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.
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US Military's New Laser Gun Zaps Drones
Boeing's mobile laser.
September 10th, 2014
The U.S. military is now one step closer to having a laser gun that can shoot down enemy drones in the blink of an eye.
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How 'Skin' Sensors Could Turn Planes Super-Smart
The new "smart skin" for aircraft.
August 26th, 2014
The newest technology for military planes is surprisingly touchy-feely. Applied to the outside of an aircraft, the new "smart skin" lets planes "feel" the world around them through thousands of tiny sensors.
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Drones Could Grow to $11 Billion Industry by 2024
MQ-1 Predator Drone
July 29th, 2014
A new report detailing the growth of the drone industry finds that over the next 10 years, the amount of money spent annually on drones and their accompanying technologies will likely double worldwide.
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'Project Wing': Google Unveils New Drone-Delivery System
google delivery drone
August 29th, 2014
Move aside, Amazon: Google has revealed its top-secret drone-delivery project, and the first thing they used it for was delivering dog treats.
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Drones are Fun, Until One Hits You In the Face
drones, warnings dangers
August 15th, 2014
Mini drones are not yet appearing in our skies on a daily basis but they certainly are a rapidly growing trend.
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Washington State's Sprawling Wildfire Captured By Drone Cam
Washington State's Carlton Complex Fire
July 24th, 2014
The sky is thick with smoke in central Washington, as the state's largest wildfire in recorded history leaves a charred trail of burned homes and blackened trees.
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How Delivery Drones Could Monitor Their Own Health
Delivery Drone
August 27th, 2014
The day when people can order products online and have them delivered by a drone may not be far off. But to make sure these packages make it to their destinations, scientists have created a program that lets drones monitor their "health" midflight.
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Tethered Blimps Could Be Legal Alternative to Drones
July 31st, 2014
A company that makes tethered blimps for the military is now developing them for commercial uses, from surveillance of bridges and roadways to assistance after natural disasters.
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Top-Secret British Combat Drone Gets Test Run
Taranis Drone - BAE Systems
July 28th, 2014
A prototype of a top-secret, unmanned British warplane, called Taranis, recently completed a second set of classified flight trials at an undisclosed location, according to the drone's builders.
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