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Should Cities Have Zoning For Drones?

In the US, the FAA’s rules about commercial drones have so far been ham-fisted: ban, except in special cases. And who knows how things will pan out in Australia where three Aussie entrepreneurs want regulatory approval to deliver parcels using drones. But what would a world where we live, play, and work next to drones look like? What would city zoning for drones look like?


Monster Machines: The Secret US Drone Program That Killed JFK's Brother

The Ryan Firebee is widely considered the first true UAV developed by the US military, however, it was far from their first attempt. Take Operation Aphrodite, which loaded B-17s with high explosives and remotely crashed them into enemy targets, for instance. This early UAV program wasn’t just an abject failure, it may well have changed the course of 20th century politics.


Pro-Russian Militants Shot Down This Soviet-Era UAV Over Ukraine

This weekend, Ukraine’s band of pro-Russian militants bagged themselves a big old bird when they knocked this Soviet-era reconnaissance UAV out of the skies over Shahtersk.


Monster Machines: 18,500 Tonnes Of Deliveries Later, The Pilotless K-Max Is Heading Home

Even though it’s still officially a prototype transport system, the K-max unmanned delivery helicopter from Lockheed Martin and Kamen has become a workhorse for US Marine Corps. But despite its strong showing throughout the War in Afghanistan, the future of this pilotless chopper remains uncertain.


Monster Machines: This New Drone Can Roam Up To 2900km From Home

The rapid exit of US ground forces from Afghanistan has caused an unforeseen problem for forces in the region: Afghanistan’s most remote regions are suddenly out of range of our conventional turbo-prop UAVs, making CIA interdiction against the Taliban nearly impossible. But a new generation of jet-propelled Predator drone will soon take to the skies and venture up to 2900km from its base.


This Flying Ambulance May Save Wounded Soldiers From Certain Death

Removing wounded soldiers from the battlefield has always been a dangerous proposition, not just for the wounded but for the Medevac team as well. So instead of sending more soldiers into harm’s way, one Israeli aeronautic company wants to whisk the wounded away aboard a UAV.


Feature: DARPA Tried To Build Skynet In The 1980s

From 1983 to 1993, the US Government’s DARPA program spent over $US1 billion on a program called the Strategic Computing Initiative. The agency’s goal was to push the boundaries of computers, artificial intelligence, and robotics to build something that, in hindsight, looks strikingly similar to the dystopian future of the Terminator movies. They wanted to build Skynet.


Monster Machines: The Grey Eagle Drone Now Flies For Nearly Two Days Straight

The MQ-1 Predator UAV is one of America’s most prolific and productive drones, having notched more than a million hours of flight time since its introduction in 1994. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for continued improvement to the platform. In fact, General Atomics has also been hard at work with a slightly less deadly version that can fly for twice as long.


Monster Machines: The Stealthy Barracuda UAV Is Germany's Future Flying Force

After the end of hostilities in WWII, France and Germany have become surprisingly close. The two nations are stalwart proponents of expanded European Union integration and are regularly referred to as the EU’s “twin engine”. But on the issue of unmanned aerial platform, the two simply cannot agree. So while France and its cohorts are developing the nEUROn, Germany is building the stealth Barracuda.


Tony Abbott Wants An Australian Billion-Dollar Drone Program, But Why? [Updated]

If I had $1 for every time Tony Abbott had said “stop the boats” in the last four years, I’d probably have enough cash to fund his latest proposal: he wants to buy seven UAV drones to scour the Australian coastline for illegal boat arrivals at a cost of $1.5 billion.


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