drones

  • On The War On General Purpose Computing

    On The War On General Purpose Computing

    The powers that be want to control your phones and your drones. And who can blame them? It was inevitable. Of course they’re upset that smartphones are making it hard to catch speeders. Of course manufacturers are hurrying to ensure that drones refuse to fly to certain locations, before they’re forced to do so by law. Those are the instruments of power in today’s and… Read More

  • FAA Grants Amazon License To Test Its Latest Drone Designs

    FAA Grants Amazon License To Test Its Latest Drone Designs

    Amazon can now test its current drone designs, the FAA told the company in a letter this week. The FAA had previously cleared Amazon’s petition from July 2014 to test its drones lat month. Between Amazon asking for this petition and the FAA clearing it, but Amazon’s design had changed quite a bit since it first logged its application. Read More

  • 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

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