China’s SZ DJI Technology Co., aiming to expand its edge in the global market for commercial drones, unveiled a more upscale model for professionals and an initiative to let developers create apps for devices.

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A DARPA artist’s concept of how a flying drone carrier’s takeoff and landing pattern might look.

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kicked off a program seeking ways to convert existing large aircraft into drone carriers that could launch waves of unmanned aircraft a safe distance from a target to carry out a mission and then recover them—all while in flight. DARPA issued a request for information (RFI) kicking off the program November 7.
“We want to find ways to make smaller aircraft more effective, and one promising idea is enabling existing large aircraft, with minimal modification, to become ‘aircraft carriers in the sky’,” Dan Patt, program manager for DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office, said in an official statement issued by the agency.
The RFI document says that DARPA is seeking to prove “the feasibility and potential value of the ability to launch and recover volleys of small UAS [unmanned aircraft systems] from one or more existing large platforms (e

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FAA officials are concerned about unauthorized drones colliding with airplanes.While drones are cleaning solar panels, delivering condoms, flying into tornados, and taking dramatic selfies, they’re also getting dangerously close to airplanes, helicopters, and airports, according to a report from the AP on Wednesday.Read Full Story

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The Cambridge-based operations are focusing on drones and speech tech.Amazon is staffing up a research lab in Cambridge, using the university to poach young talent to work on its drone delivery project Prime Air and speech tech projects, according to TechCrunch. The article cites sources close to the company, as well as job listings for the Cambridge area on the company’s site. New hires can expect to work on “brand new projects using cutting edge technology” if one such posting is to be believed.Read Full Story

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AP Exclusive: Drone sightings up dramatically

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