Airborne-Unmanned 01.20.21: Drone Pilot Pleads, Arcturus Acquired, Sony Airpeak
Coming up on today’s episode of airborne unmanned drone pilot pleads guilty to helicopter hit, also our environment to acquire arturous, uav and sony’s air peak drone publicly unveiled welcome to our news network’s airborne unmanned program, a weekly program covering all things unmanned in partnership with auvsi, the Association for unmanned vehicle systems, international hi, i’m your host kimberly k. We have a packed episode today filled with the latest news. So let’s start with remember that story about a dumb drone pilot hitting a helicopter. Well, he pleaded guilty. As previously noted, a california drone pilot was arrested on suspicion of having flown his hobby drone into an lapd helicopter.
Now this orderly errant-drone pilot has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge that he recklessly operated a drone that crashed into and damaged a fuselage of a los angeles police department. Helicopter andrew renee hernandez who’s just 22 years old pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft. According to his plea deal on september 18th of last year, at approximately 12 18 in the morning, hernandez heard police vehicles driving near his residence and a police helicopter flying overhead curious about the commotion hernandez, launched a drone that he owned towards the police activity and in The helicopter’s direction, an lapd helicopter operated by two police officers, was first flying towards the reported emergency at a pharmacy. In hollywood, as the helicopter approached the pharmacy, the pilot saw the drone and attempted to evade the unmanned aircraft, but a collision occurred united states district judge. George h wu scheduled a hearing on april 12, which will be the sentencing hearing at which time hernandez will face a statutory maximum sentence of one year in federal prison coming up after the break virgin.
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Drone pilots, who want to fly around tampa florida from february 3rd until the 9th will need to check out the faa, no tam for air traffic procedures for the area. Super bowl 55 is sunday february 7th at raymond james stadium, as a designated national security special event. Additional unmanned aircraft restrictions will be in place before during and after the super bowl and yes, the super bowl is a no drone zone. The faa has published a webpage with information for tampa florida area, aerospace and airports. Skydio earned ces 2021 best innovation award.
The skydio x2 has received a ces 2021 best of innovation award for drones and unmanned systems. The announcement was made ahead of the first ever all digital ces, 2021. Skydio x2 is the company’s new autonomous drone for enterprise and public sector customers, skadio x2 pairs, skyy autonomy and all driven systems that gives drones the skills of an expert pilot with a foldable, highly portable airframe that leverages hyper-strength composites to withstand the most demanding environments. Drl reaches a betting deal with sports gaming operation and they are ready to take your money. The drone racing league has announced a deal with draftkings inc to make the sports technology and entertainment company an official sports betting partner of drl upon completion of this deal.
Drl drone races became the first aerial sporting event upon which fans can wager mobile sports betting on drl drone races is currently legal in colorado, new hampshire, new jersey, tennessee and west virginia with regulatory approvals pending in additional states. That was our unmanned minute. Now’S return to the rest of the news, our environment, to acquire our tourist uav, our environment and our tourist uav have entered into a definite agreement under which our environment will acquire our tourist uav for a total purchase. Price of 405 million dollars, including 355 million in cash and 50 million in stock. The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the our environment and our tourist uav board of directors, is expected to accelerate our environment strategy to drive profitable growth and value by expanding into attractive adjacent segments and by broadening its capabilities and customers.
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The landing doctor program is working and you’re gon na hear more about it. Welcome back sony’s air peak drone publicly unveiled during the festivities last week surrounding ces, somewhat lackluster virtual 2021 event. Sony has unveiled their air peak aircraft as part of its drone project dedicated to the area of ai robotics. The drone that has now been seen a few times questions are slowly being answered about its mission and capabilities. Air peak is expected to be released to the public this spring and is specifically aimed at professional photographers and video pros.
Exact dimensions of the quadcopter were not yet provided, but the aircraft is supported by two landing gear: extensions that retract upward when it takes flight. In this first phase of its deployment, sony will launch a new business segment in the spring of this year. The drone can be equipped to fly with an alpha mirrorless camera and it’s reportedly, the smallest unmanned aircraft capable of flying with this equipment. Sony is teasing further info and is offering only gradual details as they lead into the spring launch time frame. Well, that does it for our show today.
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