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Watch Lockheed Martin laser-blast drones from the sky

Watch Lockheed Martin laser-blast drones from the sky

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated a new laser weapon prototype that is able to shoot drones out of the sky. The prototype was recently tested at the US Army's Space and Missile Defense Command last month, where an Advanced Test High Energy Asset system called ATHENA was able to take down a total of five drones with about a 10ft wingspan each.

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Matternet Station supports fully automated battery and package exchange for drone networks

Matternet Station supports fully automated battery and package exchange for drone networks

Matternet is a developer of one an autonomous drone logistics platform. This is a platform where people can use drones to deliver items over shorter distances. Matternet has unveiled a new Matternet Station platform that enables fully automated ground operations for Matternet customers.

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Parrot Bebop 2 Power drone boosts flight time and video skills

Parrot Bebop 2 Power drone boosts flight time and video skills

Parrot's newest drone promises to be its smartest, with the Bebop 2 Power packing longer flight time, easier photo and video capture, and more straightforward flying. Based on the Bebop 2, the new Power version can run for up to 30 minutes on a full charge, Parrot says. With the two batteries included in the box, that means an hour of droning per session.

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UN proposes global drone registry for tracking UAVs around the world

UN proposes global drone registry for tracking UAVs around the world

The UN's Civil Aviation Organization has proposed a global drone registry that would have drones from all over the world registered in a single database. This would represent a massive increase over the thus far limited registries that exist in some individual countries, though each country would have to make the decision over whether it is interested in participating in this global database. Such a plan could pave the way for more uniform regulations surrounding drone usage.

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Propel’s Star Wars drones put a laser battle in your living room

Propel’s Star Wars drones put a laser battle in your living room

Propel, largely known for its lightweight remote-controlled drones and helicopters, has officially announced the US release of its line of Star Wars battle drones. Already available to order, at launch, pilots can try to bullseye womp rats in Luke Skywalker’s classic X-Wing, shoot Jedi from the sky with Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced, or dodge trees on the Speeder Bike made famous by the Endor forest chase in Return of the Jedi.

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DJI updates or refreshes drones: Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, Spark

DJI updates or refreshes drones: Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro, Spark

DJI has arrived at IFA 2017 with a lot to show off. Though the company isn't showing any drones that are wholly new, it does have a couple of refreshes on-hand for the Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4 Pro. On top of that, it has introduced a new usage mode for its DJI Spark camera, allowing users to easily take panoramic photos and share them with friends.

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DJI Spark drones will be bricked if firmware isn’t updated soon

DJI Spark drones will be bricked if firmware isn’t updated soon

DJI is giving Spark owners until September 1 to update their drone or deal with having it bricked. The move leaves no room for negotiation, instead forcing owners to update posthaste or lose the ability to operate their Spark. Why such a drastic tactic to force updates? Because the drones are reportedly vulnerable to dropping out of the air, putting those on the ground at risk.

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Walmart patent details floating blimp warehouse for drone deliveries

Walmart patent details floating blimp warehouse for drone deliveries

Walmart is working hard to keep pace with increasingly dominate competitor Amazon, which itself has been working on drones to deliver goods to customers. We've seen the same technology in play at Walmart, though the extent of its progress isn't clear. Yet another patent related to drone deliveries has appeared from the retailer, this one detailing a warehouse for drones that floats in the air via a gigantic blimp.

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DJI drones are getting an internet off-switch for privacy

DJI drones are getting an internet off-switch for privacy

Drone-maker DJI has added a new offline mode for privacy-minded pilots, cutting its quadcopters' internet connection for more surreptitious flights. The new Local Data Mode comes, DJI says, after repeated requests from enterprise and government pilots for a setting which would limit communications to just those between the drone and the controller. It comes amid security precautions by the US Army that saw DJI's aircraft grounded.

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US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

US military bases can now shoot down consumer drones

The government has become more strict about drone rules and what happens when you break those rules, and latest among its efforts to curb improper drone usage is a new policy that lets the military shoot them out of the sky. This policy comes with its own rules; only drones that are over military bases and that are a possible threat can be taken down. The military also has the right to capture and retain the drone if it so chooses, or to alternatively track it back to its operator.

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US Army orders units to ditch DJI drones over ‘operational risk’

US Army orders units to ditch DJI drones over ‘operational risk’

Drone maker DJI was just hit with a big blow -- the U.S. Army has ordered its units to stop using drones made by the Chinese company, citing an 'operational risk' associated with doing so. The apparent risk was confirmed in the document by the U.S. Navy, with 'cyber vulnerabilities' being one of the given reasons. The order came to light in a leaked military document.

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DJI Spark camera update adds gesture-controlled video

DJI Spark camera update adds gesture-controlled video

DJI's Spark drone has gained a host of new camera abilities, with the "flying camera" getting a fresh firmware update today. The Spark, launched back in May 2017, is DJI's most affordable and compact model, but also promises to be the company's most easily controlled. That's courtesy of many of the drone's features being gesture controlled, something DJI has built upon with this new firmware.

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