Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have no human pilot onboard, and instead are either controlled by a person on the ground or autonomously via a computer program. These stealth craft are becoming increasingly popular, not just for war and military purposes, but also for everything from wildlife and atmospheric research to disaster relief and sports photography. Drones are becoming the eyes and ears of scientists by surveying the ground for archaeological sites, signs of illegal hunting and crop damage, and even zipping inside hurricanes to study the wild storms. You can even rent a personal drone to soar above the horizon and snap a photo or video. Our news and features will cover developments in drone technologies, innovative uses for drones and how drone use will impact society.
A swarm of 100 drone pilots will race for glory this weekend at the first-ever Liberty Cup, a competition that will qualify the Northeast's best drone pilots for the U.S. National Drone Racing Championships.
Cleaning up space junk is a high priority for space agencies who have to operate at orbits that can come dangerously to it. The company SKA Polska won an ESA contract to design a prototype gun to be tested on parabolic flights.
John Hopkins University researchers have exploited vulnerabilities in the processors of drones. They determined that "an attacker could take over a drone, hijack it and use it in a way it’s not designed to be used."