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Cape Allows You to Remotely Control Drones in Real Time

Another day, another technological drone advancement. An American startup called Cape has just launched a platform that will allow users to control one of their DJI Inspire 1 drones in real time. More specifically, participants can choose their flight location -- only in California for now -- and …

Drones

Prototype drone takes VTOL tech to new heights

Over the past several years, we've seen an increasing number of VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aerial drones. True to their name, these take …

Drones

Can poo-scooping drones do away with left-behind doggie doo?

As far as the societal impacts of drones go, this one appears on the less significant side of things. But dig a little deeper, if you will, and …

Drones

From drone cake baking to rooftop jumping, check out the best drone shots of 2017

Why it matters to you<p>Just what can a drone do? Taking a look at this year's NYCDFF winners offers a pretty good glimpse from flight tricks to drones …

Drones

Flying drones over the internet isn't the future we wanted, but it's the one we've got

We were promised jetpacks, but as many-a-scholar has noted, here we are knocking on 2020's door and we are still jetpackless. We have, however, …

Drones

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 …

Drones

Watch Amazon’s Prime Air make its first public U.S. drone delivery

The aircraft delivered a box of sunscreen at a conference.<p>Amazon completed its first public demonstration of a Prime Air drone delivery in the U.S. earlier this week, ferrying sunscreen to attendees at an Amazon-hosted conference in Palm Springs, Calif.<p>The drone delivery was filmed by an attendee …

Drones

Bat Bot flies through the air on whisper-thin wings

A flappy little drone<p>Bats are strange creatures. They dart through the sky on wings made of skin, their tiny bodies swooping and swerving as they hunt insects for hours on end. They boast a compact, efficient, lightweight form, which makes them an ideal inspiration for a flapping robot. Bat Bot, …

Drones

Future of farming: smart autonomous drones with eyes on the field

Farmers have another tool to help them in the field.<p>With smartphones in hand, tech-savvy farmers are able to fly heavy duty drones out to do everything from crop dusting to surveying the health of the plants.<p>And with smarter software, drones can do more autonomously, making the process more …

Drones

Electric plane startup steps out of stealth mode to announce plan for 150-seat battery-powered plane

Battery-powered air travel is not currently commercially viable simply because the energy storage capacity of batteries has yet to compensate for their heavy weight. A lot of companies are eyeing the possibility as energy density is improving and we have seen some progress with Airbus’’ E-Fan being …

Aerospace

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance—that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

Drones

Drone footage of desert 'super bloom' will make your frigid Thursday

Abundant showers mean brilliant flowers for a California desert.<p>Canyons, sands and badlands are now speckled with yellows, purples and pinks inside the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.<p>After years of severe drought, California experienced one of its wettest winters on record. Those rains have fueled …

Drones

Using 3D Mapping for RE and property management, how to benefit from this technology today?

Drone technology, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is a huge jump for investors now and becomes a promotional tool to present their projects in …

Drones

Land Rover created an SUV that can launch a drone from its roof for search and rescue missions

Land Rover built an SUV designed to handle any disaster situation.<p>Jaguar added some extra touches to its Discovery SUV to create an emergency car for the Red Cross. Aptly called Project Hero, the car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which opened to the public March 9.<p>Scroll down for a …

Land Rover

Amazon patents drones with telescoping landing legs and foldable propellers

Amazon’s inventors are taking a page from Inspector Gadget’s playbook to design drones with adjustable landing legs and reconfigurable …

Drones

Drones Have Saved 38 Lives in The Past Year, According to DJI

Drone technologies have greatly advanced in recent years for photographers and hobbyists alike but a recent report published by the DJI Policy and …

Drones

Tech company proposes edible drone to solve world hunger

A British company called Windhorse Aerospace thinks it’s figured out the key to solving humanitarian crises: edible drones. Its unmanned Pouncer prototype that’s currently in the works will have a wingspan of nine feet and be constructed of various “foodstuff” to drop supplies and then itself into …

Drones

This Airobotics 'homing' drone flies and lands without any need for a human

The self-flying drone lands itself in a box the size of a toolshed<p>Self-flying drones are now commonplace, but the model pictured here can also land in an area the size of a toolshed - no operator required. The quadcopter and its landing box are the work of Tel Aviv-based Airobotics, which makes …

Drones

Airbus Pop.Up Flying Vehicle Concept

Based around a passenger capsule that's adaptable to all sorts of transportation methods, the Airbus Pop.Up Flying Vehicle Concept is a bold …

Watch this damage-proof drone crumple and reform after a crash

Why it matters to you<p>Some of the features could one day work their way into consumer drones to make them more durable and less likely to break upon …

Drones

FDNY uses drone to help fight building fire

For the first time ever, the FDNY used a drone to help them fight a building fire, an FDNY spokesperson said.<p>The drone became the firefighters’ eyes …

Drones

'Plan Bee' drone can pollinate flowers when real bees can't

This drone prototype mimics the shape of a flower while spreading pollen.<p>With several species of bees and bumblebees on the endangered-species list, it's time for humans to help restore bee populations -- and to make sure plants still get pollinated.<p>Anna Haldewang, an industrial design student at …

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Hybrid VTOL fixed-wing drone flies for 2+ hours

The Volanti from Sydney-based Carbonix is a carbon composite drone with a 2.7-m (9-ft) wingspan that uses a multirotor system for VTOL, then …

Drones

Drones Are Making Solar Farms Way More Efficient

Using an automated surveying and design process has helped one solar developer produce more power. Bonus: They also put robots to work cleaning the solar panels.<p>When the 56-megawatt Gala Solar Power Plant that just broke ground in Cook County, Oregon, is completed at the end of 2017, it will be the …

Renewable Energy

HQ

Latitude Engineering has conducted over 15 test flights of HQ-60B aircraft in the last month on two different airframes. The aircraft is the final …

Drone Sets Record For Longest Flight Time By VTOL Aircraft

22, 22, 22 hours to go: I want to be elevated<p>At 2:06 in the afternoon on August 9th, four propellers lifted an unusual drone into the sky. Exactly 22 hours, 29 minutes, and 38 seconds, the drone finally landed, settling back to earth at 12:39 P.M. on August 10th. It landed as the holder of a new …

Drones

Buying an Agriculture Drone? Read This Guide First!

Who This Guide is For<p>This buyer’s guide is for <b>farmers</b> and <b>agriculture service professionals</b> who are contemplating using unmanned aerial vehicles to …

Watch These Massive Siberian Tigers Feast on a Drone After Ripping It out of the Sky

If you’ve ever wondered why a group of tigers is called an “ambush,” the video below pretty much explains the nomenclature. The clip was captured by …

UPS tests truck-launchable delivery drones

There's no shortage of companies looking to deliver goods to consumers via drone in an effort to cut costs and waiting times. Having previously …