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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SkyBEAM UAV From Tremco FAA Approved

SkyBEAM UAV From Tremco FAA Approved

SkyBEAM UAV From Tremco FAA Approved For Nighttime Operation The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted approval for the first nighttime commercial drone operation in the U.S. to SkyBEAM unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) from Tremco Roofing & Building Maintenance . Toronto-based Industrial SkyWorks developed SkyBEAM in partnership with Tremco Roofing. Also approved to operate during the day, the SkyBEAM (Building Envelope Aerial Mapping) UAV uses high-definition (HD) video and thermographic […]

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Sentera Delivers 4K, High-Megapixel Imaging to Commercial and Industrial Drones

Sentera Delivers 4K, High-Megapixel Imaging to Commercial and Industrial Drones

Sentera, LLC, a leading provider of sensors, data management software and integrated drone platforms, today introduced its Double 4K sensor, bringing a small, fully-customizable twin-imager sensor to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry. The rugged, high-throughput Double 4K sensor is designed for use in harsh environments, with configuration options tailored for use in precision agriculture and infrastructure inspection applications. Both cameras feature state-of-the-art Sony ® focal plane arrays and are […]

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SLANTRANGE Secures $5M to Scale Sensor and Analytics Technology for Agricultural Drones

SLANTRANGE Secures $5M to Scale Sensor and Analytics Technology for Agricultural Drones

SLANTRANGE , pioneers of a smarter approach to aerial remote sensing and analytics for agriculture, today announced its $5 million Series A equity financing from a consortium of investors led by The Investor Group, a leading San Diego based investment firm. The funding will accelerate the development and scaling of SLANTRANGE’s proprietary drone sensor and analytics technology to help farmers improve operations amid a rapidly transforming business landscape. “Farmers are […]

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DJI Goes To Hollywood

DJI Goes To Hollywood

Popular Chinese drone maker DJI has unveiled its new drone, the Matrice 600 (aka M600), which can adapt to the camera its carrying. What that means in practice is that the drone has all the power to carry professional and heavy cameras and electronics and still maintain its height in the air for as long as 30 minutes. The M600 costs $4599, and is the latest drone in DJI’s huge […]

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NASA conducts the toughest test yet

NASA conducts the toughest test yet

It and the FAA had to juggle 22 drones at once. If you think piloting a drone is tricky, try managing a swarm of them in the sky at once — it will be a small wonder if there is not a collision. However, NASA and the FAA managed just that. They have completed the most complex test yet of a drone traffic management system, handling 22 drones at once […]

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