The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given oil giant BP permission to fly drones to conduct surveys in Alaska — the first time anyone has been allowed to fly unmanned vehicles over U.S. soil for commercial purposes.
BP will use an AeroVironment Puma AE to inspect its Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska, the largest oilfield in the country, according to the FAA’s press release published Tuesday
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“These surveys on Alaska’s North Slope are another important step toward broader commercial use of unmanned aircraft,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “The technology is quickly changing, and the opportunities are growing
Drone flying may still be controversial (for reasons of privacy and safety) — but the inescapable truth is that it is also a lot of fun
There are few things quite like remotely controlling a flying device via your iPhone. Make the drone only a little bit bigger than your hand, and the fun actually doubles. That’s what I found with Parrot’s new Mini Drone, Rolling Spider.
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I recently piloted Parrot’s tiny flyer (known as the “Rolling Spider” because of the large wheels you can attach so it can roll up walls) and its Earth-bound drone cousin the Jumping SumoMashable first encountered these two toys at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, where Parrot reps did the flying as I jealously watched Read more.
This microwave sized quadcopter has a built in camera that you can control from your smart phone.
The new HorseFly octocopter–a small drone with eight rotors–is designed to live on the back of a electric delivery truck. As the truck makes its rounds, the HorseFly splits off to make more deliveries in the area.Delivery companies obsess about finding the perfect route to drive through town, since every detail matters for saving fuel and reducing pollution: UPS drivers, for example, rarely turn left, which has saved the company around 10 million gallons of gas over the last decade. But the most efficient trucks are nothing compared to drones, which could completely transform the cost and carbon footprint of delivery.Read Full Story
Controlled by the Fatdoor app, the $1,099 quadcopter features 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity.Could drones become social? Fatdoor, a social network for neighborhoods, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce Skyteboard, a quadcopter that can be controlled by local residents.Read Full Story