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Drone’s-eye view of SpaceX rocket landing

SpaceX’s first-ever commercial rocket launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center was picture-perfect, but the landing was arguably even more photogenic – or should we say “dronogenic”? The company’s Falcon 9 rocket quickly rose into the clouds over Launch Pad 39A, the … Continue reading

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Amazon’s plan to turn packages into gliders

Amazon has come up with some wild and crazy patents, but a patent issued today has to rank among the wildest: It calls for turning the packages ejected by its delivery drones into radio-controlled gliders. The patent application was filed back in 2015, … Continue reading

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It’s a bat! It’s a plane! It’s Bat Bot!

Holy drone, Batman! Scientists have created a robotic drone with soft, flapping wings that looks and flies like a ghostly bat. The Bat Bot project, conducted by researchers at Caltech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, may sound like … Continue reading

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Metamaterials harnessed for beaming power

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Wireless power transmission has been a dream since the days of Nikola Tesla, but Intellectual Ventures is adding a twist to make it so, and make it profitable. The twist is a little something called metamaterials, a … Continue reading

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Amazon patents drone with foldable wings

Amazon has sought patents for hitchhiking drones, mini-drones that can sit on shoulders, drones that assemble themselves like Lego toys – and now drones that flip their wings to go from vertical to horizontal flight. The hybrid foldable-wing design is covered in … Continue reading

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Amazon exec worries about state laws on drones

By Alan Boyle and Monica Nickelsburg A patchwork of state laws governing drone operations would pose a “real problem” for aerial delivery systems like the one that Amazon is developing, one of the executives in charge of the company’s drone … Continue reading

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FAA tests systems to counter dastardly drones

Drone sightings by commercial pilots are on the rise, and so is the Federal Aviation Administration’s research into systems that detect and defend against unmanned aerial vehicles. In cooperation with other government agencies and industry partners, the FAA has been testing … Continue reading

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