Drone Sales Expected to Spike This Christmas

WJTV News Jackson Mississippi features Hinds Community College Unmanned Aircraft Systems training program. By Beth Alexander Published: November 19, 2015, 6:13 pm Updated: November 20, 2015, 8:25 am Drones come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. This year, the Consumer Technology Association expects more than 400,000 to be sold. CTA Chief Economist Shawn […]

MSU ASSURE Alliance has a new Associate Director

By: Jim Gaines Staff Writer editor@starkvilledailynews.com Friday, November 20, 2015 STARKVILLE, MS Stephen “Lux” Luxion, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, has been named associate director of the Alliance for System Safety of Unmanned Aerial Systems through Research Excellence center, according to a Mississippi State University news release. The ASSURE center is based at MSU, but […]

3D Robotics’ CEO weighs in on the future of drones

  Twenty minutes with 3D Robotics’ Chris Anderson just wasn’t enough. After all, before he basically built one of the country’s biggest drone makers, he served as editor-in-chief of the storied Wired Magazine (an… unorthodox career leap to say the least). In our wide-ranging conversation, Anderson explored the route that led him from journalism to […]

French mail service La Poste tests drone

GeoPost, the express subsidiary of La Poste, is experimenting with drones. The unmanned helicopters are able to deliver a 4-kilogram package up to 20 kilometers away. In a video it’s shown how a postal worker attaches the package to a small drone, which then drops it at the recipient’s home and flies off, back to […]

ABC, Telstra drones to capture NYE fireworks from 1000ft

Live-feed from above.  Drones flown by both the ABC and Telstra will add a bird’s-eye view of Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks to TV and online broadcasts tonight. The national broadcaster is touting its live-to-air drone-filmed coverage of the 9pm and midnight fireworks as an “Australian television first”. It plans to send two purpose-built quadcopters […]

UAV Creates 3D Model of Largest Mosque in Turkey

  By GPS World Staff The Sabancı Merkez Mosque in Adana, Turkey, has been inspected and mapped by an unmanned aircraft system and a detailed 3D model created. The work was carried out by SISTEM A.S. (the Turkish distributor of Leica Geosystems), NRJ Engineering and Aibotix. Sabancı Merkez Mosque is the largest in Turkey, with six […]

Santa Delivering Drones for Christmas Amid Rising Safety Concern

  If you find a drone under the Christmas tree next week, it may also come with a list of U.S. government guidelines for safe flying and even software to keep the device away from airports. Sales of the small, unmanned aircraft are soaring this holiday season, prompting fears that first-time users could accidentally crash […]

FDA Studying How it Can Use Drones to Conduct Inspections

By Alexander Gaffney, RAC The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering the use of aerial drones to help assist its on-site inspections of facilities, the agency confirmed to Regulatory Focus this week. While there is currently “no formal drone program in development,” the agency is currently “conducting preliminary feasibility testing on possible applications […]

Drone downer: Will new FAA rules ground recreational fliers?

By Alwyn Scott (Reuters) – Americans shopping for toy remote-controlled airplanes or helicopters may find, sometime in the near future, that they come with unexpected accessories: A raft of new regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration, by the end of the month, is expected to propose new rules governing small unmanned aircraft systems, the first major […]