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Parrot Sequoia camera turns drones into flying farmers

Parrot Sequoia camera turns drones into flying farmers

Parrot's drones may be more commonly associated with casual flight, but the company is looking to be taken seriously in UAVs by courting business pilots. The French firm has cooked up a multi-camera sensor that turns a drone into a farmer's best friend, doing smart agricultural surveys that can figure out the best spots for crops and gage the health of plants from hundreds of feet above them.

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Dutch Police use an eagle to down drones

Dutch Police use an eagle to down drones

Back in December, we talked about the Tokyo police and their new drone catching drone. The Japanese drone used a net to fly up and capture rogue drones. The Dutch police have upped the cool factor for catching rogue drones by training an eagle to capture drones from the sky.

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Iran buzzed a US aircraft carrier to test its spy drone

Iran buzzed a US aircraft carrier to test its spy drone

Iran claims to have flown a reconnaissance drone over a US aircraft carrier, part of a war-games op the American Navy has blasted as "unprofessional". The incident is believed to have taken place in early January, with the drone part of a combined effort to surveil not only the USS Harry S. Truman but a French aircraft carrier, Charles de Gaulle, which were both in international waters in the Persian Gulf at the time.

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Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

Google’s Solara 50 drone crash caused by wing failure

In May 2015, one of Google’s Internet drones, a Titan Solara 50, crashed during a test flight in New Mexico. The drone was solar powered and didn’t last long in the air before crashing in the company’s Albuquerque test field. This drone was part of Google’s larger effort to deliver Internet from the stratosphere; investigators began probing the cause of the crash following the incident.

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Loon Copter can fly in the air, swim on or under water

Loon Copter can fly in the air, swim on or under water

For all the fun, or mayhem, that drones have to offer, they are, for all intents and purposes, creatures of the sky. They don't really take to land, much less water, which is the bane of any electronic contraption. However, there might be some instances where a remotely piloted machine will be needed to go the depths but also to fly high as well. At the moment, no commercial drone has that ability. But researchers from Oakland University's Embedded Systems Research Laboratory might be on to something with the Loon Copter: an unmanned aerial and aquatic drone or UAAV.

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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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