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12 drone mishaps showing why the FAA hates drones

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Whether good or bad, everyone seems to have an opinion on drones. Few technological advancements are as hotly debated as drones are right now.

The definition for what constitutes a drone varies, but most people agree that a drone is a remotely-piloted, unmanned aerial vehicle or aircraft. The distinction usually comes in its purpose — commercial or military.

With regard to military use, objections are fairly obvious — people have ethical concerns about “drone strikes,” or the idea that a remotely-piloted aircraft could swoop in on a target and destroy it, especially when that target is a person. On the commercial end, though, arguments are more complicated.

Consumer drone use brings with it privacy concerns (many models have attachable cameras), regulatory issues, and concerns about t...

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SWARM OF ROBO DRONE BEES MAP OUT 3D IMAGE OF A SWISS MOUNTAIN

THOUSANDS OF IMAGES CREATED BY ROBOTIC BEE SWARM TO GIVE 3D IMAGE

A spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), called senseFly, develops and assembles autonomous mini-drones and related software solutions. The company’s eBee drone has a flight time of up to 45 minutes, allowing it to cover areas of up to almost four square miles in a single flight. With its small 16-MP camera it can shoot high-resolution aerial imagery. CEO Jean-Christophe Zufferey describes how the company recently launched three lightweight eBee drones around the beautiful Matterhorn mountain, in the Swiss Alps. Over six hours and multiple flights, the mini-drones took almost 3,000 images...

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