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Amazon sets its sights on drone highways

Posted by Adele Scholl on 7/30/2015
Amazon sets its sights on drone highways
Amazon’s drone delivery plan is about to get even more ambitious. The company proposed a drone highway during NASA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management Convention.

First successful drone delivery made in the US

Posted by Sheena Haydon on 7/27/2015
First successful drone delivery made in the US
Everyday delivery moves one step closer as Federal Aviation Authority-approved drone successfully deposits medicine to rural health clinic

The first US government-approved drone delivery has successfully transported 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic. The drone, made by Australian drone manufacturer Flirtey, took part in the demonstration, which was approved by the Federal Aviation Authority, in partnership with Nasa on Friday.

DJI brings on leading drone lawyer Brendan Schulman

Posted by Adele Scholl on 7/18/2015
DJI brings on leading drone lawyer Brendan Schulman
DJI, the world’s largest drone company, has hired lawyer Brendan Schulman as its vice president of policy and legal affairs.

Like many players in the emerging drone industry, DJI is undergoing rapid growth, but regulations and negative public opinions surrounding drones could hinder its future.

Drone maker 3D Robotics sees the future, and it is apps

Posted by Adele Scholl on 7/17/2015
Drone maker 3D Robotics sees the future, and it is apps

SAN DIEGO -- What separates a drone from a smartphone? Well, other than the fact that your iPhone can't fly (yet), drones don't have an equivalent app store.

At least not for the moment, says Jordi Munoz, co-founder of the largest US commercial drone operation, 3D Robotics.

Football 2020

Posted by Adele Scholl on 7/17/2015


Pepsi Football of the next generation.

Consumers Energy Looks at Drones to Help Monitor Power Lines

Posted by Sheena Haydon on 7/13/2015
Consumers Energy Looks at Drones to Help Monitor Power Lines
Consumers Energy launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) near a Jackson County electric substation on June 22, 2015, to help determine whether the emerging technology can improve how the company serves Michigan residents. U.S. Sen. Gary Peters talks with Mary Palkovich, Consumers Energy’s vice president of energy delivery, at the launch site.

Band of drones can play music better than your average human

Posted by Royce Rabanal on 7/3/2015
Band of drones can play music better than your average human
You've never heard Strauss performed quite like this. The team at KMel Robotics has assembled a band of hexrotor drones that "have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs." That "fresh" description isn't exactly serious, as each of the three pieces performed date back either multiple decades or hundreds of years. After kicking off the three song setlist with "Also sprach Zarathustra," the drones move on to "Carol of the Bells" and close with "The Star-Spangled Banner." And the end result sounds surprisingly great.

Seal Beach first city in Orange County to use drone to monitor shark activity

Posted by Royce Rabanal on 7/1/2015
Seal Beach first city in Orange County to use drone to monitor shark activity
SEAL BEACH >> With a rise in juvenile shark sightings along the coast of Surfside beach this spring, Seal Beach lifeguards are using the latest technology to protect swimmers.

The Seal Beach Marine Safety and Lifeguard Department is the first city in Orange County to monitor shark activity through use of a drone, or more specifically, the DJI Phantom 3.
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