UmmaGawd (Tommy Tibajia), a pilot in the Drone Racing League, flies his quadcopter in an abandoned power plant in New York.
The Drone Racing League
January 31, 2016 Goggles and onboard cameras put pilots and spectators in the cockpit as the drones race at high speeds through crazy courses. The Drone Racing League's first season kicks off next month in Miami.
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December 22, 2015 The crash is just the latest drone incident to interrupt a sporting event this year. As the popularity of drones has grown, governments are grappling with how to regulate them.
A 'Parrot Bebop' drone, used to take images, flies during a demo in San Francisco.
December 14, 2015 The hottest holiday gift of the year is facing new federal regulations as drone fliers are now required to take the same safety responsibilities as airplane pilots.
Chinese brand DJI Technology Co. has become the leading supplier in the commercial drone market. The Phantom 2 Vision+ drone pictured functions by remote control.
December 12, 2015 Drones are expected to be one of the most popular gifts this holiday season. As regulations play catch-up with the tech, here are a few rules new owners should know before flying their new devices.
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Tokyo's police drone swoops in on another drone. It is equipped with a net to entangle suspicious drones if they enter restricted airspace.
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December 11, 2015 The police drone will be equipped with a net to capture suspicious drones.
The company says its drones will fly no higher than 400 feet from the ground — low enough to avoid other aircraft but high enough to bypass traffic-clogged streets.
November 30, 2015 The company says its Prime Air service will someday deliver packages up to five pounds in 30 minutes or less using small drones.
An illustration shows what a helicopter drone would look like on the surface of Mars.
November 27, 2015 NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.
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Shelly Beach in Ballina, Australia, was closed following a fatal shark encounter there in February.
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November 25, 2015 The trials in the southeastern state of New South Wales are part of an $11.6 million program to protect beachgoers. Drones send real-time images of coastal waters to an operator using GPS coordinates.
A drone flies above Old Bethpage, N.Y.
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November 23, 2015 A task force created by the Federal Aviation Administration recommends that people flying drones heavier than a half-pound should register with the government. Here are a few things to know.
November 2, 2015 Project Wing would become another rival in the business of delivering consumer packages by drone, already eyed by Amazon and Wal-Mart. Lots of questions remain about how it all will work.
Joining Amazon, Google and other companies, Wal-Mart will test drones for commercial uses like home deliveries.
October 26, 2015 Wal-Mart has applied to U.S. regulators for permission to test drones for home delivery and curbside pickup.
A DJI Phantom 3 drone is flown during a demonstration at an agricultual show.
October 19, 2015 The FAA administrator said Monday "there will be consequences" for drone operators who don't fly the equipment safely.
October 6, 2015 The Federal Aviation Administration said it was the largest civil penalty the agency has ever proposed after drone use allegedly endangered airspace safety.
Journalist Scott Shane says that the videos and DVDs of the late imam Anwar al-Awlaki (above) continue to inspire terrorist acts.
September 14, 2015 In Operation Troy, author Scott Shane details the life, death and influence of Anwar al-Awlaki. "His status as a martyr has given his message even greater authority," Shane says of the propagandist.
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Drone-smashing chimpanzees play at the Burger's Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands.
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September 8, 2015 As a new paper describes the planning skills of a drone-smashing chimpanzee whose video went viral, anthropologist Barbara J. King considers the risks and benefits of drones flying through our world.
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