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Consumer drone business stumbles, but commercial markets beckon

The fledgling drone industry is in the throes of change as weak consumer demand and falling prices drive startups to shift their focus to specialized business applications. 3D Robotics - an early drone startup that raised more than$125 million from investors - has seen its consumer business all but crash. This week, it unveiled a new commercial strategy, announcing a camera-equipped drone...

Deutsche Telekom to launch drone defense system: report

Germany's Deutsche Telekom plans to launch a drone defense system this year designed to guard airports, stadiums, car test tracks and critical infrastructure, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday. The increasing use of drones for commercial and leisure purposes has led to a rise in the number of near-misses with aircraft and infringements into no-fly zones, prompting companies a...

China's New Fleet Of Drones: Zhuhai 2016 Airshow Displays The Future Of Chinese Warbots And Swarms

China's military drone industry, already one of the world's largest, is on full display at the Zhuhai 2016 Airshow. The airshow has featured some of China's high tech attack and surveillance drones for the first time, as well as provided glimpses of the future, with stealthy UAVs, 'marsupial drones', supersonic robot planes, and drone swarms. One of the most prominent on...

Police use drones at Birmingham City clash with Aston Villa

A drone has taken to the skies around a city football ground to catch hooligans and identify flashpoints at a derby clash between rival clubs. Its video camera captured high-definition images of the streets around Birmingham City's ground for the game against Aston Villa earlier. It was the first time West Midlands Police had used a drone to police a football match. Aviation rule...

Businesses using drones must respect the rules of the air

Drones are taking off – but, as the most recent shutdown of Dubai airspace shows, the rise of the technology is causing considerable turbulence. Aside from recreational use, there are numerous commercial applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), ranging from infrastructure inspections to document deliveries. But some specialist UAE drone consultancies have a warning for busines...

Avianca develops autonomous drone for airliners

Avianca is internally developing an autonomous drone to inspect grounded aircraft for damage caused by lightning and bird strikes, the low-cost Latin American carrier says. Unlike other airlines that have partnered with drone makers, Avianca plans to develop the drone and navigation system internally with a provisional schedule of launching operations next year, says Jose Ospin...

FAA contemplating whether millions of drones will fill skies

So many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses that federal aviation officials said Friday they are contemplating the possibility of millions of unmanned aircraft crowding the nation's skies in the not-too-distant future. In the nine months since the Federal Aviation Administration created a drone registration system, more than 550,000 unmanned aircraft have bee...

WestJet pilot seeks medical attention after laser strike during flight to Fort McMurray

A WestJet pilot sought medical attention after a laser strike during a flight to Fort McMurray last month, airline officials say. The laser was shone into the cockpit of a WestJet aircraft on Aug. 22, WestJet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said in an email. The flight landed safely in Fort McMurray, but the next flight was cancelled until a replacement co-pilot could be brought in. Pil...

CNN Announces 'CNN Air' Dedicated Drone Unit

Cable television news organization CNN has launched CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN Air), its first dedicated drone unit. CNN Air will employ two full-time unmanned aircraft systems operators “to fully integrate aerial imagery and reporting across all CNN networks and platforms, along with Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner entities,”...

Intel Unveils 'Aero' Drone Development Platform

Semiconductor manufacturer Intel Corporation this week announced the launch of the “Aero Ready to Fly” quadcopter drone, designed as a platform for drone application developers. The quadcopter will be available later this year; it was unveiled August 16 at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. “Designed from the ground up to support drones,” the Aero platform...

Russia's newest drone to undergo certification tests within days — source

Russia’s newest tactical drone Korsar will undergo government certification tests within days, a spokesman for the United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (affiliated with Rostec) has told TASS, adding that all three drones of that type to be tested were operational. Some media said earlier there was only one sample of Korsar, which had crashed during a test flight. "This is n...

Airbus Is Teaming With This Startup to Protect Airports from Drones

Dedrone, a company that specializes in drone detection, is now working with a unit of Airbus  EADSY 4.21% , to bring its technology already used at sports stadiums and other venues, to airports. Specifically, it is working with Airbus DS Electronics and Border Security (EBS), a unit of the European aerospace giant that is being bought by private equity firm KKR. The goal of the collaborati...