Flying a drone without a permit can get you into some serious trouble, as two Aussie vloggers learned in Iran recently. They’ve been released after nearly three months in jail. View original article at Digital Trends

UPS Flight Forward attains FAA’s full approval for drone airline (via UPS) UPS has received government approval to operate a drone airline. The shipping company, granted a Part 135 Standard certification, can now fly pilotless aerial vehicles beyond human operators’ visual line of sight—day or night. “This is a big step forward in safely integrating unmanned aircraft systems into our airspace, expanding access to healthcare in North Carolina, and building on the success of the national UAS Integration Pilot Program,” according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L…

Is a drone equipped with a firing nailgun an awesome idea or the reason humanity can’t have nice things? Whatever the answer, researchers at the University of Michigan decided to build one. View original article at Digital Trends

Google’s Wing unveils plans for a first-of-its-kind trial with FedEx and Walgreens (via Wing) Alphabet’s Wing drone delivery service is taking off in the US. The Google subsidiary is launching a pilot program this fall in Christiansburg, Va. Starting next month, residents of the New River Valley region in Southwest Virginia can collect parcels from FedEx Express, Walgreens, and local retailer Sugar Magnolia via unmanned aerial vehicles. The trial, according to a company blog post, will “demonstrate the benefits of drone delivery by improving access to healthcare products,…

Two vloggers who gave up their jobs in Australia to travel the world have been detained in Iran for flying a drone without a permit, according to reports. View original article at Digital Trends