Tag Archives: Drones

Zipline adds zip to drone delivery service

A California-based aerial delivery venture called Zipline has unveiled what it calls “the fastest commercial delivery drone on Earth,” capable of flying as fast as 80 mph (128 km/h). Sustained cruising speed for the latest version of Zipline’s fixed-wing drone is almost … Continue reading

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Antarctic drone duty gets a successful start

A scientific team supported by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is reporting the successful deployment of a trio of undersea drones to monitor how climate change affects Antarctica’s ice sheets. Now it’s up to the drones. “We are so pleased with … Continue reading

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Boeing HorizonX gives a lift to drone radar venture

Boeing’s HorizonX venture capital arm signaled that it’s doubling down on autonomous flight technologies by participating in a $15 million funding round for Utah-based Fortem Technologies, which sells a miniaturized detect-and-avoid radar system for drones. The investment was announced today, less … Continue reading

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APP airbag could protect drone-dropped deliveries

Seven years after Jeff Bezos had the idea of putting an airbag on your smartphone, Amazon’s inventors have kicked it up a notch by patenting a drone-mounted system that inflates an airbag around your package just before it’s dropped off for delivery. … Continue reading

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Intel sets record with 1,218-drone Olympic salute

The Winter Olympics’ first-ever drone light show has earned Intel the title from Guinness World Records for the “most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne simultaneously.” There might be an asterisk in the record book, however: The show didn’t actually take place … Continue reading

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2,500 applicants sign up for drone experiments

The city of Seattle, King County, Boeing, KING 5 and Tukwila’s police department are among more than 2,500 organizations and individuals who have registered their interest in experiments that could lead to routine drone deliveries, aerial night patrols and other … Continue reading

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Why Amazon patented a self-destruct drone

Most inventors look for ways to make their machines more robust, but Amazon has won a patent for delivery drones that fall apart more easily. Why? For safety reasons. The patent application, filed last year and published last week, lays out … Continue reading

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