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  • H3 Dynamics open in Toulouse

    We have set up in Toulouse France. We are super proud to announce the opening of our hydrogen-air mobility lab in Toulouse, at the heart of the European aerospace eco-system. Our engineering team in France will join existing teams in Austin,TX and Singapore in our global mission to build the first hydrogen fuel cell propulsion demonstrator for long-range

  • Skydio’s Social Responsibility Program

    Mira Marquez 2020 was a rollercoaster of a year no matter which way you look at it. At Skydio, employees experienced and watched as the year’s events unfolded only to ask, “What more can we do?” We are uniquely positioned to develop and work with amazing technology that will revolutionize the drone world with autonomy,

  • Drone Show Software advanced to run light shows with up to 1,000 UVify IFO drones

    Riga, Latvia; Seattle, Washington USA – SPH Engineering, a multiproduct drone software company, has released a Drone Show Software update which allows users to run a drone swarm show with up to 1,000 UVify IFO light show drones. The technology was upgraded in partnership with UVify and is only available with UVify IFO swarm light

  • Ericsson partners with Vodafone UK to speed up network upgrades with drone surveys

    Ericsson are working with Vodafone UK to speed up network planning and site upgrades through the trialled use of drones and Lidar-based 3D technology. The trials will use drones equipped with a High Definition (HD) camera, alongside Lidar technology, to collect data from network sites that can then be used by network engineering teams to

  • Elroy Air Chaparral wins Green Good Design 2021 award

    GREEN GOOD DESIGN’s goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions – together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts-that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe. The Elroy Air Chaparral is an autonomous vertical take-off and landing

  • Wingcopter and Japan’s ANA to accelerate drone medical deliveries

    Japan’s ANA Holdings is collaborating with German drone manufacturer and service provider Wingcopter to accelerate the delivery of vital pharmaceuticals and other consumer products via unmanned aircraft. The two aviation firms are conducting comprehensive trials with the electrical fixed-wing VTOL aircraft developed by Wingcopter, with the aim of building a drone delivery network capable of The post Wingcopter and Japan’s ANA to accelerate drone medical deliveries appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • Terra Drone spies opportunity to apply Asian experience in European market

    The boss of Terra Drone Indonesia, part of the Terra Drone Corporation based in Japan, believes there is a significant opportunity for the firm to apply its experience from the Asian inspection market in Europe. Terra Drone Indonesia has been conducting visual and thermal inspection of the onshore flare stack for an energy company, Chevron The post Terra Drone spies opportunity to apply Asian experience in European market appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • Parrot to enhance drone fleet automation

    European drone group Parrot has struck a partnership with UAV software provider High Lander to enhance automation across its product portfolio. Combining Parrot ANAFI USA and ANAFI platform drones with High Lander’s Mission Control software, professionals can now enjoy best-in-class drone features, mission efficiency and automation through an easy-to-use dashboard. “Parrot is continuously striving to The post Parrot to enhance drone fleet automation appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • HiDRON stratospheric glider completes first regular test flight

    The HiDRON stratospheric glider, a joint project between UAVOS and Stratodynamics, has successfully carried out its regular test flight. UAVOS’ operators launched the stratospheric aircraft from a high-altitude balloon carrying a NASA designed sensor successfully deploying the experimental payload to 24 km altitude and back. Extensive testing was performed to test operation in high altitude The post HiDRON stratospheric glider completes first regular test flight appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • On-demand laundry app to launch drone pickup and delivery

    An online laundry app, Laundrapp, has announced plans to launch a new laundry service that will see customer’s laundry picked up and delivered by drone. Following in the footsteps of Royal Mail and Amazon Prime Air, Laundrapp will work with its commercial suppliers to develop a new framework for drone delivery, putting safety at the The post On-demand laundry app to launch drone pickup and delivery appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • FIXAR drone optimised for both payload and distance undergoes testing

    The EU-manufactured FIXAR drone has undergone testing as part of the firm’s mission to develop a commercial UAV that outperforms its competitors both payload capacity and distance coverage. The design provides the take-off and landing manoeuvrability of multirotor drones and the increased payload and endurance of fixed-wing drones.  A plug-and-play payload module design allows for The post FIXAR drone optimised for both payload and distance undergoes testing appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • Ordnance Survey helps fledgling drone companies take flight during pandemic

    Lockdown life has been characterised by a shift towards more online shopping and with it a surge for home deliveries and increased logistics, with more companies offering same day and next day delivery services just to keep up with demand. Many delivery firms rely on location data to get them to the right house for The post Ordnance Survey helps fledgling drone companies take flight during pandemic appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • Parrot to explore cybersecurity weaknesses in drones

    Parrot, a European drone group, is launching its Bug Bounty program with YesWeHack, the first European crowdsourced security platform. Through this partnership, Parrot benefits from YesWeHack’s vast community of cybersecurity researchers to identify potential vulnerabilities in its drones, mobile applications and WebServices. The Bug Bounty program will take place in two phases. First, the private The post Parrot to explore cybersecurity weaknesses in drones appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • Unmanned Valley to expand drone testing facilities in 2021

    In an exceptional year, major steps were taken in 2020 in the development of Unmanned Valley with ambitious plans laid out for 2021. The field lab for sensor-based technologies at the former Valkenburg naval air base – 16 kilometers north of The Hague in the Netherlands –came to life last year, and 2021 got off The post Unmanned Valley to expand drone testing facilities in 2021 appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • SkyWall Patrol anti-drone solution nets more European police tenders

    The firm behind SkyWall Patrol has secured a number of tenders from European police forces after showcasing its anti-drone solution extensively. The SkyWall Patrol anti-drone net was operated in a live urban environment in a series of tests as part of the showcase. These tests were conducted at the end of 2019 as part of The post SkyWall Patrol anti-drone solution nets more European police tenders appeared first on Commercial Drone Professional.

  • Free Mavic Mini 2 training can turn you from newbie to pro in a few hours

    The Mavic Mini 2 is one of my favorite drones for new drone pilots to get into aerial photography. It’s a super-portable piece of gear that can fit in your carry-on bag, capable of shooting high-quality photos and videos at an affordable price tag. And even though it’s actually quite easy to fly, you don’t The post Free Mavic Mini 2 training can turn you from newbie to pro in a few hours appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • DJI Air 2S entails one giant upgrade (a literally giant sensor)

    In the world of cameras, a bigger sensor generally means better. A larger camera sensor typically means that —in two otherwise comparable cameras — the one with the larger sensor will likely be able to allow in more light while capturing less noise. You’ll get more detail, and more beautiful background blur (if that’s what The post DJI Air 2S entails one giant upgrade (a literally giant sensor) appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • AT&T to test drone delivery in Texas with 5G Innovation Studio

    As the drone industry leans in on 5G technology as a means of making applications like drone delivery feasible, AT&T is leveraging its 5G expertise in order to lean in on drone delivery. Telecommunications giant AT&T this month launched its 5G Innovation Studio, where it will test 5G-centric applications, which includes drones. As part of The post AT&T to test drone delivery in Texas with 5G Innovation Studio appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • These gorgeous, bio-inspired drones are ready to fly like bats through Boston’s sewers

    Boston’s aging sewers are crumbling – but it’s not exactly easy to send a human through them to pinpoint exactly where infrastructure updates are needed. Robots seem ripe to do the job, but rovers are too slow to navigate the enormous, maze-like system. Traditional drones with fast-rotating blades can’t fly inside incredibly narrow drain pipes The post These gorgeous, bio-inspired drones are ready to fly like bats through Boston’s sewers appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • How to program a drone using Python

    If you’re using the sticks of a remote controller to tell your drone where to go, is it really autonomous? And isn’t autonomous the real definition of a drone? To actually control your drone in its true form – that is, enabling it to fly autonomously without you telling it where to go in real-time The post How to program a drone using Python appeared first on The Drone Girl.

  • ADU 01181: Can I Sell Footage that I Shot As a Hobby Pilot Now That I Have My Part 107 License?

    Once You Get Your Part 107 License, Can You Legally Sell Drone Footage That You Shot As a Hobby Pilot?  Today's show is about selling your drone footage after getting your Part 107 license. Our caller for today, Keith recently got his Part 107 license. Congratulations, Keith! Keith has been a hobby pilot for the past five years and has a ton of footage that he can now sell commercially. But, is he legally allowed by the FAA to sell footage that he shot prior to getting his commercial license? Can he get into trouble for doing so? Thanks for the great question, Keith. Fly Safe! Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you’re there, leave us a 5-star review, if you’re inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Follow Us Site – https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram – https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Timestamps Today's question is about selling the footage you shot as a recreational pilot Will you get into trouble with the FAA for selling footage that does not conform to Part 107 rules?

  • ADU 01180: Powerful Branding Strategies for Your Drone Business

    Branding and Marketing Strategies to Grow a Drone Business Today's show is about business strategy and branding. Our caller for today, Bob is building out a website for his drone business. And while he primarily focuses on the construction industry, Bob is wondering if he should target other verticals as well. Is it better to go broad? Or is it better to niche down and focus just on your core skill? On today's show, we discuss the pros (and cons) of going broad and offering a range of services. Paul and Rob draw from their extensive experience and share some excellent branding tips to help Bob out. This is a show you do not want to miss. Enjoy! Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you’re there, leave us a 5-star review, if you’re inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Follow Us Site – https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram – https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Timestamps Our sponsor for today is our upcoming 3D interactive modeling class Today's question is about business strategy and branding Is there any risk to being a jack of all trades? Branding strategies and building a conversion-focused website Figuring out your niche and building your core expertise Your unique selling proposition and why you should never compete on the basis of price Don't forget to check out our upcoming sales class

  • ADU 01179: How Can I Make My Drone “Remote ID Compatible”?

    Today's question is about drone remote-id. How can you make your drone "remote-id compatible"? Is this something that you should be even worrying about right now? Our caller for today, Jack has a question about drone remote-id. Back in December 2020, drone remote-id rules were finalized by the FAA. Once these restrictive rules kick in, it will become mandatory to broadcast your drone's location via remote-id. So, is your drone already compatible? And if not, are there any modules that you can attach to your drone to ensure compliance? Do you need to worry about this if you are an FPV drone pilot? Additionally, we also discuss the need to cultivate greater awareness, the definition of the navigable airspace, and whether (or not) this new rule will succeed in higher compliance. Thanks for the great question, Jack. Fly Safe! Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you’re there, leave us a 5-star review, if you’re inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Follow Us Site – https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram – https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Timestamps Should you be worried about remote id right now? This show is brought to you by our in-person training events Our plans for the 2021 Fly-In Today's question is about drone remote id With remote id still 2 years away, do the patented solutions mean anything at all? Are the current crop of DJI drones already compliant? Flying in FRIA's once remote id kicks in Will your drone be more safe or less safe once you attach a remote id module? How does the FAA define navigable airspace? How this restrictive rule will negatively impact STEM education Cultivating awareness and ensuring compliance among new drone pilots Is FAA's new training system for recreational pilots a step in the right direction? Can we expect new remote id modules to hit the market? How can FPV drones be made remote id compliant?  

  • ADU 01178: Which is the Best Software for Mapping the Interiors of a Building?

    Today's show is about using software for mapping the interiors of a building. Our caller for today, Gary is a long-time ADU listener. He just happened to tune in to one of our older shows where we talked about using the Insta 360 for mapping the interiors of a building. So, Gary went ahead and purchased the Insta 360 for his next drone job where he is doing construction progress monitoring for an interior buildout. However, recent updates to a mapping software makes it far easier to use your drone to capture this interior data. Tune in to receive some of the latest and most exciting updates! Enjoy! Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you’re there, leave us a 5-star review, if you’re inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Follow Us Site – https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram – https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Timestamps Today's show is brought to you by our 3D modeling class Today's show is about interior 3D modeling Now, we have a drone mapping software that allows us to map building interiors Why do we at Drone U use Matterport for mapping interiors of a building? Taking 360-degree images of a construction site using DroneDeploy

  • ADU 01177: Can you Legally Fly Drones In National Parks?

    Today's show is about flying drones in National Parks. Back in January, US Filmmaker Gordon Price sued U.S. Attorney General William Barr. The contentious issue was the fees that Gordon had to pay to shoot in a National Park. The outcome of this case left many in the drone industry confused, and wondering if they can or cannot fly in National Parks with the right permits. On today's show, we break down the outcome of this civil court case to reveal what it means for the drone industry. You will learn whether or not this court ruling has reversed the June 2014 memo which prohibited drones from flying in National Parks. In addition to drone photography and videography, we also reveal the impact of this case outcome on still photography and videography. Some of the other questions that we answer on this show: Does this new court ruling affect both Part 107 and recreational pilots? Can drone pilots fly in the wilderness area? What is "low-impact" filming? Is low-impact filming permissible in National Parks? Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you’re there, leave us a 5-star review, if you’re inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Follow Us Site – https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram – https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Timestamps Can you film in national parks with a photography permit? Join us for our 3D interactive modeling class Today's question is about flying drones in national parks Price vs. Barr - Filmmaker sues the government over "unconstitutional" permit fees As per the guidance released by the NPS on Feb 22, filming activities are allowed if you have a permit How does this court ruling impact drone pilots and ground photographers? Do drones fall under the low-impact filming category? What impact does this ruling have on drone pilots? Does this new ruling reverse the June 2014 memo which prohibited drone pilots from flying in National Parks? Understanding the "low impact filming" category and all related exceptions; do drones fall in the "low-impact" category? What about tethered drones? Can you fly tethered drones over National Parks? Can drone pilots legally fly in the wilderness areas? Does this new ruling permit videographers to fly in National Parks while prohibiting still photographers/ Can you fly your drone over National Parks as long as you take off and land from non-NPS land?

    • Fotokite Tethered Drone for Public Safety Wins iF Design Award: Unlimited Flight Time, Elegant Design

      The Fotokite tethered drone for public safety has won a top distinction at this year’s iF Design Award. “From almost 10,000 submissions, only 75 were honored with the Gold Award for outstanding design achievements by an international, independent jury of experts,” says a company release. Fotokite Sigma the Fotokite tethered drone for public safety teams The post Fotokite Tethered Drone for Public Safety Wins iF Design Award: Unlimited Flight Time, Elegant Design appeared first on DRONELIFE.

    • The Elios 2 vs. the Caged Mavic 2: Drone Inspections or Surveillance in Hard-to-Reach Spaces

      Caged drones are a revolutionary tool for flight in confined spaces.   Here, we get an expert deep dive comparison on the Elios 2 and the caged Mavic 2.   Read on to learn which tool is best for surveillance or industrial inspections in hard to reach places. The following is a guest post by The post The Elios 2 vs. the Caged Mavic 2: Drone Inspections or Surveillance in Hard-to-Reach Spaces appeared first on DRONELIFE.

    • This Mission Control App Adds New Functionality to Parrot’s ANAFI: and Customers are Lining Up for It

      Parrot and High Lander partner to enhance drone fleet automation – giving ANAFI and ANAFI USA users enhanced features and automation through an easy-to-use dashboard.  While the partnership is brand new, public safety customers are already lining up to take advantage of the new combination. Parrot is the leading European drone group: Israeli-based High Lander provides drone The post This Mission Control App Adds New Functionality to Parrot’s ANAFI: and Customers are Lining Up for It appeared first on DRONELIFE.

    • The New DJI Drone Air 2S is Here: Pictures, Price, and VIDEO

      The new DJI drone launched this morning – and Creative Director Ferdinand Wolf calls the Air 2S “a wish list come to life…”  Combining the best in image quality – yes, that 1″ 20 MP sensor – with new autonomous flight features, the Air 2S is an affordable, portable, powerhouse.  Read on for all of The post The New DJI Drone Air 2S is Here: Pictures, Price, and VIDEO appeared first on DRONELIFE.

    • DJI’s New Drone: All the Rumors About the 4/15 Release

      DJI’s new drone, the Air 2S, is slated to be released tomorrow (we think.)  But as usual when the world’s biggest drone manufacturer releases a new product, there have been plenty of rumors, leaks, and guesses about exactly what the newest product will offer.  Here’s a summary of what we know so far – stay The post DJI’s New Drone: All the Rumors About the 4/15 Release appeared first on DRONELIFE.

    • Tomzon D40 GPS Drone No Registration Required Flight Test Review

      This folding GPS camera drone weighs only 244 grams, and does not require registration in most countries. Find it here, click the coupon button (underneath the price), and then use coupon code TOMZOND40 for $70 savings (coupon expires 4/21/2021) https://amzn.to/3g8RAFf Pros – Folding drone with carrying case, making the drone and its accessories are highly The post Tomzon D40 GPS Drone No Registration Required Flight Test Review appeared first on Drone Magazine.

    • JJRC W01 J3 Piper Cub RTF RC Model Flight Test Review

      This flying model of the J3 Piper Cub includes everything needed for new pilots to get into the air. Its stabilization system makes it very easy to fly. Find it here http://bit.ly/J3PiperCub Pros – 505mm wingspan EPP foam flying model of the J3. Weighing only 65 grams, this airplane does not require registration in most The post JJRC W01 J3 Piper Cub RTF RC Model Flight Test Review appeared first on Drone Magazine.

    • SG907 Max Great Low Cost Brushless GPS Drone Flight Test Review

      This long flying, 3 axis gimbal, brushless motor, GPS camera drone might just be the best bang for your buck currently available. It’s feature packed at a great price. Find it here http://bit.ly/SG907Max Pros – Small folding drone for portability. – Good GPS system with automatic return to home and landing on command, loss of The post SG907 Max Great Low Cost Brushless GPS Drone Flight Test Review appeared first on Drone Magazine.

    • Fotokite Tethered Drone for Public Safety Wins iF Design Award: Unlimited Flight Time, Elegant Design

      The Fotokite tethered drone for public safety has won a top distinction at this year’s iF Design Award. “From almost 10,000 submissions, only 75 were honored with the Gold Award for outstanding design achievements by an international, independent jury of experts,” says a company release. Fotokite Sigma the Fotokite tethered drone for public safety teams The post Fotokite Tethered Drone for Public Safety Wins iF Design Award: Unlimited Flight Time, Elegant Design appeared first on Drone Magazine.

    • The Elios 2 vs. the Caged Mavic 2: Drone Inspections or Surveillance in Hard-to-Reach Spaces

      Caged drones are a revolutionary tool for flight in confined spaces.   Here, we get an expert deep dive comparison on the Elios 2 and the caged Mavic 2.   Read on to learn which tool is best for surveillance or industrial inspections in hard to reach places. The following is a guest post by The post The Elios 2 vs. the Caged Mavic 2: Drone Inspections or Surveillance in Hard-to-Reach Spaces appeared first on Drone Magazine.

    • 5 Ways Drones Bring College Campuses to New Heights

      Read more at: http://droneality.com Since the first drones hit the market, it was clear that their usability covers a wide spectrum of purposes, locations, and user-groups. Although mainly used for the production of video material from a bird’s perspective, drones can also carry light cargo, which makes their usability level very high (no pun intended). The introduction of the The post 5 Ways Drones Bring College Campuses to New Heights appeared first on DRONEALITY.

    • 5 Fun Drone Photography Ideas For Weddings

      Read more at: http://droneality.com Weddings are momentous events that mark the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in one’s life. It isn’t surprising that a lot of couples are willing to spend a fortune on making sure that everything is as perfect as it can be, and their wedding photos are no exception. After all, wedding photos not The post 5 Fun Drone Photography Ideas For Weddings appeared first on DRONEALITY.

    • The Sky is the Limit: Hire Dedicated Developers to Evolve Your Drone Control App

      Read more at: http://droneality.com A couple of decades ago, drones were mostly used in the military. However, the growing needs of the economy in the conditions of peace created a consumer market for the technology – and a booming one at that. Right now, commercial and public applications of drones are numerous, the value of the industry is at The post The Sky is the Limit: Hire Dedicated Developers to Evolve Your Drone Control App appeared first on DRONEALITY.

    • How to Take the Perfect Drone Pictures

      Read more at: http://droneality.com New technology has unleashed a wealth of new possibilities when it comes to both art and experimentation. There are many things an amateur photographer can do nowadays that were never possible in decades before. One of the best examples of this is drone photography. Drones allow users to take aerial pictures from heights most photographers The post How to Take the Perfect Drone Pictures appeared first on DRONEALITY.

    • How to Build a DIY Drone

      Read more at: http://droneality.com Droning is gaining popularity fast, and some people have developed amazing skills zipping around with those tiny machines. Yet, few ever pay thought to the complexity of the underlying technology and the huge effort that goes into keeping those gadgets in the sky. Building your own drone from scratch is entirely possible these days, even The post How to Build a DIY Drone appeared first on DRONEALITY.

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