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DARPA’s looking toward disappearing delivery drones

DARPA’s looking toward disappearing delivery drones

The problem with making deliveries to remotely located military troops is that anyone can see the delivery take place — at least those nearby — and will know, as a result, approximately where the team is located. In other situations, the delivery vehicle could be at risk by being visible. Parachutes are the most common form of military delivery operations, but they’re burdensome in addition to being visible, requiring personnel to bring the parachute back out with them. As a potential way to solve these problems, DARPA has turned its sights toward invisible delivery drones.

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FAA suggests $1.9m fine against SkyPan over drone operations

FAA suggests $1.9m fine against SkyPan over drone operations

The Federal Aviation Administration has recommended that SkyPan International Inc. be hit with a $1.9 million civil penalty over its alleged drone-based violations of airspace regulations. Between March 2012 and December 2014, the company allegedly performed 65 UAS operations without permission, doing so in “some of our most congest airspace and heavily popular cities,” according to the FAA.

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Four-legged robot uses drone companion for trouble-scouting

Four-legged robot uses drone companion for trouble-scouting

Teams of robotics designers and researchers around the world are working hard to develop four legged robots with the aim of carrying equipment and supplies for workers and troops in the field. Part of designing those robots is devising a way that the bots can handle rough terrain without causing more harm than good for the humans working with them. A team of robotics designers from ETH Zurich's Autonomous Systems Lab has a new bot that pairs two systems for scouting terrain ahead.

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BioCarbon Engineering wants to plant trees with drones

BioCarbon Engineering wants to plant trees with drones

Humans mow down forests far faster than they can replant them, and it has drastic effects on our planet — both present and future. Planting trees by hand is the slowest way to go about replacing the trees, but it is often the method used. One startup company named BioCarbon Engineering wants to change that by using drones to plant seedlings. The company was founded by a former NASA engineer, Lauren Fletcher, and could have the added benefit of planting trees in places that are difficult for humans to access.

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Flir Vue Pro camera is ready for drone flight

Flir Vue Pro camera is ready for drone flight

Flir Systems has been making all sorts of thermal cameras and other products that are used in the professional world. The company has announced a new camera called the Vue Pro that is specifically designed to be attached to a drone aircraft and carried into the air. The company thinks the camera will be perfect for tasks like inspecting solar panels, fighting fires, and managing crops among other things.

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Researchers coax quadrotor drones to build a rope bridge

Researchers coax quadrotor drones to build a rope bridge

Typically, when we think of a quad rotor drone, we think of it as a platform for photography with many having photo and video capability. Some drones are also able to do other things like autonomously follow their owner. Researchers from ETH Zurich and an architecture firm called Gramazio Kohler Research have decided to try something a bit different with two drones.

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OpenROV Trident: an underwater drone for hobbyists

OpenROV Trident: an underwater drone for hobbyists

OpenROV has introduced a new underwater drone, and it is designed for the everyday consumer — those who want to explore under the water and have fun rather than collect research data. The drone is called Trident, and it is many things: fast, portable, nimble, and priced in the same range as aerial drones. Says the maker, OpenROV Trident is zippy enough that it "flies" under the water.

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Rwandan ‘droneport’ concept is an airport for emergency drones

Rwandan ‘droneport’ concept is an airport for emergency drones

Airports are one of the most important places to avoid when you're flying your drone. A droneport, though? Such a concept was recently presented by Foster, which plans to construct the facility (it is essentially an airport for drones) in Rwanda. The reason revolves around emergency medical supplies. Drones are an excellent way to shuttle much-needed gear into remote areas, but the logistics of doing so are still being worked out.

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FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

The FAA has a tough situation on its hands. In one regards, it must step carefully to avoid over-regulating the use of hobby aircraft (“drones”). On the other hand, people have and do use drones irresponsibly, and it’s only a matter of time until someone becomes seriously injured as a result. As the Pope's visit to the US nears, the agency has issued a statement to make something extra clear: absolutely no drones are to be in the sky while he's here.

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Drone operator arrested for flying near LAPD chopper

Drone operator arrested for flying near LAPD chopper

Flying drones of any type near other aircraft is a big violation of regulations — not to mention extremely and senselessly dangerous. That hasn’t stopped some operators from flying their aerial vehicles in places they shouldn’t (one just crashed recently at the US Open, for example), and while in the past these instances would usually merely get the operator a conversation with police, they're increasingly resulting in arrests.

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DJI Zenmuse X5 drone cams: M4/3, 4K, interchangeable lens

DJI Zenmuse X5 drone cams: M4/3, 4K, interchangeable lens

Already experts with their camera drones, DJI is stepping up its game with the announcement of the Zenmuse X5 and Zenmuse X5R cameras for drones. These, however, are not your ordinary drone cameras, boasting of features that take drone photography to new heights. Almost quite literally too. The two new Zenmuse cameras are noted to be the first aerial cameras that feature micro four-thirds (M4/3) sensors. At the same time, they are capable of 4K image and video recording. Plus, they feature interchangeable lenses too!

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