Non-lethal UAVs & drones

By Sanjana Hattotuwa | The use of drones for non-lethal, non-offensive purposes anchored to peacebuilding, peacekeeping, the protection and saving of lives, environmental conservation, wildlife protection and humanitarian aid.

Drones could deliver a literal ton of stuff to remote villages

One of China's biggest e-commerce operators is planning to build a logistics network with drones at its backbone, as it seeks to further expand its e-commerce business in rural China.<p>JD.com — the second largest e-commerce company in China after Alibaba — said that it will enter a partnership with …

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MIT's camera drones are smart enough to get the perfect shot

Over the last few years we've seen more camera drones than we can count, but getting the best footage out of them will take something extra. While many big budget productions are already using drone cameras, a system developed by MIT and ETH Zurich researchers goes beyond mere Steadicam or even …

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A drone flew 97 continuous miles to complete one of the longest drone deliveries in the U.S.

It flew for more than two hours.<p>A drone flew a total of 97 miles to and from Austin, Texas, last week to complete one of longest drone deliveries yet in the United States, ferrying a four-pound package with a machine part. The drone flew a set route over various Texas farm roads before reversing …

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NASA’s Global Hawk Drones Make Science, Not War

Since taking to the skies in 1998, the Global Hawk drone has developed a chilling reputation. It may not drop bombs, but Northrop Grumman’s …

Flying courier drone can drive up to your door

Delivery drones have more than a few challenges, not the least of which is dropping off the package in a convenient place. Do you really want to head out to your yard to collect a box? You might not have to. Advanced Tactics has successfully tested delivery with a drone, the Panther sUAS Air/Ground …

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UK reports 70 drone near-misses at Heathrow in 2016

Heathrow is apparently a magnet for drone pilots fond of flying their devices near planes. According to the latest report from the UK Airprox Board, three planes narrowly missed drones roaming the skies near the airport last year. They're separate incidents from the British Airways plane that …

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Almost 800,000 U.S. drone owners have registered to fly in 15 months

That’s a lot of drones in our skies.<p>The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says that more than 770,000 drone owners have registered to fly in U.S. airspace.<p>That’s up from the 670,000 figure FAA chief Michael Huerta shared during his talk at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the start …

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Amazon successfully lands its first drone delivery on US soil in new video

Amazon has its sights set on bringing its delivery services to the next level – and the company has passed yet another noteworthy milestone as earlier this week it successfully landed its first Prime Air drone delivery on American soil.<p>During an invite-only event at its MARS Conference in …

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Can Drones Make a Society More Transparent?

In Hungary, activists are using drone footage to build support for migrants, counter government narratives, and bolster civil society. Magyar

Social Justice

Walmart could soon use drones to deliver purchases

Walmart may use drones like in-store messenger pigeons.<p>The retail giant was granted a patent this week for a system in which drones would shuttle products between different departments inside its stores. The idea is to free customers from having to walk across its super-sized emporiums to find what …

Canada has just tightened the rules on recreational drone use

Why it matters to you<p>Drone rules aren't universal, so if you're heading north of the border with your UAV, or anywhere else for that matter, be sure …

Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dubai has announced yet another pioneering initiative, but this time it's not the world's first rotating skyscraper or 3D printed office. It's a fleet of flying taxis.<p>Small enough to fit into a car parking space when folded up, the one-seater passenger drones made by Chinese company Ehang …

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Best Drones of 2017

Not yet rated<p>The Flir Duo and Duo R are two GoPro-sized thermal cameras designed to be used on drones.<p>If you've been looking for a discreet, but powerful travel-friendly camera drone, look no further than the DJI Mavic Pro.<p>It's pricy, but if you're looking for a complete package -- an excellent …

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How to get started with drone photography

Aerial photography and video via drones is awesome and consumers can now get in on the fun. Here are a few tips to help you get off to a good start …

Drone Diary: The DJI Mavic Pro flies autonomously using the Litchi app

Flying a drone manually is fun, but there are some manoeuvres that are virtually impossible to fly smoothly. Circling an object or person, for example. You’d need to constantly change the balance of forward/backward and left/right inputs to fly the circle in the first place, then simultaneously …

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Seafaring drones are navigating Norway's fjords

While there are government-approved test sites for land-based autonomous vehicles in the US, so far there is only one official test site for their seafaring counterparts. Tucked away in Norway's Trondheim Fjord, the test site offers wide, open waters similar to a small sea, but with relatively low …

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The world's 2nd-largest cocaine producer is adding drones to its police force

The Peruvian National Police force is developing a unit of unmanned aircraft for use in aerial patrols and to boost citizen security.<p>According to Interior Minister Carlos Basombrio Iglesias, the drones will be deployed as a complement to the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft already in use by the …

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Land Rover’s new Discovery search and rescue SUV has a roof-mounted drone

A special version of the new Land Rover Discovery dubbed ‘Project Discovery’ and designed for search and rescue operations is actually being deployed with the Austrian Red Cross – complete with a quadcopter drone that can take off from and land on the SUV, even while it’s moving. Magnets lock the …

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This drone photo shows how much damage was done to a Jewish cemetery

Perspective sometimes requires taking a step back.<p>The FBI is trying to figure out who recently knocked down more than 100 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia. This followed an incident in St. Louis, Missouri, in which vandals damaged 200 headstones at a Jewish cemetery. This week, a …

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DJI's M200 drones can take more than just pretty pictures

Their new line of rugged commercial drones can tackle dangerous jobs to aid in search and rescue, power line surveying or bridge inspection.<p>DJI is looking to take on the tough jobs with its new line of M200 drones. These are rugged drones built specifically for industrial work like power line …

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Dubai Is Getting Passenger Drones Because the Future Is Here

It’s traffic-busting technology worthy of cult 1960s cartoon family <i>The Jetsons</i>. The United Arab Emirates city of Dubai is set to become the world's …

Amazon's delivery drones could drop packages with parachutes

Amazon's much-anticipated (and long time coming) drone deliveries might <i>technically</i> finally be happening, but a new patent spotted by <i>CNN</i> suggests your next book or box-set might actually arrive via parachute. There are many practical, legal and technical challenges that drone deliveries present -- …

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Up, up and away: Passenger-carrying drone to fly in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Up, up and away: Dubai hopes to have a passenger-carrying drone regularly buzzing through the skyline of this futuristic city-state in July.<p>The arrival of the Chinese-made EHang 184 — which already has had its flying debut over Dubai's iconic, sail-shaped Burj …

Watch a record-setting 1,000 drones take to the sky in China to celebrate the lantern festival

A Chinese city orchestrated a dazzling 1,000-drone performance to mark the end of the Lunar New Year.<p>Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate the end of the new year, which takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month (in 2017, that’s Feb. 11 on the Gregorian calendar), with a lantern …

Why drones are a game-changer for animal research

Over the Southern Ocean and remote Australian grasslands, there are flying robots — drones, actually, but they're not for purposes of counterterrorism or Amazon deliveries. Rather, these unmanned aerial vehicles are being used by research scientists to sidestep time-consuming, labor-intensive work …

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There Is More to Intel’s Drone Razzle-Dazzle Than Meets the Eye

I commented Tuesday morning that the only topic of discussion in Silicon Valley this week besides opposition to the Trump travel ban is Intel’s drone …

Drone inspections to cut oil refinery shutdowns

Go by any oil refinery and you'll see stacks at the top of which small flames burn off the waste gas left over from converting crude oil into more …

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This huge metal arm can snatch drones right out of the sky

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a way to launch drones into flight and then snag them right out of the air with a system that can be loaded onto a truck or ship.<p>The agency recently released test footage of the next-gen drone tech, currently being developed …

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Intel drones form US flag for Lady Gaga's halftime show

Remember when quadcopter drones juggled balls and formed up into a Star Trek logo? That seems downright quaint compared to what we just saw at Lady Gaga's elaborately produced Super Bowl halftime show. During her first number, 300 Intel drones formed the shape of an American flag, punctuating the …

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