drones

  • Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Airware Preps Launch Of Its Commercial Drone Operating System With $25M From Kleiner

    Building a drone’s hardware and software from scratch is tough and expensive, but open source drone kits are inflexible. So to power businesses looking to customize drones for commercial uses from agriculture to industrial inspections, Airware has raised a $25 million Series B led by Kleiner Perkins. The money will fund the launch of Airware’s drone operating system later this… Read More

  • Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Its Delivery Drones

    Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes. The drone delivery service, called Prime Air, could greatly speed up Amazon’s… Read More

  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more difficult. Read More

  • FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    FAA Approves First Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration today announced that it has given approval for the first commercial drone flights over land. Energy corporation BP and unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer AeroVironment will now be able to legally fly a drone for aerial surveys over BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. Read More

  • The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA To Test Drones In Nevada

    The FAA is ready to test drones in Nevada, the agency has said. This marks the third operational drone-testing location that the FAA has kicked live. The Insitu ScanEagle drone will be used in this case. The testing at the Nevada site is important to the future of drones — or unmanned aircraft systems — in that it will examine how the aircraft will interact with air control. The… Read More

  • Photojojo's Drone Rental Program

    Test Driving The ‘Drone Selfie’ With Photojojo’s New Rental Program (Video)

    Cave drawings, reflective pools of water, daguerreotypes, Instagram. If there’s one thing that humans have loved throughout history, it’s finding new ways to look at themselves, and photo technology that helps us do that just keeps getting better. But unless you happen to have thousands of spare dollars hanging around to drop on trying out new photo-taking toys, cool new things… Read More

  • Skycatch Raises $13.2M To Field Data-Gathering Drones Both High And Low

    Skycatch Raises $13.2M To Field Data-Gathering Drones Both High And Low

    Drones distract, drones deliver and drones do battle. But what else can drones do? That was the question facing entrepreneur Christian Sanz when he began building his own drones a few years back, and after exploring various possibilities, including delivery and also simply drawing together audiences of curious spectators, Sanz found a big need drones are perfect for that wasn’t being… Read More

  • Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

    Watch Hardware Hackers Fly A Drone Over The Burj Khalifa, The Tallest Building In The World

    Robotics isn’t all stomping metal men and robotic dogs – it’s also about beauty. The folks from Team BlackSheep proved this by flying a powerful, long-range drone over the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. And when I say over, I mean over. Read More

  • The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

    This morning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that its first drone testing site is operational. There will eventually be six such sites. The first is located in North Dakota. The agency is more than two months ahead of schedule. Tests on the Draganflyer X4ES drone will commence on May 5. Read More

  • Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Google Gets In On Ground Level With Drone Maker Titan Buy

    Titan Aerospace, the drone maker Facebook had been in acquisition talks with prior to being bought by Google (as we’ve now confirmed following The WSJ’s initial report), was a name that took many in the industry by surprise. How was it that a company that reportedly has solar-powered drones that can fly at 65,000 feet above sea level for five years without needing to land, did not… Read More

  • Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google Acquires Titan Aerospace, The Drone Company Pursued By Facebook

    Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, the drone startup that makes high-flying robots which was previously scoped by Facebook as a potential acquisition target (as first reported by TechCrunch), the WSJ reports. The details of the purchase weren’t disclosed, but the deal comes after Facebook disclosed its own purchase of a Titan Aerospace competitor in U.K.-based Ascenta for its… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    Gillmor Gang: Deep Bench

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — Heartbleed security hole, changing landscape of Twitter notifications, Brendan Eich’s exit from Mozilla, politically charged and leadership compromised, Condoleezza Rice heading to the Dropbox Board of Directors? Dropbox, OneNote, Evernote, Box. Office on the iPad… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Blank Stairs

    Gillmor Gang: Blank Stairs

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — celebrated Office for iPad’s 12 million in sales and who knows in real traction i.e. subscriptions. The Amazon Fire debuted to shouts of thin and expensive, but surely what we need is a builtin HDMI switcher. Letterman’s retirement announcement hit some of us like… Read More

  • Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

    Facebook Joins Google In The Hunt For The Future

    We now live in an era when Mark Zuckerberg speed-dials Obama, controls fleets of drones, brokers $19 billion acquisitions in a week, and buys whole virtual worlds. Facebook’s mission has changed. While once it was soley “To make the world more open and connected”, it’s expanded to also “give people the power to share.” And nothing is too crazy if it… Read More

  • Facebook Will Deliver Internet Via Drones With “Connectivity Lab” Project Powered By Acqhires From Ascenta

    Facebook Will Deliver Internet Via Drones With “Connectivity Lab” Project Powered By Acqhires From Ascenta

    Facebook plans to bring Internet to the third-world via drones, satellites, lasers, and more. Today Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook’s Connectivity Lab which will work on the Internet.org project. It’s powered by talent acqhired from solar-powered drone maker Ascenta as well as poached from NASA. Read More

  • How Chris Anderson Turned A Hobby Of Building Drones Into A Business

    How Chris Anderson Turned A Hobby Of Building Drones Into A Business

    At a recent Mayfield Fund dinner for hardware entrepreneurs and investors hosted by the firm’s partner Tim Chang, former Wired editor-in-chief-turned-drone entrepreneur Chris Anderson opened up about how he turned a hobby of building robots and drones into an actual business. Read More

  • FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    FAA Appeals Commercial Drone Ruling, Cites Safety Concerns

    Yesterday, a National Transportation Safety Board judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration could not fine anybody for using small, hobby-plane-sized commercial drones use because it hadn’t made any legally binding rules against them. That went against everything the FAA had ever claimed with regard to commercial drones. So in an unsurprising move, the FAA today appealed… Read More

  • Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    Commercial Drones Are Now Legal, According To Federal Ruling

    As of right now it’s perfectly legal to operate a drone for commercial reasons. That’s according to a federal judge, in a ruling that notes the Federal Aviation Administration has not made any legally binding rules against the practice. This flies in the face of the FAA, which previously stated that drones used for commercial reasons were illegal. The ruling follows a lawsuit in… Read More

  • Why Would Titan Aerospace Sell To Facebook? Because Investors Weren’t Biting

    Why Would Titan Aerospace Sell To Facebook? Because Investors Weren’t Biting

    One question we had concerning Facebook’s interest in buying drone aircraft maker Titan Aerospace is why would Titan, a young company founded in just 2012, want to sell? Facebook’s interest in the business, after all, makes sense: It wants to use the drones to help spread Internet access to developing nations, via the Internet.org initiative, which is focused on connecting the… Read More

  • Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

    Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

    Facebook, one of the primary backers of the Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda. TechCrunch is hearing that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without… Read More