Blue Whale Fire Fighter

Blue Whale Fire Fighter

Not too sure what to make of this one, a sort of natural extension of crop dusting drones. The payload vision has shot up, 100kg or rather 100 (ish) litres of fire retardant. On the face of it not a bad idea, quickly getting to the heart of a difficult to reach fire. The drones reason for being, dangerous, dirty and dull. Also from a company that has made a […]

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Industry should not let one company dominate

Industry should not let one company dominate

The fast-growing consumer drone industry should not copy the model of personal computer and smartphone businesses where one chip company controls nearly the whole market, said a senior official from DJI Technology Co Ltd. “If only one company controls nearly the whole market with excessively high royaltypayments, it will harm technology innovation of the whole industry,” Shao Jianhuo, vice-president of DJI, told China Daily. Shao’s comments came as chipmakers Intel […]

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Bird Wind Tunnel Built for Better Drone Flight

Bird Wind Tunnel Built for Better Drone Flight

Drones have a long way to go before they’ll ever mimic the graceful maneuverability of birds. But a new wind tunnel at Stanford University is allowing researchers to study the nuances of bird flight to build better drones. The wind tunnel is a narrow, rectangular room with a fan about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. An observation section about two meters long has windows on six sides too allow […]

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Louisiana lawmakers look to regulate drone use

Louisiana lawmakers look to regulate drone use

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana lawmakers are making a bipartisan push to regulate drones, an area where developing technology meets privacy concerns. A number of proposals under consideration in the House and Senate would criminalize drone trespassing, outline surveillance and privacy laws and establish registration and licensing guidelines. Sen. Dan Claitor, R-Baton Rouge, said drones are “showing up on people’s radar better now” as the technology has become cheaper and more […]

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Jet Incident Near Heathrow Did Not Involve Drone

Jet Incident Near Heathrow Did Not Involve Drone

A British Airways jet reported to have hit an object as it came in to land at Heathrow Airport this month did not strike a drone as first thought, the British government said Thursday. The pilot of an Airbus A320 flying from Geneva reported a collision as the plane was approaching the airport on April 17, 2016. The plane was not damaged and was cleared to fly again after an […]

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