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Photographers such as Edward Burtynsky and Yann Arthus-Bertrand have used helicopters and light aircraft to turn environmental issues into spectacular arrangements of shape and pattern. Burtynsky has admitted it was frustration with slow-moving Chinese bureaucracy that led him to experiment with a drone in China. “The whole process started from the question, ‘How can I […]

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Credit: Richard Unten Last year, the FBI flew a fleet of drones (a.k.a “unmanned aerial vehicles”) over Seattle and other cities. They were equipped with cameras capable of snapping thousands of high-resolution photographs, and may have carried devices that could capture emails, phone calls, texts and location data. One focus of the agency’s surveillance was […]

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The pilot of the British Airway Airbus 320 reported hitting an object he thought was a drone at about 1,700ft (580m) while flying over south west London on approach to Heathrow. Chief Superintendent Martin Hendy, head of the Met’s aviation policing command, said the incident highlighted “the very real dangers of reckless, negligent and sometimes malicious use of drones.” A spokesman for the CAA […]

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 18 (UPI) — Thales’ Fulmar unmanned aerial system is being supplied to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to enhance the agency’s surveillance capabilities. Fulmar, a small fixed-wing UAS, will be installed on six New Generation Patrol Craft now being built by Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering Sdn Bhd. The Fulmar features automatic […]

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KABUL Aided by American advisers, the Afghan army on Monday launched its first unmanned surveillance drones from a base in Helmand province to try to expand its ability to provide its own air support. Afghan forces are struggling to build up an independent air force as Taliban insurgents step up offensives across the country. Government […]

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A WILTSHIRE drone company owner is warning they should not be used as toys by amateurs amid reports one struck a plane, sparking a major police probe. Dominic Cross from Devizes, who runs SKYVR, supplying aerial photographs and footage to television and film companies, believes similar training and licensing for commercial drone operators should also […]

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The Matrice 600 might sound like a relative to the Matrice 100 — a barebones drone for developers — but it’s actually a successor to DJI’s existing professional “Spreading Wings” series. These higher-end craft feature retractable landing gear (to keep it out of the way of the camera), and a foldable design. The M600 comes […]

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