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Drone aircraft lands on roof of car travelling at 75kph

Drone aircraft lands on roof of car travelling at 75kph

Scientists and researchers around the world are hard at work on drone aircraft for all sorts of uses. Researchers at the German Aerospace Center recently performed a successful landing of a small ultralight autonomous drone on the roof of a car while the drone and car were travelling at 75 km per hour.

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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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Massive drone sets record for lifting heaviest payload

Massive drone sets record for lifting heaviest payload

A team of students from the University of Oslo led by Henning Pedersen has built a giant drone aircraft that has set a new Guinness World Record for lifting the heaviest payload. The drone looks like multiple small drones were simply attached to a larger frame. There are 48 propellers total arranged in eight groups.

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Drones avoid obstacles thanks to motion planning algorithms

Drones avoid obstacles thanks to motion planning algorithms

As drones become more and more prevalent and useful, there is a need to make drones smarter and to allow them to operate in harsher environments. To successfully operate in a forest environment or other very crowded environment drones need to have both obstacle detection and motion planning capabilities.

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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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Intel Drone light show puts 100 drones in the air with one controller

Intel Drone light show puts 100 drones in the air with one controller

Intel has put together a very cool light show using 100 different drone aircraft. The feat was enough to win Intel a Guinness World Record title for putting the most unmanned aerial vehicles in the air simultaneously. These drones weren't just flying in the air at the same time; they were synchronized together in a swarm.

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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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Yuneec Typhoon H drone challenges DJI with pro features, cheaper price

Yuneec Typhoon H drone challenges DJI with pro features, cheaper price

Drone-maker Yuneec is well-known for its high-end, quality UAVs, yet it continues to remain in the shadow of DJI, the professional drone market's current leader. However, that could soon change, as Yuneec has just announced their Typhoon H, a threat to DJI's top of the line, $3,000 Inspire 1, yet with a price that's one-thirds cheaper. The Typhoon H promises the same professional-level performance, along a few of its own unique features.

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Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Parrot Disco drone trades propellers for wings

Of course we're seeing drones at CES 2016, with some being more sensational than others. Take for example Parrot's newest drone, the Disco. Here we see a deviation from Parrot's usual design. Gone are the multiple propellers that flank the drone, replaced by a single one at the back. Instead, you get a more plane-like design with fixed but removable wings that promise to add more hours and more ease of flight but perhaps at the expense of some other traits.

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DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI intros Phantom 3 with 4K skills, black Inspire 1 drones

DJI, one of the most trusted names when it comes to drones, has some new toys to show here at CES 2016. But if you were thinking of something completely new or extraordinary, you might walk away disappointed. Or at least half disappointed. What DJI has, instead, are refreshed drones. For example, a DJI Inspire 1 now available in stealthy black. But perhaps more interesting is a new Phantom 3, which looks almost exactly like the old Phantom 3. But as they say, looks can be deceiving as this Phantom 3 4K, as you might have already guessed, can shoot 4K video.

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Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Intel acquires Ascending Technologies for RealSense drone tech boost

Today Intel has announced that they'll be acquiring a drone company by the name of Ascending Technologies. This is a small company, just 75 people large, and Intel suggests that they're sending offers to the whole lot to join the company. Intel suggests that they are no discussing product roadmaps or financial terms at this time. Ascending Technologies is a German company that appeared at last year's Intel/Brian Krzanich keynote at CES 2015.

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