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FAA tipped to require pilot license for commercial drone use

FAA tipped to require pilot license for commercial drone use

The issue of commercial drone usage is (slowly) nearing an end, and that end could come in the form of fairly severe restrictions. The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Federal Aviation Administration will soon propose regulations on commercial drone usage -- including for small and ultra-light drones -- by the end of the year, and among the regulations will be a requirement that operators have a license and undergo pilot certification training, which likely includes learning to pilot manned aircraft.

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Ghost Drone boasts simplistic smartphone controls

Ghost Drone boasts simplistic smartphone controls

A couple of new drones have debuted this month, the DJI Inspire 1 and 3D Robotics' X8+. If neither of those -- and the myriad other options available -- strike your fancy, there's yet another contender inbound: the Ghost Drone. Unlike some other competing products, this personal drone makes controlling it as straight-forward and simple as possible through its mobile app -- an RC controller isn't included. The drone features a 2D gimbal that is compatible with GoPro cameras, allowing users to record while in the sky.

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NTSB rules all drones can be grounded by FAA

NTSB rules all drones can be grounded by FAA

If you’ve got a drone, the FAA might soon be able to ground you. According the the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration’s existing rules governing “aircraft” can apply to drones and remote controlled aircraft. In deciding the case, the NTSB’s board said the current FAA definitions “draw no distinction between whether a device is manned or unmanned”. The board also said “we acknowledge the definitions are as broad as they are clear, but they are clear nonetheless.”

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Parrot’s Bebop Drone finally takes to the skies

Parrot’s Bebop Drone finally takes to the skies

It's been a while since we've seen a brand new major product from personal drone pioneer Parrot, but today it is coming out with a big splash. Though it has three new products (OK, maybe two and a half) debuting today, the star of the show is, of course, the new Bebop drone that is smarter, better, but not bigger than its predecessor. There's also the Skycontroller that not only gives you a more direct feel for controlling the drone but also lets you see it from a first person perspective.

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3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

3D Robotics X8+ personal drone can carry heavy camera loads

DJI isn't the only maker with a sleek drone to show off this month. In comes 3D Robotics' X8+ drone, a personal UAV that boasts a rugged construction and enough power to tote around pro-grade mirrorless camera models. With it comes 3D Robotics' own first-person-view (FPV) kit offering plug-and-play functionality for live-streaming from the sky. Brags 3DR, the X8+ is "the first drone at a consumer price point that could be called an intelligent tool." Both the drone and the FPV kit are available as of today.

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Biodegradable drone is designed to melt away if it crashes

Biodegradable drone is designed to melt away if it crashes

The drone you see in the picture here is unique in that it is designed to dissolve over time if it crashes or is abandoned in the environment. It’s made from a material called mycelium, which is a root-like fungus. The fungus material is coated in a plant-based cellulose to make it sturdy enough for flight. Inside the biodegradable enclosure, the circuitry is also designed to melt away over time.

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DJI Inspire 1 drone officially debuts with 4K camera in tow

DJI Inspire 1 drone officially debuts with 4K camera in tow

The DJI Inspire 1, which leaked in spy shots earlier week, has made its official debut, and with it we see that quite a bit of the speculation surrounding the drone has proven true. The Inspire 1 does, indeed, bring along a 4k camera for recording Ultra HD video from the sky, a 3-axis gimbal, and even the white shell. Joining these things is a build promised to be both lightweight and durable fitted with carbon fiber arms, a vision positioning system for use indoors, and more.

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Back to the Future DeLorean replica is a flying drone

Back to the Future DeLorean replica is a flying drone

If you want a drone to zip around but none quite meet your style needs, you can take a page out of YouTuber's Native118's book and make your own...in the style of a Back to the Future DeLorean. The drone was made piece by piece out of lightweight materials -- including bright glowing LEDs -- to form the most retro-chic quad-copter out there, and it's able to fly around without any hassles. The man behind the drone upload his construction process, lending a helping hand to any DIYers who want to make their own.

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DJI Inspire 1 drone appears in leak ahead of launch

DJI Inspire 1 drone appears in leak ahead of launch

DJI's upcoming Inspire 1 drone appears to have leaked in a series of images captured during a test flight. The maker, which brought the popular Phantom 2 drone, is set to officially announce its Inspire 1 on November 12, and if these spy shots show the real deal, it will feature an H-style frame (as previously speculated). The images from the leak resemble the "transformable aerial vehicle" seen in a patent from DJI that was published back in mid-September, lending credence to the spy shots.

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Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

Google takes over NASA’s Moffett Field for aviation, robotics

In an interesting agreement, Google will take control of NASA’s Moffett Field. the 60-year agreement will see Google invest up to $200 million in the property. Though they’re operating and investing in the air strip, which previously used by Google as a private airstrip, NASA will ultimately retain ownership. According to NASA, Google’s Planetary Ventures LLC branch, a shell company for investment purposes, will dole out $1.16 billion over the contract, and reduce NASA’s operating cost by $6.3 million annually.

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