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Big growth in agriculture drones reported during the past year

Drone adoption has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the agricultural sector as farmers seek new insights using surveillance technology and drawing inferences from digital data.

German government at odds over armed drones

Berlin - Should the German army be equipped with killer drones? With less than a year to go before a general election, it's a question that has bitterly divided Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government, testing NATO's patience.

Drones are now able to peer into the mouth of volcanoes

Drone technology continues to advance and this includes drones designed to deployed into dangerous situations, such as conducting geological surveys along rough terrain or close to volcanoes. Three new developments are presented.

Drones are helping to protect the environment in novel ways

Drones have a number of useful applications, especially in assisting scientists to better understand the planet. This includes environmental and conservation work. Three examples are presented.

Trump eases controls on armed drone exports

Washington - The Trump administration moved Friday to ease controls on exports of armed drones, saying that allies need US technology and that other countries outside of a non-proliferation pact were taking over the market.

Warsaw hospitals eye drones to transport virus test samples

Warsaw - A Polish company is betting that its drones can help save lives by speeding up deliveries of coronavirus test samples and medical supplies.

Turkey's drones provide crucial edge in Syria

Ankara - Turkish news channels have been dominated this week by a steady stream of black-and-white drone footage showing the destruction of Syrian regime targets in rebel-held Idlib.

As Iran missiles battered Iraq base, US lost eyes in sky

Moments after volleys of Iranian missiles began to batter Iraq's Ain al-Asad airbase, US soldiers at the desert facility lost contact with their ultra-powerful -- and expensive -- eyes in the sky.

New technology can help to combat stealth attacks on drones

To test out different vulnerability scenarios, scientists have run a series of stealth attacks on robotic vehicles (cars and drones). These attacks show how vulnerable these forms of automation are to external threats.

UK requires registration to fly or own most drones as of Nov. 30

As of November 30th it will be illegal to fly a drone over 250 grams in the United Kingdom unless you are registered as an owner and/or operator. So yesterday was the deadline for registration.

Q&A: What the ban on Chinese drones means for U.S. market Special

On October 30, 2019 the U.S. Department of the Interior (DoI) grounded its entire fleet of aerial drones citing national security risk from Chinese manufacturers. What does this mean for the drone market? Cameron Chell of Draganfly examines the scene.

Improving drone technology with software edge computing Special

Drones are starting to be used for an array of dangerous and time-consuming challenges, replacing the need for people. For drones to become more effective, edge computing will play major role in these evolving technologies.

Drones are avoiding tunnel vision with new navigation technology

The new generation of vehicles and drones rely on precise position data. One hazard that is proving challenging is from tunnels, urban canyons and adverse geographical conditions. A new solution promises to overcome this.

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.
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Screen shot from AT&T video of the company's Flying Cell on Wings (COW) drone as it transmits and receives high speed data above a field outside Atlanta in 2016.
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Aerial photograph of ditches at Fazenda Parana
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An Amazon.com collection point at the White Rose Centre in Leeds, England.
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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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A surveillance drone used in London during the Olympics
A surveillance drone used in London during the Olympics
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Officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office display their unmanned aerial vehicle, the Shadowhawk, in Spring, Texas.
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Scene from a DJI video introducing the new Spark drone.
Scene from a DJI video introducing the new Spark drone.
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Avitas uses drones and then analyzes images for defects like corrosion.
Avitas uses drones and then analyzes images for defects like corrosion.
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Offloading freshly harvested cotton into a module builder in Texas; previously built modules can be seen in the background.
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JD.com uses an innovative automated drone delivery system to get goods to consumers in rural areas.
JD.com uses an innovative automated drone delivery system to get goods to consumers in rural areas.
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Supporters of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization hold placards and party flags as they shout slogans during a protest against U.S. drone attacks. The banner in Urdu reads, "Barbaric drone attacks on innocent tribal people is blatant state terrorism by America"
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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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Drones are being used by DHS to monitor drug trafficking, illegal immigration and other criminal activity along the U.S.-Mexican border.
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Aerial photograph and plan of earthworks at Fazenda Colorada made up of clear geometric shapes. Excavations suggest inhabitants lived in the three-sided square
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Tsavo National Park is a vast plain, with few water holes.
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Photo of digital projections from Tech Day of 'Christmas Spectacular' at Radio City
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Once a package gets to the landing pad, an employee will deliver it to the costomer.
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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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Drones like this DJI Phantom are being used by ISIS because they are readily available commercially.
Drones like this DJI Phantom are being used by ISIS because they are readily available commercially.
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