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The DroneLand Times aggregates news and information about UAVs, SUAVs, and MAVs to keep you informed
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More commercial drones set for takeoff as FAA grants new exemptions

More commercial drones set for takeoff as FAA grants new exemptions | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration has opened the door to more commercial drone use, granting eight regulatory exemptions to firms working in film and television production, aerial photography, and industrial inspection.
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10 News Outlets to Test Drones for Journalism - Bloomberg

10 News Outlets to Test Drones for Journalism - Bloomberg | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
10 News Outlets to Test Drones for Journalism
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More Jobs coming for drone operators!
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Google Reveals Project Wing Drone Testing in Australia

Google Reveals Project Wing Drone Testing in Australia | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
Why test in Australia? Ostensibly, there's plenty of open land and airspace -- and less regulation -- to test these automated aircraft.
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India:- Army eyeing IIT-made UAV for border patrolling | sUAS News

India:- Army eyeing IIT-made UAV for border patrolling | sUAS News | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
IIT-Kanpur develops a long range (10 hr) low flying drone made for border control and crowd monitoring.
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Fly Directly Into a Fireworks Display With This Drone Footage

Fly Directly Into a Fireworks Display With This Drone Footage | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
Today is America’s birthday. But you don’t have to reside in the United States to appreciate this amazing footage of a drone flying directly into a fireworks display. Shot by... Keep reading →
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You have to admit, this is great perspective of the fireworks!
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FAA says Realtors who fly drones to shoot listing photos are not hobbyists | Inman News

FAA says Realtors who fly drones to shoot listing photos are not hobbyists  | Inman News | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration is warning real estate agents who fly their own drones to take pictures or videos of listings that they are not engaged in a "hobby or recreation," meaning that they could be fined if they have not been certified...
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Is the FAA over stepping their bounds by limiting realtors if drones use is allowed by property owner? I think so, but perhaps we just need some general licensing of drone users to ensure safety precautions are in place.
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FireFLY6: VTOL RC Aircraft Kit For Sale

FireFLY6: VTOL RC Aircraft Kit For Sale | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
Introducing the FireFLY6 from BirdsEyeView. The worlds first VTOL RC aircraft kit capable of autonomous flight.
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The FireFLY6 appears to be a solid SUAV that offers benefits of a plans faster and longer flight with the versatility of a multi-rotor. A lighter version will be welcome and perhaps a hybrid flight controller might eventually overcome the need to have two flight controllers for this aircraft. Overall a great introduction to the market.
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Criminals Are Using Heat-Seeking Drones to Sniff Out Weed—And Steal It

Criminals Are Using Heat-Seeking Drones to Sniff Out Weed—And Steal It | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
High-flying thugs in the UK are ripping a page right from law enforcement's playbook.
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It's clear that some will use Drone technology for good and others find ways to leverage them for illegal uses.  Either way, drone technology provides many affordances and they will be exploited.  

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Civilian Drones grounded for Search and Rescue? - YouTube

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This documentary created by Maha Calderon tells the heartbreaking stories of rescue operations and how drones are still being restricted from use by the FAA.  You will not believe it.

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edX to offer a new course: Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots

edX to offer a new course: Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
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This exciting new course to be offered in May by edX.   Some programming background required.

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60 Minutes reports on Drones in America

Will the skies of the future be filled with buzzing drones? Small commercial drones available to anyone are already up. But the fact that many of these unman...
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This Drone Footage of an Erupting Volcano Is Absolutely Nuts

This Drone Footage of an Erupting Volcano Is Absolutely Nuts | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
Put your face close to your screen and hit play. This short video, uploaded by YouTuber Shaun O'Callaghan, was shot from a DJI Phantom quad-copter as Yasur volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu erupted.
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Drones go where humans can't! Very cool.
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Facebook drone concept to put 11,000 drones in the sky

Facebook drone concept to put 11,000 drones in the sky | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
What’s the Facebook drone concept? Facebook is supposedly buying a company called Titan Aerospace, which makes glider style satellite drones that sit in the sky at up...
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I kind of liked not having internet everywhere, but I guess those days are numbered!

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Solar Impulse 2 To Take Zero-Fuel Flight Around The World

Solar Impulse 2 To Take Zero-Fuel Flight Around The World | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
The advanced solar-powered aircraft - Solar Impulse 2, is all set to take its around-the-world flight, without the aid of any fuel.
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This is with a human pilot. very impressive.
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Intel and 3D Robotics Working to Make Smarter Drones -

Intel® and 3D Robotics are now working together to make faster and smarter drones. So what do I mean by “Intel® and 3D Robotics working together”. Well...
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It's good to see INTEL joining the drone industry. Smaller, faster, cheaper and high quality chips can only lead to positive results for drone makers including 3D robotics.
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The 1,000-robot swarm

The 1,000-robot swarm | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
Harvard researchers create a swarm of 1,000 tiny robots that, upon command, can autonomously combine to form requested shapes — a significant advance in artificial intelligence.
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Press Release – FAA to Consider Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production

Press Release – FAA to Consider Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
Press Release – FAA to Consider Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production For Immediate Release June 2, 2014 Contact: Les Dorr, Jr. or Alison Du…
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These exemptions could be the beginning of rational regulations around drone use.
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Drone rangers slap Realtors with subpoenas | Inman News

Drone rangers slap Realtors with subpoenas  | Inman News | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has subpoenaed Brown Harris Stevens, a brokerage with offices in New York City, the Hamptons and Palm Beach, Florida, for information about how the company uses drones for marketing purposes.
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NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan—along with a mothership - Gizmodo

NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan—along with a mothership - Gizmodo | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
NASA wants to send a quadcopter drone to Titan—along with a mothership Gizmodo NASA wants to search Saturn's moon Titan for life but they're having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples.
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Drones seem like a much better vehicle to search greater distances and avoid the unpredictable terrain of distant planets. I vote yes in the Titan drone.
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NASA revs up tech transfer with open code catalog -- GCN

NASA revs up tech transfer with open code catalog -- GCN | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
NASA’s new software catalog, which pulls together programs from across the agency, is the initial effort of what could eventually result in a huge repository of NASA-developed code that will be made available to users outside of the organization.
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Approximately 1000 programs were released in a wide variety of disciplines from video and image analysis to simulations to robotics and UAV related code like Lidar sensor technology.

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Amazon's Bezos: We have eighth generation drones in the works | ZDNet

Amazon's Bezos: We have eighth generation drones in the works | ZDNet | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the company is well on its way to delivering future generations of its octocopters in preparation for clearance by regulators.”
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While it still seems like the drone industry is in its infancy, Bezos is confident on delivering "delivery" drones ahead of schedule in 2015 if FAA sets rules.
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RC Flightdeck offers a great tool to manage RC aerial events.

RC Flightdeck offers a great tool to manage RC aerial events. | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it

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RC Flightdeck offers a great tool to manage RC Aerial events.  They offer everything from badges, to table setups to online payment and it's free to use.

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Drone Technology Will Prosper Africa - The Star

Drone Technology Will Prosper Africa The Star The Arducopter quadcopter I have worked with did not come out of the box with the safety features turned on. Nor did it come with a system for monitoring battery levels.
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I agree that drone technology offers great benefits and while regulation is inevitable, let's not stifle innovation or use.
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Pentagon Details $2.45B UAV Spending Plan for FY 2015 - ExecutiveGov

ExecutiveGov Pentagon Details $2.45B UAV Spending Plan for FY 2015 ExecutiveGov Keller writes military officials have also requested $145.2 million in funding for the RQ-7 shadow UAV, $96.7 million for the MQ-8 Fire Scout unmanned helicopter, $17.7...
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Judge rules commercial drones are legal, undoing six-year ban | sUAS News

Judge rules commercial drones are legal, undoing six-year ban | sUAS News | DroneLand Times | Scoop.it
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Ready, set, fly!

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