In the News

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):
http://www.govexec.com/management/2016/06/commercial-drone-industry-finally-governed-real-rules/129277/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/06/21/faa-commercial-drone-rules/85641170/
http://fortune.com/2016/06/21/drone-faa-rules-commercial-business/
https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/06/21/faa-issues-commercial-drone-rules/krJPyTfeYleJijqxCH9puO/story.html
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-faa-drone-rules-20160621-story.html
http://time.com/4376487/obama-administration-drone-business/

And video editorial on the rules from the Wall Street Journal:
http://www.wsj.com/video/us-commercial-drone-rules-dont-address-all-issues/E0C4CF8F-43C4-4171-B3B1-BC649B36E187.html

European efforts to evolve drone regulations stall (behind paywall):
http://www.wsj.com/articles/europes-push-for-regionwide-drone-regulations-faces-headwinds-1466456234

Japanese agricultural drone delivers targeted pest control:
http://www.cnet.com/news/japan-develops-a-drone-to-patrol-farmland-and-destroy-insect-pests/

Airobotics bets financial backing for commercial/heavy industrial drones ($28.5M):
https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/21/airobotics-raises-28-5m-to-pursue-autonomous-drone-platforms-for-heavy-industry/?ncid=rss

Drone landing platform/nest includes robotic arm for battery swap:
http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/21/11989734/watch-this-robotic-arm-swap-fresh-batteries-into-an-autonomous-drone

Ljungberg Lab, Sweden tests thermal camera-equipped drones for fire spotting, mapping and control:
http://www.rslab.se/2016/06/22/slus-drones-goes-thermal/

DroneSheld (Australia/Virginia) attracts more investment in its drone detection/interdiction system:
http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/breaking-news/droneshield-flies-in-asx-market-debut/news-story/e60e1491da105aac1cbf14bb41060ad8

Drone delivery, small scale - coffee fix for boaters in Oregon:
http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2016/06/21/Drone-delivers-coffee-to-Oregon-boaters/7031466536314/

Robots, not drones:  Actually, both historical and new. Mechanical automata, hand made by contemporary artist:
http://www.happinessishorizontal.co.uk/

Drones in the arctic - commercial use for oil and gas, real estate, inspection in a hostile environment:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/startups/northern-entrepreneurs-see-big-potential-for-drones-in-the-arctic/article30495504/

US Army and. drone swarms:  Coverage of DARPA's Gremlins program (groups of cooperative, aircraft-deployed drones):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/06/21/the-army-has-a-critical-gap-stopping-drone-swarms-now-its-doing-something-about-it/

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.
http://www.uasvision.com/2016/06/22/mitre-announces-counter-drone-challenge-finalists/

Military Drones:  Drone controls inside a Belgain built tank/armored vehicle, flies drone above vehicle for additional scouting/situational awareness.
http://www.popsci.com/new-tank-turret-can-control-drones-too

Drone Tech Department:  Wankel engine rides again?  Possible use for light-weight engine in gas-powered drones, ground robots:
https://www.wired.com/2016/06/tiny-engine-one-step-closer-powering-drones-electric-cars/

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Interference with firefighting planes and manned copters fighting fires in Utah.  Again.
http://fox13now.com/2016/06/21/drone-use-prevents-aerial-firefighting-efforts-in-utah-wildfire/

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  And another near-encounter at a Canadian airport:
http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/06/20/another-close-call-between-passenger-plane-and-drone-at-yyc-airport

Drones Behaving Badly Department: Harassing falcons in South Bend, Indiana:
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/drone-encounter-worries-south-bend-falcon-watchers/article_20cca811-3ce4-552c-8444-244c40c56223.html

Drones Behaving Badly Department:  Drone overflight sparks threat perception and security response at UK movie premiere:
http://www.tmz.com/2016/06/19/johnny-depp-terrorist-threat-drone-alice-premiere/

Drone Footage Department:  Flight through a neo-Byzantine church in France (1800s):
http://sploid.gizmodo.com/drone-footage-inside-a-19th-century-church-looks-too-in-1782343256

Drone Footage Department:  Exploring an abandoned hospital in New Orleans:
http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/watch_drone_video_of_charity_h.html