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Would Delivery Drones Be All That Efficient? Depends Where You Live

If the idea of swarms of delivery drones dropping packages all over our cities started out as a joke, for some reason the punchline hasn’t landed yet. Amazon applied for a patent in 2015 for a command center, like a beehive, plopped into your city, which isn’t a worrying metaphor at all. Google has its own program in the works, which at least for the moment involves delivering burritos. Again, if this is a joke, it’s got a very long fuse. Forget about the insane logistics of such a system…

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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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Heres how to get a refund if you registered your drone with the FAA

If youve been following the drone registration saga in the United States, you may remember that in May a Federal Appeals Court struck down the FAAs drone registration requirement. The registration requirement, which mandatedhobbyists pay $5 and submit their personal information into an FAA database and attach a registration number to their drone, was relatively mild. However it clashed with an existing federal law that prohibited the FAA from enacting new rules regarding model aircrafts. Specifically,JudgeKavanaugh of the D.C Circuit ruled that the FAA doesnt have the authority to promulgate…

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Study suggests last-mile drone delivery could lower carbon footprint

Theres always been talk about how drones could improve the emissions situation produced by our truck-based delivery infrastructure. But you have to look into these things. A new study from University of Washington researchers indicates that drone delivery may indeed lead to a lower carbon footprint if its done properly. I was amazed at how energy-efficient drones are in some contexts, said Anne Goodchild, who led the research, in an upcoming issue of the journal Transportation Research. Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/31/study-suggests-last-mile-drone-delivery-could-lower-carbon-footprint/

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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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Fortem raises $5.5 million to hunt and take down unwanted drones

After drones became available to private citizens around the world, bad actors found ways to use them for Drone crashes also put people and property in harms way. Provo, Utah-based Signia Venture Partners and Airspace, Department 13 or The company can integrate its radar into drones of the type that are typically used for physical security, professional aerial photography, or delivery by drone. It can also install its radars on the ground around a particular venue or city that wants to monitor the skies. However, Fortem also makes itsown Ed…

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