Jun 13, 2016

Suspected U.S. drone kills three al-Qaida suspects in Yemen

Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone has killed three alleged al-Qaida fighters in an airstrike in the central Shabwa province. The officials said Monday that the overnight attack hit the men’s vehicle as they were traveling near the town of Haban. The ...

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

Jun 13, 2016

Drone services starting to take off in Japan

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Domestic companies are coming up with a series of new services that leverage the latest in drone technology. MicroAd Inc., a Tokyo-based online advertising company, has unveiled a service called Sky Magic to produce sound-and-light extravaganzas. Drones illuminated with LED lights can project logos, ...

Drone giant DJI moves beyond selfies to look down on the farm

Jun 10, 2016

Drone giant DJI moves beyond selfies to look down on the farm

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With its ubiquitous Phantom drones, Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co. brought aerial photography to millions. Now, with dozens of competitors biting at its heels, the world’s biggest producer of consumer drones needs to prove that its products are more than just glorified selfie ...

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

May 8, 2016

Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

Fire-ravaged Alberta will use drones to investigate the cause of a huge blaze that has scorched the Canadian province and displaced some 88,000 people. Elevated Robotic Services, which has also deployed drones for mining and construction companies, has contracts with the Alberta government and ...

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

Apr 26, 2016

Rakuten to trial drone delivery on Chiba golf course

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Online shopping giant Rakuten Inc. is venturing into the uncharted territory of drone delivery, enabling golfers to order snacks, beverages and golf equipment while playing a round. Rakuten on Monday announced the nation’s first drone delivery service, a monthlong experiment from May 9 at ...

Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

Apr 23, 2016

Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

Wearing black headsets with tentacle-like sensors stretched over their foreheads, the competitors stared at cubes floating on computer screens as their small white drones prepared for takeoff. “Three, two, one … go!” the announcer hollered, and as the racers fixed their thoughts on pushing ...

Afghan drone war: data show unmanned flights dominate air campaign

Apr 21, 2016

Afghan drone war: data show unmanned flights dominate air campaign

Drones fired more weapons than conventional warplanes for the first time in Afghanistan last year and the ratio is rising, previously unreported U.S. Air Force data show, underlining how reliant the military has become on unmanned aircraft. The trend may give clues to the ...

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

Apr 21, 2016

City famed for cherry blossoms deploys camera drone

A northeastern city renowned for its cherry blossom is teaming up with a software developer to film the scene using drones, in a bid to boost tourism and assist in the upkeep of the trees. Senboku in Akita Prefecture, which boasts the cherry trees ...

Suspected drone hits plane landing at Heathrow

Apr 18, 2016

Suspected drone hits plane landing at Heathrow

A British Airways plane struck an object believed to be a drone on Sunday as it was coming in for landing at Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, police said. An investigation has been launched into the incident, which follows a string of near misses involving ...