From Amazon.com to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

From Amazon.com to iron ore mines, drones are on the rise

by First it was driverless trucks and trains, now Australia’s biggest mining companies are turning to drones for a competitive advantage. With mines, railways and ports sprawling over hundreds of kilometres, unmanned drones are increasingly being used by miners to check equipment, measure ore stockpiles and look after companies’ environmental obligations. The growing use of drones in industrial settings will go under the microscope at a conference in Perth today, […]

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The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers

The Selfie-Drone: Invasion of the Vacation Snatchers

by It was a blistering hot Sunday in Provence. The painted shutters of the houses in Arles were closed. Visitors were scarce. In the Roman amphitheater, built to hold some 20,000 spectators, I sat among empty bleachers, above homes with orange tile roofs, looking past ancient arcades and terraces to the blue horizon. Was this the sort of stillness van Gogh experienced when he was in Arles on this same […]

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Collaboration with UK firm brings drone utility infrastructure inspection to the USA

Collaboration with UK firm brings drone utility infrastructure inspection to the USA

by Colorado based Unmanned Experts (UMEX), a leading consultancy and training company in the United States Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) market has joined forces with the UK head-quartered Cyberhawk Innovations, the world’s leader in UAS aerial surveys, to deliver market-leading critical infrastructure inspections (CII) throughout the USA. The partnership comes as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 Exemption process has matured and real world commercial drone operations in the […]

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FAA caught with their pants down?

FAA caught with their pants down?

FAA caught with their pants down? Source: Winston-Salem Journal By: Bertrand M. Gutiérrez A UFO sighting 51,000 feet above Washington is not something one might expect to read about in a database linked to a news release by the Federal Aviation Administration titled: “Pilot reports of close calls with drones soar in 2015.” But it’s in there. Among other incidents, a large Predator-style drone crashed near a residential area, according […]

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Engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

Engineers find secret to steady drone cameras in swan necks

by by Bjorn Carey Swans and geese are the envy of aeronautical engineers. Even plump geese can perform remarkable aerial acrobatics – twisting their body and flapping their powerful wings while keeping their head completely still. Now, Stanford engineers have used high-speed video footage and computer models to reveal that whooper swans stabilize their head with a complex neck that’s tuned like a car suspension. The study, published in Journal […]

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