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SFPUC Drone Use : First City Department to Set Policy for Drones

The first city department in San Francisco adopted a policy on Tuesday to begin deploying drones. In May, The City said five departments could start using drones if they adopted their own drone-use policies and adhered to certain rules to address privacy concerns. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved its policy to allow the use of drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles, for three purposes: construction management, environmental monitoring and documentation, and inspection of SFPUC properties and assets. Mary Ellen Carroll, SFPUC’s emergency planning and security director, identified…

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Government Study Revealed U.S. Army-Banned, DJI Drone Kept Data Safe

Late last week, news broke that the US Army had issued a memo asking units to discontinue the use of DJI drones while the military investigated potential cyber vulnerabilities. There wasn’t much detail on what the exact concerns were or where they stemmed from, but it turns out that another federal agency recently looked into the issue. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which collects a lot of data on weather, did a study in October 2016 with the DJI S-1000 drone to “better understand if any data collected by…

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The U.S. Military to down Drones over U.S. Bases Anti-drone Technology Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

US Military to down Drones Flying over US Bases

The guidance was issued to domestic military installations Friday following classified guidelines that were first issued in July by then-Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work. Friday’s guidance was designed to help bases communicate with local communities about the new restrictions. “The increase of commercial and private drones in the United States has raised our concerns with regards to safety and security of our installations,” US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at the Pentagon Monday. Military analysts have long been concerned about the possibility of drones being used against the US…

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Gun-wielding Drone Is Now a Thing, and That’s Somewhat Worrying

In what is quite possibly the most frightening news beyond impending nuclear war, an American military drone company has developed a gun-wielding drone. Yes, that’s right, a drone equipped with an assault rifle intended to fight in hot conflict. They’ve even made a hilarious photoshopped image of what said drone may look like in combat against insurgents. I say hilarious, it’s also harrowing. The TIKAD, developed by Duke Robotics, is intended to be the soldier of the future, a tool that means there’s no need for soldiers to enter into…

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Some DJI Spark drones are falling from the sky, and that’s to be expected

Yesterday Quartz reported that a little over a dozen customers had complained on DJI forums about their new Spark drones mysteriously shutting down and falling from the sky in midflight. Today, DJI acknowledged the issue in a statement: “DJI is aware of a small number of reports involving Spark drones that have lost power mid-flight. Flight safety and product reliability are top priorities. Our engineers are thoroughly reviewing each customer case and working to address this matter urgently. DJI products are tested for thousands of hours, and the overwhelming number…

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Amazon Will Use Delivery Drones to Collect Data About Your House

Amazon’s ambitions to build a fleet of self-flying delivery drones will have an interesting side-effect: They will create unimaginable quantities of data. Aerial footage, mapping data, flight patterns, number-crunching analysis, and more — autonomous vehicles produce vast reams of data, and drones are no different. And Amazon is already thinking about how it can turn that to its advantage. In a filing for a patent granted on Tuesday, the Seattle-based online retail giant lays out how “captured data may be received by a computer system and properties about a destination…

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Drones in the Battle of Marawi Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

DJI Drones are Getting Shot Down – Drones in the Battle of Marawi

Various consumer DJI drones are being used in a war right now by both the Philippine Army and the radical Islamic terrorist group called the Maute. The Battle of Marawi is an ongoing war which started last May 23 when President Duterte of the Philippines declared martial law on the island of Mindanao due to a rise in terrorist activities. Consumer drones are easy to buy, and they can give an advantageous aerial perspective, so it wasn’t long before both the Maute and the Philippine Army starting utilizing them. While…

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Stricter Drone Regulations in Canada Drones In The News Global Drone Regulations Top Drone News Stories 

Stricter Drone Regulations in Canada – DJI “Disappointed”

Transport Canada has released a series of proposed measures that aim to reduce the security and administrative issues caused by the use of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs or drones). The various restrictions cover different categories of drone models based on weight, as well as an overall set of measures for all drone pilots. Among the general proposed drone regulations is a clause that all pilots operating a drone weighing over 250g must have an obligatory liability insurance of $100,000. Regulations among the “very small” category of drone models — those…

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MIT Researchers Develop Mini-Computer Chips for Mini-Drones Drones In The News New Drone Technology 

MIT Researchers Develop Mini-Computer Chips for Mini-Drones

Recreational quadcopters and most standard hobby drones have a lot of data to process. The computer chips required to simultaneously handle stabilization, flight, and the recording and streaming of camera footage use quite a bit of power. Hence, they need a certain amount of battery power, which in turn results in a minimum weight. Now, researchers at MIT are developing miniature chips, which would require far less power, ridding drones of the hitherto-required battery weight. Smaller chips, less batteries, less weight. MIT researchers Sertac Karaman and Vivienne Sze claim that…

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Recreational drone pilots eligible for refund from FAA

Casual drone fliers will have an extra $5 to spend after the Federal Aviation Administration announced it would refund the fee recreational drone pilots paid with the required registration of their aircraft. This comes after a federal appeals court ruled in May that these pilots no longer have to register with the FAA. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down the FAA rule that required recreational drone users to register their aircraft. In response, the FAA updated the drone registration page on its website,…

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