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Trump signs bill reinstating the FAAs drone registration requirement

Back in late-2015, the Federal Aviation Administration introduced new rules requiring owners ofsmall drones to submit their devices to a database and attach a registration code to the side of the product. In May of this year, a judge in the D.C. Circuit shot down the rule, and the FAA began the process of returning the $5 registration fee.  Now the registry is back on, courtesy of a bill signed into law earlier today by President Trump. The reinstated rules were one small piece of the $700 billion National Defense…

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Surreal Video of Postman Delivering Mail to Neighborhood Destroyed by Wildfire Goes Viral

Hours after the devastating California wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, professional drone pilot Douglas Thron filmed a postal worker delivering mail to the ravaged neighborhood of Coffey Park. Thron says while he was at the scene shooting aerial footage for NBC’s Today Show on Tuesday, he spotted the truck driving around the neighborhood. Thron tells Mercury News, “It was a trippy thing — he was actually delivering the mail. I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked-off, but he obviously had access.†San Francisco USPS…

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Guy Flying Drone Happens Upon a Moose Battling for its Life with a Wolf

Dan Nystedt was recently flying his drone in northern Ontario, Canada to capture some of the breathtaking scenery when he happened upon a moose. Excited, he started to film the moose when suddenly a wolf appeared from the forest and a battle for life and death ensued. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/moose-wolf-drone-fight-canada/

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Drone registration coming to the UK

The UK government has announced a plan to require drone owners to register their devices. It says the incoming rules are aimed at ensuring safer use of the technology. Under the planned regulations, owners of drones weighing more than 250 grams will, in future, be required to register their devices with the stated aim being to improve accountability and encourage owners to act responsibly. A similar plan in the US to require drone owners register their devices with the Federal Aviation Authority was struck down by an appeals court in…

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Crunch Report | Fastest Drone Ever World Record Set

Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one Vertu is dead Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Veanne Cao Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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Drone Racing League raises a $20M Series B ahead of its 2nd season

Drone Racing League has closed on $20M in Series B funding, led by U.K telecommunications company Sky, Liberty Media Corporation (which owns the Formula 1 racing brand) and Lux Capital. This new funding means that the league has now raised over $32M in three rounds.Allianz (who is also the title sponsor of DRL) and World Wrestling Entertainment also joined the round as new investors in the startup. As a refresher, Drone Racing League was founded in 2015 to capitalize on the trend of amateur drone racing and is now by…

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A federal appeals court shoots down the FAAs drone registry requirement

The FAAs courtesy of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. The D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesnt have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft. Taylor does not think that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule and require him to register, Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the statement. Taylor is right. The court argued that the drone registration database violates 2012s FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which states that the body, may…

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