Researchers get a drone to do donuts around obstacles

Getting drones up in the air isn’t the problem; it’s what happens to the drone once it is in the air that’s the problem. If you aren’t a seasoned drone operator, you may struggle to get your drones to fly around objects without hitting them, and you may even lose your drone to an accident. Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are trying to address this problem.

Jan 20, 2016 3:23:40 PM

Topics: Control Systems

Dronecode advances its open-source platform for unmanned aerial vehicles

Drones are beginning to take off, and Dronecode wants to take off with them. The organization designed to bring resources and tools to developers announced major milestones that it said are advancing its open-source platform for drones.

Jan 12, 2016 3:31:23 PM

Topics: Updates

Intel acquires German drone company Ascending Technologies

Intel has announced it is acquiring Ascending Technologies, a drone developer and manufacturer. According to Intel, drones are quickly becoming the computing platform of the future, and it wants to be at the forefront of this opportunity.

Jan 5, 2016 3:57:54 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Ford and DJI announce the drone-to-vehicle developer challenge

Drone maker DJI and automaker Ford are launching the 2016 Developer Challenge to help improve drone emergency services. The challenge will focus on drone-to-vehicle communication in order to provide a surveying system for the United Nations Development Programme to inspect inaccessible emergency zones.

Jan 5, 2016 3:13:00 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

DJI gets serious about geofencing

Drone maker DJI is releasing a public beta version of its new geofencing system in North America and Europe. The company first announced plans for the system in November of last year.

Jan 4, 2016 1:58:48 PM

FAA's rash decision to shut down drone clubs near Washington, DC

From Ted Bahr, conference chairman of InterDrone:
The recent announcement that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is shutting down all model aircraft clubs within 30 miles of Washington’s National Airport due to national security concerns and airspace safety seems Draconian at best, and at worst a bad violation of our constitutional right to assemble. I mean, you can’t shut down a CLUB. You may be able to prohibit their flying activities in a given area, but you can’t close their doors. Can the government prove that the flyers from each of these clubs were violating the airspace rules?

Dec 31, 2015 10:17:03 AM

Why ROS is a good fit for drones

As the drone industry gets off the ground, developers will be looking to build new software and solutions to take advantage of this up-and-coming market. One place where they might want to start is the Robot Operating System (ROS), according to Brian Gerkey, CEO of the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF).

Dec 30, 2015 11:43:31 AM

Why The FAA is Temporarily Suspending Drone Registrations

Following the FAA’s rule requiring all small-UAS to be registered, the Federal Aviation Administration will be temporarily suspending the registration system due to an overwhelmingly strong initial demand. Users submitted over 45,000 registrations in the first couple of days after the system launched, and the shutdown is an effort to combat reported slowdowns.

Dec 29, 2015 3:22:57 PM

Topics: Regulation

DJI and FLIR Systems team up on aerial thermal-imaging technology

Drone vision may be improving thanks to a new partnership between DJI and FLIR Systems, a provider of thermal imaging infrared cameras. The two companies have announced a strategic arrangement to bring thermal imaging capabilities to commercial drones. As part of the arrangement, the companies will develop a joint product, the DJI Zenmuse XT, expected to be released in the first quarter of 2016.

Dec 16, 2015 11:20:12 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

FAA releases official small-UAS registration rule

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a rule for small-UAS registration. The rule has been a work in progress for months, and is based off the FAA’s task force’s recommendations.

Dec 14, 2015 12:20:54 PM

Topics: Regulation