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August 25, 2015

U.S. Pilots Have Had Nearly 700 Close Calls With Drones

If you’re looking for today’s version of the “Wild West,” just look skyward. Consumer drones are flooding the U.S. market in a big way, and more people are flying drones than ever before. Unfortunately, airplane and helicopter pilots are seeing that trend in the worst place possible: just outside their […]
August 21, 2015

Holy Batman! Drones Can Help Farmers

Source: FREDERICKSBURG By: CATHY JETT Joshua Olds, director of flight operations for Waypoint Global Strategies, explains Friday how healthier crops can be maintained with the help of aerial photographs taken from drones during a demonstration at Grandview Farm near Tappahannock. Batman might have suffered a touch of tech envy if […]
August 21, 2015

Google’s ‘Wing’ Drone Delivery Service Is Now Part Of The New Alphabet Company

Source: Business Insider By: MATT WEINBERGER A DHL shipping drone. Today, Google announced a massive overhaul that turned the search advertising giant into a subsidiary of Alphabet, a new parent company helmed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Buried in that announcement was the news that Google X, the company’s […]
August 20, 2015

If You Can Fly a Kite, You Can Fly This Drone

(Credit: Fotokite) While some businesses are eager to unleash drones and put them to work, one company wants to leash them up. The Fotokite Phi is a drone, built by Zürich-based Perspective Robotics, for people who have no interest in actually flying a drone. The Fotokite is a fold-up quad […]
August 19, 2015

Will We Pick Privacy Over Convenience When It Comes to Drones?

(Credit: marekuliasz/Shutterstock) When a Kentucky man shot his neighbor’s drone out of the sky over his house this July, the story hit a nerve. What’s a guy to do when there’s a drone snooping in his backyard, scaring his kids? It seemed every talking head, from Kentucky state representatives to […]
August 14, 2015

Take Flight With Drone Workshops

Retail giant Amazon’s much-publicized plans to launch a drone-based delivery service is still years away but unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are already in our skies and their use goes well beyond the military. They’re being used to take incredible aerial photography, assist search-and-rescue crews, monitor and inspect everything from mines […]
August 14, 2015

Drone Racing Gets a Boost as Miami Dolphins Owner Invests $1 Million

(Credit: Screengrab from Tested/YouTube) First-person view (FPV) drone racing is about to enter the big leagues. The owner of the Miami Dolphins, Stephen Ross, is investing $1 million in the Drone Racing League, a New York-based startup that will host its first public race event later this year. The league […]
August 12, 2015

Drones Lead To New Business Ideas

Shortly after he became the proud owner of a Phantom drone, Tom Simmons realized he had a cutting-edge new toy, but not necessarily a tool he could use for his business. “I said, ‘OK, we’re going to go out and take some pictures of our real estate listings,’ ” said […]
August 12, 2015

Developer Stephen Ross’s RSE Ventures Invests in Drone Racing

Developer Stephen Ross is renowned in real estate for high-profile projects around the country and in sports for his ownership of the Miami Dolphins. Now he is looking to make a name for himself in a new niche: drone racing. RSE Ventures, a venture-capital firm co-founded by Mr. Ross, is […]
August 11, 2015

Wedge-Tailed Eagle Takes Out Drone in Midair

The wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey, and it should strike fear into the heart of drone pilots everywhere. While flying in the Australian bush, Adam Lancaster encountered the aerial predator, which was about 6 feet across from wing tip to wing tip. It’s unclear whether the bird […]
August 8, 2015

DJI Phantom 3 Standard Now For Sale

DJI has released a brand new model of the DJI Phantom 3 line this week ; the DJI Phantom 3 standard and they have made it available for sale straight away. In fact, you can buy it with next day shipping straight from the DJI website. But how does this drone differ […]
August 7, 2015

Do We Need To Put Drones On A Tighter Leash?

Drones are showing up at airports, on federal land and on the Internet, and they are starting to make some lawmakers, and some members of the public very nervous. A commercial passenger plane flies overhead as a multirotor quadcopter drone is used for aerial photography. Between showing up in places […]
August 7, 2015
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The Ancient Fortress of Masada As Seen From the Sky

The ancient mountaintop fortress called Masada has stood atop an isolated mesa in southeastern Israel for thousands of years. It stood as an impenetrable fortress build high above the desert landscape. Today, hikers can climb winding footpaths to the top. However, it’s much easier to visit the site via a […]
August 5, 2015

Insect-Inspired Eyes Give Sight to Mini Drones

Buzzing may not be the only thing drones have in common with insects. Tiny drones of the future might “see” their world with tiny, artificial sensors inspired by flying insects’ compound eyes. The experimental sensors are small and light enough to fit on the tiniest drones, which could give them […]
August 4, 2015

NASA Wants To Put Drones To Work On Mars

A prototype built to test Extreme Access Flyer systems in different environments. (Credit: NASA/Swamp Works) NASA plans to fly drones where Federal Aviation Administration rules no longer apply. Engineers at Swamp Works, part of NASA and the U.S. military’s Office of Naval Research, have designed and built a drone that […]