The Russian army has established a ground-based unit specializing in defeating enemy drones. The unit—the first of its kind in Russia—operates electronic jamming systems that, in theory, can sever the radio connections between unmanned aerial vehicles and their operators. Russian-made jammers reportedly have been successful in forcing down drones in the recent past. But that doesn’t mean America’s huge fleet of military UAVs is defenseless. The counter-drone unit formed in Kursk in western Russia, the Kremlin announced on October 28 View original article at Motherboard

Vanilla Aircraft’s VA001 drone has broken the world record for longest unmanned internal combustion powered flight in history — with an epic five days, one hour, and 24 minute voyage. The post Diesel-powered drone sets world record for longest flight appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

You’ve probably heard of micro-drones, perhaps even nano-drones, but there research institutions that shrink these machines down to the size of insects. Leading from the [Wiss Institute For Biologically Inspired Engineering] at Harvard University, a team of researchers have developed a miniscule robot that — after a quick dip — literally explodes out of the water. To assist with the take off, RoboBee has four buoyant outriggers to keep it near the water’s surface as it uses electrolysis to brew oxyhydrogen in its gas chamber. Once enough of…

Foot soldiers for years have watched as wars in the air have been transformed by the introduction of drones. Now ground troops are starting to enjoy some of the same benefits. View original article at Wall Street Journal

A Malaysian, Singaporean and two others face import charges after flying a drone near parliament. View original article at BBC World News