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Drone News Roundup: DJI FPV Drone Leaks, FAA Drone Registration Reminder, and More!

BY Zacc Dukowitz
27 November 2020

This week we’re covering a new leak about the imminent release of an FPV drone from DJI, which will reportedly allow you to adjust the angle of the camera from the drone’s remote control.

We’re also covering a reminder from the FAA that initial drone registrations are coming up for renewal, DroneII’s new report on the top drone manufacturers in the world for 2020, a successful ship-to-submarine drone delivery test conducted by the U.S. Navy, and Skydio’s novel approach to marketing with a web series promoting its X2D defense drone.

Now let’s get to those links!

More Proof of DJI FPV Drone Revealed in Recent Leak

The leaks just keep on coming. This week, DJI insider and leaker OsitaLV tweeted that a DJI FPV drone release was imminent, confirming recent speculation that DJI had one in the works. According to this most recent leak, some resellers have already gotten a model of the new FPV drone to check out for themselves (as noted in the Tweet above). A standout feature of the drone is that pilots will be able to adjust the camera’s position with the remote control.


FAA Reminds People that Initial Drone Registrations Are About to Expirefaa-drone-zone

The FAA wants to remind drone pilots—both hobbyist and commercial alike—that those who registered their drones when the FAA DroneZone was first established in January of 2018 will soon need to renew their registrations. If this is you, don’t worry. You can update your drone registration right now by logging into the DroneZone. The cost is $5 for a three-year period. If you used a third party to register your drone(s), contact them to get your DroneZone login credentials.

All drones in the U.S. that weigh .55 lbs or more must be registered with the FAA. Drones that weigh less than .55 lbs don’t need to be registered so long as they’re being flown exclusively for recreational purposes under the Exception for Recreational Flyers.


New Drone Industry Insights Report Reveals Top Drone Manufacturers of 2020

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Drone Industry Insights (DroneII) just released a report ranking the top drone manufacturers for 2020. No big surprise, DJI is still on top when it comes to commercial drone manufacturers, with an estimated 70-80% of the market. Yuneec is a distant second, followed by Parrot. The report also includes information on the countries where top drone companies are located and the top dual-use drone manufacturers (i.e., drones made for both commercial and governmental applications). To create the report, DroneII researched data from 430 drone companies based all around the globe.


Navy Completes First Successful Ship-to-Submarine Delivery Via Drone

Photo credit: U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Devin M. Langer

The U.S. Navy is getting into drone delivery. Recently, the Navy completed a successful test delivery of an unidentified payload by drone. The drone reportedly flew from a ship to an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, called the USS Henry M. Jackson. Although the drone’s delivery contents are unknown, news outlets speculate that these kinds of deliveries would probably be used for medical or emergency supplies, or possibly even for transporting messages in the event that traditional communications were unavailable.


Skydio’s ‘Ready for Duty’ Video Series Showcases Defense Applications for Its X2D Drone

X2D: Ready For Duty Trailer

A new video series from Skydio highlights various uses for its X2D drone, one of the latest installments in its X2 commercial drone line. The video series is well-produced and has a dramatic bent to it, featuring real combat situations for the X2D, which was made for defense applications. This is the first time we’ve seen a drone company do a promotional campaign with this much effort put into really telling a story and placing the technology in context in order to showcase its value in the field. It could be a fluke, or it could be that Skydio just ushered in a new kind of marketing for drone companies.


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