Americans no longer have to register non-commercial drones with the FAA

April Glaser for Recode: The court ruled that the FAA's drone registration rules, which have been in place since 2015, were in violation of a law passed by Congress in 2012.

The US coast guard is deploying drones to catch increasingly tech-savvy drug traffickers

Neha Thirani Bagri for Quartz: The drone takes into account things like a vessel's size, cargo, and movement, to determine if it might be a security threat. When a "target of interest" is detected, a go-fast boat is launched, and the chase begins.

CTA Publishes Its First-Ever Drones Standard at Technology & Standards Forum

Three-day event closes with working groups addressing stress, sleep monitoring data

Technology Behind the Intel Drone Light Shows

The entire fleet of Intel Shooting Star drones are all controlled by one computer. The fleet size is dependent on the animation needed and can range from hundreds of Intel Shooting Star drones or even more in the future.

WiBotic Announces $2.5 Million in New Funding for its Wireless Power Solutions for the Robotics Industry

Company's Wireless Power and Battery Intelligence Solutions Enable Robots to Operate 100% Autonomously

Mentor Meetings Offered Free to Attendees at the ASCEND Drone Business Conference

ASCEND continues focus on applicable knowledge with new offering of one-on-one mentor meetings; optional day of intensive training on FAA Part 107 test for drone certification also added to conference schedule

XPONENTIAL 2017 - Miami Beach Drone Technology Startup Airborne Response Invited to Exhibit at XPONENTIAL '17 -- World's Largest Unmanned Vehicle Systems Industry Show -- in Dallas

Company will be one of only 32 global startup firms appearing in special start-up pavilion at AUVSI's marquee industry event

New DroneDeploy Report Reveals Drone Industry Trends Across 160 Countries

DroneDeploy Users Have Generated Nearly $150 million in Economic Value with 10 Million Acres Mapped.

The Unmanned Safety Institute launches drone STEM program.

The Unmanned Safety Institute, the leading provider of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and industry certifications to students interested in a career as professional remote pilots, announced today at the National Science Teacher Association's National Conference, that it has launched a major CTE workforce development initiative in conjunction with high schools and colleges throughout the United States.

Swiss hospitals will start using drones to exchange lab samples

James Vincent for The Verge: A pair of hospitals in the Swiss city of Lugano have been testing the use of drones to transport laboratory samples. Since mid-March, logistics company Swiss Post has operated more than 70 tests flights between the two hospitals, and announced today that it plans to establish a regular service by 2018.

DJI proposes electronic accountability for drones

Ben Coxworth for New Atlas: There may indeed be laws limiting the places in which aerial drones can be flown, but if someone sees a drone breaking one of those laws - particularly if it's from a distance - how do they know who's responsible? Drone manufacturer DJI has suggested a solution, in the form of what amounts to an "electronic license plate." The idea is that all drones would come equipped with inexpensive radio equipment that transmits both their location and a user-specific identification code.

Drone Use Will Skyrocket By 2021, Government Says

Jonathan Vanian for Fortune: In addition to data about hobbyist-owned drones, the FAA said that it expects roughly 442,000 drones to be used by businesses by 2021 for tasks like taking pictures of farmland or inspecting cell phone towers. That's nearly ten times as many drones than the 42,000 the FAA said businesses used in 2016.

Drone Defense Startups Flock to the Rescue

Reuters: Airspace is among some 70 companies working on counter-drone systems as small consumer and commercial drones proliferate. But unlike others, it aims to catch drones instead of disabling them or shooting them down.

Perceptual Robotics, Autonomous wind turbine inspection

SUAS News:  Perceptual Robotics is applying leading edge autonomy concepts to industrial applications.  Currently based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, our passion is to bridge the divide between academia and industry. Perceptual Robotics is applying leading edge autonomy concepts to industrial applications. Currently based in the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, our passion is to bridge the divide between academia and industry.  Through our Innovate UK project, we will be developing a fully autonomous system for the intelligent, efficient and reliable inspection of wind turbines.   Cont'd...

Crashing Drones Into Test Dummies for Safety

Alan Levin for Bloomberg:  Hank sat impassively on a Virginia Tech athletic field, ready to take it on the chin for the future of drone commerce. About 30 yards away, an eight-rotor unmanned copter hovered, buzzing like a swarm of bees. The 21-pound drone tilted forward, accelerated sharply and slammed into Hank’s head, smacking the crash-test dummy’s neck backward and embedding shards of shattered propeller in his plastic face. There is little disagreement that the small- and medium-sized drones flooding the U.S. market can seriously injure or even kill someone. Understanding and minimizing the risk will be key to convincing regulators to expand their permitted uses, clearing the way for plans by Inc. and Alphabet Inc. to have them deliver packages or news outlets such as Time Warner Inc.’s CNN to use them for aerial video.   Cont'd...

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