In the News

Amazon files patent on using lamp posts, cell towers, and architectural features as places to put drone landing/recharge spots: http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/19/amazon-wants-to-use-lampposts-churches-as-drone-perches.html http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/07/18/amazon-wants-special-drone-houses/

Incoming Hezbollah drone evades highly lauded Israeli drone defense system, causes consternation: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.731791

Crashed drone found near restricted airspace in Ottawa: http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/07/18/crashed-drone-found-near-parliament-hill

Drones for aircraft inspection reduce Airbus 2 hour inspections to 10 minutes: https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/18/airbus-uses-drones-to-speed-up-aircraft-inspections/

SOCOM moving from Android to Apple as its tablet/smartphone of choice: http://gizmodo.com/why-the-army-is-ditching-android-for-apple-1783907126

Google's Dave Vos, Project Wing's leader, opines about FAA's new drone regulations: http://fortune.com/2016/07/18/google-dave-vos-drone-faa/

Turnabout is fair play department: Drone used to detect/combat drug smuggling into prisons: http://www.newsweek.com/drones-prison-drugs-cayman-islands-478885

TSA to assume responsibility for clearing commercial UAS pilots: http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/faa-gives-overburdened-tsa-another-job-90080/

More editorials/summaries of the FAA rule changes: https://www.wired.com/2016/07/feds-just-put-us-back-global-drone-race/ http://www.ketv.com/news/new-faa-rules-to-open-skies-in-late-august-for-drone-journalism-business-use/40765790

Land mine detection/mapping/clearance drone: http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/19/12222104/landmine-detecting-drone-mine-kafon-drone

More drone racing hype du jour: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2016/07/18/drone-racers-dream-big-as-their-sport-gains-popularity/

Seagulls vs. drone (reportedly no one heard the screeches of "Mine! Mine!") http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/seagulls-attack-drone-in-skies-over-beach/story-29523882-detail/story.html

Early research dept: Battery using a quinone/ferrocyanide mix instead of electrolyes, initial explorations at Harvard: https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/19/harvard-vitamin-b-battery/

Drone delivery of BBQ sandwiches in Dallas: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20160718-barbecue-delivered-by-drone-is-coming-to-a-dallas-park-near-you.ece

Software for coordinating the flight of multiple drones for light shows: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/sph-engineering-unveils-an-addition-to-ugcs-family-ugcs-drone

And direct brain control of multiple drones using an EEG skull cap: http://www.gizmag.com/mind-controlled-drone-swarm/44417/

Drone Footage Department: More coverage of recent Dronestagram drone photography contest winners: http://time.com/4410895/drone-photo-dronestagram

The natural collision avoidance system of hummingbirds. The feathered kind: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2097846-hummingbirds-unique-way-of-seeing-prevents-them-from-crashing/

Small camera drone crash lands in Gambia, sparks general panic: http://www.freedomnewspaper.com/gambia-breaking-news-panic-grips-the-people-of-basse-as-drone-suddenly-lands-in-sarreh-bojo/

Drone use in Ghana is now illegal, and can result in 5-30 years in jail: http://citifmonline.com/2016/07/05/unauthorized-flying-of-drones-to-attract-30yr-jail-term/

Utah drone restrictions now signed into law: http://www.sltrib.com/home/4130124-155/governor-signs-drone-restriction-measure-all-utah

Drones Behaving Badly: US consulate in South Africa was overflown by illicit drone, local authorities are investigating it and the pilot is in custody: http://ewn.co.za/2016/07/19/Man-questioned-over-US-consulate-drone-not-yet-linked-to-terrorism

More Drones Behaving Badly: Interference with firefighting in California: http://www.actionnewsnow.com/news/drone-disrupts-firefighting-efforts-in-shasta-county/

And Even More Drones Behaving Badly: Injuries and property damage after fire, the firefighting plane couldn't get close due to a drone: http://www.redding.com/news/local/blaze-destroys-mobile-home-while-drone-grounds-fire-plane-37c71847-0bfd-74fb-e053-0100007f4a1c-387189641.html