Drone News Roundup: Crazy FPV Dive Down a Narrow Chimney, Fast Paced Drone Video of the Dolomites, and More!
BY Zacc Dukowitz17 February 2022
This week we’re covering a wild FPV drone dive down a narrow chimney.
We’re also covering a beautiful drone video shot in the Dolomites, news that XAG agriculture drones will be used in reforestation efforts in Brazil, the Norwegian Coast Guard’s plan to use drones equipped with nuclear radiation sensors to keep people safe from leaking radiation on the sea, and a new device from a company called DroneTag to help older drones be compliant with Remote ID requirements.
Now let’s get to those links!
Crazy FPV Dive Down a Narrow Chimney
Talk about a tight squeeze! In this video, YouTuber Phantom FPV dives down a 100-foot tall stack that’s only three feet wide. In a making of video he’s shared, you see that he didn’t get this on the first try, and he almost wasn’t sure if it would be possible. Watch the successful attempt here, and then click the link below if you want to see how he pulled it off.
Beautiful, Fast-Paced Drone Video Shot in the Dolomites
We really enjoyed this drone video shot by YouTuber Ellis van Jason in the Dolomites, a mountain range located in northeastern Italy. In the video description, he writes “Was this video shot on a Red or GoPro9?” The answer is a GoPro9, but the point is clear: you can get incredible cinematic FPV shots without spending a fortune on your camera. Watch the video to fly along over sweeping shots of razor-thin mountain ridges, misty mountain tops, and pastoral green landscapes.
Brazil Uses XAG Ag Drones for Reforestation
Brazil’s oldest university, the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), recently shared the news that it will be using XAG agriculture drones in a reforestation effort called the Arboreto Project. The drones will be used to speed up the reseeding process by dropping seeds of native plants from the air. The drones will initially be used in a trial, after which the approach may be rolled out more generally to help with reforestation work throughout the country.
Norwegian Coast Guard to Use Drones Equipped with Radiation Sensors to Keep People Safe from Nuclear-Powered Vessels
Credit: Norwegian Coast Guard
Five ships in the Norwegian Coast Guard will soon be carrying drones equipped with radiation sensors. The drones will be used to measure potential radiation exposure in the event of maritime accidents in Norwegian waters that involve ships powered by nuclear reactors. Nuclear-powered military submarines and civilian ships pass often through the waters near Norway, and are doing so with increasing regularity—these drones will help make sure that radiation leaks resulting from a crash are identified and contained as soon as possible.
Dronetag Launches Remote ID Device for Older Drones
A Czech company called Dronetag has launched a product that can be attached to a drone to allow older drone models to be compliant with Remote ID requirements. Called the Dronetag Mini, the device supports both Direct Remote ID (broadcast via Bluetooth) and Network Remote ID (where details are sent to a central system via a mobile network and shared on the internet). The device is small, weighing only .07 pounds (32 grams). It has a battery life of 14 hours, and can be used with either a mobile or web app.
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