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Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys have unveiled the world’s first 3-D printed jet-powered drone.

The US State Department has granted the Italian Air Force permission to begin arming the country's American-bought MQ-9 Reaper drones. Italy will join the UK as the only US allies to operate armed Reapers.

Frank Kelley, a former Marine Corps brigadier general, was appointed first deputy assistant secretary for unmanned systems.

Canadian drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs received $60 million investment from American venture capital firm Summit Partners.

A reconnaissance drone shot down by Turkey on the border with Syria.

Singapore Post announced that it will start exploring ways of delivering mail using drones.

NASA is preparing a fleet of small drones that will accompany the crew of the International Space Station, carrying out a variety of tasks such as checking sound levels or searching for missing items.

by   -   October 2, 2015

The first DroneApps Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, recently assembled 150 drone professionals from Europe, the US, Japan, and Australia for a two-day exchange of ideas.

NASA announced that it has completed the third phase of testing for a sense-and-avoid system for large unmanned aircraft. The tests included more than 200 live scenarios in which NASA’s Ikhana drone detected and averted a possible collision with another aircraft.

Roboteam, an Israeli company, has secured a deal to provide the U.S. Air Force with 250 Micro Tactical Ground Robots for bomb disposal operations. The $25 million deal is part of a contract that lasts until 2022.

by   -   September 18, 2015
Aerial Construction A collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, 2015. The rope bridge is strong enough to walk across.
ETH Zurich, 2015.

Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together a bridge strong enough to walk across.  Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridge joins two scaffolds, and is the first full-scale load-bearing structure autonomously built by flying machines.

Drone strikes by Britain’s Royal Air Force killed two British citizens in Syria. The two men, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, were reportedly fighting with the Islamic State. The strikes, which took place in August, were confirmed last week in a speech to Parliament by Prime Minister David Cameron.

A drone crashed at the U.S. Open. Image via Sky Sports.

interview by   -   September 4, 2015

Flying Fotokite close up

by   -   September 1, 2015

drone_target_law_mark_arrow_UAVLast week, the California state Assembly approved Senate Bill 142 which, if adopted, would restrict drone operators from flying below 350 feet above ground level (AGL) over real property unless they obtain the owner’s permission. The Bill passed on a 43-11 vote and will proceed to the Governor who will have an opportunity to veto it. Although the intent of the Bill – the protection of privacy – merits pursuit, the Bill as amended on June 30th is problematic in multiple respects and should be denied passage.

Robots Podcast: Industry and society
February 7, 2014

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