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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

A pair of errant drones over East London caused so much airspace disruption that flights to Heathrow had to be diverted for fear of collision, it has emerged. Airprox reports filed by captains of airliners flying over London on 20 November last year, freshly published by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB), reveal how air traffic …
Gareth Corfield, 25 May 2017
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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

Chinese drone maker DJI is forcing all new users of its drones to register their devices through its app - and is throttling flight performance if they don't comply. The new application activation process will restrict DJI drones to a maximum height of 98 feet (30 metres) and a lateral sphere of 164 feet (50m) around the …
Gareth Corfield, 23 May 2017
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Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

JD.com, China's largest online retailer, has announced it is beginning trials of a new delivery drone capable of carrying a ton of cargo to rural Chinese customers. Just like Amazon, JD.com (also known as "Jingdong") has a vast network of warehouses and delivery networks crisscrossing the Middle Kingdom and, like Amazon, it …
Iain Thomson, 23 May 2017
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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

A US federal appeals court has struck down rules requiring recreational drones and other model aircraft to be registered with America's aviation watchdog, the FAA – but left in place airspace restrictions affecting drones in the Washington, DC area. Attorney and recreational drone pilot John A. Taylor filed the legal challenge …
Thomas Claburn, 19 May 2017

'The last thing I want is a software dev taking control of my craft'

The UK's Department for Transport and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy “don’t understand” how airspace traffic management will work in the future – and UK‑focused drone software startups might be closer to the government view than they like to think. The “don’t understand” comment was made by NATS – …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
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Flying robots are great... until they meet flying humans, anyway

The skies of the future could be divided into “manned” and “drone” segments as regulators struggle to work out how commercial drones should interact with traditional human-piloted aircraft. That was the most startling line from yesterday’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic seminar, held at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s HQ in …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

The US Coast Guard is well chuffed with its new Scaneagle drone – the same drone that the Royal Navy is ditching later this year, seemingly for lack of funds. The coastal force, which, because of chronic manpower shortages, is lending engineering personnel to the RN for keeping frontline warships at sea, deployed the USCGC …
Gareth Corfield, 12 May 2017

Senate committee wants all drones registered

That sound you can hear is Australia's drone army angrily hammering their keyboards to try and fend off the threat of re-regulation. The Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport, amid an inquiry due to report in December 2017, has written to infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester with …
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French drone bods Parrot wheel out 'prosumer' division

French professional drone firm Parrot says it will expand into the "prosumer" market – after laying off almost 300 staff and abandoning the consumer market. The new Parrot Professional business unit will offer drones priced between $1,000 and $5,000, according to Recode, as opposed to its usual offerings of around $11,000. …

America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

Pic The US Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space drone has landed – a mere two years after it took off. The unmanned craft landed on the old Space Shuttle runway at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on Sunday. The Boeing aircraft left this earthly realm in 2015, strapped to an Atlas 5 rocket that was launched from Cape …
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US Navy developers test aircraft carrier drone control software

The US Navy has tested a software package that will allow aircraft carriers running it to use its planned drone air-to-air tankers for communications relay and surveillance duties. The MD-5 Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS) was tested under lab conditions using a lorry in place of the drone, according to …
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NATO secures adoption of submerged drone data comms standard

Boffins at NATO have managed to ratify, across the entire alliance, the first ever official standard for underwater digital communications. “This marks the first time that a digital underwater communication protocol has been acknowledged at international level and opens the way to develop many exciting underwater communication …
Gareth Corfield, 27 Apr 2017
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Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists. The updates, quietly made to DJI’s Go app without any public fanfare, will prevent drones made by the firm from flying over …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017

Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

Fly Drive is not about car rental any more, not in our version of disk world at any rate. It's a Seagate disk drive for DJI drones and comes just three months after Seagate and drone-maker DJI announced a partnership to develop storage for drone-recorded images and videos. Back then we thought it blindingly obvious it was …
Chris Mellor, 24 Apr 2017
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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

The Ministry of Defence is looking for drone startups to throw their hats into the ring for a Just-Eat-for-bullets ‘bot competition. The two-stage competition being run by the MoD focuses on “last-mile supply” systems. As the camo-wearing Sir Humphries put it: “Last-mile resupply involves delivery of combat materials from a …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2017
Hermes' delivery drone, provided by Starship Technologies. Pic: Hermes

Parcel bods Hermes become latest London drone delivery droogs

Parcel delivery biz Hermes has become the latest company to roll out self-driving robots in London, promising autonomous deliveries in the borough of Southwark. The company is partnering with Starship Technologies, whose coolbox-on-wheels delivery drone has become a familiar sight for a handful of households on the city's …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Apr 2017
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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

Around a hundred Londoners will travel in Blighty’s first public driverless cars over the next few weeks, it was announced this morning. The trials, which will take place over a largely pedestrianised area around London’s O2 Arena in Greenwich, are being run by the UK’s privatised Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and …

Andreesen Horowitz tips $10m into American AI drone upstart

Technology investment firm Andreesen Horowitz has poured $10.5m into an artificial intelligence drone upstart, buying itself a place on the board of directors into the bargain. Shield AI is an American startup making drones which “find people and threats inside buildings without a remote pilot,” according to a company …

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