In the News

Amazon files patent on using lamp posts, cell towers, and architectural features as places to put drone landing/recharge spots:

Incoming Hezbollah drone evades highly lauded Israeli drone defense system, causes consternation:

Crashed drone found near restricted airspace in Ottawa:

Drones for aircraft inspection reduce Airbus 2 hour inspections to 10 minutes:

SOCOM moving from Android to Apple as its tablet/smartphone of choice:

Google's Dave Vos, Project Wing's leader, opines about FAA's new drone regulations:

Turnabout is fair play department: Drone used to detect/combat drug smuggling into prisons:

TSA to assume responsibility for clearing commercial UAS pilots:

More editorials/summaries of the FAA rule changes:

Land mine detection/mapping/clearance drone:

More drone racing hype du jour:

Seagulls vs. drone (reportedly no one heard the screeches of "Mine! Mine!")

Early research dept: Battery using a quinone/ferrocyanide mix instead of electrolyes, initial explorations at Harvard:

Drone delivery of BBQ sandwiches in Dallas:

Software for coordinating the flight of multiple drones for light shows:

And direct brain control of multiple drones using an EEG skull cap:

Drone Footage Department: More coverage of recent Dronestagram drone photography contest winners:

The natural collision avoidance system of hummingbirds. The feathered kind:

Small camera drone crash lands in Gambia, sparks general panic:

Drone use in Ghana is now illegal, and can result in 5-30 years in jail:

Utah drone restrictions now signed into law:

Drones Behaving Badly: US consulate in South Africa was overflown by illicit drone, local authorities are investigating it and the pilot is in custody:

More Drones Behaving Badly: Interference with firefighting in California:

And Even More Drones Behaving Badly: Injuries and property damage after fire, the firefighting plane couldn't get close due to a drone:

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More on Arbe Robotics (Israel) radar-based avoidance systems:

And on Airobotics (Israel), autonomous recharging drone:

Yuneec using Intel's 3D mapping ability for collision avoidance on Typhoon H Pro:

Drones delivering disaster relief supplies, quick response not dependent on blocked roads for delivery of pharmaceuticals and blood:

More summaries of/reaction to new FAA drone regulations.

Local police in Toledo, Ohio seek drone:

Sentera's image archives include 25,000,000 acres of agricultural land, collected since the 1990s.  Will be marketed for precision agriculture:

Texas A&M University and Qatar to jointly research drone technology, exchange program for students, joint projects:

Hover Camera touted again:

Analysis thumbnail of GoPro's recent financial problems, in light of FAA's new drone regulations:

More on problems of interdicting contraband sent into prisons using droens:

DARPA TERN project - fixed wing multipurpose autonomous recon/cargo delivery drone.

Privacy and drones are at root of many complaints to New Zealand's civil aviation department.

Vancouver first responders get drone for rescue work:

Drone racing hype du jour - this time in Canada:

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Repeat offender in Washington DC cited for flight over Anacostia Park:

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Errant drone may have contributed to injury-causing two-car automotive crash in Michigan.  Police are investigating:

Robots, not Drones:  Cozmo, tiny interactive toy robot, to come with open SDK:

Robots, not Drones:  Boston Dynamics' Spot Mini.  Slightly creepy quadruped with an arm and grasping hand.  Claims to b quiet (a downfall of its bigger siblings)

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Media reaction to./coverage of new US regulations governing commercial drones (some highlights: some night flight, line of sight only, no overflight of people, below 400 ft, drone+payload or package <55lbs, not from moving vehicles, pilots' certificate required, no airworthiness certifications needed for now):

And video editorial on the rules from the Wall Street Journal:

European efforts to evolve drone regulations stall (behind paywall):

Japanese agricultural drone delivers targeted pest control:

Airobotics bets financial backing for commercial/heavy industrial drones ($28.5M):

Drone landing platform/nest includes robotic arm for battery swap:

Ljungberg Lab, Sweden tests thermal camera-equipped drones for fire spotting, mapping and control:

DroneSheld (Australia/Virginia) attracts more investment in its drone detection/interdiction system:

Drone delivery, small scale - coffee fix for boaters in Oregon:

Robots, not drones:  Actually, both historical and new. Mechanical automata, hand made by contemporary artist:

Drones in the arctic - commercial use for oil and gas, real estate, inspection in a hostile environment:

US Army and. drone swarms:  Coverage of DARPA's Gremlins program (groups of cooperative, aircraft-deployed drones):

Finalists in Mitre's counter-drone competition announced. Includes DroneTraker, Lockheed Martin's Icarus, KNOX from My Defence, Open Works' Skywall, and others.  But not Mitre-counterpart, Battelle.

Military Drones:  Drone controls inside a Belgain built tank/armored vehicle, flies drone above vehicle for additional scouting/situational awareness.

Drone Tech Department:  Wankel engine rides again?  Possible use for light-weight engine in gas-powered drones, ground robots:

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Interference with firefighting planes and manned copters fighting fires in Utah.  Again.

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  And another near-encounter at a Canadian airport:

Drones Behaving Badly Department: Harassing falcons in South Bend, Indiana:

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Drone overflight sparks threat perception and security response at UK movie premiere:

Drone Footage Department:  Flight through a neo-Byzantine church in France (1800s):

Drone Footage Department:  Exploring an abandoned hospital in New Orleans: