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How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of ‘ghosting’ in the age of surveillance

August 6th, 2020 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

The federal government has used military-grade border patrol drones like this one to monitor protests in US cities. Drones of all sizes are being used by environmental advocates to monitor deforestation, by conservationists to track poachers, and by journalists and activists to document large protests. As a political sociologist who studies social movements and drones, […]



The F-16′s replacement won’t have a pilot at all

July 17th, 2020 at 2:32 am » Comments Off

Somehow, Skyborg will be an operational weapon system in just three years. The U.S. Air Force is planning to field an operational combat drone by 2023. The service says Skyborg will replace older weapon-slinging drones and even early models of the F-16. Skyborg will be reusable but could be sacrificed in combat if necessary. The […]



The first long-distance drone deliveries in the U.S. are bringing PPE to healthcare workers

June 9th, 2020 at 12:52 pm » Comments Off

If a hospital in Huntersville, North Carolina, needs to quickly replenish its supply of surgical masks and gowns as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it will now be able to summon a drone to make a delivery. Novant Health, the nonprofit that runs the hospital and hundreds of other facilities in the Southeast, just became the […]



These drones will plant 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they’ll have planted 1 billion

June 2nd, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

One of Flash Forest’s prototype drones. We need to massively reforest the planet, in a very short period of time. Flash Forest’s drones can plant trees a lot faster than humans. This week, on land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the […]



10 technology trends to watch in the COVID-19 pandemic

May 15th, 2020 at 12:31 am » Comments Off

The coronavirus demonstrates the importance of and the challenges associated with tech like digital payments, telehealth and robotics. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated 10 key technology trends, including digital payments, telehealth and robotics. These technologies can help reduce the spread of the coronavirus while helping businesses stay open. Technology can help make society more resilient […]



Virginia town where drone deliveries are daily

April 5th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Paul Sensmeier awaits his drone delivery Futurist Thomas Frey has predicted that drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history. In a quiet residential neighborhood in Christiansburg, Virginia., one happens to be disrupting the work of two landscapers. The workers silence their weed eaters, looking to the sky in wonder as the whining […]



World’s first internationally piloted drone delivery

April 4th, 2020 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

At present, 170 countries are affected by the pandemic, COVID-19. The rate of infection continues to rise fivefold on a daily basis across the world, and the data continues to highlight the transnational force of contagion. To date, there is no unifying or effective method to treat the disease or its spread, which would need […]



Helicopter drone is made to drop bombs on forest fires

March 30th, 2020 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

The QilingUAV JC260, loaded up and ready to go  One of the good things about drones is the fact that they can safely be flown in conditions that would prove hazardous for crewed aircraft. That’s where the JC260 unmanned helicopter comes in, as it’s designed to fight forest fires. Created by Chinese manufacturer QilingUAV, the […]



Man “walks” dog with a drone while in quarantine

March 28th, 2020 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

This is some next level problem solving As preventative measures against COVID-19 are increasing around the world, more and more folks are staying inside. This is especially fantastic news for pets. They have no idea what’s going on, but suddenly their humans are home all the friggin’ time. Literally pet heaven. However, stricter lockdown rules […]



Drone swarms use nets to catch other drones in flight

March 16th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are working to develop a system that addresses current and future national security threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems Robotics engineers from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are developing drones that can capture hostile drones in flight. Funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, […]



Elon Musk: ‘F-35 fighter jets would have no chance against drones’

March 10th, 2020 at 5:31 pm » Comments Off

  Elon Musk has suggested Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, which are a key part of the Morrison government’s $200 billion investment in defence, would “have no chance” against an autonomous drone in the battlefield. “The fighter jet era has passed,” Mr Musk said at the US Air Force’s Air Warfare Symposium in […]



US Navy deploys first anti-drone laser dazzler weapon

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:45 am » Comments Off

Artist’s concept of a laser weapon in action The US Navy has successfully installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) laser weapon aboard one of its warships. During dry-dock operations, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) received the stand-alone laser system, which is designed to blind the sensors on Unmanned Aerial […]



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