Category DRONE BRANDS

Like this Hobby Drone Becomes an Awesome Military Sniper

What is it, how does it work, and is autonomous war using AI drones such a good idea?

There’s a new kind of killer drone. Called TIKAD, it isn’t like any lethal drones you’re seen before. Because unlike the effective-yet-cumbersome MQ-9 Reapers, these multicopters can carry a sniper rifle, a grenade launcher, or a machine gun—the inevitable convergence of hobby drones and military weapons.

Big drones like the Reaper and its predecessor, the Predator, are controlled from thousands of miles away, orbit at five or ten thousand feet, and watch everything happening below. They strike with laser-guided AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, which are precise but hardly surgical, causing collateral damage and loss of life...

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U.S. Army Puts a Stop to Its Use of Chinese-Made DJI Drones

No longer Army material: DJI’s Inspired 1 drone.
Security concerns lead to ban of a popular brand of UAV.

Citing a worry over “cyber vulnerabilities,” the U.S. Army this week ordered that all drones built by China-based DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer be forthwith removed from Army service. The order comes following a classified study of the issue completed in May by the Army Research Laboratory, and the simultaneous release of a Navy memorandum titled “Operational Risks with Regards to DJI Family of Products.”

According to aviation attorney Jonathan Rupprecht, the FAA has recently created more than 500 security-related flight restrictions prohibiting unpiloted aircraft flights over military locations...

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Latest Drone from China Can Stay in the Air for Months at a time

The Caihong, or “Rainbow,” is capable of a maximum altitude of over 60,000 feet.

China has built a new drone plane that can stay in the air for months at a time. Called the Caihong (“Rainbow”), it was developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics.

The uncrewed craft took part in a test flight in Northern China last week, where it set a record altitude of over 65,000 feet, higher than any other Chinese drone. (The world record for highest altitude for a remote drone is around 96,000 feet, set by the Helios Prototype in 2001.)

Following upgrades and improvements over the coming year, the CAAA team expects the Caihong will be able to stay in the air for several months or perhaps even years at a time, making the drone useful for surveillance, cartography, communications, and emerg...

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The Winter-Proof high payload Drone That Will Watch the Arctic [Pics & Video]

A high-payload, low-cost drone would change Arctic science forever. But the challenge of making it freeze-proof still remains.

The wide-open spaces of the Arctic are a dream for drone science. A maneuverable eye in the sky has made unmanned aircraft a go-to method for counting sea lion populations, mapping ice cover, and perhaps one day for search-and-rescue operations off Alaska’s coast.

But small drones bring their own inconveniences, too, like limited flight time and a small payload. That was a problem for the U.S. federal research facility Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which needed something that could carry lots of equipment to measure solar irradiance, three-dimensional windspeed, and analyze air particulates...

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Low-cost Valkyrie and Mako “wingman” combat drones shown by Kratos

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie will act as an armed-to-the-teeth buddy for manned combat aircraft initially, but swarms of combat drones now seem likely in the not-too-distant future (Credit: Kratos Defense)

Defense company Kratos has announced that it will show two low-cost combat drones at the Paris Air Show next week, offering an insight as to what military conflicts might look like in the foreseeable future – a manned combat jet leading dozens of 1,000 km/h lethally-armed unmanned companions.

The Kratos XQ-222 Valkyrie and UTAP-22 Mako drones offer fighter-like performance at between US$2 and $3 million apiece, compared with $100 million for each manned fighter...

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This Drone Will Get You Into Drone Racing

Hone your drone skills before stepping into the big league.

Under normal circumstances, going from zero experience flying drones right to drone racing would be like jumping into NASCAR competition the day after you get your driver’s license. But the Aerix Black Talon isn’t your average racing drone. Beginners will find it easy to pilot, and with its $99 price tag, they’ll also find it extremely affordable.

The Aerix Black Talon is the first ever drone designed for racing newbies. It features a 6-axis flight control system that aids handling, paired with the extreme performance you’ll only find in ultra-fast racing drones...

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The Best Indoor Drones for Honing Your Skills or Just Having Some great Fun

These drones are not for all weather conditions, but they make drone piloting a great hobby.

Drones can soon become an expensive pastime, but it can be surprisingly cheap if you just want to test the waters. Today, you can get fairly capable drones for under $100 that are great for practicing indoors before stepping up to a larger (and more expensive) quadcopter later.

Here are just some to consider whether you’re looking to get a taste of what drones are all about or just looking to have a bit of fun.

1 Blade Nano QX

Amazon | $60

If you’re looking to put on some training wheels before making an investment in a more full-featured drone, you may want to opt for something like the Blade Nano QX...

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A little drone with a Big future

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Mini drones may be kind of fascinating to some of us, but the things are notoriously difficult to keep hovering in one place, plus they’re not known for shooting great video. Chinese startup Ruiven claims to be out to change that, however, with its new Kudrone. The tiny quadcopter shoots at a maximum resolution of 4K, it can pivot 360 degrees to shoot panoramic stills, plus it’s equipped with GPS.

To start a flight, the Kudrone is simply thrown up in the air. It can then be controlled manually via an iOS/Android smartphone app, in which users see a real-time 720p video feed from its onboard camera. Communicating with the phone using Wi-Fi, it has a range of 100 ft (30 m)...

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Intel drones by the hundreds dance in the night sky

Intel’s new Shooting Star Drone is the latest UAV announcement from a company that is better known for its processors. The VP and GM of Intel’s UAV Segment explains why drones fit perfectly into the company’s global strategy.

Intel is getting serious about drones, with a string of announcements about unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology. The company is known best for its processors, but the Internet of Things makes computers harder to recognize. While yesterday’s computing was done in a heavy rectangular box, today’s processing takes place in everyday objects and tiny gadgets.  www.intelagencies.com

Drones are no exception. “We see them as flying computers,” Anil Nanduri tells ZDNet. He is Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s UAV Segment.

Today Intel unveiled its latest crea...

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10 special drones that are sure to turn heads with pics & info here

1…Flybrix

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Anyone who grew up in the 80s or 90s remembers a time before branded Lego kits. If you wanted Star Wars ships you had to design them yourself. There weren’t any Indiana Jones or Batman kits, and forget about Lord Of The Rings sets.

Flybrix is a drone kit that takes Lego creations one step further: you can attach drone motors to your designs and fly them! The basic Flybrix kit comes with eight motors and all the specialized Lego-compatible bricks you need to get started. Drones can be flown with a smartphone app or a remote.

These buildable drones aren’t out yet, but according to the website they should ship by Christmas. Lego Logic works.

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2…Splash Drone

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Drones can be fun for a while, but sometimes you want one that has a more serious use. Enter the Splash Drone...

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US Army embraces tethered drones into its unmanned aerial fleet

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A tether provides the drone with the power needed for long endurance flights.

Drones have become an immensely powerful (and controversial) tool in and over the battlefield, but with limited flight times they can only watch over enemies for so long. Lately, the US Army has been exploring tethered versions that could help plug some holes in its military strategy, and has now placed an order with drone-maker CyPhy Works for a wired aerial vehicle that could provide an eye in the sky for days at a time.

We first heard of CyPhy Works and its Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system, the drone in question, in 2012. The design has evolved to now include six rotors instead of the original four, but its capabilities remain largely the same.

The system starts with a gr...

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711 STORE USA RENO NEVADA EMPLOYS A DRONE FOR FOOD & DRINKS DELIVERY

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A chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee, Slurpees and candy were packed into a purpose-built container and carried autonomously by a Flirtey drone.

A fully fledged drone service dropping items off across the US is a ways off yet, but the concept has now edged a little closer to reality with 7-Eleven carrying out the nation’s first drone delivery to a customer’s home. The retailer teamed up with drone startup Flirtey to complete the shipment, whose flying robot was loaded up with Slurpees and other snacks to give convenience store a new kind of meaning.

The deliveries began at a 7-Eleven store in Reno, Nevada, a state where Flirtey has set up shop with an office at the University of Nevada, looking to grow its technology at one of just six federally approved drone testing sites in the ...

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