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3D Robotics, the company that grew out of the popular DIY drones website and the imagination of Wired Magazine Editor Chris Anderson, has announced a new consumer level quadcopter drone called the Solo. Touting its latest creation as "a breakthrough in intelligent flight," 3DR's new drone leans away from 3DR’s roots in hobbyist, DIY UAV flying in favor of a a slick, packaged, all-in-one consumer-oriented system that works right out of the box with a minimum of fuss. Read More
We recently had a chance to spend some time with the most advanced all-in-one video drone on the market, DJI's Inspire 1. It's a clear step forward from the Phantom 2 Vision+ we've been playing with lately, but what's it like to fly, and where does it sit against DJI's new Phantom 3? Read More
Last month it emerged that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had granted Amazon permission to begin testing a delivery drone prototype for its Prime Air service, a venture that aims to transport packages to Amazon customers in under 30 minutes. But there was a hitch, with the company since revealing the vehicle cleared for use had already become obsolete. Things are now back on track with the FAA giving Amazon the green light to put its current models to the test. Read More
A Portuguese company that wants to use drones to provide internet access to offline areas of the world has completed its first test flight. Quarkson plans to use solar-powered SkyOrbiter drones that will stay airborne for weeks, months or even years at a time and will fly at altitudes of up to 22,000 m (72,000 ft). Read More
Learning the intricacies of drone photography can involve a steep learning curve, but flying a kite is a much simpler proposition. For Russian roboticist Sergei Lupashin, blending these old and new forms of flight could be a key to unlocking the potential of aerial photography. By putting his Fotokite quadcopters on a leash, he hopes to get airborne cameras into the hands of more journalists, enabling them to tell stories from exciting new angles. Read More
Last November, DJI Innovations released the Inspire 1 drone, which was unlike anything the company had manufactured before. Today, though, the company announced the latest step in the evolution of its more familiar and affordable Phantom line – namely, the Phantom 3. There are actually two models, the Phantom 3 Professional and slightly-less-fancy Phantom 3 Advanced. Read More
When it comes to concerns about the widespread use of drones, one of the big ones is the worry that the things will crash on peoples' heads. That's why researchers at the University of Zurich have created a system to keep that from happening. Their technology allows a drone to regain stable flight after losing control, and to autonomously land in a "safe" area in the event of mechanical or battery failure. Read More
People have actually claimed to have seen living pterosuars – just Google the word "ropen" – although those alleged sightings tend to be confined to far-flung places such as Papua New Guinea. That could be about to change, however, if a new Kickstarter campaign is successful. Ohio-based PaulG Toys is raising production funds for a radio-controlled pterodactyl, that actually flies by flapping its wings. Read More

Amazon has taken its Prime Air drone-delivery operations north of the US border to develop the technology with greater regulatory freedom, according to a report in The Guardian. Read More

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