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 new video has captured the lightning-fast movement of blowfly wings, which could help scientists develop tiny flying robots.
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is developing a military drone capable of avoiding hostile threats on the ground, such as ambushes and improvised explosive devices.
Drone policy in the United States is heating up. Washington state passed a law this week to limit the government's use of drones, becoming the 10th state to enact anti-drone legislation.
BAE Systems has revealed that it has successfully test-flown Taranis, its prototype Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.
Environmental officials in Namibia are working with the World Wildlife Fund to fly drones over the country's national parks to spot poachers and monitor threatened animals, like elephants and rhinos.
A company called AirDroids has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to build a miniature helicopter drone that can track users in the air through their smartphones.
The U.S. Navy's next-generation surveillance drone is a whopper, with an incredible wingspan that stretches 130 feet (40 meters), about the same as a Boeing 757 airliner.
In a new roadmap, the Department of Defense envisions the future of unmanned vehicles, with such technologies as precision navigation, swarming munitions and increased autonomy.
In a push to bring drones to U.S. skies, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected six site operators to research and test unmanned aircraft across the country.
The USGS pushes back against criticism by a U.S. senator with an explanation of why its drones monitor floods, volcanoes and wildlife populations across the nation.
A small drone that resembles a robotic dragonfly is the first of its kind to be able to flap its wings and dodge obstacles mid-flight without a human operator at the controls.