FAA's New $5 Billion Air Traffic Control System Forgot About Drones

Designers of the Federal Aviation Administration's futuristic, new air traffic control system did a whoops. Despite explicit instructions from Congress to take drones into account, they failed to include them in the plans for the $5 billion NextGen system. And it's definitely too late to start over. » 9/26/14 10:11am Friday 10:11am

This Drone is Armed - But Not Like You Might Imagine

We're almost so used to the idea of weapons-toting drones, that finding a drone with a pair of actual arms is a little unusual. This quadcopter with a pair of arms is the brainchild of university professors, who clearly didn't think about the consequences of giving flying robots the ability to pick things up and run… » 9/26/14 2:11am Friday 2:11am

This Storm-Hunting Drone Flew Into the Eye of a Hurricane

When Hurricane Edouard came whooshing over North Atlantic this week, one little drone was ready. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coyote is neither especially big nor especially tough-looking, but it flew where no pilot—and no drone—had ever flown before. This is the future of storm hunting. » 9/17/14 7:58pm 9/17/14 7:58pm

The Razor UAV Only Costs $800 to Print--Yeah, Print

Our multi-million dollar fleets of Predators and Reaper drones are quickly becoming the exception rather than the rule. As UAV technology continues its breakneck advance, the cost of producing even high-performance ISR drones is plummeting. This new UAV, for example, is so inexpensive and quick to create that it's… » 9/17/14 11:40am 9/17/14 11:40am

This Dunkable Drone Will Suck Up Whale Snot for Science

Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than… » 9/15/14 11:40am 9/15/14 11:40am

Americans Keep Losing Their Drones

All across America, drones are crashing into trees and rooftops. The $500-plus dollar skytoys are frequently flying away from their owners, landing in lakes and marshes and urban neighborhoods, never to be found again. Lost drone posters line residential neighborhoods like the missing dog fliers of yore. Have you… » 9/09/14 4:52pm 9/09/14 4:52pm

Why The USAF's Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV Is Worth The Money

The Global Hawk has been flying for close to 15 years, and its development has been a twisting road filled with dead ends and wandering requirements. After over $10B spent and almost 50 airframes produced I ventured to Edwards AFB to get a rare close up look at what we actually paid for. » 9/09/14 3:55pm 9/09/14 3:55pm