Shortly after 9/11, Congress passed the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). It authorized the US military to go after “Al Qaeda and associated forces,” officially starting the so-called War on Terror. Of course, we now know that last part, “associated forces,” has been re-interpreted to mean more or less anyone the US government labels a threat. All a target needs is to possess the right signature (being a military-age male in certain parts of Pakistan or Yemen, for example) and they can be captured or…

NASA is now partnering with Verizon Wireless and more than 100 other technology firms, including Google and Airware, to research what could eventually become an automated drone air traffic control system. On Thursday, The Guardian cited documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act to report that Verizon is specifically building some sort of system to examine whether cell towers “could support communications and surveillance of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at low altitudes.” The system, known formally as the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM), is scheduled to be presented…

SONOMA, Calif. — Love is soaring to new heights this wedding season, thanks to the growing trend of drone photography. More couples are adding drones to their wedding-day wish lists to capture stunning aerial shots of their special day. See also: 17 high-tech ways to make your wedding day even more memorable According to The Knot, drone photography started to take off (see what we did there?) in early 2014, but early adopters incorporated it into weddings a few years prior “A few wedding photographers over the past…

NASA and Verizon are working on technology which will monitor commercial and civilian drones in the U.S., it was revealed Thursday. The Guardian reports NASA will use Verizon’s network of cellphone towers to determine whether or not it is possible to monitor low-altitude drone flight with tests beginning later this summer. Verizon will also announce a technology which will allow them to use its cellular network “for data, navigation, surveillance and tracking of drones” in 2017, with a final product arriving in 2019 View original article at Mashable

Budget airline conducted its first test of an automated drone around one of its aircraft in a hanger at Luton airport. It hopes to roll out the technology to other airports by 2016. View original article at Daily Mail Online

Verizon has reportedly signed a deal with NASA to allow the use of its cell phone towers in a proposed air traffic control system for quadcopters and other remotely controlled flying machines. The post Drone control: Verizon’s cell phone towers could be used in NASA plan to monitor drones appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Nearly 10 million students in China are gearing up to take what’s become known as “the world’s toughest exam.” The pressure to pass the National College Entrance Exam is so great that some resort to cheating in a bid to pass. But the drones are coming.. View original article at Digital Trends

Pittsburgh International Airport has a lot of unusual quirks, like having the city’s only Pinkberry shop and a collection of dinosaur fossils. And it’s only getting weirder with the addition of a Robotics Repair Shop. OK, so it’s not a place where a broken drone can be replaced. Rather, it’s a public art installation that imagines a scene where “owners left for vacation, leaving robots in various stages of repair.” Artist Toby Atticus Fraley’s vision is closer to becoming a reality, because he blew past his $10,000 Kickstarter…

A soaring outlook from chip maker Ambarella suggests drone sales are taking off. View original article at Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that it would place a higher priority on integrating drones into the national air space by appointing a senior adviser to coordinate relations with industry and other outside stakeholders. View original article at Reuters