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UVify’s Draco drone is fast, furious fun for wannabe racers

I'm flying high above the San Francisco Bay, maybe 150 feet in the air. I look down and start gliding toward a dilapidated skate park below. Once I'm near the ground I pull my nose up and look level with the horizon. Spotting two trees, I race toward…
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Watch the world’s first skydive from a drone

Unlike typical consumer-aimed quadcopter drones, Latvian company Aerones specializes in big UAVs that can carry hefty loads. Last year, they showed off one of their big lifter's prowess by towing YouTuber Kaspars Balamovskis on a snowboarding run. To…
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Drone is the first spacecraft in years to use a key Shuttle runway

Kennedy Space Center is slowly coming back to life, but you almost wouldn't know it by looking at the Shuttle Landing Facility. While it has seen some limited use for aircraft in recent years, it hasn't been used for an orbital mission landing since….
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Yes, that’s a selfie drone flying around in your local Apple Store

Apple Stores are going to be a lot noisier from this week after the company inked a deal to be the sole seller of the new Hover Camera Passport “selfie drone” from ZeroZero Robotics.

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Canon’s first drone is here — and it’s flying with a rumored $40K price tag

Canon has entered into the drone market through a partnership with Prodrone Co. Its pricey search-and-rescue drone sees in the dark thanks to Canon’s 4 million-ISO camera. The announcement comes from Canon Japan.

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Researchers develop a drone that swoops and lands like a bird

Watch out, birds. The drones are coming for your jobs. Researchers at BMT Defence Services (BMT) and the University of Bristol in Britain have built a fixed-wing UAV that can land as well as its avian counterparts, reports Popular Mechanics. Although…
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Lily Drone team says it has no timeframe for issuing refunds

When Lily Robotics announced that its self-flying, follow-along camera drone wouldn't be produced, it promised to refund $ 34 million in pre-orders back to its customers. That's still the plan, but according to a new refund request form, the company i…
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What you need to safely (and legally) fly your own drone

Eager to try flying your own drone? Know the law first! Let’s break down the FAA regulations and what they mean for you.

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Weather warrior: DJI’s new Matrice M200 drone can fly in rain or snow

Drone giant DJI has just unveiled its latest flying machine, the M200. Aimed squarely at business users and ideal for inspection work, the quadcopter features the company’s first-ever upward-facing gimbal mount.

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Shark spotter: Sentinel VDS drone makes beaches safer for surfers and swimmers

Sentinel VDS is a completely automated shark-detection system. Using an autonomous, unmanned aerial system and sophisticated detection software, the system provides a safe haven for swimmers and surfers alike.

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Parrot cuts a third of its workforce as drone sales increase but prices drop

2016 may have been the best year yet for drone sales — but as prices fall, Parrot is cutting a third of its drone workforce. The company says it will be reducing the number of options and focusing on commercial drones.

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This versatile drone can dive like a bird and jump like a flying fish

Created by prototype researchers at Imperial College London, AquaMAV is an aerial drone not only able to fly in the air, but also to dive into the water and then reemerge. Here’s how it works.

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Dubai launches ‘drone hunter’ to secure airport

When you are the third busiest airport in the world, you don’t need to mess with rogue drones. So the Dubai airport is launching its own drone hunter to track down the miscreants and report them to authorities.

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Still waiting for your Mavic Pro drone to arrive? DJI says it’s working on it

The Mavic Pro drone garnered a lot of attention when DJI unveiled the compact and foldable quadcopter in September. It started shipping last month, but a number of problems has left many pre-order customers still waiting for their machine to arrive.

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An all-new Inspire drone from DJI could be flying into view on November 15

Two years after its launch, it looks as if DJI is about to unveil the second generation of its high-end and rather pricey Inspire 1 drone. The original was highly praised when it landed in 2014, so we’re expecting great things with the next version.

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UPS test drives drone delivery with mock package

UPS announced it is starting to test emergency deliveries with help from CyPhy Works. The partnership is nothing new for UPS, as the shipping giant participated in a $ 22 million round CyPhy raised last year.

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‘Drone surfing’ is now a thing

Drone surfing is now a thing, apparently. Keen to show off the power of one of its flying machines, Washington-based firm Freefly swapped a kite for its ALTA 8 octocopter and sent a guy out on the water to see what happened. And yes, he did come back.

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Take a peek inside DJI’s first-ever Drone Arena

DJI has thrown open the doors to its first-ever Drone Arena, an indoor space where quadcopter fans can meet fellow enthusiasts, learn more about drone tech, and test out their flying skills on an adjustable LED-lit racing circuit.

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Meet Danger Drone – a flying computer designed to hack into all your unprotected devices

Security company Bishop Fox has created a flying hacker’s laptop called Danger Drone. Built around a Raspberry Pi, it can access networks and short-range signals normally out of reach.

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This proposed drone taxi service just took a big step toward becoming a reality

EHang’s cool 184 passenger drone has just received permission to carry out flight tests in Nevada, bringing the possibility of a drone taxi service another step closer.

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Watch this dazzling ‘drone ballet’ in front of Japan’s Mount Fuji

Twenty-one drones and 16,500 LED lights recently combined for a dazzling “drone ballet” in front of Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, and the results, we’re sure you’ll agree, are truly stunning.

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iBubble, an autonomous drone camera, takes users under the sea

First came the camera. Then the underwater camera. And now, there’s the diving drone camera. As tech continues to reach new heights, we’re exploring new depths of the seas thanks to the iBubble, the autonomous underwater camera.

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Drone lovers unite! DJI+Discover is the Facebook for drone fans

Are you looking for other drone lovers to chat with about your favorite new drone gear? DJI+Discover, DJI’s new drone app, is aims to connect drone lovers and help people find drone professionals or recommended places to fly.

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Nevada gets first FAA-approved urban drone delivery

Flirtey, the startup that did the first FAA-sanctioned drone delivery in a rural area, has replicated the feat in an urban setting. It sent out an autonomous hexacopter on a half-a-mile flight to an empty house in Hawthorne, Nevada on March 10th, car…
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DJI rolls out new software to stop you flying your drone in restricted airspace

DJI has rolled out a more dynamic version of its geofencing software to prevent drone flights in restricted airspace. The system allows the authorities to update restrictions and for the first time offers drone owners live data on temporary no-fly zones.

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Meet the world’s smallest camera-equipped drone

The Axis Vidius is a quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand — it's roughly 1.5 inches square — yet it's able to livestream and record video in 420p. Axis says its Vidius model is the smallest-ever camera-equipped drone, and it's so tiny that…
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DARPA’s new drone will be able to take off and land on small Navy ships autonomously

A new unmanned aerial system program developed by DARPA and the U.S. Navy aims to launch and land on small Navy ships completely autonomously. The program just entered its next phase of research and testing.

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US Army retires its first drone

Military drones may still seem like relatively fresh concepts, but they're officially old hat as of this month: the US Army has retired its first-ever drone, IAI's Hunter, after 20 (!) years of service. The robotic recon veteran will now see use only…
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This giant quadcopter drone launches fixed-wing UAVs, then retrieves them with a skyhook

Boeing subsidiary Insitu recently unveiled its Flying Launch and Recovery System which allows a quadcopter drone to successfully launch and retrieve fixed-wing UAVs by utilizing a pulley system.

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Google says its drone delivery service could take flight in 2017

Amazon’s at it. Walmart’s at it. And now Google’s at it, too. Yes, all three companies are eyeing delivery services using drones, with Google insisting Monday that it could have a commercial operation up and running as early as 2017.

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GoPro shows off video from its prototype drone, and it looks awesome

We still have no idea what GoPro’s upcoming quadcopter will look like but its flying stability and gimbal look to be sorted. The company has just posted a video shot using its prototype machine, and the captured silky-smooth footage looks awesome.

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Give your quadcopter drone thermal vision with Flir’s new Vue Pro camera

Today, Flir is bringing thermal imaging to the skies with the release of the Vue Pro: a compact infrared camera designed specifically for drones. Flir is set to launch the new camera sometime in November.

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This underwater drone hunts and kills invasive starfish on the Great Barrier Reef

Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology have developed an underwater vehicle capable of destroying the Crown-of-thorns starfish that are literally devouring Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Disney is selling a Millennium Falcon drone starting tomorrow

Star Wars merchandise is big business. So big, in fact, that the films' stewards are streaming an unboxing marathon for all of the Force Awakens toys coming out on "Force Friday" tomorrow. We weren't going to pay much interest, but two items in par…
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DJI’s experimental drone will help prevent collisions

DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phontom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically …
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Drone control: Verizon’s cell phone towers could be used in NASA plan to monitor drones

Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines.

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Enrique Iglesias grabs drone during concert, bloody mess ensues

Singer Enrique Iglesias on Sunday showed what can happen if you get your fingers caught up in the propellers of a quadcopter – and it ain’t pretty. The Spanish performer was on stage at a concert in Mexico when the bloody incident occurred.

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Unorthodox Sprite drone tolerates abuse and actually flies

When you picture a consumer drone, something bulky with four or six props à la DJI probably pops to mind. But the folks behind a new model on Kickstarter think that such UAVs have two big problems — namely, they’re hard to carry and break easily if …
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