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Drones Do Deadly Work So You Don’t Have To

Here’s a job any worker would be happy to pass off to a drone: Imagine crawling down a ladder into the vast darkness of a 20-story-high storage tank filled with toxic chemical fumes to spend hours searching for corrosion. More …

Chinese Drones Banned by Tech Supplier to U.S. Police

A supplier of drone technology to dozens of state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, located in the U.S. and a handful of other countries, will stop working with Chinese drone manufacturers, citing security concerns. Cape, a Redwood …

Thanks to Drones, French Wine Tastes Better

The sun is shining over a vineyard in the Fronton region of southwestern France, where wine-growing began in Roman times. The only sound is the buzzing of a distant tractor. That’s about to be disrupted by a flying robot. Nikola …

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

Drones ferrying medical supplies, packages and even pizza could one day be crisscrossing the skies above U.S. cities, and a team at the University of Utah is working with regulators to keep that future traffic in check using a video …

Catch Them If You Can: The Soaring Business of Downing Drones

Just shoot them down? After troublesome drones infiltrated London’s Gatwick airport late last year, disrupting passenger flights and costing potentially millions of pounds in revenue, that was the instinctive question posed by the watching world. But for some businesses, shooting …

Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Business Cleared for Takeoff by FAA

About the photo: A Google X Project Wing drone delivers a package at a home during a demonstration in Blacksburg, Virginia. Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg An offshoot of Alphabet Inc.’s Google has become the first drone operator to receive government approval …

Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods

About the photo: In this March 21, file photo, Whitney Flynn, a physical scientist at the National Water Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala., works on computer screens showing flood predictions and other information. An arsenal of new technology is being put …

U.S. FAA probes sighting of drone over baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday it was investigating a report of a drone flying over Boston’s Fenway Park during Thursday’s baseball game. The Boston Red Sox said Friday that a drone flew over the playing …

More Drone Tests Expected in Nevada Under Pilot FAA Program

The skies around Nevada’s largest cities are about to see more drone aircraft, after federal agencies picked the state for testing remote-controlled vehicles in urban airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation announced Jan. 15 that the …

Difficulty in Stopping Drones Highlighted by UK Airport Chaos

When drones buzzing over the runway forced London’s busy Gatwick Airport to shut down, many travelers wondered why it’s so hard for authorities to stop such intruders. Shoot them down, some said. Jam their signals, others suggested. Experts say it’s …