Jan 28, 2015

Obama calls for drone controls after White House crash

U.S. President Barack Obama called for drones to be more closely regulated Tuesday, after a “quadcopter” crashed on the White House grounds prompting a security alert. Obama told CNN that the use of commercial and recreational drones, which can now be bought for as ...

Jan 20, 2015

Mexico to use drones to protect endangered porpoise

Mexico has begun testing unmanned drones that could help it save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s smallest porpoise, which is threatened by illegal fishing in the upper Sea of Cortez. Alejandro del Mazo, an assistant prosecutor with Mexico’s environmental protection agency, said ...

Jan 11, 2015

U.S. border drone program understates cost, efficiency: report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection drones have had “minimal” impact on stemming illegal immigration and the agency has drastically understated the program’s cost while failing to prove its value, an inspector general’s report says. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general recommended the CBP ...

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

Jan 11, 2015

Drone market resembles Silicon Valley's early days

To see the future of drones, head up the hill at the intersection of Industrial Drive and Electronics Avenue. Inside a bland brick office building, the team at CyPhy is working on tethered machines that can fly nonstop for days and pocket-sized drones for ...

China takes the lead in fast-growing drone market

| Jan 8, 2015

China takes the lead in fast-growing drone market

An amateur photographer in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, drew crowds when he used a drone minihelicopter made by China’s DJI Technology Co. to capture images of historic church steeples and other sights. “I get some amazing photos with it,” said Scott Richardson, a voice teacher ...

Iran tests suicide drone in major military drill

Dec 28, 2014

Iran tests suicide drone in major military drill

Iran’s army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, described ...

Why are Americans such cowards?

Dec 12, 2014

Why are Americans such cowards?

by Ted Rall

From the outside, the U.S. looks like a nation happy to inflict all manner of mayhem on people all over the world via aerial killer robot warfare, yet unwilling to put its own precious skins in the game.

Dec 12, 2014

Amazon warns it could take drones testing elsewhere

Amazon, keen to blaze a trail with delivery by drone, is threatening to take much of its research for the plan outside the United States amid frustrations with U.S. regulators. “In the absence of a timely approval by the FAA to conduct outdoor testing, ...