FAA Proposes $1.9 Million Civil Penalty Against SkyPan International for Allegedly Unauthorized Unmanned Aircraft Operations

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announces the largest civil penalty the FAA has proposed against a UAS operator for endangering the safety of our airspace. The FAA proposes a $1.9 million civil penalty against SkyPan International, Inc. of Chicago. Between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan conducted 65…

Woman shocked to see camera drone hovering at her window

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A woman in Devon said she has been left shocked and scared after seeing a drone’s camera peering into her front room while she drank tea. Christina Daw, a town and district councillor, says her and husband Peter now feel vulnerable after the drone was spotted hovering outside her house at Palmerstone Park. Coun Daw…

Northrop Poised To Benefit As Drone Market Soars

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BY GILLIAN RICH, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and General Atomics are expected to benefit from the military drone market expanding to $10.4 billion by 2024 from $6.4 billion now. That represents growth of 5.5% each year for the next 10 years, according to the research group IHS, which said combat drones have the…

‘No Drone Zone’ Established For San Francisco Fleet Week

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 08:  A U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Major Nathan Miller flies past the San Francisco skyline during a practice flight ahead of the Fleet Week performance October 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. San Francisco kicks off its annual Fleet Week celebration October 10 with a parade of ships and an air show featuring the Blue Angels.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Due to the popularity of recreational drones, there will be a temporary flight restriction in place prohibiting the use of drones in the skies above San Francisco during Fleet Week beginning Thursday, according to local and federal officials. The “No Drone Zone” was created to ensure the safety of both…

Russian firm creating new UAV sensor technologies

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A Russian company is creating new payloads for unmanned aerial vehicles to improve surveillance using the spectral radiation emitted by objects. Rostec, the Russian holding company, identified the company as United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation, or UIMC. “The technology we created can process hyperspectral data streams, leading to the creation of an ‘all-seeing eye’ that allows…

Drone Flies Over NSA Complex in Germany, Dropping Leaflets

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Jenna McLaughlin A group of activists flew a drone over a key National Security Agency complex in Germany on Friday, dropping leaflets encouraging the intelligence workers inside to quit in protest over invasive surveillance. The site of the drone fly-by, the Dagger Complex, is a U.S. military installation south of Frankfurt. It houses the European…

Man slapped with fine after flying a drone over Hyde Park

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BY KATHERINE CLEMENTINE 33-year-old Richard Brunner, of Reighton Road in Hackney, was fined £1,225 after pleading guilty to three offences contrary to sections 166 and 167 of the Air Navigation Order 2009 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (October 1). His conviction follows an investigation by the Westminster Safer Transport team – part of the…

Skysense Charging Pad Gives Drones Infinite Flight Time

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Drones can fly autonomously but you still need trained (expensive) operators to bring them into the field, swap and charge batteries, perform pre-flight checks and download the captured data. Skysense, San Diego based and Qualcomm backed company, has built a solution that automates these operations, making drone deployments economically scalable. “Our solution replaces human operators,…

Commercial Drone Operators Deliver 2D mosaics and 3D models to your customers faster

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Commercial Drone Operators Deliver 2D mosaics and 3D models to your customers faster The DroneData rendering cloud allows you to earn faster without the need for high-powered GPU desktop computers or expensive virtual instances with annual commitments. Our cloud solution carries the weight of intensive mapping and analytics applications like Pix4D enabling commercial drone operators to focus…