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Mystery Drones Have Been Flying Over France's Nuclear Power Plants

Le Monde reports that quadrotors of various shapes and sizes have been flying over some of France’s (numerous) nuclear power plants over the course of the past few weeks, causing mild alarm, embarrassment for the Air Force that’s supposed to police the air space and a judicial enquiry.


Fly A Drone Over Big Sports Events In The US And You'll Face Prison

The Federal Aviation Administration in the US has issued a warning that warns of large fines or imprisonment if your UAV strays too close to large sports venues.


Last Night's South Park Nailed Why Drones Are So Totally Creepy

“Do you have any idea how much fun we can have with this thing? We can spy on EVERYONE,” declared Cartman on last night’s episode of South Park. This week’s show took on the problems with drones. One of which being they are so totally creepy.


This Tiny Pocket Drone Flies For Two Hours With A Thin Wire Tether

Living in a mostly wireless world is a fantastic experience: were it not for constant connectivity issues, competing wireless protocols, limited ranges, and terrible battery life. That last issue is of particular concern for tiny reconnaissance drones like this hexcopter from Cyphy that work best when remaining aloft for hours. So its creators decided to skip squeezing a tiny battery onboard, and instead keep it tethered with a long invisible wire.


How Drones Are Being Used To Track Malaria

America’s got pretty good at using drones to hunt and kill big tangible things, but Hellfire missiles and Reapers aren’t all that good at tracking little insects. But that hasn’t stopped researchers from using (smaller, less deadly) drones to help fight the spread of infectious disease.


China Scrambled 1226 Troops To Stop A Single Drone

When an unauthorised flight passed near Beijing airport yesterday, China scrambled 1226 military personnel, 123 military vehicles, 26 radar technicians, two fighter jets and two helicopters to stop it. Turns out, it was a single mapping drone.


Monster Machines: This Flying Wing Was 3D-Printed From Plastic Dust In A Day

Embraced by industry titans like Boeing and amateur R/C enthusiasts alike, 3D printing never been adopted more aggressively than in the aerospace industry. And when taken to the limits of its capabilities, 3D printing can produce more than just lightweight composite fan blades. We’re talking full-blown flying wings.


A Future Air-Traffic Control System For Drones Could Use Mobile Phones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones or quadcopters as you’d prefer to call them, have certainly taken off in the last few years, which is great, if you love taking cool movies (or terrorising your neighbour’s dog). But it’s created a headache for the FAA, who have moved to regulate the infant industry and make low-flying aircraft controlled by amateur pilots safer. The latest proposal: an air-traffic control system based on cellular networks.


Soccer Match Abandoned Over Drone-Induced Brawl

Last night, Serbia played Albania at soccer in a Euro 2016 qualifier. But, in the 40th minute, things turned surreal: a drone flew over the pitch flying a flag, which raised tensions enough to start a fight and get the match stopped.


What Are The Rules About Operating A Drone In Australia?

So you’ve bought your first drone/quadcopter/flying camera rig. Good on you! Now how do you go about flying the damn thing without falling foul of Australia’s flight feds at the Civil Aviation Safety Authority? Here are the rules.


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