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M-Air drone lab opens with eyes on the skies

M-Air drone lab opens with eyes on the skies

Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan College of Engineering has lift-off. On Wednesday, it celebrated the grand opening of M-Air, an outdoor drone flying lab on north campus. The 9,600-square-foot, netted complex sits in between the aerospace research building and the soon-to-be Ford Motor Co. Robotics Building, which is to open in 2020.
Drone nearly hits plane landing in New Zealand from Japan

Drone nearly hits plane landing in New Zealand from Japan

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Air New Zealand said Tuesday that a drone came within meters of a flight descending into Auckland Airport from Tokyo, putting the safety of 278 passengers and crew at risk. After Sunday’s incident, the national carrier is calling for prison terms for drone operators who endanger lives.
Walmart Applies for Patent on Customer-Assisting Drones

Walmart Applies for Patent on Customer-Assisting Drones

We recently reported on Walmart filing a patent for crop-fertilizing drones that could help alleviate the decreasing bee population, as well as Samsung’s plans to develop flying display drones that could potentially improve the shopping experience for customers.
Drone near-misses triple in two years

Drone near-misses triple in two years

Drone near-misses with planes have more than tripled in two years, new figures show. Some 92 incidents were recorded in 2017, according to analysis of UK Airprox Board (UKAB) data. This is compared with 71 during the previous 12 months and 29 in 2015.
Amazon receives patent to literally ‘drop’ packages from a drone on your doorstep or patio

Amazon receives patent to literally ‘drop’ packages from a drone on your doorstep or patio

Drone delivery is a hot topic this week. Last Tuesday, Amazon received yet another patent that may help to make a more efficient and greener way to deliver packages, a reality sooner than you think. This latest patent protects a method to literally ‘drop’ packages from as high as 25 feet on your doorstep or patio.
‘PERSONAL DRONE’ BLAMED FOR 335-ACRE WILDFIRE IN ARIZONA

‘PERSONAL DRONE’ BLAMED FOR 335-ACRE WILDFIRE IN ARIZONA

Dozens of firefighters were called to help contain a blaze at the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff in Northern Arizona, on Tuesday after a “personal drone” sparked a 335-acre wildfire. Authorities were called to the scene, a section of grasslands southeast of the Kendrick Park trail, at approximately 12:30 p.m local time, officials said. 
Gridlock U.S. officials pushing for drone identification requirement, new powers for Homeland Security and Justice

Gridlock U.S. officials pushing for drone identification requirement, new powers for Homeland Security and Justice

Baltimore —  Federal officials seeking to expand drone use around the United States said Tuesday they are pushing a pair of security initiatives to deal with what one called “the clueless, the careless and the criminal.”
Flock App Offers On-demand Drone Insurance

Flock App Offers On-demand Drone Insurance

A London-based insurance-tech start-up can offer drone users the chance to “pay as you fly” with a new UAV insurance app. The aptly-named Flockannounced last week the launch of Flock Cover, a smart-device app that can provide insurance on-demand to commercial UAS pilots operating in the UK.
Can Edible Drones Deliver Humanitarian Aid?

Can Edible Drones Deliver Humanitarian Aid?

People trapped in war-torn or disaster-ravaged areas desperately need food and medical supplies. But how do you get it to them? Nigel Gifford thinks he has an answer: an edible drone. Gifford, founder and chairman of two-year-old Windhorse Aerospace, based in Yeovil, England, is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known drones, .....
Intel Closes 2018 Winter Olympic Games With 300-Drone Light Show

Intel Closes 2018 Winter Olympic Games With 300-Drone Light Show

Intel broke a Guinness World Record when its 1,218 Shooting Star drone light show—pre-recorded and broadcast during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony—left viewers in awe. It seems only appropriate then for the tech company to play a part in the Closing Ceremony by orchestrating another performance, this time comprised of 300 LED-fitted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) whirring above the stadium in PyeongChang.


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