A GoPro Karma recall, NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) Convention, the Matrice 600 Pro, and a Last Starfighter type development from the Drone Racing League are just some of the stories that make up this edition of the SomeDrones.com Weekly Drone Review. Subscribe to our newsletter to have this list sent to your inbox each week.
GoPro issued a recall for its foldable Karma hobby drone due to numerous reported cases of inflight power loss. The U.S. sport camera company will issue refunds for 2,500 Karma drones, which had sold for $799 each. The Karma drone was launched in late September. (Wall Street Journal)
The European Emergency Number Association released a report detailing how drones could be used to assist first responders. (EENA)
At Reuters, Heather Somerville writes that U.S. makers of consumer drones are struggling to compete with China’s DJI.
At the Verge, Ben Popper investigates the reasons behind GoPro’s recall of the Karma drone.
Also at the Verge, Alphabet’s Astro Teller discusses the potential impact of the company’s proposed delivery drone program.
At Channel News Asia, Justin Ong examines Singapore’s push to draw drone businesses to the city.
At Commercial UAV News, Juan Plaza discusses how some drone makers are working to get around the issues posed by limited battery power.
At Wired, Alex Davies profiles Anthony Foxx, the outgoing U.S Secretary of Transportation, who has worked to push the integration of drones into the national airspace.
At Quartz, Mike Murphy examines how the Hover Camera aims to pioneer the market for selfie drones.
At the Diplomat, Joshua Bateman looks at how improving agricultural production is a rising priority for China’s drone makers.
Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo discussed why and how his company created a drone delivery program in Rwanda. (Recode)
Zipline has raised $25 million in funding to expand drone delivery services. (TechCrunch)
At the Georgetown Security Studies Review, Jake Howry considers how international law could shape the drone policy of the next administration.
At the New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis reviews “National Bird,” a new documentary that follows several former drone pilots.
NASA held its 2016 unmanned aircraft system traffic management (UTM) convention in Syracuse, New York. The event brought together both public and private entities working to develop technologies for an airspace traffic management system for drones. (Business Journal News Network)
The U.S. Air Force conducted a study in which electrical brain stimulators were used to enhance the mental performance of air crews, including drone operators. (The Guardian)
A researcher at Murdoch University in Australia is experimenting with drones and machine learning systems to spot dugongs from the sky. (Digital Trends)
German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom is developing a counter-drone system to protect airports, sports facilities, and critical infrastructure. (Reuters)
U.S. drone maker General Atomics Aeronautical Systems conducted the first flight of its new Avenger Extended Range jet-powered drone. (Unmanned Systems Technology)
Facebook revealed new details about the wireless Internet system for its Aquila solar-powered drone, as well as its plans to use these drones in disaster response. (Wired)
U.S. startup Echodyne is developing a small, powerful radar system that could enable drones to sense and avoid obstacles. (IEEE Spectrum)
U.S. company Advanced Tactics has released a video showing its new Panther, an unmanned ground vehicle that can also fly. (Popular Science)
Chinese drone maker DJI unveiled the Matrice 600 Pro, a professional hexacopter. (TechCrunch)
The Drone Racing League has unveiled a drone racing computer simulator game. The top players on the game will be invited to compete for a $75,000 drone racing contract. (TechCrunch)
Police in Cumbria, England announced that they have used their drones in operations over 100 times this year. (News and Star)
Chinese online retailer JD.com is planning to implement an aerial drone delivery system by the end of 2017. (Transport Topics)
The Australian state of Queensland has created new legislation to allow farmers to use drones for spraying crops. (ZD Net)
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $30 million in state funding for developing testing facilities for drones. (WKTV)
NASA awarded Near Earth Autonomy a contract to develop the systems that will enable drones to fly in the national airspace in the event of an emergency. (Press Release)