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Five things you need to know about the FAA’s new rules for flying drones

The Federal Aviation Agency just introduced its long awaited proposal for new drone regulations. Right now it’s illegal for companies to operate drones over the U.S. To fly commercially, companies must get a specific exemption, and only a handful have obtained them so far. The goal of these new rules is to open up the skies to any company with a qualified operator that is willing to follow some basic guidelines.

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Homeland Security is testing nightmare scenarios where toy drones become flying bombs

Here’s a hypothetical matchup for you. A column of tanks covered in thick armor, capable of firing many bullets of both large and small caliber. On the other side, a bunch of plastic quadcopters you bought at the local Walmart. Who wins? According to exercise by the US military, the drones have it hands down.

Drones > Tanks

This was one of several fascinating factoids from a Wired report on a recent meeting hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, the goal of which was to access just how dangerous these “toys” can be.

Along with DHS and the US military, the Federal Aviation Administration was in attendance. That agency has a mandate from Congress to come up with new rules governing domestic drones by the end of this year. So far…

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Link About It: Next-Generation Drones

Next-Generation Drones


Ex-MIT and Google X engineers, who now form the startup Skydio, are developing a way to keep drones from crashing. In a short online video, the team demonstrates a drone’s auto-pilot system that uses real-time 3D mapping of its surroundings to avoid……

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People are unwrapping drones for Christmas and it’s not going so well

Thanks to the massive rise in of consumer drones, one of the most popular items under the tree this year is likely to have four rotors and a camera. The FAA even released a video this week that proposes best practices to help people “stay off the naughty list” as they play with their airborne gifts.

Drones are no longer specialty items, they come in all shapes and sizes. From DJI’s affordable film-quality options to Parrot’s toy-sized mini versions, they’ve practically become a stocking stuffer. And looking at social media, it appears some people are having a lot of fun with them already:

Nouveau jouet #toys#drone#gopro#Noël#family

A video posted by gherardi Loris (@vie_de_thug) on

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Watch this haunting look at Chernobyl, as seen by drones

For a 60 Minutes report that aired earlier this month, filmmaker Danny Cooke spent a week exploring abandoned cities Chernobyl and nearby Pripyat, whose amusement park was scheduled to open just days after the 1986 nuclear disaster that decimated the area.

This week, Cooke posted excerpts from the piece in a compilation entitled “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl” — a mix of drone footage and traditional cinematography. According to The Guardian, this is the first time we’ve seen footage of the area from the air. As described by Cooke himself, “There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”

The footage itself, set to haunting female…

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Here’s why GoPro wants to make its own drones

GoPro, the maker of the popular action cam, is reportedly working on its own line of consumer drones with plans to launch sometime next year. The unit will be priced somewhere between $ 500 and $ 1,000, putting it into competition with drones from DJI, Parrot, and 3D Robotics.

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GoPro reportedly planning to launch consumer drones next year

GoPro will soon be manufacturing drones. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company, known for its hugely popular line of action video cameras, will release consumer drones “late next year.” GoPro’s drones will be multi-rotor helicopters that carry high-definition cameras likely resembling those used in existing devices like the GoPro Hero series. According to the report, GoPro is aiming to price its consumer drones between $ 500 and $ 1,000, an aggressive range that could immediately shake up the consumer drone market.

Companies like DJI and Parrot have established an early foothold in that business, but GoPro’s reputation and dominance of the action cam segment will likely put its future competitors on the defensive almost…

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France doesn’t know who’s flying drones over its nuclear power plants

The French government is investigating a series of unidentified drone flights recently conducted over state-owned nuclear power plants. Unmanned aerial vehicles were spotted over seven different nuclear power plants around the country in a two-week period between October 5th and October 20th. The drones were reportedly commercial models, available for purchase by the general public, but it’s not yet clear who was behind the controls.

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‘Anti-router’ stops drones, cameras, and Google Glass from connecting to Wi-Fi networks

Are you paranoid that strangers are using drones, security cameras, hidden microphones, or even Google Glass to spy on you? If so, you might be interested in a little device called Cyborg Unplug. Just stick it into a power outlet and watch as it sounds an alarm whenever such a surveillance device enters the vicinity of your home. Even better, you can lock those devices from connecting to your Wi-Fi network. If you’re really looking to make a statement, you can even show those “Glassholes” who’s boss by preventing all surveillance devices near your Cyborg Unplug from connecting to any Wi-Fi network.

The device is really just a tiny router the size of an old Apple Airport Express that’s had its firmware customized to sniff out and block…

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NASA is building an air traffic control system for drones

NASA is developing an air traffic control system for drones. The New York Times reports the US space agency is working on creating a management system for vehicles that fly at around 400 to 500 feet off the ground — much lower than conventional aircraft — at its Moffett Field base around four miles from Google’s Mountain View headquarters. The system would check for other low-flying drone traffic, help the small unmanned vehicles avoid buildings, and scan for adverse weather conditions that might knock a drone out of the sky.

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