The liability damage and personal injuries from small, fast-moving unmanned civilian vehicles can be huge–and more and more often will keep the Federal Aviation Administration, lawyers, and all of us on high alert.When a regional triathlon in Australia hired a local drone operator, Warren Abrams, to take aerial photographs of their event, competition organizers of course never expected serious injuries from the UAV. But one of the event’s triathletes is now in stable condition in the hospital after receiving head injuries from a drone collision last week–and the athlete, organizers, and the cinematographer are arguing over whether the athlete was hit by the drone or not. And while this case might seem strange, it raises an important question–who’s responsible when commercial drones hurt people?Read Full Story

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Once you realize you can make almost anything fly if you strap a big enough prop and motor to it, you really start thinking outside of the box. That’s what [Rodger] did and he’s come up with this very impressive 19lb, 5′ long X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars.
Recently [Rodger] has found new joy in making movie props come to life with the help of today’s technology. He started with Project Thunderball — a flying James Bond mannequin with a jet pack. From there he brought us the Marty McFly working hover-board, and now an X-Wing Fighter, his biggest flying machine yet

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The MQ-8 Fire Scout might be the US military’s marquee pilotless helicopter, but it’s not the only one. A pair of R/C Kaman K-Max K-1200 choppers have proven their value resupplying forward operating bases in Afghanistan and, now, the DoD is developing a system to turn any helicopter into a remotely operated whirley bird.Read more..

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The controversial aircraft capable of causing pain

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Quadcopters are a ton of fun to play with, and even more fun to build. [Vegard] wrote in to tell us about his amazing custom DIY quadcopter frame that uses a commercial flight control system.
Building a quadcopter is the perfect project to embark upon if you want to test out your new CNC mill and 3D printer. The mechanical systems are fairly simple, yet result in something unbelievably rewarding. With a total build time of 30 hours (including Sketchup modeling), the project is very manageable for weekend hackers

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