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 >>

Police Drone Finds Fugitive Living in Cave After 17 Years on the Run

Chinese police used a drone to track down a convicted human trafficker 17 years after he escaped from jail. Read More >>

Gatwick Drone Attackers Seem to Have Got Away With it

Sussex Police has released an update on the progress of its investigation into the great 2018 Gatwick airport shutdown, and, well, it still doesn't seem to have much of an idea who was responsible or what if any point was being made. Read More >>

Researchers Found a Good Reason to Attach a Nail Gun to a Flying Drone

Last month the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning against attaching weapons to drones, but researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a strong case in favour of strapping a nail gun to an autonomous flying robot, and it has nothing to do with cartoonish hijinks. Read More >>

Man Accused of Using Drone to Airdrop Explosives Onto Ex-Girlfriend’s Property

Prosecutors have accused an autoworker of using a drone to drop bombs on his ex-girlfriend’s home in Washington Township, in the US state of Pennsylvania. Read More >>

You Can Now Get a myFirst Drone for Kids Because This is the World We Live in Now

If letting your kids loose with your expensive drone is something you're not quite down with, have you considered the terrible idea of getting them their own? Because Oaxis has, and now it's become a reality. Read More >>

Travel Bloggers Arrested in Iran For Flying Drone Without a Permit

Two Australian travel bloggers have been arrested in Iran for flying a hobby drone without a permit. The bloggers often take photos with their drone and publish them to social media, but they disappeared from the internet in June after posting from Pakistan. Read More >>

Drone Attack on Oil Facilities Shuts Down Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Production

Saudi Arabia has shut down approximately half of its oil production capacity after “coordinated drone strikes on facilities in [its] Eastern Province” set blazes at the Hijra Khurais oil field and Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil stabilisation facility, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

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Police Start Arresting Climate Change Protesters Who Are Descending on Heathrow Airport With Drones in Tow

Heathrow Pause environmental group has carried out its drone protests at Heathrow as planned and several arrests have been made. Read More >>

BT Offers to Protect You and Your Loved Ones From Drone Attack

A press release from the year 2047 has somehow appeared on the BT web site of today, in which the telecoms network offers businesses assured protection from the threat of drone assault. Read More >>

Norwich Drone Enthusiast Buzzed by Police for Illegal Flight

A drone pilot who went a bit too close to a scheduled ancient monument in a highly populated urban centre has been given a talking-at by local police, after the flier accidentally grassed himself up by posting footage of his flight online. Read More >>

Gatwick-Bound Airbus A320 Forced to Evade Drone

The pilot of an Airbus A320 coming in to land at Gatwick back in April was buzzed by a drone, it's been revealed by the air traffic safety watchdog, with the machine getting so close that the plane was forced to change course in a minor aerial panic. Read More >>

The US Air Force’s New Robot Can Fly Any Plane and Turn It Into an Autonomous Drone

Unmanned aircraft are the future of military aviation, minimising the risks to human pilots during dangerous missions and hazardous operations. Autonomous planes have already been put into service but the US Air Force is now testing a robot that can pilot the military’s existing fleet of aircraft, making any plane autonomous with minimal modifications. Read More >>

Watch This Flying Drone Shrink Like Ant-Man to Squeeze Through Small Spaces

We’ve come up with lots of unique ways to use drones – from scorching the earth to delivering food – but one of the most common is for reconnaissance or search and rescue missions where it’s unsafe for humans to venture. That can include the occasional cramped space where drones normally can’t fit, but a new design lets them temporarily shrink to squeeze through tight spaces. Read More >>