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UC Davis Test UAV Crop Dusting

<b>UC Davis Investigates Using Helicopter Drones For Crop Dusting</b><p>Researchers at University of California, Davis, are testing UAV crop dusting on the …

USU Aerospace Engineer Creates Free 3-D Aircraft Design Software - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

As interest in small autonomous aerial vehicles and their applications continues to expand, a Utah State University aerospace engineer is offering …

Farmers use drones to walk fields without taking a step

PEORIA — Technology that has changed the nature of warfare and trickled down to the hobbyist market also has vast potential in agriculture, first by …

Drones launch off-grid healthcare in rural Madagascar

Drones, initially developed for warfare, are being co-opted to provide revolutionary off-grid healthcare to those who live in the most remote parts of the world.<p>A fully autonomous drone recently flew blood samples from rural Madagascar to a central lab.<p>The drone was developed by Vayu, a company …

Piccolissimo joins the ranks of ultra-tiny flying robots

Big robots like Spot may be great for carrying things or trotting out onto stages, but just as much sophisticated engineering goes into creating tiny ones as well — and this little flyer from the University of Pennsylvania is one the tiniest yet.<p>It’s called Piccolissimo, both Italian for smallest …

Robotics

SpaceX engineers have solved their exploding rocket mystery

Investigators looking into September's Falcon 9 explosion believe they have finally found their culprit, CEO Elon Musk said during an appearance on CNBC today. According to Musk, the explosion that destroyed the rocket and its payload was caused by a "really surprising problem that's never been …

UPS open ocean drone delivery test a success

A UPS drone took a three mile trip over open ocean outside of Salem, Mass. this week as part of a series of tests to show unmanned aerial vehicles can safely be used for deliveries in the United States.<p>The test was meant to simulate delivery of urgently needed medicine from Beverly, Mass. to …

TestFlight

Parrot's latest project is a dev kit to help drones navigate indoors

French drone company Parrot has just announced the Parrot S.L.A.M.dunk, a special development kit meant to aid drones and other robots avoid obstacles while indoors.<p>The dev kit utilizes an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor with Ubuntu 14.04 with the Robotic Operating System framework on top, with an …

Drones used for global warming research - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

UAV Imaging Services in upstate New York with a modified Sky Hero Spyder 850 holds a Kipp and Zonen pyranometer to pick up shortwave radiation …

DroneDeploy raises $20 million to help any business put drones to work

A San Francisco-based startup called DroneDeploy has raised $20 million in Series B funding to grow their drone data management platform.<p>The drone tech startup closed its Series B deal just before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is scheduled to implement new rules governing commercial and …

FAA

Automated drones navigate and inspect cell towers without GPS

We're about to see a dramatic increase in the number of commercial drone pilots. The FAA's regulations are finally here and the US market for …

Amazon to test drone delivery in partnership with UK government

The company will run tests to explore the viability of drones carrying deliveries weighing five pounds or less – which make up 90% of Amazon’s sales<p>Amazon has announced that it will partner with the British government to run tests exploring the viability of delivery of small parcels by drone – the …

Drones

DENR gets unmanned aircraft to fight illegal logging in Caraga Region - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Caraga Region is using a prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology popularly …

Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (drones) assayed to fight rhinoceros poaching in Africa - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

<b>Seville, Spain, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC. January 8th, 2014.</b><p>A team led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has used remote piloted …

Drone used to drop beneficial bugs on corn crop - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

Erin Pearl<p>University of Queensland agricultural science student Michael Godfrey has developed a drone that spreads beneficial insects onto crops, …

Boston Dynamics made a robot dog that can do your dishes

While it may not be as heartwarming as Cal Worthington's dog, Spot, Boston Dynamic hopes its newest quadrupedal robot, SpotMini, will find a place in your home. The SpotMini is a smaller version of BD's existing BigDog line of robotic pack animals. It's roughly 55 pounds -- compared to the Alpha …

Amazon and Google's drone delivery plans hit snag with new US regulations

The Obama administration has green-lit commercial drones so long as they stay within sight of a pilot – which isn’t exactly what companies had in mind<p>In the not-too-distant future, Amazon could use a drone to deliver a package from a country warehouse all the way to … a nearby farm.<p>And that, the …

Drones Will Forever Change How Pirates Operate on the High Seas

“For the first time, non-state adversaries would have an air force.”<p>Criminals at sea are already going high tech, using GPS and bootleg submarines to plan attacks and skirt around navy ships. According to a new report from a consultant to the Canadian military, the next technological frontier for …

Calling All Drone Fans: Perching Robots Have Landed At Last

Getting small drones and other miniature craft to take flight has been fairly elementary work for designers in the past several years, but the really tricky parts–as any amateur drone pilot can tell you–have always involved the work of keeping those machines in the air and ensuring safe landings. …

The Devils in the Data, Wearables for Wildlife - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

Most of the RPAS flying I do is in support of conservation projects in Africa, its in fact where my unmanned aviation interest came from. The longest …

Australia’s Drone Debate

Ethical arguments about the use of drones and how they fit within our values fail to consider the technological transformation that have allowed them …

Amazon Shows Off New Prime Air Drone With Hybrid Design

Amazon delivered a lovely update on its ‘Prime Air’ project today — almost exactly two years after it showed the first iteration of its drone. You know, the flying delivery drone that some thought was a massive joke meant for April 1st. Included are some high-res shots and two new videos.<p>The video, …

Drones

Nevada is building an airport for drones 30 miles outside Vegas

Drones need ports, too. That’s why The Aerodrome is building the world’s first “droneport” in Boulder City, Nevada, about a 30-minute drive from Las …

US shuts drone base in Ethiopia

<b>The United States is shutting down its drone operation in southern Ethiopia.</b><p>The US military has been using a base in Arba Minch, some 400km (250 miles) south of the capital, Addis Ababa, to launch the remotely-piloted aircraft since 2011.<p>At the time the US told the BBC that the drones were being …

Africa