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Inside Drones (Apr 17th, 2019)

1. Firefighters in Paris used drones to track Monday's Notre Dame fire. As Drone DJ reports, the firefighters likely used DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and Matrice M210 drones that were borrowed from the country's culture and interior ministries. DJI’s director of public safety integration said that forces used Mavic Pro’s visible light camera and optical and electronic zoom, but not a thermal camera, to surveil the fire as it was burning. A short video from the French Ministry of the Interior shows a female pilot controlling what appears to be the Mavic 2 drone. - THE VERGE

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2. The recent drone attack at London's Gatwick Airport was likely carried out by someone with knowledge of the airport's operational procedures. The BBC first reported that British police are now investigating the December attacks as an inside job. The drone operator or operators "had a link into what was going on at the airport," London Gatwick's chief operating officer told the BBC. The sightings caused the airport to be shut down for 33 hours from Dec. 19 - 21, resulting in 1,000 delayed or canceled flights that impacted 140,000 passengers. - BUSINESS INSIDER

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3. The FAA is investigating an incident last week in which a drone flew over Fenway Park during a Red Sox-Blue Jays game. The FAA currently bans the flying of drones over occupied stadiums starting an hour before and ending an hour after a scheduled game; drones are also prohibited within three miles of a stadium. The penalty for illegally flying over a stadium is up to $250,000 and up to three years in prison, according to the FAA. - TECHCRUNCH

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4. Drones equipped with thermal imaging could help cattle ranchers detect stress or disease in cows. In Amarillo, Texas, researchers are undergoing tests to see how much distance is required between a drone and a cow before the animal becomes spooked. One that's determined, scientists say they could use the thermal-equipped drones to identify feverish animals before any infection spreads; this better targets antibiotic administration toward particular cows, which could cut down on overuse of the drugs. - AOPA

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5. Scientists designed a drone that can fly in windy conditions, thanks to automatic folding arms that can make in-flight adjustments.

6. Police in Chula Vista, California have made more than 56 arrests using drones as part of the FAA's drone pilot program.

7. Parrot is now selling its Anafi quadcopter with a thermal camera. The drone, which retails for $1,900, is geared toward people who work in security, search and rescue, agriculture, and construction.

8. DJI released another firmware update for the Osmo Pocket, which fixes incorrect timestamps on photos and videos.

9. The Chicago-based startup Valqari created a smart mailbox for receiving drone deliveries.

10. Rolling Stone compiled a list of the best drone cameras for under $500. They include the Altair 818 Hornet and DJI Spark camera.

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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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