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 ...

Japan starts trial drone home delivery service in Chiba

Apr 11, 2016

Japan starts trial drone home delivery service in Chiba

The government and companies started a trial of a drone home delivery service in Chiba Prefecture on Monday, with drones loaded with packages flying between condominiums, commercial facilities and adjacent parks. The joint project involving the central government, the city of Chiba, research institutions ...

FAA given recommendations, terms for commercial drone flights

Apr 4, 2016

FAA given recommendations, terms for commercial drone flights

A government-sponsored committee is recommending standards that could clear the way for commercial drone flights over populated areas and help speed the introduction of package delivery drones and other uses not yet possible, The Associated Press has learned. The Federal Aviation Administration currently prohibits ...

Apr 2, 2016

Obama acknowledges civilian deaths by U.S. drone strikes

President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that “civilians were killed that shouldn’t have been” in past U.S. drone strikes, but said the administration is now “very cautious” about striking where women or children are present. Obama was asked at a news conference about an increase ...