Bird Wind Tunnel Built for Better Drone Flight

BY TRACY STAEDTER Drones have a long way to go before they’ll ever mimic the graceful maneuverability of birds. But a new wind tunnel at Stanford University is allowing researchers to study the nuances of bird flight to build better drones. “We need to study birds up close so we can figure out what their secret is to flying so stably under such difficult conditions, and apply that to aerial robotic design,” said David Lentink, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford Read More

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New drone footage shess of the $5billion Apple Campus 2 being built in California

By KALHAN ROSENBLATT New aerial drone footage of the massive Apple Campus 2 shows off the developments progress. The campus is being built on a massive 175 acre park in Cupertino, California and was commissioned by Steve Jobs, who called it ‘the best office building in the world’, in 2009. When it’s completed, the campus will be 2.8 million square-feet, house 13,000 Apple techies and be self-sufficient with 7,000 trees planted in the dirt removed from the park to build the Read More

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Drone pilot ‘breaks every rule in book’ with incredible video footage of London

SEBASTIAN MANN The incredible video, filmed high above the streets of London, captures some of the capital’s iconic landmarks like never before. The drone hovers above Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Tower Bridge as well as coming close to flying over Buckingham Palace. At one point the footage shows the device climbing the full 310m height of the Shard, western Europe’s tallest building. But the pin-sharp images met immediately with fierce criticism, including from drone Read More

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Drone footage of huge Armagh gorse fire captures scale of devastation

A gorse fire that raged across a Co Armagh mountain at the weekend was still burning last night, prompting fears of long-term environmental damage. Intense flames could be seen from the village of Forkhill on Sunday, burning right from the peak to the bottom of Slieve Brack. The mountain is a vital habitat for wildlife including snipe, frogs and smooth newts. After the fire broke out close to an Area of Special Scientific Interest in Glendesha, fire crews were unable to get high enough to Read More

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Drones over Puget Sound orcas: Legal or illegal?

Eric Wilkinson People come to the San Juans to get up close and personal with the whales, but how close is too close? “We looked up and there was a drone about 20 to 30 yards above the water, directly above a pod of whales,” said Sgt. Russ Mullins of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. That case involves Mercer Island photographer Douglas Shih, and his drone, last year. “One of the things we’re concerned with is drone operators getting distracted and Read More

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Drone unlikely to have hit BA plane near Heathrow, government says

A passenger plane thought to have been struck as it approached Heathrow airport was probably not hit by a drone after all, the government says. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs it was now thought what happened “was not a drone incident”. Air accident investigators said they had not ruled out a drone but had no evidence to support the suggestion. An investigation was launched after the pilot of a BA flight from Geneva on 17 April said an object struck the Read More

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Can Drone Shots Help Sell this Mammoth Midtown House?

BY JOSH GREEN Listings can scream and shout that a property is “in the middle of everything” until their all-caps faces turn blue, but nothing really gets the point across like aerial robot photography. Especially when the goal is to emphasize proximity to a glittery skyline. Maybe the trend of home-listings drone deployment will work for this beefy Midtown classic from the 1920s, which was renovated to the bones in 2013, largely to beautiful effect. Or maybe the aerials are Read More

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Drone show is all business

By Jim Moore The Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo, organized by sUAS News, began its fourth year April 27, an intimate gathering of a couple of hundred people—many of them with prominent roles in the building and shaping of a still fledgling industry—at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio in San Francisco. Nearly in the shadow of the famous bridge that could be clearly seen through huge picture windows, the packed schedule of speakers at the podium and conversations in the Read More

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Paris police are looking for drones to carry out crowd surveillance

By Amar Toor tender released by the prefecture last month. The document shows that police are seeking to acquire hexacopter drones to carry out “low altitude aerial surveillance” on outdoor crowds, presumably in an effort to tighten security ahead of the UEFA Euro 2016 soccer championship, which begins in June, and the Tour de France in July. France has been under a state of emergency since the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris, and the government is seeking to extend Read More

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Drone users need permission to fly within 4km of Marlborough aerodromes

SELINA POWELL The Marlborough Aero Club is encouraging people to check the rules before flying drones above the height of buildings and trees in Blenheim.  Most of central Blenheim is covered by new civil aviation rules meaning drone users need to get permission before flying the aircraft within a 4-kilometre radius of an aerodrome. Marlborough Aero Club chief flying instructor Sharn Davies said 4km buffers extended from the Omaka aerodrome, the Woodbourne aerodrome, Wairau Read More

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