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Pilots of drones or model aircraft could be fined or jailed for up to a year if they navigate near automobile racetracks or big sporting stadiums, the Federal Aviation Administration announced.
The Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) No. FDC 4/3621 is the first time US flight regulators have moved to criminally punish wayward drone pilots.
The rules—the first FAA update to pilots concerning sports venues in five years—reiterate an existing standard that prohibits pilots of all aircraft from flying under 3,000 feet and within three miles of stadiums from NCAA Division 1 football, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, and even big car races. The no-fly area is designated “national defense airspace” for one hour before and after events at these venues with 30,000 or more seating capacity

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So now that you’ve built your quadcopter and can fly it without crashing most of the time, what’s next? How about metaphorically hopping into the pilot’s seat with a First Person View setup. Great idea… but the cost of the required gear can be a deal breaker. FPV goggles alone range from the low to high hundreds. [sneaky] was using his laptop screen for his FPV setup and decided to try to make is own FPV goggles.
The display is just a small LCD screen that was purchased off eBay

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Image: Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia CommonsElon Musk drags the future into the present. Hes disrupted space with his scrappy rocket startup SpaceX and played a key role in making electric vehicles cool with Tesla Motors. Because of this, when Musk talks about the future, people listen. Thats what makes his latest comments on artificial intelligence so concerning.Musk has a growing track record of using trumped-up rhetoric to illustrate where he thinks artificial intelligence research is heading

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While the US builds new fleets of drone boats and the Russians invest in new nuclear attack subs—the Canadians are just trying to figure out a way to make energy efficient war vessels that can save them on diesel costs and cut down on toxic emissions.The Canadian Department of National Defence just issued a tender asking for help from the private sector figuring out how it can create energy efficient, diesel powered engines for its fleet of vessels.According to DND they need a, “critical assessment of scientific studies and product literature on technologies designed to increase energy efficiency of marine vessels without modification of diesel engine components.”  Related: Canada Is Still Using Shitty Hand-Me-Down British Submarines That likely means hybrid engines saving the navy on diesel costs, spreading stocks out beyond the fuel they currently fill up on. Part of the study will also investigate potentially new, “energy technologies on current and future Royal Canadian Navy vessels

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An engineering student in the Netherlands has unveiled an ‘ambulance drone’ fitted with a defibrillator that he believes could save thousands of lives a year. The post Check out the ‘ambulance drone’ that could one day save your life appeared first on Digital Trends.

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