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Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

Facebook’s Aquila drone has a successful first full-scale flight

At dawn on June 28, Facebook’s Aquila drone took its first flight; it was a success and marked a new major milestone in Facebook’s effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world. Much like Google’s Project Loon — though distinctly different in many ways — Facebook’s eyeing the sky as a way to beam Internet to villages and rural communities below. Rather than using balloons, though, the social network has elected to use very wide but relatively light drones that sip solar power and can spend long periods of time in the sky.

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Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Teal Drone looks to push limits with high speed and modular design

Drones are becoming more and more commonplace in every day life, and for someone who knows what they want out of a drone, there are plenty of options to choose from. From racing to aerial photography, drones are capable of doing quite a bit. But what about the person who knows they want a drone but doesn't know what they want to do with that drone? The Teal drone has just come racing onto the scene trying to solve that very problem.

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Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Drone operator arrested for flying over California forest fire

Strict regulations have been implemented regarding the use of drones, and while it is legal to operate them as a hobbyist, there are so-called “no fly zones” in which such flights are against the law. While in some cases it is okay to fly a drone, there are situations where it temporarily may not be acceptable — and a wild fire is one such example, as a drone could create risk if firefighters try to use planes to douse the flames. It's for this reason that one hobbyist drone operator was arrested in California.

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AT&T looks to drones to improve its LTE service

AT&T looks to drones to improve its LTE service

Although a favorite among geeks, techies, and Pokemon Go players, drones aren't always welcome in all places and at all times. Some have even taken to shooting them from the sky, if a bird of prey doesn't get to it first, that is. Undaunted by that mixed perception of such flying robots, AT&T is still looking to the skies. The carrier has revealed ongoing work to use drones to improve its LTE coverage, especially in densely packed areas and events as well as aid it in the maintenance of its infrastructure.

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DJI and Hasselblad launch drone bundle for aerial photography

DJI and Hasselblad launch drone bundle for aerial photography

Remember back in November when DJI acquired a stake in Hasselblad? We’re seeing the fruits of that today, with the two companies launching a drone bundle that includes all the equipment needed to take some great aerial photographs. As expected, the bundle is composed of hardware from both companies, with Hasselblad taking care of the photography aspects and DJI furnishing the drone itself.

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Nivea seagull drone poops sunscreen on kids at the beach

Nivea seagull drone poops sunscreen on kids at the beach

Just how far will you go to advertise your product? In Nivea's case, it took to the skies and then dropped the crap. And we mean that almost literally. Its entry at the Titanium and Integrated Lions at Cannes this year involved a drone dressed up as a seagull flying over the beach. But while its distant cousin the pelican delivered babies, the Nivea seagull dropped a payload of a different kind, squirting uncooperative toddlers with sunscreen coming out of its lower extremities.

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Starship Technologies now testing self-driving delivery drones

Starship Technologies now testing self-driving delivery drones

In November of last year, we talked a bit about a company called Starship Technologies that wanted to deliver packages to your door using little autonomous drone vehicles that look like a cooler on three wheels. Starship has anncouend that it has now launched its testing program for self-driving delivery robots in cooperation with major industry partners. Partners in the delivery program include Just Eat, a European food delivery firm, Hermes (a German delivery service), Metro Group, and a food delivery startup in London called Pronto.co.uk.

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DJI and Measure team up to tackle commercial drone space

DJI and Measure team up to tackle commercial drone space

Drones are becoming more commonplace in everyday life, but aside from private and military application of drones, commercial enterprises are also increasing their use of the technology. Recognizing that this is the perfect opportunity to corner a growing market, drone maker DJI and Measure, which is pegged as the nation's leading operator of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have announced a new partnership, with their sights set directly on the commercial drone space.

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Nissan GT-R Drone built to keep up with the 2017 GT-R car

Nissan GT-R Drone built to keep up with the 2017 GT-R car

Trying to keep up with a race car in order to film it in high-speed action, while not impossible for a human to accomplish, would be dangerous and inefficient. Cases like these are where robots come in. To be able to catch up with the 2017 Nissan GT-R race car while filming it, Nissan decided to make its own drone. A racing drone for that matter. Meet the Nissan GT-R Drone, billed to be one of the fastest in the world. And it take pretty videos of equally fast race cars, too!

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It’s Drone vs 2017 Nissan GT-R in this epic race

It’s Drone vs 2017 Nissan GT-R in this epic race

What do you do if you want to go chasing your speedy sports coupe around the track but the average drone simply isn't fast enough? If you're Nissan, you make your own GT-R Drone. Created to highlight just how fast the 2017 Euro-spec Nissan GT-R is, the remotely-controlled flying camera can actually out-accelerate its four wheeled cousin.

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Typhoon H drone packing RealSense R200 camera hits pre-order

Typhoon H drone packing RealSense R200 camera hits pre-order

A new six-rotor drone fitted with its own camera and lots of other tech has been announced from Yuneec International the drone is called the Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology. The six-rotor drone has gone up for pre-order at an MSRP of $1,899. The first drone shipments to customers will be made within four weeks.

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EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

EHang 184 manned drone to flight test in Nevada

The last time we talked about EHang the company was showing off its EHang 198 automated flying machine. The drone aircraft looks like a quadrotor you might use to fly your GoPro into the sky for aerial shots, but is sized to allow human passengers to climb aboard and take flight. The idea is that the EHang automated drones could pick people up, the person could enter a destination with a smartphone app, and takeoff.

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