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Richard Adhikari
FAA Greenlights Wing Aviation Drone Deliveries
04/25/19 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 841 Words

... Federal Aviation Administration has given its first air drone delivery certification in the United States to Alphabet's Wing Aviation, paving the way for the service to begin commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, Virginia. "This is an important step forward for the safe...

Quinten Plummer
The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1
05/24/16 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1130 Words

It's the drama -- anticipating and reacting to those human moments -- that has propelled drone racing from an underground scene in Australia four or five years ago to vying for a place in the sports mainstream today.

Drone racing is more...

Quinten Plummer
The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 2
05/31/16 1:19 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 671 Words

The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1 With lucrative broadcast deals and cup competitions now crowding calendars, the sport of drone racing has become one of the primary factors driving the surge in demand for consumer drones.

Mountain Dew and DR1 Racing...

John P. Mello Jr.
GoPro's Drone Initiative Crashes With Karma Recall
11/18/16 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 730 Words

... ambitious plans to be a player in the fledgling drone market crashed last week when it had to announce a product recall due to Karma UAV units falling from the sky. The company needed to resolve a performance issue related to loss...

Peter Suciu
ESPN Adds Drone Racing to Its Summer Schedule
04/14/16 1:05 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1058 Words

... International Drone Racing Association and ESPN on Wednesday announced a multiyear international media distribution deal. Under the partnership, the network will showcase the 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships, which will be held on Governors Island in New York City this summer.

Richard Adhikari
Teal Pushes Drone Speed Limits
07/21/16 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 664 Words

Teal on Wednesday introduced what it billed as the world's fastest production drone . Aside from its drone's capabilities, the company is drawing attention because George Matus Jr., its founder and CEO, is an 18-year-old recent high school graduate. The drone can fly...

Peter Suciu
Microsoft Makes VR Drone Fight Simulator Available on GitHub
02/21/17 2:16 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 829 Words

Microsoft's simulator "will help researchers to develop, debug and test their drone navigation software by enabling them to recreate a variety of operational scenarios on their desktop computers in the lab," said Michael Braasch, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at...

John P. Mello Jr.
Parrot Uncages New Drone
05/13/14 1:37 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 779 Words

Although a price hasn't been announced, the drone is expected to hit a sweet spot between US$500 and $1,000.

Early reviews have been positive.

"Image stabilization isn't something that Parrot has addressed before, and it works as advertised in the...

John P. Mello Jr.
New Smart Drone Breaks $1K Barrier
04/14/15 9:23 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 642 Words

... new aerial drone from 3D Robotics packs two computers and an array of powerful features for US$999. Solo's two computers -- one on the craft and one in the controller -- have enabled it to make some radical breakthroughs in autonomous flight...

David Jones
Walmart Catches the Drone Delivery Bug
10/28/15 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 535 Words

A number of companies have begun testing drone technology for commercial use, ranging from the Mayo Clinic examining drones for deployment of blood supplies to Facebook exploring drone use to deploy Internet access globally, according to Forrester Research .

Safety Concerns...

John P. Mello Jr.
Apple Drone Fleet to Gather Maps Data
12/02/16 2:04 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 814 Words

Drone Alone
However, drones are no substitute for a fleet of ground vehicles, maintained Tsou, a professor in the geography department at San Diego State University .

"I don't think drones can replace the ground vehicles since there are...

Kris Holt
Amazon Floats Drone Exemption Proposal to FAA
07/14/14 11:21 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 993 Words

... is ramping up its drone delivery project and is hoping for Federal Aviation Administration approval to conduct outdoor testing on its own property. The company has petitioned the FAA for an exemption from rules barring it from testing the devices.

Amazon...

Erika Morphy
How to Make a Drone Delivery: Google's Winging It
08/29/14 4:06 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 600 Words

"The Google drone delivery system is part of the company's larger strategy to automate as much of the world's physical and logistical tasks as possible," said Rich Hanley, associate professor and director of the graduate journalism program at Quinnipiac University .

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Richard Adhikari
FAA's Sluggish Pace Frustrates Amazon's Drone Ambitions
03/25/15 11:48 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 924 Words

... one brief shining moment, it appeared that Amazon and the Federal Aviation Administration were in concert on outdoor drone testing in the U.S., but in testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing held Tuesday, Amazon put paid to that notion. Although the FAA...

David Jones
UK Greenlights Amazon's Drone Delivery Tests
08/02/16 12:00 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 644 Words

A cross-government team, supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, has granted Amazon permission to begin testing beyond-line-of-sight operations in suburban and rural communities; performance of sensors designed to make sure drones can identify and avoid obstacles; and the feasibility of allowing a single person to operate multiple highly automated drone ...

Richard Adhikari
EHang Shows Off Passenger Drone's Flight Successes
02/10/18 11:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 642 Words

Battery Technology
"The power needed to lift and hold a vehicle in the air massively reduces [a drone's] effective flying distance," noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group .

"Until this power problem is addressed, flying...

David Vranicar
China to Test Drone's Smog-Clearing Powers
03/07/14 10:23 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 545 Words

Government agencies in China hope a newly designed drone can help mitigate air pollution. The airborne vehicle will spray chemicals that freeze pollutants, thereby knocking them to the ground.

This tack begs whether it is advisable to have pollution snowing on people...

Chris Maxcer
Flying Drone Buddies Can Capture Your Amazing Exploits
06/17/14 5:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 825 Words

Shot from the perspective of a flying drone, wow , suddenly the impossible-to-get perspective becomes real, giving amateurs a chance to get aerial shots they previously could only imagine, letting regular people evoke mood and anticipation like never before.

The HEXO+...

... to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that sets sail for uncharted waters filled with majestic new gadgets, all the while avoiding the terrible gizmos on the rocky coasts.
On our charts this week are a drone ...

Richard Adhikari
DJI Plants Ubuntu Brain on Drone
11/03/15 9:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 612 Words

DJI on Monday unveiled a high-performance embedded computer running Ubuntu 14.04 for use in its Matrice 100 drone. The Manifold supports CUDA, OpenCV and ROS, and it is compatible with third-party sensors. It lets developers connect a variety of devices -- including...

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