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by   -   July 31, 2015
T=0 hours. AtlantikSolar team  hand launches AS-2 at 09:32 on July 14th, hoping to set new world records.
T=0 hours. AtlantikSolar team hand launches the AS-2 at 09:32 on July 14th, hoping to set a new world record.

Two weeks after demonstrating AtlantikSolar’s first 24-hour flight, the fixed-wing team of ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab has reached another milestone: 81.5 hours and 2316 km of continuous flight for its 6.8kg AtlantikSolar 2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (AS-2). This breaks the flight endurance world record in its class.

In a place where news crews had been risking equipment and lives attempting to cover floods, Olewe's African skyCAM deployed drones to reduce the risk to reporters. Despite progress in the field, on January 15, the Kenyan government instituted a general ban on private drone use.

by   -   July 28, 2015

drone_cloud_thinking_judgement_storm_head_talking_conversation_communicationThe hype around the consumer drone industry is so thick that it clouds our judgement. It is as if our biggest boosters have forgotten what our technology stack really does, what it doesn’t do, and what it should do. 

Mythbusters co-host Jaime Hyneman test flies a drone. Credit: DLC. Via: io9

The National Drone Racing Championships took place last week in California.

The Philippines issued its first commercial drone permit last week. Source: Business World Online

by   -   July 9, 2015

The AtlantikSolar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle took off on June 30th, 2015 at 11:14 o’clock to attempt the “holy grail” of solar-powered flight: the crossing of a full day-night cycle on solar power alone. More than 28 hours later, on July 1st at 15:35, the aircraft landed safely and with fully recharged batteries, thus showing AtlantikSolar’s long-endurance flight capability. This is of significant interest for large-scale disaster support, industrial inspection or meteorological observation missions, especially in the compact form of a hand-launchable 7kg UAV such as AtlantikSolar.

Until the FAA implements comprehensive regulations for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft in US skies, the only companies legally permitted to fly drones are those in possession of a Section 333 exemption. We have compiled a comprehensive database of every company and individual with an exemption. This database offers the most detailed view to date of the emergent domestic commercial drone industry.

A USDA poster released in May warning hobbyists not to fly near wildfires. Credit: USDA

An ongoing campaign in Ukraine aims to crowdfund a drone (pictured) for the Ukrainian military. Credit: People’s Drone, People’s Project.

A flight demonstration at Roma Drone 2015, a drone expo that took place in Rome, Italy on May 30 and 31. Credit: Dan Gettinger

A court in Germany rejected Faisal bin Ali Jaber’s complaint that Berlin is complicit in U.S. drone strikes in Yemen.

The NavSonde drone is built to collect data from volcanos. Credit: Latitude Engineering

A man was arrested for flying a Parrot Bebop drone near the White House. Credit: U.S. Secret Service



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