Proposed Rules Would Allow U.S. to Track and Destroy Drones

Organic farmers in Colorado use a camera-equipped drone to survey their fields. The Trump administration is seeking the authority to track and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil. The Trump administration is asking Congress to give the federal government sweeping powers to track, hack and destroy any type of drone over domestic soil with a new exception to laws governing surveillance, computer privacy and aircraft protection, according to a document obtained by The New York Read More

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Court Ruling: The FAA Can’t Make You Register Your Drone

You don’t have to register your personal drones with the government, for now. Since December of 2015, Americans have been required to register any drone that weighs more than two sticks of butterc with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It’s a minor hassle and costs a little bit of money and seems like a reasonable idea considering how many people are flying sizeable drones nowadays. However, there was one particular group that really didn’t appreciate the new ruling: Read More

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Opinions Vary on Drone Registration: What Comes Next?

Friday’s Federal Appeals Court decision to vacate the FAA’s drone registration program as it applies to model aircraft has raised serious questions in the industry about what happens next. John Taylor’s win in his case against Michael Huerta and the FAA over drone registration for model aircraft is seen by many as a “David vs. Goliath” victory.  Taylor represented many responsible recreational drone operators who saw the FAA’s requirement for a $5 registration – and the Read More

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Drone light show to illuminate Ontario Place this weekend

Fireworks are a huge part of Victoria Day long weekend but this year’s festivities has a modern twist. The Culinary Ontario Festival, taking place at Ontario Place this weekend, is hosting a drone light show. Toronto startup Arrowonics is in charge of the 30-something drones that will dance and glow through the night sky. The drone show will be one of the first of its kind presented to a large public audience in Toronto. “It’s a combination of flying pixels that we Read More

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Drone Register Hits Turbulence

An appeals court has struck down a US Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring owners of drones used for recreation to register their craft. The ruling is a victory for hobbyists and a setback for aviation authorities, who had cited safety concerns. The Federal Aviation Authority is trying to tighten regulation of the fast-growing army of drone operators. About 760,000 hobbyists have registered more than 1.6 million drones since 2015, and sales have skyrocketed. The FAA estimates that Read More

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How Do Drones Fly? Physics, of Course!

I OWN A drone. Maybe you do, too. I use mine to make simple videos and annoy my dog. Drones are quite popular these days, and you can get a nice one without spending too much money. Oh, I’m talking about the remotely controlled flying vehicles with four rotors, not the bigger drones scientists use to study climate change and stuff. Those cost a lot of money. Small drones like mine are easy to fly—a skilled pilot can hover and fly in just about any direction, which makes them great for Read More

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Drone users… It’s time to leave post-processing in the dust

While this plethora of insight can be incredibly valuable for a business, it can also be very overwhelming to understand and make use of. The sea of data either leads to a technician spending hours or even days behind a computer screen digging through images to find relevant information for analysis, or transferring the data to a post-processing program that will also take hours to analyse the information. This just won’t cut it. We live in an instant society where we expect results and Read More

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A U.K. PRISON JUST SWITCHED ON AN ANTI-DRONE ‘FORCE FIELD’ TO STOP ILLEGAL FLIGHTS

If you want drone delivery restricted to law-abiding, non-incarcerated citizens, this innovation may win your approval. The proliferation of cheaper, highly agile quadcopters has opened up myriad possibilities for hobbyists and industry alike. But the remotely controlled flying machines have also caught the attentionof folks in the slammer, offering as they do an excellent way of delivering contraband directly into the exercise yard, or better still, right to a cell window — although Read More

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Drone light show to illuminate Ontario Place this weekend as part of culinary festival

While major redevelopment of the Ontario Place site continues, the waterfront park will be partially open this Victoria Day long weekend to accommodate the Culinary Ontario Festival. Taking place as part of festivities to celebrate Ontario’s 150th anniversary, the free festival will feature foods from around the province, beverage stations, art installations and live music. The festival will take place on the West Island, the section of the park west of the marina. While Ontario Place was Read More

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Preview: Breakthrough – Game of Drones, May 23rd

On Tuesday, May 23rd the next episode of Breakthrough, National Geographic’s popular documentary series, will premiere at 10pm ET. The title of the next show in the series is ‘Game of Drones’. The program charts the rise of anti-drone technology and follows a number of teams competing in the Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. For those of you that don’t know, the Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge is essentially a war game organized by MITRE, a drone tech company that Read More

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