, with aviation experts fearing catastrophic damage or death from a drone hitting an airplane. — CNN

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2. The anti-drone market will exceed $1.2 billion by next year, according to estimates from Frost & Sullivan. This segment may be attractive to weapons makers, as they move into the space of developing tools to combat malicious drones. The market is expected to exceed $1.5 billion by 2021, as both airports and armed forces look for ways to counter the threat of drones. But no technology has come out as a clear winner to both entities. — WALL STREET JOURNAL

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3. A joint venture between SoftBank and aerospace company AeroVironment hopes to launch a solar-powered drone to deliver 5G connectivity. The drone, identified as the “Hawk 30,” has a curved wing design, with 10 electric engines and a operational altitude of 20 kilometers. The drone could take flight as soon as this week at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. An agreement with NASA covers a series of test flights over the next three months. — SPECTRUM IEEE

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4. Lawmakers in Florida passed a bill that would ban flying drones over and near correctional institutions. The measure (PCB CRJ 19-01) would apply to state and private correctional facilities, as well as juvenile detention centers and follows similar legislation proposed in a multitude of states, including Michigan and North Carolina. — TAMPA BAY TIMES

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5. Red Cat announced the second beta of its drone data platform, in an effort to store drone flight data on the blockchain to guarantee immutability. — TECHCRUNCH

6. A new drone flight research center opened at University at Albany, as a part of the university’s college of emergency preparedness, homeland security and cybersecurity. — DRONEDJ

7. One Redditor shared a video of firefly drones being used at a Metallica concert. — REDDIT

8. Japan plans to ban drones over U.S. military and-self-defense force facilities in the country, in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks. — JAPAN TIMES

9. DroneDJ looks into a backstory of a photo showing a drone-catching eagle. — DRONEDJ

10. In Australia, some experts are concerned with drone hacking as a threat to air travel. — SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

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This newsletter was written and curated by Johan Moreno. Johan is based out of Los Angeles, CA and has covered technology and automotive extensively for a variety of publications, including The Orange County Register. Follow him on Twitter @dudejohan

Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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