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August 29, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 08.29.23: Autel Upgrades, India Moon Ldg, Tomahawk Robotics

 Also: DOJ Sues SpaceX, Teal 2 Military UAV, Kelluu Airships, ZeroAvia

Autel's EVO Max series of drones are the beneficiary of some new features via an update to the accompanying app and firmware. Overall, the improvements amount to some quality-of-life updates here and there, with a handful of very convenient features. India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission landed on the moon successfully, less than a week after a competing Russian mission impacted the surface after unsuccessful orbital maneuvering. The successful touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 is a feather in the cap for India’s space program as it vies for recognition in the international spacefaring community. AeroVironment has announced its anticipated acquisition of Tomahawk Robo

Wing Names Couple as Drone Delivery's Best Customers

UAV Courier Services a Game Changer for Elderly Living

Since 2019, Paul and Susie Sensmeier have taken to the handy, easy delivery of drones more than anyone else in the world - according to Wing. The firm says that the Sensmeier house has seen more than 1,000 drone deliveries, putting them above and beyond the regular early adopter of fancy, whiz-bang tech. Looking back on the things they've ordered, their love of droneborne delivery makes sense: Paul is the driver of the household, but with both in their early 80's, driving has become more of a chore than it once was. 

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NTSB Prelim: Air Tractor Inc AT-802

The Airplane Impacted A Bean Field And Came To Rest Upright

On August 8, 2023, about 1150 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-802 airplane, N804AA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Gilman City, Missouri. The pilot was fatally injured. The flight was conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. A witness to the accident stated that he was driving south on State Highway K near the water tower when he first saw the airplane. The airplane was flying above him near the intersection of Highways K and B. The airplane appeared to be flying south, then turned east, and back to the north. Right before he turned his vehicle right on Highway B, the airplane started to turn &ldqu

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