China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

Authorities in China have deployed drones to combat the spread of coronavirus in a variety of ways since the outbreak began, including disinfectant drones and drones that fly around with a loudspeaker to tell people they should keep their masks on. But there’s another way that police in China have started to use drones, and it makes you feel like we live in the future. But maybe not the future we were hoping for. Read More >>

Engineer Builds a Fully Functional Flying Drone Using Almost Nothing But Legos

Some of the most impressive custom Lego creations are models that actually do something, like AI-powered brick sorters, a life-size driveable go-kart, and even a machine that can solve Rubik’s Cubes. But over on YouTube’s Brick Experiment Channel they’ve created what could be the first flying drone made almost entirely from official Lego parts. Read More >>

GoPro Karma Drones are on the Bloody Fritz Thanks to a Possible GPS Glitch

GoPro Karma drones have been on the fritz all over the world thanks to a possible GPS glitch. Read More >>

Pilotless Drones Given Go Ahead for UK Testing

We may now once again all start pretending that drone deliveries will ever be a thing, as the UK's Civil Aviation Authority has approved a test that'll see a pilotless drone trusted to conduct its own little preset manifest, while around 50 miles away from its base of operations. Read More >>

DPD Gets the Okay for Second Drone Delivery Route to Remote French Village

DPD France has opened a second commercial drone delivery line to save its drivers the 30 minute round trip to an isolated village. Read More >>

It’s the Last Day to Remember to Register That Drone You Played With Once

Today is the Civil Aviation Authority's deadline day for registering all larger drones with authorities, so future law enforcers can pull the remnants of a machine out of the wreckage and easily identify who it was that brought down a Dreamliner over Twickenham. Read More >>

The DJI Mavic Mini Blew Me Away

The tiniest drones are the worst ones, I always thought. It was nearly 10 years ago that I tried to fly my first quadcopter: the Estes Proto X (no relation). The thing was so light and unstable that, as soon as it was airborne, it caught a gust of wind and flew directly into my eye. So when I got the new Mavic Mini, let’s say I was wary. It looked too small to do the impressive things that big drones do. Then I flew the thing for two weeks, and it blew me away. Read More >>

This is How Easy it is to Become an Official Drone Pilot in the UK

So today is the day that the CAA is finally insisting that everyone who flies or operates a drone gets a licence. A licence that involves passing an online theory test to see if you actually know the rules of drone conduct properly. It's nowhere near as difficult as passing a driving test, but you may have some reservations about how to get the whole process rolling. Thankfully it's all rather easy, as I'll explain. Read More >>

Drone Registration Scheme Promises to Get Your Lost Toy Back

Things have got real-cum-serious for the UK's fleet of drone owners today, as the Civil Aviation Authority has launched its Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme for the larger-than-250g flying devices with a demand that every drone owner or casual pilot complies by November 30. Read More >>

DJI’s Mavic Mini Wants to Be the Drone for Everyone

DJI just announced the latest member of its Mavic line, and it is tiny. The foldable Mavic Mini is roughly the size of three smartphones stacked on top of each other and weighs just 249 grams. That’s just light enough to mean that a Mavic Mini doesn't need to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority here in the UK or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US. Those drone regulations kick in for aircraft 250 grams and up, and if you’re thinking DJI is being a little sneaky, you’d be correct. Read More >>

Uber’s New Delivery Drone Absolutely Reeks of Vapourware

Uber has announced it’s developing a new drone it hopes to use to one day fulfil orders for its US food delivery service, Uber Eats. But there appears to be one small problem: The drone’s battery life is reportedly just eight minutes, including loading and unloading of packages. Read More >>

Researchers Taught Autonomous Camera Drones to Film Like a Hollywood Director

Skydio was one of the first companies to create a flying drone that can autonomously track, follow, and frame the action, but it was more concerned about not crashing than aesthetics. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are taking the idea one step further by teaching camera drones how to not only fly safely but also ensure they’re capturing the most compelling footage possible. Read More >>

John Lewis Suspects the Drone Craze Might be Over

Department store chain John Lewis is not the place to buy your consumer-level drone this year, for one rather large reason; it's stopped selling them altogether. Read More >>

Iran Releases Two Travel Bloggers Jailed For Flying Drone Without Permission

Two Australian travel bloggers who were jailed in Iran this summer for flying a drone without a license have been released and are reportedly back in Australia. The Australian government isn’t saying whether the two were swapped for an Iranian prisoner in Australia, but the timing of their release would suggest that’s precisely what happened. Read More >>

Flying Replacement Batteries Could Massively Boost a Drone’s Flight Time

Borrowing a trick from the Air Force, whose planes can complete long-range missions thanks to in-flight refueling from tanker aircraft, researchers at UC Berkeley showed off a novel way to keep small drones in the air almost indefinitely: flying replacement batteries that can be swapped without landing. Read More >>