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Inside Drones (Apr 10th, 2019)

1. Alphabet’s Wing unit has launched a drone delivery service in Australia. The service will cover roughly 100 homes, spanning the cities of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin. Customers will be able to order a selection of smaller-sized goods from local businesses, including groceries, coffee, and medicine. The unit has plans to expand the coverage area of the service, adding more small and local businesses. Wing has been testing drones in Australia since 2014. - ENGADGET

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2. A Facebook drone reportedly crashed in Western Australia while it was demonstrating high altitude pseudo-satellite communication capabilities. The tech-armed Airbus Zephyr drone underwent a test flight to see how well it would bring internet to remote rural communities. It reportedly crashed during take-off in the sparsely settled Kimberley region of Australia. - THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

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3. DJI is extending its partnership with the Los Angeles Fire Department, which will gain access to DJI drones, support, and training. The partners announced a Solution Development Partnership that will allow firefighters to create, test, and deploy DJI technology in emergency situations. The agency has already flown Matrice 200 Series, Matrice 600 Series, and Phantom 4 Pro drones in more than 175 missions. - DRONE DJ

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4. Johnny FPV's latest video shows off his amazing drone piloting skills during Formula Drift's season opener last weekend. The Chicago native, whose real name is Johnny Schaer, has made a name for himself in the drone FPV arena, using drones to capture bird's-eye views of motorsport races. In the latest video, Schaer used a custom-built AstroX X5 racing drone with a fix-mounted GoPro Hero7, Dominator HDO goggles, and a custom FutabaUSA 16SZ unit. - THE DRIVE

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6. Within the next month, the FAA expects to award the first license to operate a drone airline, which is likely to go to Alphabet's Wing.

7. Law enforcement reported 54 drone incursions at this year's Super Bowl, according to a top official at the Department of Homeland Security. "I’m not saying any of them are nefarious, but just think about it. All they need is access," William N. Bryan, acting under-secretary for science and technology, said during a recent speech.

8. Chris Rittler, CEO of the drone cloud platform Cape, explains how drones are attracting new grads in the oil and gas industries.

9. Researchers are equipping drones with thermal-imaging cameras to monitor and measure populations of orangutans in Borneo.

10. A drone pilot reportedly entered an airport flight path when he tried to snap aerial photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s home in Berkshire.

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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: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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