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TIE Interceptor drone joins Millennium Falcon replica

TIE Interceptor drone joins Millennium Falcon replica

If you, like a growing number of UAV hobbyists, love a good flying replica, the man behind the Millennium Falcon drone is back with another creation: a TIE Interceptor drone, which is likewise styled after a Star Wars spacecraft and fully functional, at least as far as drones go. The creator goes by the handle "Olivier", and he has shown off his latest creation in a couple of YouTube videos, one of them at night so that the drone's flashing lights are visible.

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Ad company’s drones are tracking mobile locations in LA

Ad company’s drones are tracking mobile locations in LA

Personal drones are once again a hot topic in the media, but this time in a not so favorable light. Recent events, like the drone that landed at the White House and the FAA's proposed rules, have cast drones in a negative light. This latest news might very well sour the taste buds of the public even more. Several drones flying over San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles have been reported to be tracking smartphone and tablet locations. Their purpose? To eventually serve ads to mobile device owners.

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Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

Wind-powered drone can fly for hours at a time

The average consumer drones that are becoming more and more popular these days run on batteries, which means at best they can stay in the air between 20 and 30 minutes at a time. But XAir Unmanned Aerial Systems, a California startup, has begun work on a drone model that is powered by the wind, with a prototype that was able to fly for more than two hours continuously. While the lift come from the wind, the 24-ounce fixed-wing design aircraft also features a small solar panel that is used to power electronics and recharge the internal battery.

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FAA releases proposed rules on drones, remote deliveries not allowed

FAA releases proposed rules on drones, remote deliveries not allowed

The U.S.'s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released a set of proposed rules for the use of drones in commercial situations. These regulations have been long-awaited, and were feared to bring strict requirements such as the need for a pilot's license. Thankfully for drone enthusiasts, the rules fairly lenient and not that unreasonable. Unless you're a large business like Amazon hoping to launch a remote package delivery service. Also, nothing changes for recreational users who just like to experiment with unmanned flying machines in their personal time.

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Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Odd-looking GimBall drone can fly, roll to the rescue

Drones can be used for more than just fun, or military purposes. Yesterday, we came across a very hardy and rugged Hiro Action Sports drone that we theorized can be used for rescue scenarios. Now, we get wind of a drone that has actually been specifically designed for such use cases. Flyability's GimBall might not look like any drone you've seen so far, enclosed inside a geodesic cage. But that odd form is precisely what was needed to make the UAV suitable for even the most dangerous environments.

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Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Hiro Action Sports Drone is built for battle

Drones were originally designed for less civilian uses but have slowly become consumer products that sports action fans and hobbyists have taken a liking to. Now, however, some drones are returning to their roots. This Hiro drone does pretty much anything your regular personal drone can, but it has one very special property. It is virtually indestructible and can withstand not only the elements but also tremendous amount of force. This makes it the perfect contender BattleBots-like competition called, wait for it, Game of Drones.

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Nano Drone quadcopter fits in your palm

Nano Drone quadcopter fits in your palm

The company behind the CX-10 Series Nano Drone has updated its design in many ways and introduced those changes as part of its new Nano Drone, a miniature quadcopter with the functionality of a personal drone and a size that fits in your palm. The result is a nimble, feature rich tiny drone that can zip around one's room or office, withstand most bumps and drops and other oopsies, and provide new operators with a low-investment option for learning the ropes.

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Millennium Falcon drone: functional and one-of-a kind

Millennium Falcon drone: functional and one-of-a kind

Personal drones are fun toys (and useful tools), and we've seen them surface in increasingly fashionable forms. There's the Bionic Bird, for example, which looks like any other bird but comes with a few mechanical upgrades. That Back to the Future DeLorean drone is even better, mashing together nostalgia and skilled craftsmanship for a miniature time traveler. And now there's the Millennium Falcon drone, latest to the growing number of flying vehicle replicas taking to the sky. As always, we've a video of it in action after the jump.

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DJI Drone update restricts flight inside Washington DC

DJI Drone update restricts flight inside Washington DC

Supposing you've got a DJI Drone in your possession and you planned on flying it inside the Washington DC downtown area, you may want to rethink your plans. A "mandatory" firmware update has been issued by the company to all DJI drones, one that restricts the craft from flying inside a 15.5-mile radius of the downtown DC area. Previous updates to the drone restricted it from flying anywhere near a major airport. It knows where it is, after all - don't you dare try to trick it.

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