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Amazon envisions giant drone towers to speed up delivery

A patent application lays out plans for a robot-powered fulfillment center where drones can zip in and out to deliver packages around your city.<p>Amazon has some towering ideas for drone delivery.<p>The e-commerce giant filed a patent application for a "multi-level fulfillment center" that would allow …

Drones

A new all-electric aircraft with a range up to 600 miles unveiled at Paris Air Show

At the 52nd International Paris Air Show, Eviation Aircraft, a member of NASA’s on-demand mobility program, unveiled the first prototype of a new all-electric aircraft concept with a range of up to 600 miles (965 km) – pictured above.<p>While it was the prototype’s debut this week, Eviation says that …

Aerospace

Trump is hosting a meeting with drone companies Thursday

Here are four of the drone companies that will be there.<p>The White House will meet with drone companies Thursday to discuss the future of the budding industry, as well as looming regulatory questions.<p>At least four drone companies will be attending the meeting with the Trump Administration, according …

Drones

Head of FAA: Drones Are a 'Huge Game-Changer' for the Aviation Industry

The FAA has logged over 850,000 drones since it began registering them 18 months ago, by comparison, there are only 320,000 aircraft.<p>Drones are no longer aviation's next big thing. They are a big thing right now, as evidenced by the drones of all shapes and sizes showcased at the Paris Air Show.<p>And …

Drones

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Robird!

Drone technology takes flight at Edmonton International Airport<p>The latest line of defence in keeping wildlife from flight paths at the Edmonton …

Drones

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 …

Wi-Fi

Here’s a Free Study Guide for Passing the FAA’s Commercial Drone Test

If you want to fly a drone for commercial purposes in the US, you first have to pass the FAA’s Part 107 sUAS test. This free 1 hour 45 minute guide …

Drones

Drones hunt down rare plants in Hawaii by going where people can't

Endangered plants were found on steep cliffs on the island of Kauaʻi<p>There's something inherently creepy and annoying about drones buzzing over our heads — a frequent backyard irritation in cities like New York. But it turns out, a drone’s spying abilities can be useful: an uncrewed drone discovered …

Hawaii

Watch this brave pilot survive his first flight in a DIY multicopter

Dude looks like The Fly<p>It took him over two years of development, but this daring Swede was recently propelled aloft for around eight minutes of flight in his homemade electric multirotor. And what a glorious eight minutes it was.<p>The unnamed pilot, who has been posting updates on his quadcopter …

Drones

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 …

Drones

Nvidia's autonomous drone keeps on track without GPS

GPS can be a useful inclusion in a drone's navigational toolkit, but despite (pretty much) blanket coverage, there are areas where the technology …

Scientists are creating drones that fly in sync with each other

Engineers at University of Pennsylvania are developing drones called ‘SWARMS’ that can autonomously coordinate with each other using infrared cameras around the room. The team is building off this technology to create autonomous drones that uses its onboard sensors to perform labor intensive tasks, …

Drones

Teaching teams of drones to work alongside humans and nature

The Robust Adaptive Systems Lab just might have the highest ceilings of any laboratory on the Carnegie Mellon campus. It’s big and drafty, and were it not for the rows of computer workstations dotting the room, it might easily be mistaken for an airplane hangar. The centerpiece is a scaffolding …

Drones

Recharge station gives SkyX drones potentially unlimited range

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have found plenty of use in industrial applications, buzzing around to inspect crops, buildings or other structures. …

Drones

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. …

Drones

DARPA program to allow for mid-flight multitasking drone missions

DARPA's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can be fitted with a wide range of payloads to allow for communications, surveillance, or combat support …

Drones

Watch this cyborg dragonfly drone take flight

Scientists at the multidisciplinary research company Draper are using mind control to make insects power their new miniature drone tech.<p>The DragonflEye project sets out to create cyborg drones that can be steered by humans. It outfits live dragonflies with ‘backpacks’ that contain a sensor array …

Drones

China just flew a 130-foot, solar-powered drone designed to stay in the air for months

The CH-T4 has already set a national flight record.<p>Meet China's huge solar-powered drone, a 130-foot-wide machine designed to fly at more than 65,000 feet, for days on end. How? A super lightweight body and renewable energy tech that can power all eight of its electrical propellers.<p>Oh, and it can …

Drones

Toyota’s flying car project takes a tentative test flight

Toyota is working on developing flying cars, with the aim of having a single driver vehicle ready to fly in time for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The idea is that a small flying car will be able to smoothly transition from driving to the skies, in order to delivery the Olympic torch for its …

Olympics

Study suggests last-mile drone delivery could lower carbon footprint

There’s always been talk about how drones could improve the emissions situation produced by our truck-based delivery infrastructure. But you have to <i>look into</i> these things. A new study from University of Washington researchers indicates that drone delivery may indeed lead to a lower carbon footprint …

Drones

An Adventure-ready Rescue Drone

The Eagle Eye drone is a tricopter packed with powerful technologies to give wilderness rescue teams a birds-eye-view of the landscape below. For …

The battleship, the drone, and the chocolate chip cookies

Ars' Sean Gallagher remembers his singular contribution to drone warfare's development.<p>Today is Memorial Day in the US, and we wanted to recognize …

Military

Texas bill could mean jail time for flying a drone over oil facilities

The ebb and flow of legal rules when it comes to flying a drone, whether it's a cheap mainstream model or something a little more intense, is confusing. It also differs depending on country, and even state. When it comes to Texas, both the House and the Senate are pushing a bill that could attach …

Drones

Magnificent Drone Film Takes You to a Mountaintop in New Zealand

Drone cinematography and visual splendor are seemingly synonymous in the digital age. Technological advancements have enhanced the production value of live performances and enabled artists to achieve truly mind-boggling visual feats, as well.<p>Travel and filmmaking duo Man and Drone traveled to the …

New Zealand

What Are the Biggest Drone Manufacturers Today?

And more importantly, which top UAV companies should you consider buying?<p>What is the biggest drone manufacturer in the world? That's a tough question …

Drones

Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

China's biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance …

Drones

The real reason to get pumped about drone delivery

Hint: It has nothing to do with pizza.<p>Over the past couple years there's been a steady stream of stories about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), aka drones, being used for deliveries. There was the Domino's Pizza delivery in New Zealand, the 77 7-Eleven drops to customers in Reno, Nevada, and Google …

Drones

Wilhelmsen Ships Service Launches Drone Delivery Pilot Project

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has announced plans to launch a large scale pilot program exploring use of drones to deliver vital supplies to ships in …

Drones

introducing BIKI, the first bionic + wireless underwater drone

the bionic design minimizes volume and weight, making it 30% more effective, and includes an infrared positioning sensor to avoid obstacles and adapt …

Drones