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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 becomes first UAV to cross Bosphorus Strait

It's not often that you hear about a device - what's essentially a high-powered toy - breaking records flying across international waters. That's what's happened this week, though, as Parrot engineers have successfully programmed their AR.Drone 2.0 to fly across the Bosphorus Straight in Turkey - that's more than a kilometer - with a single battery. This device was recently given a bit of a reboot with the release of a new "High Density Battery", so as you can guess, that's exactly what this unit was deployed with.

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Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 High Density Battery: fly higher longer

This week the folks at Parrot have revealed several additions to the AR.Drone 2.0 ecosystem, not least of these being a new High Density Battery. While the current iteration of the Parrot AR.Drone's in-box battery does offer quite a bit of flight time, there's always room for more action - and longer-lasting action, at that: a non-stop 18 minute flight is in store with this slightly more orange-looking Lithium-Polymer battery pack.

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FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

While it may not come as much of a surprise to some people, the FBI has confirmed and admitted that they perform surveillance with drones on US soil. FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that they use drones for surveillance in the US, but "in a very, very minimal way, and seldom."

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Domino’s Drone aims for faceless pizza delivery

Domino’s Drone aims for faceless pizza delivery

Flying your way soon* is the AeroSight-carried pizza of your choice, courtesy of Domino's and the conceptual creators at the group T + Biscuits. Working with Domino's directly - for real, that is - as well as the UK-based drone group Big Communications, T + Biscuits have created the flying pizza. This machine is known as the DomiCopter and though it won't be hitting the side of your house this week, it might be out there eventually.

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CurvACE insect eye camera gives drones 180-degree view

CurvACE insect eye camera gives drones 180-degree view

Insects have some pretty amazing eyesight. Unlike humans, where we only have two single-lens eyes, insects have a larger array of eyes that offer a wider field-of-view. Scientists have obviously been studying these kinds of eyes for a long time, and now that we're at a certain point with technology, engineers are wanting to artificially replicate insect eyes using cameras.

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US Navy makes history with first drone takeoff from aircraft carrier

US Navy makes history with first drone takeoff from aircraft carrier

As drones become more controversial, the government is digging deeper into the technology to make it more useful. Case in point: the US Navy make history by developing a specialized drone that can takeoff and land from and aircraft carrier. The X-47B, as it's called, is in its prototype stages, and it marked the first time that an unmanned aerial vehicle has taken off from an aircraft carrier.

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Google Ventures joins multi-million Airware drone brain investment

Google Ventures joins multi-million Airware drone brain investment

Google Ventures and others have invested $10.7m in a drone OS startup, Airware, aiming to create autonomous, unmanned aircraft which could be used by emergency services or in civil applications such as farming and mapping. The funding round, which sees Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz dip into their pockets, will support development of Airware's off-the-shelf autopilots for drones, which are intended to be far more cost-effective than traditional such systems.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt asks for increased regulation for civilian drones

Google’s Eric Schmidt asks for increased regulation for civilian drones

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has voiced his concerns over the use of civilian drones. In an interview with The Guardian, he states that civilian drones could potentially be used irresponsibly, and can compromise a person's privacy. He also addresses concerns that these miniature drones can potentially be used as a terrorist weapon. He says that terrorists can strap weapons, like IEDs (improved explosive devices), to the drones.

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NASA taps US Marines for Dragon Eye volcano flight

NASA taps US Marines for Dragon Eye volcano flight

When NASA aims to hit a volcano to study its fabulous plumes of heated debris, they do it in style: with a set of Dragon Eye unmanned aerial vehicles. The mission NASA rolled with three Aerovironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye UAVs from the United States Marine Corps (USMC), these vehicles issued via the General Services Administration’s San Francisco office. It was NASA’s Ames Research Center, at Moffett Field, California that negotiated the transfer, and the Turrialba Volcano, near San Jose, Costa Rica, that they've flown over.

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