Every drone and model aircraft owner could be charged £16.50 a year under plans by the regulator. View original article at BBC World News

When you think of unconventional aircraft, flying wings have had plenty of time in the sun over the last few decades. With striking designs like the B-2 Spirit and F-117A Nighthawk on the flight line, it’s no surprise. The lifting body never really caught on, however, and it languishes in ignominy to this day. Despite their obscurity, [rctestflight] decided to 3D print a few lifting bodies for himself and take them out for a field test (YouTube video, embedded below). Most aircraft have a body designed with low…

Fixed-wing planes and helicopters are no longer the darling of the RC world. Even quadcopters and other multirotors are starting to look old hat, as the community looks to ever more outrageous designs. [rctestflight] has slimmed things down to the extreme with this coaxial bicopter build, also known as the Flying Stick (Youtube video, embedded below). The initial design consists of two brushless outrunner motors fitted with props, rotating in opposite directions to cancel out their respective torques. Each is mounted on a gimbal, setup to provide control…

It’s that college graduation time of year again. And like any friend or relative who doesn’t want to just gift a wad of cash, you’re probably stumped. We’ll give you some hints: While a new drone or all the storage Ikea has to offer may hit for high schoolers, college grads need a gift that makes them feel like an independent adult. What better way to say “You’re on your own now, pal” than with a 4K TV for their new place? Even if they’re living in a…

A beluga whale discovered off Norway’s coast, wearing a harness that had an adapter for a GoPro camera, according to authorities. [credit: Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries ] Evidence suggests that the Russian Navy has been looking for new ways to leverage what amounts to the original underwater “drone”—militarized cetaceans. Norwegian fishermen discovered a friendly beluga whale in the Barents Sea off the northeast coast of Norway on April 25. Belugas are native to the Barents, so the whale’s presence wasn’t the surprise—the surprise was that it was fitted…