Get ready to see more drones overhead, even after hours.The US Department of Transportation on Monday released proposed regulation that would, for the first time, allow routine drone flights above crowds and at night.It's all part of an effort to "further integrate drones safely into the national airspace system," according to a webpage for the Federal Aviation Administration, an agency within DOT. "This will help communities reap the considerable economic benefits of this growing industry and help our country remain a global technology leader," US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in remarks Monday to the nonprofit Transportation Research Board.Amid huge growth in the drone industry (PDF), the Federal Aviation Administration in 2016 implemented new regulations that made it easier for pilots to use drones for everything from structural or crop inspection to search-and-rescue operations to film production. But certain restrictions, including flying over people and … [Read more...] about Feds might allow drones to fly over crowds
Unmanned flying vehicles
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's probably a drone. Quadcopters, multirotors, and other forms of unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) have taken off in a big way.We're not talking about a novelty gift that self-destructs on impact with a lamp by the end of Christmas day, or serious hobbyist tech that costs thousands to put together. Those are toys for serious, long-standing enthusiasts.We're here to chat about affordable drones, equipped with cameras and capable of flying anywhere. These have been around for some time now, and the rise of consumer drones has been rapid. Prices have fallen, built-in GPS and stabilization systems have made them easier to pilot, and you can use them to capture stunning video footage.These compact aircraft have also been hitting the headlines more often, with the likes of concerns being aired by the FBI over in the US – more on that later – and of course most recently, the rogue drone that brought Gatwick airport to a grinding halt for a day and … [Read more...] about Where can you legally fly your drone?
Tech & Science Since their surge in popularity in recent years, drones have been heralded as the future of transportation, carrying everything from packages to people. But they could also revolutionize the medical field as well by being used to transport human organs for transplants. Currently organs are transplanted across the country by either commercial aircraft or expensive charter flights. But with drones, individual organs could be transported directly from the hospital where the body part has been removed to the hospital where the patient is awaiting the organ to be implanted. Dr Joseph Scalea (second left) and his team at the University of Maryland Medical Center tested the drone back in March. University of Maryland Medical Center Dr. Joseph Scalea at the University of Maryland’s Medical Center has been leading the charge to turn this fantasy into a reality. “Three years ago I began asking myself why it is that we need to wait for commercial aircraft … [Read more...] about Organs By Drone? Unmanned Flying Vehicles Could Soon Carry Body Parts For Human Transplants
Since Delair first launched in 2011, it has grown from a small drone startup into a global unmanned aircraft systems and asset-management company, with headquarters in Toulouse, France, and offices in Belgium, Singapore, and the US.In June 2018, Delair was named one of the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers, a title given to a group of companies expected to have a significant impact on business and society.It has also partnered with Intel on the Intel Insight Platform, a marketplace-style, cloud-based service where customers can store and analyze drone data, and for which it acquired funding from Intel Capital in September 2018.The company also announced the acquisition of key assets from US drone company Airware as part of its expansion.Founded by Michaël de Lagarde, Benjamin Michel, Benjamin Benharrosh, and Bastien Mancini, Delair was initially created to collect data in remote locations for the oil industry. Having developed a drone measurement tool to fly over long … [Read more...] about Why working with Intel is helping Delair’s drones fly into new markets
It may be a year or more before the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) changes its rules enough for Amazon or other hopefuls to deliver products by drones. But the five-year FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, signed into law Oct. 5, confirmed controversial rules the FAA considers critical to its ability to regulate drone traffic and confirmed funding and plans for drone-specific additions that would create an air-traffic control system that can track traditional aircraft and a rapidly growing population of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The near-term goal is to provide safe, low-altitude operations for both drones and manned aircraft. The longer-term goal is to accommodate what is expected to be enormous growth in the use of commercial drones, in an efficient way, according to briefing materials from NASA. The bill covers all aspects of the FAA’s operations, but the biggest change is the integration of civilian unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system … [Read more...] about FAA Traffic Management Anticipates Flying Cars