New York-based UAS firm Empire Drone Company has received a Part 137 certification from the FAA, paving the way for the company to launch crop-spraying missions. Crop-spraying via drone has emerged as a blossoming trend in precision agriculture over the last five years View original article at Drone Life

Here are the lawmakers who defected on Iran legislation | TheHill  The HillHouse Votes ‘No War Against Iran,’ In Rebuke To Trump  NPRHouse approves war powers legislation pulling authority back to Congress  PoliticoAfter Soleimani killing, U.S. braced for Iranian drone and missile strikes  NBC NewsHouse Votes to Repeal 2002 Military Authorization in Bid to Rein in Trump on Iran  The New York TimesView full coverage on Google News View original article

A DRONELIFE Exlusive interview with Dor Abuhasira, Co-Founder and CEO of Percepto. Of all of the buzz words used in the drone industry in 2019, “automation” was one of the biggest View original article at Drone Life

The world’s largest drone manufacturer, Chinese-based DJI, has responded to the U.S View original article at Drone Life

UPS is keeping the drone-delivery dream alive after announcing a partnership this week with a Fortune 500, medical-solutions distributor Henry Schein, Inc. will be testing several drone-delivery use cases with UPS Flight Forward to develop new models to transport medical supplies View original article at Drone Life

Enlarge / An artist’s concept of how Gremlins would fill the skies, launched from manned motherships. (credit: DARPA) The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been conducting research into a number of types of swarming drones that could be used on the battlefield. The latest of these is the “Gremlins” program—an effort to build relatively low-cost unmanned aircraft that can be launched from a “mothership” transport aircraft and then be recovered by the mothership after their mission is complete. This past week, the Defense Department conducted the…

The higher-ups at Apple either had ideological or moral objections to the project outright or just didn’t want to suffer the consequences of employee protests like Google did. Less than three weeks after quietly acquiring artificial intelligence company Xnor.ai, Apple has swiftly canceled the company’s preexisting contract with the Pentagon that would have seen its tech used in the controversial “Project Maven” military drone operation.Read Full Story View original article at FastCompany

For Ethiopian aeronautical engineer Lydia Elias, building and piloting a drone to support humanitarian and development projects on the continent of her birth has been a lifelong dream. View original article at Reuters

The new no-fly rule is explicitly aimed at foreign drones and the only exceptions would be for emergencies. View original article at Digital Trends

UPS and Matternet are teaming up for a trial drone delivery service for health care facilities in San Diego. View original article at Digital Trends