It’s definitely not perfect, and there are a few little things that could be improved, but even so, Anafi is unquestionably the best drone that Parrot has ever made. The post Parrot Anafi drone review appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

A NASA satellite passed over Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego on June 24, and it found something intriguing. According to data collected by the satellite — named Landsat 8 — temperatures in the chaotic avalanches the volcano blasted down its flanks three weeks earlier are still relatively high.  Landsat 8 takes around 400 detailed images each day, and can also measure thermal conditions on the ground, leading to this finding at Fuego.   SEE ALSO: Something much weirder than a ‘supervolcano’ is brewing under New England In Landsat’s recent…

We don’t have to tell you that drones are all the rage. But while new commercial models are being released all the time, and new parts get released for the makers, the basic technology used in the hardware hasn’t changed in the last few years. Sure, we’ve added more sensors, increased computing power, and improved the efficiency, but the key developments come in the software: you only have to look at the latest models on the market, or the frequency of Git commits to Betaflight, Butterflight, Cleanflight, etc….

One of Facebook’s ambitious plans to bring broadband internet to remote and rural communities around the globe quietly folded Tuesday, according to a blog post from Facebook’s engineering team. The program focused on designing and constructing the Aquila, a giant drone that could beam down internet connection via laser beams from 60,000 feet. Able to remain in the stratosphere autonomously for three months at a time, the Aquila was part of Facebook’s vision for bringing internet to unserved areas. But three years after the company debuted its fully-constructed…

A Facebook rendering of the Aquila solar-powered drone. (credit: Facebook) It was supposed to be the future of digital communications, helping to connect the “next five billion people” to the Internet. But Facebook has now shut down its internal effort to build high-altitude solar-powered drones to provide a backbone for Internet connectivity in areas lacking wired infrastructure. In a blog post yesterday, Facebook’s Yael Maguire announced that the company is shuttering its Aquila drone program. The goal of the Aquila program was to create a drone that could…

The company had envisioned a fleet of solar-powered aircraft that would help bring more people online in remote parts of the world. Original article at nytimes.com

University of Tokyo researchers have created a “dragon drone” that is capable of flying and changing shape mid-flight. University of Tokyo researchers have created a “dragon drone” that is capable of flying and changing shape mid-flight. The drone is modeled after traditional dragon kites and made of interlinked smaller drones. And yep, “dragon” is actually an acronym for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON.” The drone’s ability to fly and change shape isn’t just for kicks View original article at FastCompany

After four years of work, Facebook says it’s ending efforts to build its own internet drone. Instead, it’ll collaborate with aerospace firms to build drones with the relevant technology for bringing the internet to remote places. The post Facebook gives up on building its own internet drone appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Facebook announced Tuesday it's scrapping Project Aquila, a drone that could fly over an isolated area and provide internet coverage, four years after its start.         View original article at USA Today

So you want a drone. But don’t want to drop half a paycheck on something you don’t know how to operate yet. You’re in luck: We’ve curated the best bang-for-your-buck drones for newbies.  eBay is a drone lover’s paradise. With top-rated sellers and the eBay Money Back Guarantee, it’s simpler than ever to score your new favorite tech toy View original article at Mashable