Airfield for test-flying drones opens in Tsukuba

May 19, 2015

Airfield for test-flying drones opens in Tsukuba

An airfield where designers can test-fly drones has opened in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. A demonstration flight was conducted at the opening ceremony Monday by the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, (JUIDA), a group of research institutions and companies involved in unmanned aircraft systems. The ...

U.S. military hopes to enlist tiny, durable Cicada minidrone

May 17, 2015

U.S. military hopes to enlist tiny, durable Cicada minidrone

U.S. military scientists have invented a miniature drone that fits in the palm of a hand, ready to be dropped from the sky like a mobile phone with wings. The “micro air vehicle” is named after the insect that inspired its invention, the cicada, ...

May 12, 2015

Drones banned from Tokyo parks

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has banned people from flying drones in metropolitan parks and gardens, officials said Tuesday. The managers of 81 parks and gardens run by the metropolitan government were informed of the decision on April 28. Officials said it was based on ...

May 6, 2015

U.S. gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), ...

May 5, 2015

Government eyes private body to identify drone operators

The Abe administration is considering having a private entity assume practical work for regulating drone flights, such as identifying their operators, after one carrying a small amount of radioactive cesium was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office last month, government sources ...

May 4, 2015

Coming to grips with drone strikes

The U.S needs better ways to ensure that drones are used legally, morally and in ways that do not undercut their intended purpose by recruiting more terrorists than they kill.