Where Commercial Drones Are Flying

Where Commercial Drones Are Flying

Report lists the top states. The Federal Aviation Administration has issued more than 3,100 commercial drone permits to companies wanting to perform everything from aerial photography to site security to power line inspection (but not package delivery—sorry, Amazon). Drone operators are now cleared to fly commercially in all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico. So where are all the commercial drones? According to robotics industry trade group AUVSI, they’re […]

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A Rookie Learns to Fly a Drone

A Rookie Learns to Fly a Drone

LONDON — My wife, Alexa, has made something of a profession out of getting me great birthday presents. Over the years, her gifts have included an old Sports Illustrated with a hologram of Michael Jordan on the cover and a photography tour of a particularly photogenic part of southern China . So for my most recent birthday, I had no idea what to expect when she handed me a large […]

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Drones Turn Into Delivery Boys In Japan

Drones Turn Into Delivery Boys In Japan

Home delivery will never be the same again. Japan has started to test out drones as “delivery boys” in the country’s Chiba prefecture, a first-of-its-kind initiative in an urban area. The trial run – or rather, flight – saw drones loaded with delivery goods flying between shopping malls, nearby parks and apartment buildings. The demo was kicked off on the rooftop of Aeon Mall Makuhari Shintoshin, a massive shopping centre […]

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The Secrets of the Lady of the North

The Secrets of the Lady of the North

A TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY ADVENTURE Northumberlandia is her name and she is a huge landform sculpture in the shape of a reclining female figure in a community park near Cramlington in Northumberland, Northern England. She is 34 metres high and 400 metres long, made of 1.5 million tonnes of rock, clay and soil. She was constructed in 2012 as part of the restoration of the adjacent Shotton surface coal mine, providing […]

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