FAA approves first commercial drone flights with no on-site pilots

  • January 16, 2021
Farms and other agricultural operations in certain rural areas in the US can now use robotic drones to take images of or gather data on their crops. The FAA has approved Massachusetts-based American Robotics’ request to be able to deploy automated dr…

Sony shows off its Airpeak filmmaking drone for the first time

  • January 11, 2021
Just two months after announcing the Airpeak in a vague press release and equally mysterious video, Sony has shown off its new drone in a virtual CES 2021 presentation. The Airpeak supports Sony’s Alpha series of mirrorless cameras and uses AI to kee…

Researchers have turned pineapple leaves into drone parts

  • January 5, 2021
Researchers in Malaysia have found a way to turn fiber from pineapple leaves into material sturdy enough to make drone frames. Professor Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan of Putra University told Reuters that drones built with the material had a higher st…

Alphabet’s Wing argues new US drone rules will hurt privacy

  • January 2, 2021
Alphabet’s Wing is less than thrilled with the FAA’s new rules for drone ‘license plates,’ and it’s pushing for significant changes. Reuters and The Verge report that the drone delivery company has attacked the rules for remote IDs, warning that they…

DJI says products will stay on sale despite US trade ban

  • December 19, 2020
DJI hasn’t been deterred by the US Commerce Department’s trade ban. The drone maker told TechCrunch that Americans can buy and use its products “normally” despite the company’s presence on an entity list barring US companies from doing business with…

DARPA says it’s getting closer to snatching drones out of midair

  • December 11, 2020
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is still developing its Gremlins project, which is apparently getting closer to grabbing drones out of the sky. The agency said it was “inches from success” during its latest round of test flights…

NASA delays its Titan drone mission by another year

  • September 27, 2020
You’ll have to be more patient if you’re waiting for NASA to send a drone to Saturn’s moon Titan. The space agency has delayed Dragonfly’s launch by roughly a year, from 2026 to 2027, due to “external” factors. And yes, the COVID-19 pandemic is one o…

Walmart’s latest drone trial delivers at-home COVID-19 tests

  • September 22, 2020
Walmart is starting to deliver at-home COVID-19 tests by drone. A trial got underway in North Las Vegas today and the deliveries will expand to Cheektowaga, New York early next month.It’s delivering the kits to qualifying patients who live within a m…