PowerUp 3 hits Kickstarter

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The iPhone controlled paper dart power pack from PowerUp hit Kickstarter today and it looks like they are going to make their $50k target before the day is out! Another project that makes difficult look simple. Good luck Shai and…

Combat jetmaker Saab plans to build drones

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Military equipment manufacturer Saab plans to break into the growing multi-billion dollar market for unmanned aerial vehicles, known as drones, according to a Swedish media report. “Already today we market and sell helicopter system Skeldar and explorecollaboration on the larger system MALE [Medium-Altitude-Long-Endurance],” Saab’s product manager Mikael Franzén told business daily Dagens Industri. Skeldar is a medium range VTOL (Vertical…

Eyes in the skies

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The drones have launched. They are circling overhead, poised to become an $89 billion global industry. And everywhere they look, trouserless people are scrambling to catch up, Bruce Munro writes. Mike Smith’s excitement is undeniable. In an upstairs shop in…

Investigations Launched in Drone Mishap

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By Laura Macias and R. Stickney Navy officials are conducting two formal investigations into what caused a drone to crash into a Navy vessel off the California coast. It could be weeks before we learn what caused the injury of two sailors and the damage…

The end of the Tachymeter

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The Aibot X6, a revolution in the field of geo-mapping, replaces the Tachymeter The Tachymeter was always a must-have for geodesists and the portfolio of surveyors could not be imagined without it. The device, which is used for photogrammetry and…

Drones Offer Journalists a Wider View

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By LESLIE KAUFMAN and RAVI SOMAIYA The best way to film the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, the Philippines, said Lewis Whyld, a British photographer, was from the air. But Mr. Whyld did not want to beg for a ride on…

KND receives $30 million UAV order

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Guy Martin Cape Town based company KND Naval Design, participating in the Dubai Airshow for the first time this year, has won a $30 million order for its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Kobus Potgieter, head of KND Naval Design, said…

FAA Roadmap Follow up

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An update to the previous story… http://www.suasnews.com/2013/11/26018/the-new-faa-roadmap/ At the end of that story, I attached a copy of the letter that was sent to the Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Ms. Peggy Gilligan. The letter highlights some of the arguments…

China’s first stealth combat drone takes maiden flight

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The first Chinese stealth unmanned combat drone conducted a successful maiden flight Thursday, according to accounts by Chinese media and photos taken from a popular Chinese military website. Lijian, or “sharp sword” in English, aced its first test flight in southwest China,…