Damn, The Falcon 9 Rocket Looks Hot Even When It's About To Crash

SpaceX is binging on rocket launches and landing attempts this year. While the company is 2 for 2 with crashing the theoretically-reusable Falcon 9 rocket into its autonomous drone ship instead of landing gently, this photo has us admiring just how good it looks while failing.Read more..

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VIDEO: Drone films Nepal quake destruction

Aerial footage filmed by a drone shows the devastation caused in the Sindhupalchok district, near the epicentre of the earthquake in Nepal.

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NASA's Ten Engine Electric Drone Goes From Chopper to Airplane and Back

Space missions get all the hype, but NASA Aeronautics is doing some pretty rad stuff, too. Their ten engine, unmanned electric plane, for instance, has just successfully transitioned from hover mode to wing-borne flight and back again.Read more..

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A drone spray-painted Kendall Jenner’s giant Calvin Klein billboard in New York City

A graffiti artist recently scrawled red spray paint across the face of model Kendall Jenner on a prominent Calvin Klein billboard in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. “It’s exciting to see its first potential use as a device for vandalism,” he said. The post A drone spray-painted Kendall Jenner’s giant Calvin Klein billboard in New York City appeared first on Digital Trends.

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VIDEO: Drone detector to safeguard planes

New radar technology will enable drones to be detected more easily

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Here’s how one startup plans to dominate drone-based delivery

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The smartphone app plots its course, but the heavy lifting is done in the cloud.

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—One day soon, we will receive packages at our doorsteps, delivered by your local friendly drone.
Or at least, that’s the hope for a handful of drone delivery startups, some of which exhibited their wares Friday at the Drone Data X Conference in this coastal town less than an hour’s drive south of Silicon Valley

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Fundamental Innovation Peaked in 1870 and Why That's a Good Thing

Would you believe that society has only become less innovative through the years? Sure, we’ve managed to come up with things like the internet, spacecraft that can land on distant asteroids, antibiotics to tame once-deadly infections, the ability to harvest electrical power from the Sun, global positioning satellites, powdered alcohol, step-counting apps, wildly hybridized plants and animals, jet aircraft, bullets that can aim themselves, consumer-grade drone aircraft, and so forth, but right about 1870, fundamental innovation peaked and leveled off.
This is according a recent combinatorial analysis of language patterns used and reused within United States patent applications conducted by researchers at the Sante Fe Institute and published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The researchers analyzed patent applications all the way back to 1790 in a process that involved matching technologies to distinct phrases and how often those phrases are repeated in future patent applications. Here, this constitutes technological reuse.
“A new invention consists of technologies, either new or already in use, brought together in a way not previously seen,” the Sante Fe researchers, led by complex systems theorist Hyejin Youn, write

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FAA may ease drone regulations on 'line of sight' requirements

SANTA CRUZ, California — The FAA may loosen regulations on commercial drone operators that would make it easier for businesses, like Amazon, to operate drone-based services.
Speaking at the Drone, Data X Conference in Santa Cruz Friday, the FAA’s Jim Williams acknowledged the need to ease the regulation known as “line of sight” that requires commercial drones be kept within the field of view of the pilot.
See also: Amazon gets the green light to test drones in the U.S.
“We understand there’s a lot of value in flying out of line of sight and that’s one of the areas we’re looking to get ahead rapidly in the next few years,” said Williams, who heads up the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office Read more

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Delivery Drones at Last? FAA Contemplates Relaxing "Line of Sight" Rule

Many drone businesses—like aerial pizza delivery!—don’t make sense when FAA rules require that humans have a clear line of sight to an aircraft. But the FAA’s drone boss just told us that naked eyes won’t always be a requirement.Read more..

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This Stunning Drone Footage Will Convince You Antarctica’s the Most Gorgeous Place on Earth

Precious few people ever get the chance to visit Antarctica, so allow this stunning eight-minute video to provide you with a rare glimpse of the remote region.
Swedish filmmaker Kalle Ljung and his crew shot this drone footage during a 20-day trip to Antarctica this past December/January. “We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica,” Ljung explains in the video description.
The resulting video is a breathtaking look at the region’s natural beauty. It captures an overwhelming feeling of isolation and stillness — but also captures some rare moments full of life, like a gently moving fishing boat and a family of whales

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