People caught flying a drone over a wildfire could face federal felony charges if three Colorado lawmakers convince Congress to pass their bill. The bill would fine people convicted of flying unauthorized drones and possibly send them to jail for a year.
The I-TEAM discovered dangerous drone operators break that law an average of six times a day.Records reviewed by the I-TEAM show just last year, pilots reported more than 2,100 unregistered drones in protected airspace.
Measure, an aerial intelligence company, wanted to know how well its drone could conduct a solar plant’s routine inspection compared to a ground-based crew. Measure found that the inspection results were 99% identical. So, a tie. But the drone took two hours to complete the inspection compared to two days for ground-based crews so the Drone wins.
Disney took to the skies to show aerial drone footage of Toy Story Land set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The 10-acre park-within-a-park is set to open to the public on Saturday featuring larger-than-life statues from the Pixar series of films, a roller coaster and other attractions.
Researchers have developed a system that allows drones to autonomously navigate an obstacle course of gates with 100 percent accuracy. That is, the robots won't crash into something and explode. Not only that, because of the clever way the researchers trained the drones, the machines can adapt if a wily human moves a gate mid-run, completing a course that looks different than when they started. They run a bit slow at the moment compared with human piloting, sure, but they'll only get faster from here.
The drone assists the superintendent and building manager in viewing the side of buildings for issues difficult to see with the naked eye from street level such as inspecting exterior conditions, monitoring contractors work and examining other building installations. One co-op used the drone to see if the contractor's work had been completed as contracted.
The new Leica Aibot drone promises more accurate and safer aerial surveys. The Drone is based on the Matrice 600 Pro and has been developed together with DJI and Leica Geosystems to provide rapid and autonomous mobile 3D mapping data.
Lego, known for faithfully re-creating some of the world's most famous vehicles in bricks, is modeling the Zeux, an autonomous concept wheel loader dreamed up by design teams from Lego and Volvo CE. Lego has previously replicated a real wheel loader and wheeled excavator manufactured by Volvo CE. This bit of heavy equipment is unlike anything you can see at a real-life building site today, but it's also the digital prototype that will fuel the designs for future Volvo CE concepts. They even have a drone concept to go with the model
SFD owns a total of four drones - three Mavic Pros, and one M210 drone which also has an infrared camera. The M210 can see through smoke, and shows crews hotspots and where to aim fire lines. The drone's video feed can be shared to tablets used by incident commanders.
A team led by professors Vivienne Sze and Sertac Karaman created a customized micro-chip that will empower tiny drones to fly longer with less energy consumption.Dubbed Navion, the chip is only about .031 square inches (described as “about the size of a LEGO minifigure’s footprint”) and consumes only 24 milliwatts – “about 1 one-thousandth the energy required to power a lightbulb.”
Only a handful of West Australians are being fined for illegally flying drones every year because the country’s aviation watchdog finds it hard to prove their guilt.Just three fines were handed out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in WA last year — of 45 nationally — and nine in the previous year. Part of the reason for the low number of fines at a time when there are estimated to be more than 100,000 drones in Australia is that even when CASA has a witness to an offence, they often have no proof of who was flying it.
Users can manually activate the device, causing its internal directional antennas to emit radio signals in the 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) frequency bands up to a range of 1 km (0.6 miles).
This is the moment a large group of 'menace' off-road bikers were caught on camera using a police drone.Police have been inundated with calls from the public complaining about the louts running amok in a Coventry industrial estate. This video footage captures the riders pulling wheelies and driving at speed along public roads at the Seven Stars business park. What they don't realize is that a West Midlands Police drone is watching them from high above.
According to the preliminary report published by the Swiss Transport Safety Investigation Board (STSB) on Wednesday, a Bombardier BD 700 business aircraft was en route on June 2 from Berne-Belp airport to the Turkish city of Antalya. Shortly after take-off, the pilots noticed that a drone was approaching their aircraft. The risky scenario occurred at an altitude of 1200 meters. The report does not specify how close the remotely operated vehicle approached the aircraft.
The state Thursday issued a citation to a man for loitering and flying a drone in a closed disaster area in Puna, bringing the number to 83 since the Kilauea eruption began. State Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement officers found Roman V. Andryushkin, 43, of Russia in a closed disaster area near the Nanawale Forest Reserve and Lava Tree State Park. Some informants with permission to be in the area reported seeing Andryushkin operating a red drone while in the closed area. DOCARE officers cited Andryushkin for loitering in a disaster area and confiscated his drone as evidence. More charges involving the use of the drone are pending, state officials said, after further investigation.
In a live-streamed video by the U.S. Geological Survey, an unmanned drone spotted a resident in distress very close to the hot lava flow. USGS then used the drone to direct emergency responders to the resident’s location and to chart a safe path away from the danger zone.
The new program will offer first-of-its-kind training to drone pilots in the civilian world. Dallas County Community College will facilitate the training, and the program will be geared toward veterans, many of which never imagined their experience could transition into the civilian world.
To combat this, the patent would implement a “heartbeat” signal into Amazon’s drone fleet. This would be transmitted from the controller every few seconds to the drone; if the aircraft stopped receiving this signal then it would initiate “safety” mode designed to reestablish communication with the controller, regain control over the UAV in the event of a hostile takeover, and/or land the UAV at a safe location.
A spokesman said the fire service was worried about the risk of collisions with a police helicopter and with a helicopter owned by water firm United Utilities, which is dropping water on the blaze. Posting a warning on social media, it wrote: 'Would all amateur drone users please steer clear of this area, it does hamper our extremely important work.'
To enhance passenger safety, the Railway Protection Force of the South Western Railway (SWR) Zone has purchased a drone which will be deployed to conduct aerial surveillance of railway tracks. It has become the second among 17 railway zones in India to launch this facility.
The report concluded that 'providence had played a major part' in a collision having been avoided. Investigators said the drone, which was being flown illegally, had endangered other aircraft as it was travelling too high and too close to an airport during the drama on May 6 this year.
The questionnaire, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, is designed to help the FAA understand the flight activity of non-model aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS) and improve overall FAA services delivered to that community.
The proposal, promoted by the City of Chicago, was embodied in SB 2562 and its companion bill, HB 4405. Theywould have authorized police to use surveillance drones to monitor peaceful protests without first securing a judicial warrant. Had the measure been adopted, it would have permitted police to use facial recognition technology to identify individual demonstrators photographed by drones even absent any suspicion of wrongdoing.
Little Arms Studios, a leading developer of professional-grade simulators for drone pilots, created its Zephyr Drone Simulator to provide a comprehensive platform for sUAS pilots to develop their skills safely and efficiently. While Zephyr’s step-by-step curriculum is ideal for individual pilots of any skill level looking to confidently and safely develop their skills, the platform’s integrated Learning Management System also makes it an ideal solution for colleges and universities, public safety and disaster relief agencies, as well as professional flight schools training commercial drone pilots.
The campaign is titled ‘Everyday Epic‘ and suggests a list of breathtaking locations just outside major cities in Australia, the USA, Germany, France and the UK that are both easily accessible but also provide the perfect setting for your next travel memory… captured with the DJI Mavic Air for instance.
The horrifying moment, all caught on video, shows Brunning screaming as she was dragged overboard before the boat’s crew and friends quickly pulled her back up. Miraculously, she escaped relatively unscathed with all 10 fingers intact, but suffered a minor fracture and a torn ligament.
UPPER Hunter Shire Council is warning users of drones and other remote-controlled aircraft that there are many areas in the shire where drone use is restricted or not permitted. Areas under flight paths around Scone Regional Airport, including the Scone Golf Course and a number of sports fields, are no-fly zones for drones weighing 100g or more.
Police officers hauled in an Egyptian national who propelled a quadrotor into the air in the heart of Moscow. He said the 32-year-old Egyptian was taken to a police station. He was later released, while the quadrotor was confiscated. Drone flights over Moscow are banned by the Russian Transport Ministry. Permission for their flights over the capital city is issued in exceptional cases. Besides, signs prohibiting quadrotor flights are installed on Moscow’s Red Square.
Greenpeace activists say they have crashed two remote-controlled aircraft — a drone and a tiny radio-controlled plane — into a French nuclear plant to highlight the lack of security around the facility. The drone, which was decorated like a miniature Superman, slammed into the tower in Bugey, 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the eastern city of Lyon, according to a Greenpeace video Tuesday. A short time later, the group released a video showing a small remote-controlled plane heading to a crash at the same wall.
Towns in California, Colorado and Arizona – facing another season of drought and wildfire – are turning to drone shows as a less dangerous alternative to organized fireworks, encouraged by the development of jaw-dropping, choreographed shows such as the one Intel prepared for the Winter Olympics broadcast. Travis Air Force Base outside San Francisco, just an hour south of the Yolo and Napa county fires forcing evacuations, is trying an Intel drone show this year. Aspen, Colorado, and towns in Arizona – which had shelved fireworks shows because of fire risk – are also experimenting with drone shows.
Nicole Belloubet, France’s justice minister, revealed on Monday that investigators suspect camera-equipped hobby drones may have been used by Faïd’s gang for reconnaissance missions in the lead up to the audacious jailbreak.
The district plans to create a drone practice field marked with corner posts to alert pilots to the boundaries for their flight. The field will include a concrete pad where pilots can launch their drones, as well as a bench, a sign specifying rules and a 50-foot buffer on all sides between the flight zone and neighboring properties.
Despite harsh operating conditions imposed by the Australian Civil Aviation and Safety Authority, drone ownership in Australia is about to get massive boost. Woolworths’ Australian homeware store, Big W, will be stocking the DJI Tello drone (or RPA- remotely piloted aircraft). The store isn’t unfamiliar with the drones, stocking quite a few budget mini-quadcopters, but the Tello is there first foray into the world of “proper” RPAs.