Droning on about drones

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

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"

Here’s a terrifying image: A “swarm” of drones dart through the open sky, thinking and moving as one group using a shared A.I. Imagine if the birds …

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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 - sUAS News - The Business of Drones

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017<p><i>By Emily Durham</i><p><i>From left to right, Antonio Garcia-Smith, Danielle Quan, Sean Reidy, Abha Agrawal and Adam Zeloof are members</i> …

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 …

Ukraine's Crowdfunded War Drones Are Ready for Flight

The volunteers fighting to save Ukraine from Russia-backed separatists realized early on they had a major vulnerability: they couldn’t see their …

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 …

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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 …

Japanese authorities decry ongoing robot failures at Fukushima

Six years ago, a massive earthquake, consequent tsunami and nuclear crisis struck Japan. International organizations rushed to help the country’s devastated residents, and to figure out how to clean up Fukushima Daiichi, the wrecked nuclear power plant. Robots offered a ray of hope amid …

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Drone-catchers emerge on a new aerial frontier

| SAN LEANDRO, Calif.<p>The enemy drone whined in the distance. The Interceptor, a drone-hunting machine from Silicon Valley startup Airspace Systems, slinked off its launch pad and dashed away in hot pursuit.<p>The hunter twisted through the air to avoid trees, homed in on its target, fired a Kevlar net …

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UPS Showcases New Delivery Drone, Fucks Up

Everybody knows by now that the delivery drone ambitions of companies like FedEx and UPS amount to marketing stunts. But what happens when those …

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Matrice 200 Series: Increased Aerial Efficiency

Intelligent Flight Modes<p>ActiveTrack<p>Keep moving subjects in frame while you fly with ease to capture detailed data. Perfect for keeping track of …

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eMotionButterflies<p>Ultralight flying objects with collective behaviour<p>Flying is a recurring theme in the Bionic Learning Network. The developers …

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Should pollinating drones take over for honeybees?

Not yet, and the reasons go beyond a love of honey.<p>February 9, 2017 —Roughly a third of the world's food crops require help with pollination, but …

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How drones and robotics may shape the future of conflict under President Trump

Drone strikes against terrorism suspects have become such a hallmark of US policy, it's easy to forget the technology is only a couple of decades old.<p>Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, or remotely piloted aircraft, drones are part of a much bigger robotics revolution sweeping the globe and …

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Here Are the Best Drone Business Ideas

Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have exploded in popularity in the past few years. For the 12 month period ending in April …

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All About Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Halftime Show Drones

The best Super Bowl halftime shows leave indelible memories, be it a notorious wardrobe malfunction, that goofy Left Shark, or every last second of …

Airbus Is About To Build A Self-Flying Electric Robo-Taxi

With eight rotors on a pair of tilting wings, the Vahana prototype has the sci-fi look you’d expect.<p>If you think self-driving cars are futuristic, imagine them flying overhead. That’s what European aerospace titan Airbus has done in designing its Vahana electric, autonomous plane, which can fly a …

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The FAA gave the first ever go-ahead for a drone to fly at a major airport

It's the first waiver granted for flight in Class B airspace since the FAA came up with commercial drone rules.<p>It’s not legal to fly your drone anywhere near an airport — at least not without a special waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration.<p>For the first time under the FAA’s commercial …

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These paper-airplane drones may one day save your life

DARPA is funding autonomous cardboard airplanes that can carry medical supplies.<p>Drones make a lot of sense when delivering things in an emergency to areas with unreliable road conditions, especially to places where people can’t go — like regions that are under quarantine and in need of medical …

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ISIS is dropping bombs with drones in Iraq

The quadcopter menace<p>The latest bomber to make its debut over Iraq has four engines, no cockpit, and a flight time limited by the length of its battery. ISIS, the radical insurgent group holding territory in both Syria and Iraq, is fighting for its life in Mosul, the large city in Northern Iraq it …

Dumbass Convicted Over Pride Parade Drone Crash That Knocked Woman Out Cold

It was supposed to be a celebration LGBT culture, but it ended up serving as a lesson in robot etiquette. On Friday, a 38-year-old man was found …

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Mavic Pro: The coolest gadget since the original iPhone [Reviews]

Tiny cameras that can fly still seemed like a sci-fi dream just five years ago, but with DJI’s new Mavic Pro drone, the future has arrived ahead of schedule.<p>When it comes to drones, no company is killing it right now more than DJI, and the Mavic Pro is its most amazing achievement yet. Yes, some …