NEWS

  • March 27, 2015
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    (Source: wsj.com)   Four actors jump between rooftops and sprint through sheets drying on clotheslines while a camera tracks them from above, hovering close enough to see their faces. The sequence, filmed in Bogotá for the coming Netflix drug-war series, “Narcos,” was too intimate to capture by helicopter and too intricate to ...
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  • March 26, 2015
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    This week, YouTube user Olivier C added a Star Destroyer to the list of Star Wars spaceships he had turned into actual flying models. His previous ventures included the Millenium Falcon and a TIE Interceptor. I, for one, can’t wait to see what Olivier comes up with next.
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  • March 26, 2015
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    (Source: New York Times)   In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter’s thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking company’s lofty ambitions. The V-shaped unmanned vehicle, which has about the wingspan of a Boeing 767 but weighs less than a ...
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  • March 26, 2015
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    (Source: civsourceonline.com)   The state of Oregon is investing in a new testing area for drones. The state will invest $545,000 for a test range in Pendleton. Congress requires that research and development for commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) happen on test ranges approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Oregon was one of ...
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  • March 26, 2015
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    (Source: greenbaypressgazette.com)   Wisconsin lawmakers hinted Wednesday at the potential for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to take off in the state once they decide how to regulate them. Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy chairman Rep. Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, said at a public hearing that Wisconsin is in a “great spot ...
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  • March 26, 2015
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    3D Robotics, North America’s largest consumer drone manufacturer, announced on Thursday the release of DroneKit, a free, open-source Application Programming Interface (API) for drone app development. DroneKit pulls together years of 3DR’s research and development into a single platform which can be used to develop web-based, mobile, and on-board drone applications. There ...
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  • March 25, 2015
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    (Source: motherboard.vice.com)   The drones are coming, the drones are coming, the drones are here. But then again, they’ve always been here. Hobby use of model aircraft predates the Federal Aviation Administration and has never been regulated—don’t expect it to last. I’ve been watching Congressional drone hearings for three years now, and I’ve ...
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  • March 25, 2015
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    Charpu is sort of a legend in the FPV drone flying community. How does one gain such status? I’m glad you asked! By shooting videos like this: (Couple warnings before you watch – DO NOT attempt this the first time behind the controls of your drone. Also, DroneLife assumes no responsibility for ...
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  • March 25, 2015
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    (Source: The Daily Beast)   Top-secret filming on the HBO fantasy epic has been protected by a no-fly zone over the set in Northern Ireland. If you thought the main airborne threat in Game of Thrones came from Daenerys Targaryen’s troublesome dragons, think again. Drones are the No. 1 aerial menace—on set, at least­. ...
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  • March 25, 2015
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    (Source: bostonglobe.com)   Drone pilots, start your engines. In just a few months, researchers could be sending unmanned aircraft into the air from Joint Base Cape Cod to test an array of experimental sensors over land and water. With drone flights strictly limited by federal regulators, the testing program at the military installation ...
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  • March 25, 2015
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    In the classic poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, sailors view the albatross as a harbinger of good luck and smooth sailing. Fast-forward 200 years and we find that drone “sailors” are still looking to the fortunate fowl as a sign of great things to come. On Monday, California-based UAV firm ...
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  • March 25, 2015
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    (Source: auvsi.org)   The Federal Aviation Administration released a memorandum outlining a streamlined process for companies to fly commercial operations of unmanned aircraft systems in the U.S. According to the document, “A new interim policy is necessary to respond to the current demands and to bridge existing UAS operations with the proposed small ...
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