A project nine months in the making culminated with an exciting feat earlier this week, as the world’s first 3D-printed drone took to the skies and hit record speeds of up to 150 MPH. Virginia-based manufacturer Aurora Flight Sciences is the company behind the craft, which they say is the first Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in the world to be jet-powered and built using 80% 3D-printed parts. More →
As drones grow more and more popular, so too do anti-drone security solutions that look to protect users from the influx of airborne pests. Of course, the term “drone” has been extended to include a wide range of unmanned quadcopters that have proliferated in recent years. While these inexpensive toys can be a nuisance, they’re not exactly candidates for the new breed of sophisticated anti-drone solutions that defense companies are currently developing. Drones pose a more serious threat to governments, militaries and other groups that have defend against unmanned spy craft, but other safety officials have cause to defend against less complex drones as well.
We’ve covered a number of anti-drone solutions on the site before, but a new one currently in development could be one of the most promising solutions yet in some instances. More →
In December 2013, Amazon announced the Prime Air delivery-by-drone project supposed to take shipping to the next level. The company unveiled a special drone prototype that would be able to ship parcels to consumers via air, significantly decreasing wait times for certain products. However, the FDA wasn’t quite ready to approve Amazon’s bold initiative, and Amazon is yet to offer such fast shipping options to buyers.
Meanwhile, Walmart apparently wants also to be able to send you packages via drone, according to a new report. More →
Late last week, we showed you a new type of rifle that can shoot a drone out of the sky without firing a single bullet. While the term drone has recently been expanded to cover somewhat harmless consumer quadcopters, more sophisticated drones pose a real threat to militaries, governments and more. Rifles that fire radio waves aren’t the only anti-drone devices out there though, and Israeli defense contractor Rafael showed off its sophisticated “Iron Beam” system earlier this week. More →
If you’ve ever had a neighbor who’s flown a drone over your yard, you’ve probably been tempted to shoot it down and teach him a lesson. Because of this, we can’t help but cheer every time we see a video of an animal taking down a drone that’s invading their territory and being a general nuisance. We’ve rounded up some of the best videos of animals attacking drones from around the web for your viewing pleasure — check them out below. More →
One would need to be quite the marksman to shoot a drone out of the sky with a conventional rifle. Firing a bullet with a diameter of only about 7mm and hitting an airborne drone from several hundred feet away is obviously no easy task. But a new rifle unveiled earlier this week is a game changer for individuals and organizations looking to protect their privacy and safety by warding off snooping drones, and it doesn’t even fire a single bullet. More →
The U.S. military wants to create a futuristic drone capable of physically vanishing just a few hours after carrying supplies to troops on a battlefield. The impetus for this new initiative, which was posted online by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) just a few days ago, is to solve the logistical and strategic problems involved in trying to bring drones and other supply vehicles back to base during battle or on covert operations.
In some circumstances, operational security mandates that no supply vehicles are to be left behind following a mission, thus creating something of a catch-22 when troops in the field are in dire need of supplies.
Drones are everywhere these days, which is a good thing and a bad thing. On the negative side of things, some people try to invade others’ privacy with drones. But on the plus side, drones are so popular right now that you can get one on the cheap and have a lot of fun with it. Case in point: Amazon is offering 52% off the UDI U818A 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Quadcopter with Camera. More →
There are drones, and then there are drones.
If you’re in the market for a toy quadcopter, this killer deal is not for you. But if you’re on the lookout for a real professional-grade drone with an included high-definition camera, you’ve come to the right place. For a limited time, Amazon is offering a huge $300 discount on a DJI Phantom 3 drone with an included 2.7K HD video camera. More →
We’ve all been there. It’s the weekend. The sun is out and there’s barely a cloud in the sky. So you do what any other right-minded person would do in such a situation: you climb up on a wind turbine and lie down to catch a few rays.
It’s all pretty cliche, one has to admit.
But if you’re anything like me, you prefer to have a little bit of privacy when suntanning 200 ft. up above the ground. Now back in my day, that was certainly possible. But in today’s modern age, what with drones flying everywhere, a man can’t even relax on a wind turbine without getting harassed by a leering and intrusive drone.
Disney has dubbed today “Force Friday,” although it’s really just an excuse for the company and its toy manufacturer partners to sell a new round of Star Wars-themed toys. Two new toys that we thought would be of interest to BGR readers are a pair of aerial drones that are designed to look like the iconic Millennium Falcon and X-Wing Fighter spaceships. More →
What you’re about to watch is one of the most beautiful videos of people on surfboards ever recorded. Filmed by Eric Sterman & Brent Bielmann for SURFING Magazine, “Teahupo’o, Du Ciel” was chosen as a Staff Pick on Vimeo this week, and within seconds of pressing play, you’ll see why. More →
Silent and invisible, Boeing’s new laser cannon slays enemy drones by taking them down in under a minute.
The Compact Laser Weapons System (CLWS) can track down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and eliminate a threat.
Boeing just released a video of its Compact Laser Weapons System demonstration. In August, the laser took part in ultra cool Exercise Black Dart that focuses on cutting-edge tech to tackle hostile drones. The CLWS focused on the target drone’s tail for 10 to 15 seconds, set it on fire, and destroyed it. More →