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Google to beam 5G Internet from the skies using a fleet of drones

Google is working on a system that will see solar-powered drones delivering 5G Internet from the sky, according to a report. The company has already built several prototype versions of "Project SkyBender" and has acquired FCC permission to do so.

Sharks drones to patrol Australian waters

To safeguard water lovers in Australia, drones and "smart" drum lines will be put in place to scan for sharks. This is a new initiative by the New South Wales (NSW) government.

FAA Task Force recommends registration for drones over 9 ounces

A Federal Aviation Administration task force has recommended requiring owners of all drones larger than 9 oz. (250 grams) to register with the government, a move that could affect hundreds of thousands of US drone hobbyists.

Why R2D2 is one of Star Wars' most beloved characters Special

On Dec.18, we’re getting another taste of the Star Wars franchise, so it only seems appropriate to revisit one of the series’ most beloved characters, R2D2, from the robotics experts who created him in 1977.

Deal on using satellites for global flight-tracking in sight: U.S.

Ginebra - Countries are nearing agreement on using satellites to track flights, as they strive to prevent a repeat of the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014, a high-level US official said Thursday.

Drone market to hit $10 billion by 2024: Experts

London - The market for military drones is expected to almost double by 2024 to beyond $10 billion (8.9 billion euros), according to a report published Friday by specialist defence publication IHS Jane's Intelligence Review.

Two German tourists detained for Kremlin drone flight

Moscow - Two German tourists were briefly detained in central Moscow after attempting to fly a drone over the Kremlin, a police spokesperson told AFP on Friday.

Online fossil hunters use drone photos to find ancient bones

Thanks to an online citizen science initiative, members of the public are now invited to help hunt for fossils in the Kenyan desert. Volunteers will have the chance to pore over one million images in an area known for fossils of early human ancestors.

Op-Ed: Professor says legal critics of war on terror legitimate targets

New York - William Bradford is an assistant professor in the department of law at the US military academy at West Point. Bradford claims legal scholars critical of the war on terror are a "treasonous" fifth column to be classified as enemy combatants.

Drones are ‘legally blind’ so why do we rely on them? Special

Edinburgh - “So much has been said about drones both pro and con,” says the noted journalist and documentary filmmaker Andrew Cockburn, “and yet people still get everything wrong about them.”

U.S. sees big surge in close calls with drones

Washington - It was a fine summer day over the airport at Charlotte, North Carolina and a CRJ200 commuter jet was preparing to land when its pilots spotted something odd outside their cockpit window -- a drone.The unmanned craft flew about five to 10 feet (1.

Drone sales soar, but owners unaware of safety risks Special

Muncie - As sales of remote controlled aircraft or "drones" skyrocket, recreational flyers fear they may lose their rights to the air.

US to increase military drone flights: report

Washington - The US military will drastically increase drone flights over the next four years, in a bid to boost intelligence and strike capabilities across a growing number of conflict zones, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Inside the future of drone technology Special

Drone technology traces its roots all the way back to 1849 when they started out as remote controlled airplanes. Major advances have been made since that time, and experts believe that drone usage is about to skyrocket.

Gun-firing 'drone' built by U.S. teen under investigation

New York - The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating an online video that shows an alleged home-made "drone" firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside.

Drones force firefighters to ground planes in Calif. wildfire

San Bernardino - For the fourth time in as many weeks, recreational drones, five of them this time, have delayed efforts to fight a wildfire in California. It took close to a half-hour to find the drone operators and get them to bring their toys down.

Drone postal deliveries begin in Switzerland

En La Gottaz - Wondering where your package is? Look up!Switzerland's postal service said Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years.

Russia developing microwave gun to disable drones

Over the past few years drones have emerged as America's weapon of choice. Able to hit targets rapidly, and deployable without putting pilots' lives at risk, drones are now widely used in operating theaters around the world.

Op-Ed: Nation moves in different speeds in seemingly different universes

Denver - Perhaps the only thing the majority of Americans have in common is that they feel irrelevant. Gay, straight, conservative, liberal, pro-choice, anti-abortion. It is a shame people can’t binge.

Federal Aviation Administration allows for Amazon’s drones

Last Thursday, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to Amazon that will let the company test-drive Prime Air on the American grounds.

Boom in journalist drone use flies into legal obstacles

Paris - Flying over the flaming barricades of the Maidan protests in Kiev, the camps of Auschwitz or hurtling down a ski slope -- drones have become a vital tool for cameramen, but they are increasingly running into legal and practical obstacles.

Fresh drone flight over sensitive French military site

Paris - A drone has been spotted over a sensitive military site south-west of Paris, a source close to the enquiry said Sunday, the latest in a series of overflights that has stumped authorities.

Google close to sending solar-powered drones into the sky

Google has announced at Mobile World Congress that it is close to an official launch of its Project Titan solar-powered drone program. The first drones could be flying before the end of the year.

Drone controlled by human brain unveiled in Portugal

Lisbon - A Portuguese company has demonstrated groundbreaking technology that allows people to pilot unmanned aerial drones using brainwaves.

Drones to search Amazonian forests for ancient civilizations

Scientists plan to use drones to scour the Amazonian forests for evidence of ancient civilizations. New discoveries suggest that sophisticated cultures similar to those in other parts of the Americas once occupied the area.

You can now stop drones from flying over your house

If you have a fear of drones invading your personal property and even spying on you, there's now a way to prevent that: it's called NoFlyZone.org.

Illinois lawmaker proposes ban on hunters' use of 'unfair drones'

While some states have already banned or regulated the use of drones for hunting, even more states have bills on the books regarding the use of this controversial procedure. Alaska is one such state that has banned the use of drones for hunting wildlife.

Op-Ed: Is the U.S. a police state?

Washington D.c. - The disclosure of widespread torture of Muslim detainees, CIA spying on the U.S. Senate, and police violence, especially against blacks, raises the question of whether the U.S. has become a police state.

Austrian drones fly high, over Ukraine and beyond

- In the middle of the Austrian countryside, a few sleek, high-tech drones sit in a bright production hall, ready for missions over Ukraine, the Mediterranean or the Middle East.

Robots, quadcopters, and electric skateboards shown at IEMMF Special

Riverside - Vocademy is a 15,000 square-foot makerspace that contains high-tech tools where anyone can create just about anything. With their 1st year anniversary a few days away, they held an event that brought together makers of all kinds.
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DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter: The maximum horizontal flight speed of the Phantom can reach 10m/s an...
DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter: The maximum horizontal flight speed of the Phantom can reach 10m/s and the maximum vertical speed is 6 m/s
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The drone model envisaged for work inside the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nucl...
The drone model envisaged for work inside the reactor buildings at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant would have six propellers and the ability to replace its own batteries.
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Investigators in Paris have been left puzzled by a string of sightings of drones -- like this remote...
Investigators in Paris have been left puzzled by a string of sightings of drones -- like this remote-controlled helicopter, operated using a smartphone
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A surveillance drone used in London during the Oolympics
A surveillance drone used in London during the Oolympics
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Tsavo National Park is a vast plain, with few water holes.
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Flying a Parrot AR drone quad-copter with iPad
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Warren Weinstein (L) and Giovanni Lo Porto
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Giant Jelly
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Medea Benjamin, David Swanson, and Cindy Sheehan speak in San Francisco in November 2012 about the drones wars
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Aerial photograph of ditches at Fazenda Parana
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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MQ-9 Reaper
MQ-9 Reaper
CyPhy Works  new Pocket Flyer drone
CyPhy Works' new Pocket Flyer drone
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Drone in storm.
Drone in storm.
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
DJI Phantom Aerial Quadcopter with the GoPro camera.
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CBP Air and Marine Predator Bs on the flightline for border protection duties
CBP Air and Marine Predator Bs on the flightline for border protection duties
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A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
A U.S. Air Force RQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in operation.
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MQ-9 Reaper UAV
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