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The Department of Defense is reportedly readying it's larger and more capable iteration of the MQ-8 Fire Scout UAV for use aboard its Littoral Combat Ships beginning in 2018. Military.com reports that after two years of flight tests, the Navy is prepping its new MQ-8C Fire Scout for operational te...

June 19th 2015 at 5:03pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: The flexible battery that takes its style notes from kirigami (origami's hipper cousin); a VR musical visualizer that will have you tripping like it's 1998; and a tutorial for a DIY spray-painting drone that may not fly so well now — but try and diss it when...

June 19th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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Commercial drone operations like Amazon's highly-touted delivery service could commence in about a year, according to a senior official from the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told a congressional committee on Wednesday the necessary regulations for comm...

June 17th 2015 at 2:20pm 0 Comments
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NASA has taken on the job of preventing drones from crashing into things, and it's now revealed more info about how it plans to do that. It wants to link up drones up to a control system when they're flying, then "geo-fence" them off from trouble, according to its latest missive. And as the space...

June 12th 2015 at 1:32pm 0 Comments
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When you book a flight with a company like easyJet, it's usually for one of two reasons: you want the cheapest tickets possible, or it's the only airline operator flying to your destination. Nobody chooses easyJet for their in-flight entertainment, or the drinks and nibbles that are available whil...

June 11th 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments
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Mosquitoes are the worst -- but they could also be the key to giving us a heads up about emerging diseases before they become full-blown outbreaks. That's the focus of Microsoft Research's "Project Premonition," which aims to trap mosquitos and analyze their genomes to see the diseases they're car...

June 10th 2015 at 12:25pm 0 Comments
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DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically for developers to help them test new sensors, pr...

June 8th 2015 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Drones have seen a lot of bad press and idiotic hype that has slowed their acceptance by regulators and the public. But let's not forget that they perform valuable services like search and rescue and inspection that can't be done any other way. A great example of that is work being done by the Ama...

June 7th 2015 at 6:05am 0 Comments
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Google's Project Loon and Facebook's internet drones could soon see added competition from SpaceX. The Elon Musk-owned rocket company has just petitioned the FCC for permission to launch a pair of experimental, identical Ku-band downlink satellites -- the first pair of potentially four. Should the...

June 4th 2015 at 1:17pm 0 Comments
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While NASA works with the FAA to build a network for monitoring drones in the US, NASA is enlisting help from a cellphone carrier. The Guardian reports that Verizon joined the effort too, helping NASA develop the system that will make use of cellphone towers to keep tabs on both commercial and civ...

June 3rd 2015 at 8:03pm 0 Comments
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There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the Army plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based firm Prox Dynamics, is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, measuring in at a mere 4 x 1 inches...

May 29th 2015 at 9:08pm 0 Comments
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MIT recently unveiled -- or rather, unfurled -- an unusual drone specimen. The tiny robot weighs a third of a gram and is just 1.7 cm long. It starts its existence as a flat, paper or polystyrene wafer. When activated with a small heat source, the drone folds itself up into the complex shape you s...

May 28th 2015 at 9:12pm 0 Comments