Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

Jul 22, 2015

Drone disappears during windy test flight at Defense Ministry

A commercial drone being test-flown at the Defense Ministry’s premises in central Tokyo went missing amid strong winds Wednesday but was apparently found and recovered hours later, the ministry said. The drone disappeared when members of the Self-Defense Forces and others were testing it ...

Video of teen's gun-shooting drone triggers U.S. federal investigation

Jul 22, 2015

Video of teen's gun-shooting drone triggers U.S. federal investigation

The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it was investigating a viral Internet video showing a home-made “drone” firing a handgun in the Connecticut countryside. The 14-second video called “Flying Gun,” which has been viewed over 2 million times, has sparked fresh debate about the ...

Jul 21, 2015

U.S. Navy sub launches, recovers undersea drone

In a first for the U.S. Navy, a submarine has launched and recovered an underwater drone used in a military operation. The attack submarine USS North Dakota returned to its base in Connecticut on Monday following a nearly two-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea ...

Jul 17, 2015

Experimental U.S. drone sets flight record

A U.S. experimental drone has set a record for the longest continuous flight of a craft of its size, staying in the air for three days, the International Aeronautical Federation said. The Orion prototype long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle, similar to the well-known Predator and ...

Japan Lower House passes bill restricting drone flights

Jul 9, 2015

Japan Lower House passes bill restricting drone flights

The Lower House passed a bill on Thursday that’s designed to ban the flying of drones near the prime minister’s office and other important facilities. The bill was approved by a majority vote at a Lower House plenary meeting, with support from the ruling ...

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

Jul 8, 2015

Fukushima in the frame for robot, drone testing center

A center dedicated to testing next-generation robots is set to be built in Fukushima Prefecture under plans being developed by the Japanese government. Government officials said it was planned to put the center into use around 2017 as a core part of its strategy ...

Jul 2, 2015

Ministry draws up bill to restrict drone flights

The transport ministry has drawn up a bill aimed at introducing restrictions on drone flights, following incidents earlier this year, including one in April in which a small unidentified drone was flown on to the roof of the prime minister’s office in central Tokyo. ...

Jun 28, 2015

Voluntary drone flyer certification exam in works

A private organization set up by drone users in Japan plans to launch a voluntary certification exam this summer to promote good morals. Drones have been drawing increased attention thanks to stunts, protests and accidents. A radioactive one was belatedly found on the roof ...

Jun 27, 2015

Police seize drone after Wimbledon flyover

Police have seized a drone which was flown over Wimbledon as some of the world’s top players warmed up for the Grand Slam in southwest London. Officers are investigating the incident after being alerted to a man flying a drone over the All England ...