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Feb 14, 2018 | News

Researchers in Australia led by Jarrod Hodgson wanted to test whether or not drones could be utilized to get more accurate counts of animal populations than the traditional method, counting by hand with a pair of binoculars. To do so, the team had to import thousands of accurate, to-scale plastic terns (a common wetland bird)…

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Ehang Public Test
Feb 07, 2018 | News

When Ehang revealed its 184 passenger drone at CES in 2016, drone industry veterans had reason to be suspect. The idea of a passenger size multirotor airframe seemed like vaporware that marketing dreamed up to make a headline, but two years later, Ehang has posted a video of a successful public test flight of the 184….

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Self Driving Drone
Jan 29, 2018 | News

Researchers from the University of Zurich have proposed using neural networks and training drones on city streets to prepare them for use in urban environments. By using data already collected from self-driving car experiments the method put forward in the paper has advantages over the GPS/obstacle avoidance system found in current drones on the market….

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Jan 23, 2018 | News

In New York, DJI revealed the Mavic Air today, its latest light weight portable drone with a 4K 3-axis stabalized camera and a host of features for the photographer on the go at $799. The price tag includes the remote control, both of which are comparable in size to a smart phone. The Air features…

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Jan 10, 2018 | News

Yesterday, Daniel K. Elwell, FAA deputy administer, was named acting administrator of the FAA after Michael Huerta’s departure from the helm on Saturday at midnight, and after seven years with the agency. Elwell became Deputy in June 2017 and will serve for five years as admin if asked to man the post permanently and is…

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Dec 27, 2017 | News

Utilizing its authority under Title 14 of The FAA Code of Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions,” the Federal Aviation Administration will be restricting drone flights below 400 feet over DOE facilities effective on December 29. Seven DOE sites will have the restriction enforced in the interest of national security due to their particular vulnerabilities. The…

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Dec 27, 2017 | News

This year was host to a lot of natural disasters across the globe, but one common thread was the use of drones during the disaster and in its aftermath. Here’s a list of where and how they were used, from most recent to earlier in the year. Southern California “Skirball” Wildfires, Happening Now The Los…

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Dec 13, 2017 | News

Yesterday, President Trump signed a sweeping defense policy bill for 2018, which included reinstating the requirement for recreational drone users to once again register their drones between 0.55 and 55 pounds. In May this year, a D.C. circuit judge determined the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t have the authority to enforce this rule, citing a 2012…

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