Top drone industry news 17 October 2016

Top drone industry news for last week, hand-picked for you by Skytango’s team and commented by Steven Flynn, Skytango’s CEO. Edition: Oct. 17th 2016.

Drone Industry News

At the 2016 INTERGEO drone conference in Hamburg, Germany Intel announced their new drone Falcon 8+. This fully Intel-branded drone will be targeted at the North American market, focusing on the commercial segment. It’s just another signal of Intel’s interest in an industry that opens a myriad of opportunities for their chips and other technologies.

GoPro, whose new drone Karma will hit the store shelves on Oct 23rd, stopped shipping to and its stock value suffered, reported Streetinsider. GoPro’s stock partially recovered when GoPro’s management explained they were negotiating better pricing with the online retailer and planning to resume shipping to Amazon at the end of the month.

In the meantime, Steve Symington on The Motley Fool writes that GoPro is already working on new exciting features for Karma, but they won’t be available in this coming version.

Talking about drones, Tim Kidwell of Drone360 Magazine offers a well written review of Autel Robotic’s X-Star Premium, previously published in the printed version of the magazine.

MIT Technology Review writes that Uber has used drones as flying billoboards to advertise its services to cars stuck in traffic in Mexico City. I personally think there are much more promising ways to use drones in marketing. Still, I’m sure this particular use of drones for flying advertising will grow in the future.

A piece by Stephanie Chan on Cisco’s blog explores some of the initiatives Cisco is promoting to innovate drone technologies and get a slice of the market.

The Official Student Newspaper of Western University illustrates a common problem. Drones were used to shoot events taking place on the Campus of the University of Western Ontario, upon commercial agreement with the University. Problem is, flights were apparently done without the required Transport Canada approved Special Flight Operating Certificate, and the operators broke several exemption conditions set out in Canadian Aviation Regulations.

Americans, apparently, are skittish about drones delivering their packages. According to a survey published last Tuesday by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, the majority of people interviewed don’t think companies are ready to launch drone deliveries, and if a company like Amazon or Google were to launch drone deliveries now, their company brand would suffer tremendously.

However, drone delivery testing continues. Sally French, founder of, talked to some Virginia Tech students to get their perspectives on the recent Google Project Wing test. Google drones brought Chipotle burritos to the students participating in the experiment.

Francis Vierboom writes a great recap of the new drone laws in Australia on the Propeller Blog.

Dronelife reports that EHang has signed a deal with the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) and the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) to test their passenger drone EHang 184.

Drone Events

Upcoming October events:

Drone Film/Photo Festivals

Now open for submissions:

Aerial Filming/Photography

We chatted with Karolis Janulis, award-winning Lithuanian aerial photographer who captures stunning perspective shots and shadows with his DJI drone.

Also, Russian drone photographer and filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov has been interviewed by Dirk Dallas of on his latest Iceland drone video Vindur. Don’t miss this really interesting behind the scenes.

Aerial Video of the Week

This week’s video, again, shows the storytelling power of drones in journalism. The video documents the effects of the recent attacks by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies on the ancient city of Aleppo, in Syria.

The video was taken by The Aleppo Media Center, a group of antigovernment activists and citizen journalists who work to document the conflict through video, photography and social media, with comments by New York Times journalist Michael Kimmelman.

Thanks for reading and for sharing,


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