Any drone company with Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ambitions needs connectivity. Which is why the news of a partnership between EHang, the Chinese manufacturer behind the 184 passenger drone, and telecoms giant Vodafone, should come as no surprise View original article at Drone Life

After a troubled start in the U.S. that culminated in a recall, GoPro’s Karma quadcopter has finally gone on sale in several European countries, namely the U.K., Spain, Italy, Germany, and France The post GoPro’s Karma drone finally takes flight in the U View original article at Digital Trends

For the folks at Hackerloop, a collective of makers, tinkerers and engineers based in Paris, lots of things revolve around Nerf guns—and why not? There is a particular joy gained from shooting a friend with a foam projectile in the face. The Hackerloopers take this a step further though. Their Nerf guns are mounted on drones, robotic turrets—they’ve even rigged up a crazy one involving Google Glass. They’ve raised the bar with their latest Nerf creation, however: a bionic gun that can attach to an amputated or missing…

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, wants to allocate portions of an annual EUR 500 million research fund into developing border patrol drones, it announced this week.Outlined in the Commission’s European Defence Action Plan, the body believes EU funded research could help “support technologies for the development in Europe of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (such as drones), as well as technologies to support the monitoring and security of EU borders.”The document specifically proposes drones that “could be used for border surveillance”, and which would…

More than thirty years after the world’s worst nuclear disaster, a crumbling concrete and lead shelter called the “sarcophagus” that spared Europeans from fatal radioactive fallout has been replaced—by an even larger, more immense steel structure known as the New Safe Confinement. Effectively a giant steel arch that’s 275 meters wide, the shield fits over the original protective structure at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s fourth reactor. The original construction was hurriedly built by the Soviets in the wake of the 1986 catastrophe, but not before a toxic radioactive…

In a recent promo video released by Ford Europe, World Drone Prix champion Luke Banister and his Tornado Blades teammate Brett Collis take on the Ford line of automobiles in this incredible obstacle course video. The post Dronekehana is what happens when the world’s best drone pilots partner with Ford appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends

Drone footage published on Tuesday shows the scale of refugee crisis along Greece’s northern border with Macedonia. Photographer Sakis Gioumpasis captured the tent city that has mushroomed in Idomeni, serving as the home of more than 7,000 migrants and refugees who have come to Europe in search of a better life. Macedonia recently banned Afghans from entering the country and increased checks for other nationalities. See also: Drone video from Turkey-Syria border shows the colossal scale of the refugee crisis On Monday, police responded with tear gas and…

ABOARD THE M.Y. PHOENIX, in the Mediterranean Sea — The distress call came in around 8:15 in the morning: A boat full of people, stranded at sea. See also: Smugglers use social media to lure migrants in the Mediterranean Within moments, a drone took off from the deck of the Phoenix, flying at 2,000 feet above the vast, blue Mediterranean, hunting to find what turned out to be a rubber dinghy carrying 118 desperate refugees. Coordinates were beamed back to the ship View original article at Mashable

It seems quadcopters aren’t all about attaching cameras and shooting awesome footage. They can also be used to cause mass brawls at international soccer games, as one operator discovered in Serbia on Tuesday night. The post A drone carrying a political banner causes soccer fight that shuts down game appeared first on Digital Trends. View original article at Digital Trends