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Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Stolen USAF drone documents appear for sale on the dark web

Hackers who stole a US Air Force drone manual were caught trying to sell it on the dark web, a security firm has reported. The discovery was made on June 1 by Recorded Future's Insikt Group, which was monitoring for "criminal actor activities" on the parts of the Internet where few people venture. The documents reportedly were associated with the USAF's MQ-9, an unmanned aerial vehicle more commonly known as a UAV or drone.

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DJI Mavic 2 leak teases swappable cameras and 360 sensing

DJI Mavic 2 leak teases swappable cameras and 360 sensing

DJI's newest - and unannounced - drone, the DJI Mavic 2, has leaked, giving a sneak preview of the sleeker UAV. The new drone could indicate a split of the Pro line, with DJI potentially leaving room for an even more capable version, though there's still plenty to like in what we've seen of this model.

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Facebook pulls plug on making its own drones

Facebook pulls plug on making its own drones

In 2014, Facebook began working on a high altitude platform station (HAPS) system called Aquila. This solar-powered drone was designed to act a relay station for high-speed Internet access beamed from the sky. The goal was to provide rural communities with Internet access beyond what's available locally, but plans have changed and Facebook is back with a big announcement: it has shuttered the drone aspect of the project.

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University of Tokyo creates flying DRAGON drone

University of Tokyo creates flying DRAGON drone

Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a flying robot meant to be used indoors called DRAGON. That stands for Dual-Rotor embedded multilink Robots of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformation." They really wanted to use that DRAGON name.

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Researchers work on making smaller chips for drone brains

Researchers work on making smaller chips for drone brains

MIT scientists and researchers are tackling an issue that poses a difficult challenge for drone operators and designers of the future. Engineers at the school are working on shrinking down drone technology and have built prototypes that are the size of a bumblebee. While tiny cameras and sensors have been developed for these tiny drones, one thing still perplexes researchers - the computer chip brain of the drone.

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Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Amazon patent reveals warehouse drones with claws and airbags

Another Amazon patent has appeared at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In the document, Amazon details a new type of drone designed specifically for its warehouses. Unlike quadcopters and similar drones consumers are familiar with, Amazon's illustrations show a unique bubble-like drone with a claw similar to the one found in crane arcade games.

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Aevum Ravn unmanned aircraft launches space payloads every 3 hours

Aevum Ravn unmanned aircraft launches space payloads every 3 hours

An Alabama-based aerospace company plans to offer small space payload launches every 180 minutes using an unmanned aircraft system called Ravn. Unlike existing launch vehicles, which are used to carry payloads into space, Aevum's Ravn system is designed to operate like a commercial aircraft, reducing the turnaround time from landing to the next takeoff to anywhere between 30 and 80 minutes.

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Parrot Anafi drone is a 4K HDR flying camera

Parrot Anafi drone is a 4K HDR flying camera

The best drone is the one you have with you, Parrot says, hence its new foldable Anafi drone being so darn compact. Don't confuse small size with a shortage of capabilities, mind. With 4K HDR video recording, some new automatic shooting modes that want to make you the next Alfred Hitchcock, and 25 minutes of flight time, there's plenty to like about the Parrot Anafi beyond its scale.

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DJI selling drones directly to cops under new Axon partnership

DJI selling drones directly to cops under new Axon partnership

DJI has announced a new partnership with Axon, a connected law enforcement technologies company. Under the partnership, DJI drones will be sold directly to police departments and public safety agencies across the world. The sales will be performed under the new Axon air program through which agencies are provided with video-capable UAVs.

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Skydio R1’s first major update brings new cinematic modes

Skydio R1’s first major update brings new cinematic modes

Drone company Skydio has announced its first major software update for R1, its "self-flying camera." With this software update, which arrives today, Skydio R1 owners get access to a new feature called Car Follow that enables the drone to follow vehicles. That is joined by other new cinematic modes, improving the device's usefulness as an aerial production camera.

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 reduces noise, improves video transmission

DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 reduces noise, improves video transmission

DJI has launched a modest update to its professional-tier Phantom 4 Pro drone. The new model, which is simply called the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, brings a couple updates over the previous model, retaining the same design as the regular Pro 4, but with some important changes. The drone is available now with various bundle options, including one that has first-person-view DJI Goggles.

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Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter debuts air taxi infrastructure for cities

Volocopter has been working to bring air taxi services to the masses for a while now. It has now unveiled its air taxi infrastructure for cities that is meant to integrate air taxis into existing transportation systems. Volocopter says that its infrastructure could support mobility for up to another 10,000 passengers daily with a single point to point connection.

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