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09:20  19 may  2019
09:20  19 may  2019 Source:   sfgate.com

Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia

Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia A Google-linked firm will start delivering takeaways and other small items to Canberra residents after the company received approval from aviation watchdogs in Australia on Tuesday. "We have approved Wing Aviation Pty Ltd to operate ongoing delivery drone operations in North Canberra," the Civil Aviation Safety Authority said on Tuesday. The company said it had been delivering "food and drinks, over-the-counter chemist items, and locally-made coffee and chocolate". About 3,000 deliveries were made, allowing regulators to judge the project was safe, leading to the first commercial approval in Australia and one of the first anywhere in the world.

Facebook Inc.'s Aquila drone —powered by the sun and wider than a Boeing 737 jetliner—struggled to adjust. Just before landing, part of the right wing broke off. That inaugural 2016 flight proved an inauspicious beginning for Facebook's foray into internet -beaming drones , but perhaps a fitting one.

May 16, 2019 | 6:00 AM . A rendering of the Hawk30 solar-powered drone developed by a joint venture of SoftBank Corp. and AeroVironment Inc. to beam broadband That inaugural 2016 flight proved an inauspicious beginning for Facebook’s foray into internet -beaming drones , but perhaps a fitting one.

As the pilotless flying wing came in for a landing, winds suddenly picked up. Facebook’s Aquila drone — powered by the sun and wider than a Boeing 737 jetliner — struggled to adjust. Just before landing, part of the right wing broke off.

Juvenile is identified as operator of drone that flew over Fenway Park during Red Sox game

Juvenile is identified as operator of drone that flew over Fenway Park during Red Sox game The drone seen flying over the field during a Red Sox game at Fenway Park on Thursday has been recovered by authorities, who said the operator was a juvenile. The drone was identified and seized by authorities during an investigation involving Boston Police, State Police, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, and the FAA, according to a statement from Boston police on Saturday. It was not immediately clear if the juvenile would face charges in connection with the incident. The investigation is ongoing, according to the statement.

Image caption Drone deliveries make sense for remote areas, but might cause problems in cities. In China, e-commerce giant JD.com has been sending packages by drone in certain rural areas since last year. So if you're expecting a drone to deliver your pizza any time soon , you're likely to go hungry.

Image caption Drone deliveries make sense for remote areas, but might cause problems in cities. In China, e-commerce giant JD.com has been sending packages by drone in certain rural areas since last year. So if you're expecting a drone to deliver your pizza any time soon , you're likely to go hungry.

That inaugural 2016 flight proved an inauspicious beginning for Facebook’s foray into internet-beaming drones, but perhaps a fitting one. Two years later, the company pulled the plug on developing its own aircraft.

Since then, companies such as Amazon.com and SpaceX have made big investments in providing internet service around the world with thousands of small satellites. SpaceX had planned to send 60 internet-beaming satellites into orbit last week, but called off the launch to retool the software. Elon Musk’s rocket company said the launch will probably take place this week.

Mother-daughter team busted for using drone to smuggle contraband into prison

Mother-daughter team busted for using drone to smuggle contraband into prison A mother and daughter who used a pricey drone to drop a package over the walls of a Florida prison will soon find themselves behind bars, court records show. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Cassandra Kerr, 40, and Concetta Didiano, 22, were arrested in December after jailers at Martin Correctional Institution noticed a drone hovering above one of the inmate housing facilities around 2 a.m. in the morning.

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And don’t count out solar-powered, high-altitude drones — or giant balloons.

Advances in solar-cell and battery technology have made those technologies more feasible. Last month, Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank said it would team up with California drone maker AeroVironment to build a drone capable of flying to the stratosphere, hovering around an area for months and serving as a floating cell tower to beam internet to users on Earth. Airbus and Boeing are also working on their own versions of high-flying, solar-powered drones.

Driving these and other projects is the promise of 5G connectivity. That fifth-generation cellular technology, which is just rolling out, will increase download speeds dramatically. And proponents say its reliability should enable services such as self-driving cars and remote medicine.

Connecting remote users would enhance the market potential even more, said John Robbins, an associate professor of aeronautical science and coordinator of the unmanned aerial systems program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp

Drone used to aid 3D remake of Japanese internment camp A University of Denver team is using drone images to create a 3D reconstruction of a World War II-era Japanese internment camp in southern Colorado. Researchers last week used the drone from the Switzerland-based company senseFly as part of a mapping project to help future restoration work at Camp Amache in Granada, Colorado. From 1942 to 1945, more than 7,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese immigrants were forcibly relocated to Camp Amache. They were among the 110,000 Japanese-Americans ordered to camps throughout the U.S. The Amache effort is part of a growing movement to identify and preserve U.S.

Classification of the drones may sound impossible, due to the fact there are a lot of different models Although this service isn’t available right now, nor it will be anytime soon , it is very likely that in a few On the other side, some of them may be able to record during the night, so they will probably be used

The FAA believes commercial drone delivery may be possible by this summer. The internet giant envisions a drone delivery system that can pick up packages weighing at least 5lbs from Few details have emerged around how customers would order a package to be delivered by a drone or how

“Increasing that footprint where people are able to access that information is extremely important,” he said. “This is one way to do it.”

The attraction of drones and balloons is they could cost much less than building cell towers in remote areas. And their location, closer to Earth than satellites, could offer faster response times, said Tim Farrar, president of TMF Associates, a telecommunications consulting and research firm in Menlo Park.

Industry experts estimate that only 10% to 20% of the Earth’s land area is covered by terrestrial cell towers. Mobile operators are interested in providing continuous service across the globe, particularly in light of the coverage needed for advanced, 5G applications. Drones could also be used in emergency situations in which cell towers have been destroyed or taken offline.

“If you could broadcast internet to remote areas for extended periods of time, that would be a very desirable capability to have,” said Arthur Holland Michel, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New York. “You could connect a lot of users, bolster your bottom line pretty significantly. The problem is that it is a phenomenally complex technical challenge.”

Drone pilot charged with violating airspace over two NFL games

Drone pilot charged with violating airspace over two NFL games A Northern California man has been charged with violating airspace restrictions by flying a drone over a pair of NFL games in 2017. 

Starship is a self-driving delivery robot made for the suburbs. It can carry food, groceries, or packages up to two miles at a top speed of four miles an

Media captionDrones delivering our shopping could become a reality across Britain, says Richard Westcott. How can you build a drone that won't bump into things? Much like autonomous cars it would need sensors to help it avoid objects. It may be Amazon today, but the question is : Who'll want to use drones in future? The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

Over the years, several companies have wrestled with that challenge of keeping a pilotless plane aloft for long periods.

In the 1990s, NASA formed an alliance with firms such as AeroVironment, Aurora Flight Sciences (which was acquired by Boeing in 2017), Scaled Composites (bought by Northrop Grumman Corp. in 2007) and San Diego’s General Atomics to develop technology that could be used in drones that carried out science and environmental missions at high altitudes.

The result was several solar/electric-powered prototypes, including a modification to a drone AeroVironment had initially built for a classified program that became the Pathfinder Plus. On a test flight, that plane reached an altitude of 80,201 feet. The company developed other high-flying drone prototypes, such as the Helios, which reached 96,863 feet during a 2001 test.

At the time, however, the limitations of solar-cell efficiency and cost and efficiency of battery storage made those planes less than commercially viable, said Wahid Nawabi, CEO of AeroVironment.

More recently, high-profile drone efforts by tech giants Menlo Park’s Facebook and Mountain View’s Alphabet fizzled out for similar reasons.

Last year, after Facebook ended its efforts to create an internet-beaming drone — the company declined to say how much it spent on the project — it choose to work with Airbus and other partners.

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi drone in border province

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi drone in border province Saudi Arabia's air defense forces in the southern border province of Najran intercepted a drone fired by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis, the kingdom's Washington embassy said in a statement on Wednesday. The Houthis' Al Masirah TV said earlier that the group had launched a drone attack on Najran airport, targeting hangars containing two planes. There have been no reports of damage or casualties.

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You may need never leave the house for emergency hangover carbs again. The Government has given Amazon permission to test three areas with the new drones : beyond-the-line-of-sight operations in rural areas, sensor performance to avoid obstacles, and the operation of multiple drones by one person.

After Alphabet shut down its solar broadband-drone project, it switched its focus to balloons. Its Loon subsidiary uses massive balloons floating 65,000 feet up to beam internet signals. Alphabet told Bloomberg that the “economics and technical feasibility” of Loon is a “much more promising way to connect rural and remote parts of the world.”

Loon’s tennis court-sized balloons have already flown more than 18 million miles, and were used in Puerto Rico for six months after Hurricane Maria in 2017. The typical balloon stays up for about 150 days, though the goal is to reach an average lifespan of 300 days, a Loon official said during a joint news conference with SoftBank last month.

Last month, the SoftBank and AeroVironment joint venture HAPSMobile said it would form a “strategic relationship” with Loon that came with a $125-million investment from HAPSMobile.

Drones could be easier to control and direct than balloons, analysts said.

Improvements in energy-carrying capacity and costs of solar cells and batteries can be seen in AeroVironment’s latest drone, the Hawk30. Rolled out a month ago, the Hawk30 has a wingspan of 256 feet and 10 propellers along the edge. It is capable of providing coverage for a radius of about 124 miles while staying aloft continuously for six months, SoftBank said. The longest solar-powered flight with a previous-generation AeroVironment HAPS drone was for 18 hours in 2001.

The Hawk30 will collect power from the sun during the day and draw off its batteries at night, a SoftBank executive said in a translated presentation late last month.

AeroVironment declined to say whether the Hawk30 drone has made a first flight, or what its timeline is for making such a flight, citing competitive reasons.

But the fundamental challenge in making those systems work is to balance aircraft weight, endurance and power consumption. “I think there’s a lot of promise for those aircraft,” Robbins said. “It’s just something that’s dependent on the state of technology today.”

Holland Michel was more cautious. SoftBank, after all, has also invested in OneWeb, which is developing a broadband satellite constellation.

“It really is anyone’s guess whether this is the time that they’ll actually crack the code,” he said.

Samantha Masunaga is a Los Angeles Times writer.

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