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FAA ‘B4UFLY’ drone safety app enters beta

FAA ‘B4UFLY’ drone safety app enters beta

The FAA doesn’t take improper drone usage lightly, and while it has gone after operators in violation of regulations, it is also working to educate the public on what it can and can’t do in an effort to prevent the issues from happening. Part of its efforts is the new B4UFLY mobile app, which is designed to give operators of, primarily, “model aircraft” a way to see any current flight regulations in their region, as well as ones that are planned. The beta will be tested by 1,000 UAV users.

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North Dakota Police to use weaponized drones

North Dakota Police to use weaponized drones

A bill in North Dakota called Bill 1328 was originally intended to prevent law enforcement from being able to weaponize drones. Before the bill was passed into law, the verbiage was modified to ban the drones from being fitted with lethal weapons. That means no drones for police in North Dakota with guns or missiles, but less than lethal weapons are ok.

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Intel invests $60M in drone maker Yuneec for future collaboration

Intel invests $60M in drone maker Yuneec for future collaboration

This week the folks at Intel Capital have announced a $60-million dollar investment in Yuneec, a worldwide leaker in electric aviation. This investment appears to be centered on Intel's interest in drone electronics, specifically with devices like the Yuneec Electric Aviation's Typhoon Q500 quadcopter with 4K video recording capabilities. This collaboration will "bring together two leading technologies with a shared commitment to innovation" - in short, they'll be flying more soon.

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These are Sony’s new Aerosense drones

These are Sony’s new Aerosense drones

Sony is showing off its new Aerosense drones, developed with Japanese autonomous robotics specialist ZMP to send cameras into the sky. The joint venture, established this month, will see Aerosense unmanned aerial vehicles do surveys, gather mapping data, and more, effectively squeezing into the gaps between traditional satellite photography and human-piloted survey planes.

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Fotokite Phi drone is a flying camera on a leash

Fotokite Phi drone is a flying camera on a leash

While consumers drones become more advanced with features, the way to use them through remote controls or mobile apps also becomes more complex. Drone maker Fotokite has debuted its first consumer model, the Phi, that aims to make aerial photography as easy as holding a leash. The Phi has the now-standard quadcopter design, but with a retractable tether, allowing it to fly between 1 and 26 feet away from the operator, while automatically recording from a user-supplied GoPro camera.

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Fathom drone explores the undersea world

Fathom drone explores the undersea world

Drone aircraft are becoming a big thing with people all around the world buying them to explore and play. Some people have been known to use them for annoying neighbors and emergency services. We haven't seen much in the way of devices for exploring the underwater wonders around the planet. That is where the new Fathom drone comes in.

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Stressed bears suggest drones are animal menace

Stressed bears suggest drones are animal menace

The FAA aren't the only ones taking issue with drones, with new research suggesting unmanned aerial vehicles are stressing out animals more than previously believed. The study, carried out in Minnesota, found that repeated UAV flights overhead left black bears in an agitated state, something which had been missed as the animals froze when the drones were nearby.

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FAA details upswing in close calls between drones, airplanes

FAA details upswing in close calls between drones, airplanes

The FAA has announced the instances of close calls between drones and airplanes has increased drastically over recent months. According to the administration, pilots have reported in excess of 650 close calls with drones up through August 9, a big jump over last year’s 238 reports. Drone use near airports, airplanes, and helicopters is forbidden and extremely dangerous. That hasn’t stopped operators from carelessly flying near them, and the FAA has warned that it isn’t going easy in such cases — operators could face jail time for flying near planes.

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Eagle joins kangaroo, hawk in sky battle against drones

Eagle joins kangaroo, hawk in sky battle against drones

Most drones are equipped with cameras, and those cameras are excellent at capturing the assaults against the drone and its death spiral out of the sky. Nature itself hasn’t taken kindly to drones on more than one occasion — we’ve seen one drone get taken down by an apparently annoyed kangaroo after a drone wouldn’t stop being nosy, and we’ve seen a hawk swoop down and take a drone out of the sky. The latest video to surface is similar, but this time involves an eagle that decides to engage in a brief sky battle.

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Phase One iXU-R drone camera series launches

Phase One iXU-R drone camera series launches

Phase One has introduced its latest cube-shaped camera for drones, the Phase One iXU-R. The camera features the same type of design as some of its similar past cameras, but comes with its own array of features, all of which are tailored toward recording videos and shooting images from the sky. The new model was introduced on Tuesday. Phase One says this is the fastest 80 megapixel aerial camera it has, though there are 60 megapixel and 60MP achromatic editions, as well.

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DJI Phantom 3 Standard drone has plenty of features for beginners

DJI Phantom 3 Standard drone has plenty of features for beginners

Drone-maker DJI has just unveiled the new Phantom 3 Standard, a model that includes the essential features from the Advanced and Professional versions, but with a much lower price and aimed at users just getting started with drone photography and video capturing. Priced at just $799 and available for purchase from today, the Phantom 3 Standard makes things like stability and viewing live footage easy, so users can focus on getting the best footage possible.

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NASA’s new drone will use jets to fly in Mars’ atmosphere

NASA’s new drone will use jets to fly in Mars’ atmosphere

NASA continues to build tools that will one day be used to better explore planets, like Mars, in preparation for one day building structures. One such new project is a quadcopter-style drone that will be used to look for resources. Dubbed Extreme Access Flyers and designed by NASA's Swamp Works laboratory, they need to be able to fly in environments that have little to no air. Instead of relying on rotor blades, one model uses gas jets in order to get around.

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