When Professor David Sheffler first made a 3D-printed jet engine as a class experiment, one of the students whipped out a cell phone to record the results. That video ended up in the hands of a team at The MITRE Corporation, a research titan with military aviation contracts. When MITRE reached out to Mr. Sheffler, they wanted to know if he Read More
Rise of the Drones
Oh good, even more drones to be petrified of. This time it’s from Google.
After more than two years of research, the company’s research lab Google X announced Project Wing last night. The plan is to use the flying robots to deliver packages within minutes to its destination. Hmm, that sounds mildly similar to Amazon’s, which is also planning to use drones as delivery vehicles. Read More
If all goes as planned, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet will be replaced by a drone.
Walt Disney World is mulling the idea of bringing drones into its theme parks as a way to carry “large puppet-like characters and projection screens during nighttime shows,” reports the Orange County Register. Last week, three <air quotes> Disney Imagineers </air quotes> filed patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that outlined their plans of what they would do with the flying robots. Read More
As the Federal Aviation Authority drags its feet with regulation, drone owners are still testing boundaries of where they can fly them. This time, someone thought it would be a brilliant idea to zip a drone around air space near Los Angeles International Airport, which caused alarm among some pilots. Read More
So much for that ~stunning~ drone footage over the sunrise over the Appalachian Trial you were planning on capturing.
The National Park Service said yesterday that it will prohibit the use of unmanned automated vehicles from being allowed in the 2,000-mile long area. The ban, however, not might last forever because the new rule is only in effect until the agency can create an appropriate policy. It takes effect immediately. Read More
When Amazon announced their plans to deliver orders via drone, the world was hopeful, yet skeptical.
But what we thought were nothing more than Amazon’s wildest fantasies may be coming true. Two sources with knowledge of the project’s development revealed that initial testing for the Prime Air drone delivery service could begin as soon as October, according to India’s The Economic Times. Read More
This sounds like it didn’t go as planned.
Some geniuses in South Carolina thought it would be a brilliant idea to smuggle a care package full of drugs, cell phones and tobacco into a maximum security prison by using a drone to deliver the items. Well, the flying robot didn’t obey because authorities say it crashed outside of the facility’s walls. Read More
Perhaps it’s time we cool it with the drones. A drone owner angered officials battling a massive wildfire near Sacramento, California yesterday because the flying robot was hindering firefighting efforts.
The camera-equipped drone was recording the fire, zipping around an area where firefighting aircraft were also flying, Reuters reports. Alarmed about the possibility of a mid-air collision, firefighters contacted police to see if they knew the identity of the drone’s owner. Read More
David Lesh is a drone aficionado. He typically uses it to shoot aerial images of skiers and snowboarders, but last week he used it to possibly save a life. Read More
The only problem, sadly, is that the Federal Aviation Administration bans the use of drones for commercial purposes — like, say, charging people for aerial wedding videography. The FAA now appears to be investigating the incident, Philly.com reports. Read More