Fully autonomous drone maker Airobotics nabs $32.5M, expands into defense

Airobotics, a startup building autonomous drones for the enterprise sector that do not require humans to get involved in any aspect of operating them, has picked up $32.5 million in funding to expand

MIT’s gas-powered drone is able to stay in the air for five days at a time

Last month, a team of MIT engineers launched Jungle Hawk Owl from the back of a compact car. It was the first flight for the 24-foot-wide drone, which the team believes is capable of staying in the ai

Here’s the teaser for the mini-drone DJI is announcing this week

DJI has released a video teaser for the new drone they are announcing at their event in NYC this Wednesday. When the company sent out an invite we assumed it was to announce a new mini-drone, and this

Crunch Report | Instagram Stories Hits 150 Million Daily Users

FarmLogs raises $22 million, Instagram Stories hits 150 million daily users, Google closes its UAV project and JetBlue gives us free Wi-Fi. All this on Crunch Report.

Researchers teach a flying robot to perch like a bird

If you’ve ever flown an RC plane or even a quadcopter you’ll know the exciting experience of trying to land the thing and ending up in a pond or a tree. That’s fine when you pay a fe

This flappy bird-drone keeps airports safe

Remember that plane that landed in the Hudson? The whole saga started with a bird strike. Birds at airports can be a terrifying ordeal, so you'd be unsurprised to hear that airports pay a pretty penny

Chipotle to test burrito delivery by drone with Project Wing at Virginia Tech

Alphabet’s innovation lab X has a drone-focused team called Project Wing which has just announced a plan to commence aerial burrito delivery, in partnership with Chipotle, on the campus of Vir

300ft Drone-Powered Hack Foresees A Future Stuffed With Eye-In-The-Sky All-Seeing Apps

Hackathon hacks can lead to fully fledged apps and companies. Other times they are intended to be nothing more than a great hack. 300ft is certainly that: a neat hack, built overnight at the TechCrunc

Fighter-Size Phantom Ray UAV Flies Into Your Nightmares

This fighter-size UAV is called the Phantom Ray and may have played a part in the recent events in Pakistan. Designed around the Boeing X-45, this UAV recently flew to 7,500 feet at 204 mph and has be

One step closer to our robot overlords: the VTOL UAV

<img src="" />Bad news folks, a defense contractor just revealed that they have successfully tested an unmanned vertical take-off

Navy UAV sets endurance record of 26 hours 1 minute

<img src="" />Twenty-six hours and one minute. That's how long a new, unmanned, experimental Navy aircraft flew through the air during

Meet the men and women behind the drones

<img src="" />So everyone knows now that the military uses UAVs for actions in the Middle East. What isn't

UAV Control: There's an app for that

<img src="">Why shouldn't the iPhone be able to control a unmaned military reconnaissance aircraft? If you think about it,

More robot ocean-gliders taking to the seas

We mentioned these ocean-heat-powered water gliders quite some time ago, and it seems they’ve become more popular in the mean time. These unmanned aquatic vehicles have proven to be a very effic

Air Force creating training program for UAV pilots

I always wondered about this. Flying a drone is unlike flying a regular plane, and unlike telepresence in other arenas because of, well, the killing aspect. I figured they used a Last Starfighter type

Draganflyer: your personal six-rotor UAV

While I personally am a fan of micro-dirigibles as opposed to the (IMHO) wasteful helicopter-type UAVs, this is certainly an awesome version of the latter. Its multi-rotor setup enables some serious a

UAV drone crashes in Pakistan

I’m sure there are more of these scattered, undiscovered, throughout the Kush but it seems that Pakistan has found and captured an armed UAV during its reconnaissance of South Waziristan. &#8220

Pilots of remote-controlled Predators suffering PTSD Interesting article over on about how some Predator pilots are beginning to show signs of psychological stress even though they’re not technical

A peacetime UAV application: investigating hurricanes

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are in use all over the world for many things, but most famously for their role in warfare. Fantasy abounds and people picture UAVs or “drones” sweeping Iraq in fo

Ocean glider powers itself with water's heat, maps the boring parts of the Caribbean

This little robot has been cruising the Caribbean for two months now, mapping out currents, temperatures, and other subaquatic trivia. It’s at least partially powered by ocean temperature gradie