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Iran buzzed a US aircraft carrier to test its spy drone

Iran buzzed a US aircraft carrier to test its spy drone

Iran claims to have flown a reconnaissance drone over a US aircraft carrier, part of a war-games op the American Navy has blasted as "unprofessional". The incident is believed to have taken place in early January, with the drone part of a combined effort to surveil not only the USS Harry S. Truman but a French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, which were both in international waters in the Persian Gulf at the time.

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Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

In May 2015, one of Google’s Internet drones, a Titan Solara 50, crashed during a test flight in New Mexico. The drone was solar powered and didn’t last long in the air before crashing in the company’s Albuquerque test field. This drone was part of Google’s larger effort to deliver Internet from the stratosphere; investigators began probing the cause of the crash following the incident.

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Loon Copter can fly in the air, swim on or under water

Loon Copter can fly in the air, swim on or under water

For all the fun, or mayhem, that drones have to offer, they are, for all intents and purposes, creatures of the sky. They don't really take to land, much less water, which is the bane of any electronic contraption. However, there might be some instances where a remotely piloted machine will be needed to go the depths but also to fly high as well. At the moment, no commercial drone has that ability. But researchers from Oakland University's Embedded Systems Research Laboratory might be on to something with the Loon Copter: an unmanned aerial and aquatic drone or UAAV.

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FAA: 300,000 drones registered in first 30 days

FAA: 300,000 drones registered in first 30 days

In the first 30 days since the drone registration requirement went public, the FAA has announced about 300,000 drones were registered in the US. To help encourage drone owners to register, the FAA had offered to wave the $5 registration fee for the first month, perhaps leading to the very high number of registrations. New registrations pour in regularly.

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ProHawk UAV is a modern flying scarecrow

ProHawk UAV is a modern flying scarecrow

Who needs a fake man made of hay when you can scare birds away with an autonomous drone? The new ProHawk UAV from Bird-X imitates birds of prey to scare away lesser birds, keeping them away from farmers' crops or other places where groups of birds aren't welcome. Officially called a “bird control drone,” the ProHawk UAV is said to be the first of its kind with a self-operating GPS-based flight feature.

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New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

New safety tool nabs wayward drones out of the sky

Small drones are just powerful enough to get an operator in trouble. Whether the operator is intentionally doing something forbidden like using a drone to snoop or something accidental like veering into protected air space, a new tool has been designed to snatch that drone out of the sky while keeping innocent bystanders safe. Simply referred to as the “Drone Catcher,” this new tool takes down drones by shooting a net at them.

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EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

EHang 198 drone carries not cameras or packages but humans

Drones are all the fad these days, from hulking machines to palm-sized toys. So, too, are self-driving cars, with car maker after car maker, including Google, revealing a piece of autonomous driving technology. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that someone, in this case Chinese drone company EHang, has made something that combines both. Introduing the EHang 198, the world's first AAV, not UAV. That stands for Autonomous Aerial Vehicle, basically a manned Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (oxymoronic, ain't it?) whose purpose is to carry its package from point A to point B. The package, in this case, is a human being.

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