This is the first time that fixed-wing drones were used for radiation mapping.
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.
The Zephyr drone could be used for military reconnaissance and wildfire monitoring, among other activities.
Aerial drone concepts are being adopted and adapted to work in a very different environment – underwater.
It's harvest season in many parts of the world, but on one farm in the United Kingdom, robots — not humans — are doing all the heavy lifting.
In the skies of Los Angeles, a fleet of 300 drones performed choreographed maneuvers to spell out the trademark "W" symbol of Wonder Woman.
U.S. Navy researchers are developing a tiny, gliding drone called CICADA, which could be dropped from airplanes to gather data from hurricanes.
The world's first laser weapon — one that can "kill" threatening, airborne drones — is ready for action, according to news sources.
Whether they're swooping in to deliver packages or spotting victims in disaster zones, swarms of flying robots could have a range of important applications in the future.
The TobyRich Moskito was designed for first-time pilots who want a drone they can fly immediately after unboxing. Although it normally costs $60, it's on sale for $44.99.
Images of drones featured in the new Intrepid Museum exhibit, “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?” highlight their uses in research, defense, agriculture and art.
Live Science peeks at a new exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum called "Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?"