Earlier today, a British Airways pilot on approach to London Heathrow said that he thought he collided with a drone. It's the nightmare drone pilots, but according to British Airways, the plane didn't get a scratch.
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Recently, popular maker of consumer drones 3DR announced that its Solo quadrotor would be updated with a system that tells owners where they're not allowed to fly. Now DJI, makers of the ubiquitous Phantom line, is following suite.
Most UAV owners live happy, litigation-free lives. But others continue to ruin things for us, by flying over wildfires or playing chicken with airliners. A new feature for 3DR's Solo drone will aim to change all that.
DJI's Phantom 2 Vision+ really upped the ante for a consumer-friendly all-in-one aerial photography drone. It shot solid 1080p video, and its built-in stabilised camera kept the shot super smooth. Well, the Phantom 3 is here — and while it isn't perfect, it blows the doors off the 2 Vision+. It's a mighty sweet birdie.
Many drone businesses — like aerial pizza delivery! — don't make sense when FAA rules require that humans have a clear line of sight to an aircraft. But the FAA's drone boss just told us that naked eyes won't always be a requirement.
On Friday, 16 January, The New York Times published a report detailing Ukrainian rebels' conflict to seize the Donetsk airport, now a bombed-out shell of its former self. Although the Ukrainian Army says it's rebuffed the attack, it would have been the rebels' first major advance in months since the cease fire on Sept. 5.
The Phantom Menace has approximately one good scene: the bit where people race through canyons at high speed while people shoot at them. Although reality might not quite be up to jet engines and high-powered rifles quite yet, a group of quadrotor hobbyists have managed to replicate the first-person thrill of racing a dense obstacle course at high speed.
By this stage, Facebook's plan to bring internet to the whole world with a fleet of drones and lasers is pretty well documented: what's a little vague has been the details — until now.
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?