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Saudi attacks underscore evolving drone threat, experts say

Paris - An attack on Saudi oil facilities at the weekend has exposed the vulnerability of the kingdom to drone strikes and underscores how traditional air defences can be breached by new low-cost technology, experts say.

Essential Science: Big advances with drone technology

The application of drones continues to increase, for consumer deliveries, hobby use, and with military deployment. At the same time, drone technology is also advancing. This week we look at three innovations with drone technology.

Swiss drone crashes near children, leading to drone suspension

Concern has been expressed over drone safety as a drone fell out of the sky and crashed a few yards away from a group of children in Switzerland. This has led to the suspension of the entire drone delivery network for the operating company involved.

A flame thrower you can buy for your very own drone

Drones are being used by companies from Amazon to Uber, but one company built a flamethrower you can hook up to your personal drone for all your fire-spewing purposes.

Uber to invest in drone delivery

Uber Technologies, most noted for its taxi service, is to consider the feasibility of using drone technology to bolster its Uber East business. This is in addition to continuing to invest in self-driving vehicles.

The Global Hawk drone downed by Iran was made by Northrop Grumman

Last Thursday Iran shot down a US RQ-4 Global Hawk drone that it claimed was on a spy mission over its territory. The US, on the other hand, claimed the drone was in international air space and subject to an unprovoked attack.

If you want 'surveillance as a service', Amazon's offering it

Amazon may not yet be using delivery drones, however this has not prevented the e-commerce giant from continuing to develop and to enhance drone technology and with it a new offering: surveillance-as-a-service.

Chinese drone maker to install airplane and helicopter detectors

DJI drone makers will fit all of the drones it now offers, with sensors that can detect airplanes and helicopters. The sensors can receive the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) sent out by planes and helicopters.

U.S. government sees Chinese-made drones as a security threat

The U.S. government has further extended its warnings about Chinese manufactured technology to issue a warning about drones. Specifically there is a concern about giving spy agencies in Beijing "unfettered access" to stolen data.

US warns Chinese drones may steal data: report

Bejing - Washington has warned that Chinese-made drones could be giving spy agencies in Beijing "unfettered access" to stolen data, according to a report in American media.

FAA says commercial market for drones may triple in size by 2023

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its forecast for the next 20 years between now and 2039. Among the highlights is that the commercial market for drones is growing much faster than thought and could triple between now and 2023.

Saudi coalition destroys Yemen rebels' drone cave

Apo - The Saudi-led coalition launched an air raid Saturday on a cave in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, used by Huthi rebels to stockpile drones, a spokesman said.

Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia

Canberra - A Google-linked firm will start delivering takeaways and other small items to Canberra residents after the company received approval from aviation watchdogs in Australia on Tuesday.

Russia now has a drone with a shotgun to shoot down drones

The Russians have developed a drone with a shotgun mounted on its frame designed to shoot down other drones. The drone appears to have begun development in 2016 by a group of students at Moscow Aviation Institute.

Review: UDrone - the 'mind-reading' drone Special

UDrone is a type of drone that can measure the electrical activity in a person's brain, track their slight facial movements, and convert these signals into instructions to control its actions. It is marketed as a 'mind reading' drone.

Valkyrie drone could accompany US fighter jets

The US Air Force has carried out a successful test of an advanced, jet-powered drone called the XO-58A Valkyrie that may some day fly alongside a piloted plane on missions or even absorb enemy fire instead of the piloted plane.

Trump ends requirement that CIA report drone strike casualties

Washington - US President Donald Trump revoked a policy Wednesday that required the Central Intelligence Agency to account for civilian deaths from drone strikes.

Q&A: Recent airport shutdowns need drone interdiction technology Special

Recent drone incidents at major airports demonstrate a gap that airports, and most organizations have in their security strategies. Dr. Max Klein of SCI Technology explains how these gaps can be addressed.

Predicted growth for anti-drone technology

Just as drone technology advances, the technology designed to disrupt or shoot down drones is also advancing, especially in relation to tackling drones that are designed for military purposes.

New governance rules for drones in Canada

The use of drones, especially by hobbyists and causal users, has increasingly come under the spotlight over safety issues. In Canada new laws have been passed and there are heavy fines, and even jail time, for those who flout the rules.

From parcel delivery to security, Singapore bets big on drones

Fpo - Hi-tech Singapore is planning to roll out a swarm of drones for tasks that include delivering parcels, inspecting buildings and providing security, but safety and privacy concerns mean the initiative may hit turbulence.

New quadcopter flies for 2 hours on batteries

A drone startup has devised a new quadcopter which can fly for 2 hours through the use of battery cells. The re-charge time for the drone is a little under one hour, making the drone useful for frequent use.

Warning against 'drone watching' over wildfires

Flying drones has become a popular pastime among many, especially as the cost of entry-level drones has fallen. There's a time and a place, however, and flying drones over wildfires is likely to get the owner in trouble.

Is now the time to invest in drones?

As companies are increasingly turning towards drone technology to solve big and small problems, considerable investment is being made in drone startups. The market now generates billions in revenue.

Augmented reality software helping in battle against wildfires

As large swathes of California continue to be consumed by wildfires, some fire departments have turned to Augmented Reality to keep personnel in the field informed with real-time updates and information.

Electric vehicles and drones set to disrupt transport

Dublin - The wider use of electric vehicles and drones is among the technological innovations set to disrupt the transportation sector and aligned businesses in the near future, according to a new poll of industry leaders and consumers.

Drones and AI to be used in Massachusetts for solar maintenance

Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and Raptor Maps, Inc. has signed a deal for the co-development of cutting-edge utility-scale solar asset management technologies that will optimize the field operations and maintenance of solar assets.

Controlling drones via voice command

Berlin - A new step with the evolution of drones: voice activation and voice control. This innovation is designed to make the use of aerial vehicles even easier. This functionality also reflects the application of drones in even more spheres of economic life.

Small military contract started an internal war at Google

A Google scientist warned in an internal email that the company's involvement in the US Department of Defense's Project Maven would be "red meat" for critics.

Africa embraces digital farming

This month saw the inaugural East Africa Digital Conference and Exhibition, focused on realizing the benefits of the digital transformation of farming for the continent. This includes artificial intelligence and automation.
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