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Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

It appears Amazon may be up to another one of its mysterious, experimental projects. It's been discovered that the company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to test wireless communication technology in areas of Washington, all without stating the exact purpose. There are a few hints that the tests could be related to Amazon's desire to begin drone deliveries, but the company only says it involves "innovative communications capabilities and functionalities."

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NASA simulation shows slow-mo airflow around a DJI drone

NASA simulation shows slow-mo airflow around a DJI drone

NASA is best known for its space-related content, and perhaps for its Earth sciences work, but few know about the agency's airflow simulations. NASA has, it recently said, been creating airflow simulations for various aircraft for ‘decades.’ These computer models show air as it flows around, for example, an airplane, aiding in the development of designs and similar things. It's not surprising, then, that NASA would create the same simulations for drones.

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Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Lily camera drone shuts down: $34m preorders just aren’t enough

Ill-fated camera drone startup Lily has shuttered without delivering a single device, blaming a lack of financing despite having raised millions in preorders. The project, which made headlines back in 2015 for its promised abilities to launch from the hand, follow a user around while filming them, and generally take the piloting headaches out of drone ownership. A successful preorder campaign followed, raising more than $34m.

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Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce

Parrot plans to slash its drone division workforce

Parrot plans to restructure its drone division in such a way that will see approximately 290 jobs cut and about 150 positions ‘being made redundant.’ The workforce cuts will affect both international and France-based employees, and will take place as part of a ‘cost reduction phase.’ The company detailed its plan and reasoning behind it in its recently published preliminary financial report.

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Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense

Micro-drone swarm launched by US Department of Defense

The Strategic Capabilities Office of the United States Department of Defense and the Naval Air Systems Command have demonstrated a micro drone swarm. If that set of three words weren't enough to terrify your senses, just wait until you see the demonstration video. This demonstration showed 103 Perdix drones launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. The goal with this program is to be able to launch 1,000 drones at once.

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DJI and Seagate team up to develop storage solutions for drone-shot content

DJI and Seagate team up to develop storage solutions for drone-shot content

Seagate and DJI made a joint announcement at CES 2017 today, letting the world know that they have partnered to solve the problem of storage and backup for content recorded using a drone. With high-resolution UAV cameras like the ones DJI offers, space can be a major issue when it comes to storing the massive video files that result from a drone flight. This is where Seagate - one of the most well-known manufacturers of hard drives and SSDs - comes in.

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Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon patent details floating fulfillment center for drone deliveries

Amazon has patented an ‘airborne fulfillment center’ that works with drones to deliver items from said floating warehouse to customers. The patent relates to Amazon’s publicly stated drone delivery ambitions, though we’re still a long way from seeing an actual delivery center floating around in the sky. The patent goes on to describe small airships that would deliver items to the airborne fulfillment center.

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7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

7-Eleven made 77 customer drone deliveries in 2016

Amazon's getting all the drone delivery attention, but it turns out the retailer has an unlikely competitor: 7-Eleven. We saw a video of 7-Eleven's first drone delivery back in July, and now the company has announced the completion of 77 such deliveries. The drone deliveries were performed by drone delivery service Flirtey, the first of its kind according to the company. The two companies have been working in collaboration since the first delivery in July, which culminated in regular weekend deliveries throughout last month.

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US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

US Naval drone seized by China will be returned

Tensions between the US and China were raised earlier this week when a Chinese naval vessel operating in the South China Sea seized an underwater research drone belonging to the US Navy. The issue was quickly escalated when the US's Department of Defense demanded the device's return, while President-elect Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter, calling the seizure an "unprecedented act." Fortunately cooler heads have prevailed, as China has stated it will be returning the drone to US possession.

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Facebook Aquila drone crash landing was caused by high winds

Facebook Aquila drone crash landing was caused by high winds

The conclusion of an NTSB investigation into Facebook's drone crash landing earlier this year has enabled the social network to share more details. According to Facebook, the Aquila drone experienced failure and crashed shortly before landing due to high wind speeds that kicked off a series of unfortunate scenarios. The test was still considered a success by Facebook despite the troubles.

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Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon has started Prime Air drone deliveries

Amazon's Prime Air delivery drones may have seemed like science-fiction but the retailer has already kicked off real-world trials - albeit with only two shoppers. Flights began on December 7th in the UK, with one of Amazon's drones flying completely autonomously from its distribution center to a customer's home. The flight took thirteen minutes in total.

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DARPA program seeks way to control drone ‘swarms’ from the ground

DARPA program seeks way to control drone ‘swarms’ from the ground

DARPA's latest program, the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) effort, aims to find a solution for easily controlling large swarms of drones from the ground, with these 'swarms' being composed of at least 100 units. The defensive research agency envisions these swarms of drones — which could also feature ground robots when necessary — being used for all sorts of things: gathering intelligence, surveillance, offering protection, wielding firepower, and more. The Marine Corps and U.S. Army are the intended recipients of such technology.

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