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Oct 10, 2018

New FAA Rules for Drones Go Into Effect

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The 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act maintains a distinction between recreational and commercial activities, but the FAA is no longer constrained by law not to impose rules on the former: Section 336, which had previously carved out an exception for model aircraft, has been entirely repealed. In its place is a new Section 349, which covers what the FAA expects of recreational flyers.

The title of Section 349 betrays a very different attitude compared with the earlier Section 336. It reads: “Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft.” No more calling them model aircraft: Small models—including things sold as toys, even paper airplanes—are referred to as “Unmanned Aircraft.”

That seems a little ridiculous to me. In my view, the FAA is committing what philosophers sometimes call the fallacy of the beard: A paper airplane is clearly not something the FAA should worry about, whereas a large octocopter with whirring blades carrying a heavy camera is. But where do you draw the line? The FAA refuses to set a threshold under which it bows out, insisting that everything not carrying people and capable of flight is an “unmanned aircraft” requiring the agency’s oversight and regulation.

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Oct 7, 2018

Watch SpaceX attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on the California coast for the first time

Posted by in categories: drones, space travel

This evening, SpaceX is set to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket from California, a flight that will be followed by one of the company’s signature rocket landings. But this time around, SpaceX will attempt to land the vehicle on a concrete landing pad near the launch site — not a drone ship in the ocean. If successful, it’ll be the first time that the company does a ground landing on the West Coast.

Up until now, all of SpaceX’s ground landings have occurred out of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the company’s busiest launch site. SpaceX has two landing pads there, and has managed to touch down 11 Falcon 9 rockets on them. And each time the company has attempted to land on land, it’s been a success.

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Oct 4, 2018

DARPA high-resolution neural interfaces for controlling drones and cybertech

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, neuroscience

DARPA seeks to achieve high levels of brain-system communications without surgery, in its new program, Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3).

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Oct 2, 2018

DJI Can Now Authorize Drone Flights in Controlled Airspace

Posted by in categories: drones, government

DJI now has the US government’s permission to authorize drone flights in controlled airspace near airports.

The FAA has approved DJI as part of its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. The agency rigorously tested and validated DJI’s technology capabilities before giving its stamp of approval.

DJI was one of 9 companies that were just newly authorized. The other eight are Aeronyde, Airbus, AiRXOS, Altitude Angel, Converge, KittyHawk, UASidekick, and Unifly.

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Oct 2, 2018

Drone defense — powered by IoT — is now a thing

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A new partnership between AT&T and startup Dedrone could bring drone defense to mainstream industry. But do we really need it?

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Sep 29, 2018

Canada Considers Buying Huge Non-Flyable Drone From Germany To Meet Arctic Patrol Needs

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The Germans removed virtually all essential components and put what’s left of the German aircraft into storage five years ago.

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Sep 29, 2018

A Regulatory Overhaul Could Drastically Change Who Can Fly Drones in the U.S.

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There is intense debate over how closely drone and model aircraft enthusiasts should be regulated.

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Sep 27, 2018

Drone Hobbyists Angered

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The Wild West days of unregulated recreational drones may be nearing an end.

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Sep 27, 2018

The Best Inexpensive Drones For Beginners

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You’d like to get into the drone sensation, but you don’t want to break the bank to do it. Don’t worry: there are plenty of options in the $100–300 range that include everything you need.

Before we continue: the term “drone” is a misnomer, since it technically describes something that can navigate on its own, not simply a remote control device. But then again, some of the more advanced models available—even a few on this list!—can indeed fly on their own, returning to their operator if a signal is lost, performing some pre-programmed tricks, or even avoid obstacles. So perhaps a persnickety terminology gripe is unwarranted, but we always want to ensure our readers are well informed and end up with a product that meets their expectations.

We’ve selected the best all-around drone for beginners, a cheap and durable one for kids, a drone that folds up for easy travel, one that’s ideal if you want to get into the exciting drone racing scene, and an upgrade model if you’re ready to spend a little more for advanced features.

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Sep 26, 2018

Philippine inventor aims to cut travel times with passenger drone

Posted by in categories: drones, futurism

BATANGAS, Philippines (Reuters) — A Philippine inventor has unveiled what he calls a flying sports car that represents the future of transport, riding it out of a warehouse toward a cheering crowd, leaving a cloud of dust in his wake.

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