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California drone bill misses the mark

Last 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 o...
01 September 2015, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 8/31/15

The U.S. National Guard operates a substantial—and strategically critical—fleet of Predator and Reaper drones in America’s wars. Now, the service is taking steps to bring those drones home for u...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 8/24/15

On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration released a database of over 600 incidents in which drones interfered with the national airspace and, in some cases, came close to colliding with manned a...

Solar-powered flight for 81 hours: A new endurance 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 continuou...
31 July 2015, by

Is all the hype about drone commercialization clouding our judgement?

The 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 ...
28 July 2015, by



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The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 7/13/15

Max Abrahms, an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, has written numerous influential works on the internal dynami...

Solar powered day/night autonomous flight achieved: Airborne for 28 hours without fuel!

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 ...
09 July 2015, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 7/6/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone Until the FAA implements comprehensive regulations for the commercial use of unmanned aircraft in US skies, the only companies legally permitted to fly dron...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/22/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone In a recent report on China’s military capabilities, the Department of Defense told Congress that China will manufacture up to 42,000 military drones for ...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/15/15

The Pentagon’s 1033 program, which transfers excess military equipment to domestic law enforcement, has resulted in the proliferation of unmanned ground vehicles in police departments across the cou...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/8/15

The House and Senate have released proposed Pentagon budget bills that differ in drone spending from Obama’s proposed budget in several key points. We analyzed these differences to glean how they re...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/1/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone On May 20, the U.S. government released 103 documents seized during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. The documents, which have been translated ...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 5/25/15

“Good Kill,” an IFC Films production, explores the use of drones by the U.S. military and issues related to remote participation in war. We sat down with actor Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Nicc...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 5/18/15

Earlier this month, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International hosted its annual Unmanned Systems 2015 conference, the world’s largest drone trade show. But what is AUVSI, what exact...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 5/12/15

Last month, the U.S. Navy retired its two X-47B prototype unmanned combat drones. Known as Salty Dog 501 and Salty Dog 502, these remarkable aircraft are the most advanced and most autonomous drones e...

Competition heats up for consumer-friendly aerial photography drones

Competition is fierce in the world of consumer drones these days, especially among companies marketing products than can produce pro quality video and photography without having to hire a drone ...
06 May 2015, by and

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 5/4/15

While the most widely recognized military drones are fixed-wing designs like the Predator and Reaper, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) systems are becoming more widely used. What, exactly, are the ...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/27/15

Earlier this month, the United Nations held a Meeting of Experts to discuss the ethical and legal implications of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The Meeting, which was attended by delegates...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/20/15

Last week, the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons held a Meeting of Experts to discuss the ethical, legal, and humanitarian implications of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LA...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/13/15

As the FAA grants more and more exemptions for the commercial use of drones, the immediate future of the domestic drone industry is beginning to take shape. We combed through the FAA’s drone exempti...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/6/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone The National Air and Space Museum recently took possession of a rather special drone: the Center for the Study of the Drone’s very own Phantom I quadcopte...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 3/30/15

Drone delivery, Senate hearing, law enforcement drones and many more stories. Read all the drone related news from last week on the Drone Center's Weekly roundup....

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 3/23/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone Grégoire Chamayou’s A Theory of the Drone offers a scathing critique of the use of military drones. But rather than approach the issue from a policy or s...

Does your drone have a ‘remote’? Canada’s definition of autonomous operations is a scene out of Chappie

Chappie, the new robo-film on the block, takes place in Johannesburg, where the police force is made up of robots. In one of the early scenes, the main characters, Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi t...
16 March 2015, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 3/16/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone In the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, senior U.S. government officials told the public that Saddam Hussein’s military was developing s...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 2/9/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone In late February, the Obama administration announced that it would ease long-standing restrictions on the sale of U.S. armed drones to foreign nations. The ...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 3/2/15

At the Center for the Study of the Drone As a Department of Homeland Security shutdown started to look increasingly likely, we wondered what that would mean for the Customs and Border Protection’...







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