drones

  • DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

    DroneDeploy Snags $9M As Its Drone Control Platform Soars Out Of Beta

    DroneDeploy is on a mission to make drones accessible to industrial users who have a business need for conducting outdoor landscape mapping and monitoring. So, in other words, it wants drones to be put to work by people other than enthusiastic dorks with a gadget habit — doing tasks like helping farmers spot crop damage and disease. Read More

  • Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

    Canada Proves Fertile Ground For Amazon Drone Delivery Tests

    After being rebuffed by U.S. regulator reticence, Amazon is now engaged in testing its drone delivery services in British Columbia, just north of the U.S. border in Canada, on a piece of land dotted with oak trees and firs, the Guardian reports. The ecommerce company is using the test field to trial drones weighing under 55 lbs carrying packages ranging up to 5 lbs, flying through airspace… Read More

  • 3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

    3D Robotics Launches DroneKit, Its API For Building Drone Apps

    3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of DroneKit, its open-source API for writing drone apps. Because 3D Robotics has always taken a platform approach, DroneKit will work with any drone that uses its APM autopilot (and while there are quite a few of those on the market, though this won’t work with any of the popular DJI drones, for example). Read More

  • Line Of Sight

    Line Of Sight

    You’ve probably heard that the FAA proposed its rules for commercial drones last weekend. There’s some good and some bad in those rules. The good thing is that drone startups finally know what kind of rules they will operate under once they are codified in the next year or so. The bad: many of the most interesting use cases for drones, including drone delivery, will be unfeasible… Read More

  • Drones To Get A Stadium Gig This Fall

    Drones To Get A Stadium Gig This Fall

    From military deployment as remote surveillance and killing machines, to hobbyist toys, future delivery bots and now, coming later this year, stadium rockers… Drones have quite the application trajectory. Read More

  • FAA Proposes Rules To Open The Sky To Some Commercial Drones, But Delivery Drones Remain Grounded

    FAA Proposes Rules To Open The Sky To Some Commercial Drones, But Delivery Drones Remain Grounded

    After a number of delays, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today officially announced its proposed rules for small commercial drones. Most of the proposed rules already leaked earlier this weekend. Overall, the proposed rules are pretty straightforward and more lenient than previously expected, but while they open up a number of use cases, they are still strict enough to make… Read More

  • Leaked Document Shows FAA Rules For Commercial Drones Will Be Laxer Than Feared

    Leaked Document Shows FAA Rules For Commercial Drones Will Be Laxer Than Feared

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will officially announce its proposed rules for small drones (or UAS — unmanned aerial systems — as the agency likes to call them) on Sunday. However, as Forbes first reported earlier this weekend, a document (first discovered by Steve Zeets) leaked out ahead of the announcement that now gives us a pretty good idea of what these… Read More

  • FAA Drone Test Site In North Dakota Will Soon Cover Two-Thirds Of The State

    FAA Drone Test Site In North Dakota Will Soon Cover Two-Thirds Of The State

    Two-thirds of North Dakota will soon be open for drone testing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it has greatly expanded the existing drone test site in the state and, thanks to a second expansion that’s already in the works, the test site will eventually cover two-thirds of the state (so this is really becoming more of a “drone test state”). Read More

  • 3D Robotics Opens Its Flight Control App For Drones To Developers

    3D Robotics Opens Its Flight Control App For Drones To Developers

    3D Robotics, the largest U.S.-based drone manufacturer, today announced the launch of its open-source Tower flight control app for drone copters and planes on Android phones and tablets. The app gives users a few new ways to talk to their drones, but far more importantly, it offers developers a new way to build new features for drones into the app without having to reinvent the wheel by… Read More

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