Drones

The Navy’s Swarming LOCUST Drones

The Navy’s Swarming LOCUST Drones

DARPA’s vision for the future of warfare calls for inexpensive drones, and lots of them. On Apr. 14 the Office of Naval Research released this video of their Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology (LOCUST) program that is making just the…

The DP-14. Credit: DPI

Meet the DP-14, the Chinook’s Little UAV Brother

Dragonfly Pictures, Inc. (DPI) is working to bring their DP-14 unmanned aerial vehicle to the civil and military market. The DP-14’s shares its tandem-rotor design with Boeing’s CH-47 Chinook, the U.S. military’s manned, heavy-lifting workhorse. DPI…

Air Shepherd's fleet of drones and command vehicle. Credit: Air Shepherd

Drones Saving Herds of Elephants and Rhinos

It has been more than two decades since an international ban on the ivory trade, but elephants and rhinoceroses still die at the hands of poachers who participate in this horrible, illegal, and lucrative business. In…

FAA Keeps Amazon on a Short Leash

FAA Keeps Amazon on a Short Leash

Amazon Inc. got the green light the Federal Aviation Administration Mar. 19 to start testing their drone delivery service, Amazon Prime Air. While many drone supporters might call Amazon’s new “experimental airworthiness certificate” a victory for the commercial drone…

Quadcopter landing in Boston. Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Changing Hearts and Minds About Drones

What does the American public think of drones? Not very much, according to a Feb. 5 online poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos. The survey’s results show “widespread unease” about drones.  73 percent said that they wanted…

MQ-9 Reaper being inspected in Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo

The Week of New Drone Policy

This week has been an important one in the world of drone policy. On Sunday, the Federal Aviation Administration released their suggested regulations for commercial drones. Beyond the civil use of drones, the State Department announced…