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U.K. to require mandatory drone registration

London - Drones, both consumer and business types, in U.K. airspace will require registration. This is due to a rise in drone related incidents.

Fastest drone in the world highlights aerial progress

Unmanned aerial vehicles are growing in popularity for businesses and fro consumers. a new world record for fastest drone highlights the continuing advances in drone technology.

Drones are helping the construction industry to reach new heights

The building site of the future will look very different. Instead of dozens of men and women in high visibility jackets things will look far more futuristic with drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.

Owl wings may lead to noise-reduction mechanism in wind turbines

A new study that looked carefully at how an owl's wings act as noise-suppressors could lead to a solution that would allow aircraft, helicopters, drones and wind turbines to operate quietly.

It is against the law to fly drones near wildfires in the U.S.

Prescott - Just days after a drone forced firefighting aircraft out of the sky over the raging Goodwin Fire in Arizona, the drone operator has been arrested. The 54-year-old man is facing multiple charges.

Drone technology will transform and not replace our jobs

Today, drones are planting trees, aiding emergency personnel, doing search-and-rescue and delivering packages. Does this mean that these machines will be taking jobs done by humans? One tech expert says no, but they will likely transform jobs.

Japan to operate self-navigating cargo ships soon

Tokyo - Developments with autonomous vehicles are set to become much bigger with Japan planning to have gigantic self-navigating cargo ships on the oceans by 2025.

China's version of Amazon already using drones for delivery

Beijing - It has been four years since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced us to the company's newest innovation, a drone that would deliver packages to our doorsteps within 30 minutes of ordering. China's Amazon clone, JD.com has beaten them to it.

Solar power is key to extended drone flights

As with many things battery powered drones have a finite time to function after which the power runs out. One means to make longer flights possible is with the application of solar power. This has been looked at by the Naval Research Laboratory.

'Drones: Is the sky the limit?' First major museum exhibit opens

New York - Today, drones have become so much a part of our lives that almost everyone wants one. However, twenty years ago, this certainly wasn't the case. A new exhibit opened today that traces drones from their beginnings up through today and into the future.

Latvian daredevil in 'drone-diving' world first

Taurene - A Latvian tech company is claiming a world first after successfully test-flying a super-powered drone which lifted a daredevil skydiver aloft, from where he parachuted safely back down to earth.

UN aviation agency seeks public input on drone tracking

Montr - The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on Wednesday asked the public for feedback on a proposal to track drones in real-time around the world to avoid collisions with jetliners.

Born killers: French army grooms eagles to down drones

Mont-de-marsan - Faced with the risk of drones being used to snoop or carry out attacks on French soil, the air force is showing its claws.

Using advanced technology to make drones more robust

Drones are becoming more commonplace; however, one thing holding back the wider use of drones is the ability of the craft to cope with extreme weather. A university has been investigating how improvements can be made.

'Dronejacking' may be the next big cyber threat

Washington - A big rise in drone use is likely to lead to a new wave of "dronejackings" by cybercriminals, security experts warned Tuesday.

Disney's 'Starbright Holidays' features LED-lit dancing drones

Florida's Disney World is offering up a new type of holiday entertainment this year that is sure to create a lot of excitement with children and adults alike. "Starbright Holidays" will feature 300 LED-lit dancing drones in the night sky.

Troubled GoPro announces recall of its just launched drone

Action camera manufacturer GoPro has announced a full recall of its $799 Karma drone after reports of devices losing power while in use. The device launched only a few weeks ago and was intended to revive the fortunes of the struggling company.

Drones help identify post-Hurricane Matthew needs in Haiti

Jeremie - On a football field in the Haitian town of Jeremie, children gather to gape at a drone preparing to take off and document damage to the area caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Amazon wins patent for pocket-sized, voice-controlled drone

Amazon.com has won a patent for a voice-controlled, pocket-sized unmanned aerial vehicle assistant (UAV) that will be lighter, smaller, and less expensive than conventional UAVs.

Op-Ed: Pentagon confirms a new threat: ISIS using exploding drones

Two Kurdish fighters were killed this month after a small commercially available drone they had shot down exploded while they were attempting to disassemble the machine.

Facebook plans to test low-flying drones above its headquarters

The skies above Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters may soon be buzzing with the sound of quadcopter drones. Recently filed documents with the FCC show that Facebook has requested the right to operate an experimental radio in the 2.4 GHz band.

Data plans for drones could be available as soon as next year

Verizon Communications has been working on a project that would provide mobile connectivity to drones, and next year the company says they will begin selling data plans.

How drone usage is reshaping America's infrastructure

In the 1980s, the IT revolution upended the way companies do business while completely transforming our economy. Now we have the same thing happening with drone technologies as the potential for commercial drones in the infrastructure sector take off.

U.S. government pays out to family of man killed by drone strike

The U.S. government has admitted that Giovanni Lo Porto and Warren Weinstein, two aid workers in Pakistan, were killed in a counter-terrorism mission by U.S. military drones.

Contractors hired for drone operations an ominous sign

The US Air Force has turned to using contractors to fly drones, according to the Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times.

Drones eyed to deliver medicines in Japan

A group in Japan is launching a test involving airborne delivery of medicines as part of the plan to make drones play a crucial role during disasters.

Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea

Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.

The promise of flying cars could be right around the corner

Flying cars may not just be a figment of "Back to the Future." "We’re going to have thousands and millions of flying drones in corridors, and then we’ll also see people carrying," Peter Diamandis said. "You know, I think it’s an inevitability."

US releases redacted drone strike 'playbook'

Washington - The US government has released a once-secret policy document dubbed "the playbook" that shows how officials select drone targets in areas outside war zones and the key role the president has in the process.

Google’s Project Wing drone given White House boost

Washington D.c. - The development of drones received a boost this week when the U.S. government took steps to fast-track the development of civil and commercial applications for drones. This included giving the go-ahead to Google’s Project Wing.
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