Drone News Roundup: Ninja Warrior Course Cinewhoop, Drone Video from the Top of the World’s Tallest Building, and More!

BY Zacc Dukowitz
20 August 2021

This week we’re covering a new cinewhoop video shot at a ninja warrior course housed at a rock climbing gym.

We’re also covering a commercial from Emirates Airlines featuring drone footage shot at the top of the tallest building in the world, DRL and T-Mobile’s partnership to create their first 5G-enabled drone, a story about police in the U.K. using a thermal drone to catch three robbers in the act of robbing a bank, DJI closing its flagship store in Hong Kong, and a new survey from Women and Drones.

Now let’s get to those links!

Ninja Warrior Course Cinewhoop Video Shot at a Climbing Gym


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Cinewhoop videos are a great way to get a tour of a building or location, making you feel like you’re actually there as you fly through it. This video shot at a climbing gym takes us through several climbing features, then closes out by swooping through the obstacles in the gym’s ninja warrior course. One thing that’s great about cinewhoop videos like this one is how short they are—often clocking in under a minute, they’re a quick, fun way to get to know a place you may have never seen before.


Emirates Airlines Commercial Features Drone Video of Flight Attendant Standing on Tallest Building in the World

The behind-the-scenes video featured in the tweet above shows how Emirates Airlines shot a commercial at the top of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at over half a mile high. (You might recognize the building from the movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol—Tom Cruise filmed a hair-raising fight scene at the top of it for that movie). In the commercial, you see an Emirates Airlines flight attendant holding cue cards and then, when the camera pans out, you realize she’s standing on what looks like the top of the entire world. Some people on the internet have called the footage fake, so the airline released this “making of” video to show how they pulled it off.


First 5G-Enabled Drone Created by Drone Racing League and T-Mobile

Making of the Magenta 5G Drone

The Drone Racing League (DRL) and T-Mobile have partnered to release a 5G-enabled drone. Called the Magenta, it’s one of the first racing drones in the world to have an embedded 5G module, allowing it to live stream video directly to the internet. The Magenta will be flying throughout DRL’s upcoming 2021-22 season to stream immersive content from races. It will also be featured at T-Mobile events, where it will help showcase the possibilities of 5G technology.


UK Police Use Thermal Drone to Catch Robbers in the Act

Drone supports in arrest of three suspects 'hiding' on roof

Police in Mansfield, in the U.K., were recently alerted to a robbery taking place in the middle of the night when an alarm was tripped at a local bank. But when they arrived they couldn’t find anyone at the bank. To make sure, they put a thermal drone in the air—and that’s when they saw three people hiding out on the roof. Without the drone, the police probably wouldn’t have nabbed the suspects, but thanks to the thermal camera they were able to catch them in the act.


DJI Closes Flagship Store in Hong Kong


DJI has closed its flagship store in Hong Kong. At 10,000 square feet, the store was massive, and contained space for customers to test fly drones, as well as a breakout space for educational workshops and a technical support center. The move is apparently the result of new regulations in Hong Kong that will make it harder for people to fly drones.


Take the Women and Drones Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey

Women and Drones is currently conducting a survey to capture baseline data on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the drone industry. Called the The 2021 UAS/AAM Industry Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Survey, the goal is to get a snapshot of who is currently working with drones today. The data collected in the survey will be used to write a white paper, identify resources to help companies develop and implement diversity and equity initiatives, and create programs of value for the drone industry.


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