Droning on about drones

By Andrew Milmoe | Stories about unmanned autonomous arial vehicles, and perhaps some that are remote control...

Why Commercial Use of Drones Just Hit a Major Setback

A critical advisory group on regulating the commercial uses of drones failed to reach a consensus on recommended security safeguards, likely …

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Drone Pilot Captures Epic Video of Moving Train

Paul Nurkkala’s “Flight of the Year” Shows Incredible View of Train Interior, Undercarriage, and View from on Top of Moving Cargo Train<p>Drone pilots …

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Senate approves self-driving cars for US roadways

The US Senate today announced it had reached an agreement internally concerning self-driving car technology. The Senate is expected to pass legislation on October 4th that would clear regulations and restrictions for manufacturers, in essence providing a clear path to putting driverless cars on the …

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Dubai just tested its flying drone taxi for the first time

Autonomous air taxi service Volocopter just had its first test flight in Dubai.<p>The giant drone-like vehicle has two seats, 18 propellers, and is powered by nine batteries. This allows it to have a flight time of around 30 minutes.<p>The flight was unmanned as it is still in its testing phase, which …

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Youtuber solves all your parenting problems with a really bad idea: the baby-carrying drone

We live in a digital age, so forget about the struggles of a stroller or carrier. Let your baby reach for the stars and discover new …

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Drones and Robots Are Taking Over Industrial Inspection - MIT Technology Review

Avitas Systems, a GE subsidiary based in Boston, is now using drones and robots to automate the inspection of infrastructure such as pipelines, power …

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Houston Is Swarming with Drones - MIT Technology Review

The Download<p>What's up in emerging technology<p>September 1, 2017<p>Houston Is Swarming with Drones<p>The skies above the flooded city are packed with unmanned …

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Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

Duke Robotics is co-founded by Raziel Atuar, a former Special Mission Unit commander in the Israel Defense Force who was inspired to develop this …

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Come see China's new hexacopters and self-detonating drones

What the People's Liberation Army has up its sleeve.<p>As part of its celebration of the People's Liberation Army, the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing is showing off a range of exciting exhibitions, offering a peek into the PLA's new self-propelled artillery, cruise …

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Norwegians building container ship with hopes of autonomy​ by 2020

Norwegian companies are developing a container ship for hauling fertilizer on short, autonomous legs, with the hopes of grander plans down the line, …

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This Drone Responds To Your Emotions Just Like A Good Pet

Scared? Happy? Surprised? This drone knows, and responds appropriately.<p>A good dog just knows. When you’re sad, she’ll sleep in your bed. When you’re overwhelmed, she’ll keep her distance. And when you want to play? A dog is <i>always</i> ready to play.<p>Drones are becoming more common in our lives, with …

Researchers train drones to use Wi-Fi to look through walls

A new system by University of California, Santa Barbara researchers Yasamin Mostofi and Chitra R. Karanam uses two drones, a massive Wi-Fi antenna, and a little interpolation to literally see through solid walls.<p>The system is two-fold. The one drone blasts Wi-Fi through the structure and another …

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These Six Luxury Underwater Drones Are Disrupting Fishing and Fun

It’s a great time to be in the drone business, with the likelihood of aerial pizza and Amazon packages being delivered by air getting closer and closer. Recent demos from Google’s Project Wing and Amazon Prime Air demonstrate how this is real-life viable, and while Uber’s flying cars might be a …

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Meet the Ultimate Drone-Catching Drone

While the Federal Aviation Administration wrestles with how to control increasingly available commercial drones, the San Leandro-based company Airspace Systems is combating the problem directly. Airspace Systems’ “drone-hunting drones” are part of the company’s larger, complete drone security …

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Tilt-rotor hexacopter puts a new twist on drone orientation

Multicopter drones are breaking through the final restriction on their movement in the air: they no longer need to hover parallel with the ground. …

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Meet your new insurance claims inspector: A drone

After an April windstorm tore roof shingles off his house, Nick Ragone of Rochester, N.Y., figured it would be a routine claim process. But then his insurance company asked if it could use a new tool to inspect the damage.<p>Instead of a ladder, the claims adjuster brought a drone. The small …

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Watch a Navy robot submarine launch a drone

The future of war is robots ordering robots to send video to humans.<p>On the water’s surface, a robot talks to an underwater robot and tells it to launch a flying robot. Together, the three autonomous machines scouted for the U.S. Navy in a demonstration, showcasing autonomy, communication, and …

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Chinese retail giant building one-ton delivery drones

Imagine our drone delivery future and what do you see soaring through the air? A carton of milk? A six-pack of beer? A 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage? The …

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Georgia Tech Just Solved the Problem with "Drone Swarms"

Will this finally keep drone swarms from crashing?<p>By on<p>Filed Under Design & Flight<p>Here’s a terrifying image: A “swarm” of drones dart through the …

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Aerones’ heavy-duty drone could be a good way to get your skydiving fix

Especially if you’re not near an airport or tall cliff<p>Aerones is a Latvian company that specializes in drones that can carry really heavy weights — up to 100 kilograms, according to the company’s website. If their name sounds familiar to you, it’s because they came up with the bright idea to tow a …

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Parrot develops its commercial drone offer with end-to-end solutions dedicated to small & medium business

Parrot is expanding in the commercial civil drone industry since 2012 via stakes and acquisitions in selected companies such as AIRINOV, MicaSense, …

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The Air Force's deadliest drone just got a whole lot deadlier

The MQ-9 Reaper drone is already the deadliest UAV in the U.S. Air Force’s arsenal. Designed with a payload capacity of 3,700 pounds and armament of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles and GBU-12 Paveway II bombs, it’s no wonder that Air Force officials announced in February that the Reaper would gradually …

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Lockheed's Catapult-Launched Drone Called Fury Lingers 15 Hours Over the Battlefield

The drone can act as a surveillance, communications relay platform.<p>Lockheed is developing a new drone promises to be a long-endurance, high-altitude friend for troops on the ground, acting as an eye in the sky or a communications relay.<p>Fury, which looks a little like a pumpkin seed with bat wings, …

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Self-Driving Buggies Reach Historic Milestone

<i>By Emily Durham</i><i><br>From left to right, Antonio Garcia-Smith, Danielle Quan, Sean Reidy, Abha Agrawal and Adam Zeloof are members of the RoboBuggy …

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The Air Force Turned an F-16 Fighter Into a Drone

"Have Raider II" provides manned aircraft with autonomous wingmen.<p>The U.S. Air Force turned an F-16 fighter into an autonomous combat drone capable of flying combat missions on its own and then returning to fly alongside a manned aircraft. The program, known as "Have Raider II," could lead to older …

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Ukraine's Crowdfunded War Drones Are Ready for Flight

Meet the eight-foot flying Commander.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Flight & Politics<p>The volunteers fighting to save Ukraine from Russia-backed separatists …

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Rowing neighbours are reporting each other to the police over inappropriate use of drones

Neighbours across Britain are falling out over a drone craze which is sweeping the country, as the number of police reports about the devices has trebled in two years.<p>Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request show the number of incidents logged by police involving the flying gadgets …

Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings

UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. The project, which started in June 2015 with a feasibility study, is being funded with £1.5 million from the UK Ministry of Defence, via DSTL, the Defence Science …

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