Residents of the village of Pāhoa in Hawaii are preparing for evacuations, as lava moves dangerously close to homes. The lava flow from the Kīlauea volcano was just 100 yards from the nearest home as of Monday morning
The Puna lava flow speeded its descent down a sloping hillside over the weekend, covering a roadway and moving across a cemetery.
See also: Man Drops Himself Into Volcano and Takes a Selfie
This drone footage from Oct. 25 shows the proximity of the lava to structures. Smoke advisories have been issued for the surrounding area

View original article at Mashable

Strict regulations will need to be introduced before large drones are allowed to appear in the UK’s skies, pilots association Balpa has said.

View original article at BBC World News

Last week, a Google executive rode in a balloon all the way to the stratosphere, then jumped from more than 25 miles above the Earth’s surface, breaking a world record in the process. The record fell with no warning whatsoever, because the entire project was undertaken in secret.Why? Well, the simple answer is that the project was a scientific experiment, not a publicity stunt, according to the company who made it happen. The experiment was a resounding success, and could one day lead to humans repairing balloons and other stratospheric aircraft.”The customer is interested in the science and technology in opening a new frontier

View original article at Motherboard

In another incident involving commercial aircraft and drones, a passenger plane coming in to land at an airport in the UK came close to colliding with a quadcopter flown by a still-unidentified operator. The post Quadcopter flown ‘deliberately’ at passenger plane in near-miss incident appeared first on Digital Trends.

View original article at Digital Trends

The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies including Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not

View original article at Mashable