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Loon and Wing graduate from X moonshot factory

Two of Google’s best-known flights of fancy, Project Loon and Project Wing, are being hatched from their X incubator to become independent businesses under the wing of Alphabet, Google’s holding company. Loon will work with mobile network operators globally to … Continue reading

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Facebook cancels its internet drone program

Facebook says it’s ending its campaign to build a fleet of high-altitude drones to boost internet connectivity, after spending millions of dollars on the years-long effort. In a Facebook blog post, engineering director Yael Maguire noted that other companies were building … Continue reading

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Boeing leads $16M investment in Matternet

Boeing HorizonX Ventures has taken the lead role in a $16 million Series A funding round for Matternet, a California company specializing in drone delivery operations in urban environments. Other investors include Swiss Post, Sony Innovation Fund and Levitate Capital, the companies … Continue reading

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Boeing invests in Kittyhawk drone software venture

Boeing says its HorizonX venture capital arm is investing in Kittyhawk, a San Francisco startup that provides end-to-end software solutions for autonomous drone operations. The investment is part of a $5 million seed round that was led by Bonfire Ventures with participation by … Continue reading

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Amazon patents messaging system for drones

For an earlier generation, one of the sweetest sounds of summer was the music coming from an ice-cream truck. For the next generation, will it be the tune of a delivery drone? That’s just one of the possibilities covered in … Continue reading

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NASA adds a drone to its 2020 Mars rover

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has given the thumbs-up to putting a helicopter on Mars. The Mars Helicopter, which is actually more of an autonomous drone, will be packed into the belly pan of a Red Planet rover that’s due for … Continue reading

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10 teams cleared to push the limits with drones

The U.S. Department of Transportation has selected 10 state, local and tribal governments to oversee pilot projects that will go where no drones have gone before. But this time around, Amazon has been grounded. The projects are meant to help … Continue reading

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