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Department of the Interior to Permanently Halt Drone Programs

The Financial Times has today reported that the US Department of the Interior is planning to ground its civilian drone program for good in response to growing concerns that hardware made wholly or partly in China could pose a security risk. The latest move by the Trump administration will see the DOI halt the use…
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Commercial Drones FM Podcast: Impossible Aerospace

Commercial Drones FM just published a Podcast featuring Impossible Aerospace where Ian talks with Keenan Johnson at AUVSI last year in Chicago. As background, Impossible Aerospace is a US startup based on the west coast that manufactures an all-electric, high-endurance multirotor drone marketing as the US-1.  The drone platform is marketed mainly towards first responders—law…
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2020 Drone Industry Predictions: Experts Weigh In – and Disagree

2019 was a year of change and progress for the drone industry.  What comes next – more consolidation and an industry slow down, or more exciting innovation and industry expansion?  We asked some of the industry’s leading voices for their 2020 predictions. DRONELIFE asked participants to comment on 3 important questions- and the variety of…
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What People Really Think About Drones: EASA High Level Conference Addresses Societal Concerns

At Amsterdam Drone Week today, the EASA High Level Conference on Drones discussed critical issues for regulation and the drone industry – and one of them is how the public perceives drones, as that perception influences regulation around the globe. A panel of aviation regulators and thought leaders took the stage, including Luc Tygat, Director…
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ARISE: Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems Wins Google Impact Challenge

Photo Credit: NIAS, ARISE Flight Instruction Activity The drone industry can be a major economic contributor to communities – but developing the right workforce for the jobs available is always a huge challenge for new technology sectors, and finding skilled resources has become a major problem for drone companies.  The Nevada Insititute for Autonomous Systems…
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New York is Putting Money on Drones for Economic Development

New York’s investment in the drone industry is paying off – and as the first segment of the state’s drone corridor receives BVLOS authority, opportunities for new businesses are expanding. The state of New York has made a major investment in economic development for the Center State region, and part of that has been directed…
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4 Drones Your Kids Will Love

As the holiday season rolls around – yes, Virginia, the decorations are up – drones are expected to fly off the shelf as kids around the world rev up their wish lists. Toy/model drones are perfect for wee beginners; most are inexpensive ($29 to $100) and are built to be durable while offering easy-to-use-controls and…
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Building a New Elevation of Drone Biz in the Mountains, Part 1

Drone entrepreneur Jordan Nelson captures aerial video for demolition clients for projects like the Georgia Dome implosion. Courtesy of nelsonaerials.com. The following feature is Part 1 in a two-part series telling the unique story of Jordan Nelson – a Millennial-aged entrepreneur whose success story is rooted in the Blue Ridge Mountains region. A version of…
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DRL’s RacerAI Drone is Here to Push Boundaries and Take on Human Pilots

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has unveiled RacerAI, an autonomous (and slightly disconcerting) racing drone. RacerAI is the first autonomous drone designed to take on and defeat human pilots. The drone is set to be the hardware that gives life to DRL’s inaugural Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit. The four-event series will see nine…
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How Did Drones Become a Protest Tool?

Talk to any science fiction fan about drones and they’ll tell you that our favorite flying robots aren’t just useful tools in agriculture and construction. They are the inevitable agents of dystopian governments. Traditionally, drones are symbols of intimidation and oppression, spying from above and keeping the people under close watch. But strangely enough, some…
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