Report: FAA Will Require You to Have a Pilot License to Fly a Drone

There's good news, and there's bad news. The good news is that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is getting really close to finalizing its rules for commercial drones. The bad news is that those rules could be terribly restrictive. » 11/24/14 10:25am 11/24/14 10:25am

The Boomerang Drone That's Based on a Maple Seed

How do you make a maple seed cool? Turning it into a state-of-the-art single-wing helicopter drone that soldiers and police officers can carry into the field, and that they launch by hurling it like a boomerang, is a pretty good start. » 8/12/11 8:40pm 8/12/11 8:40pm

Secret US Military UFO Looks Manned

Looks like the US military UFO that was spotted over Afghanistan—which is not the Phantom Ray—may not be an unmanned aircraft after all. At least, that is what airplane expert Stephen Trimble thinks: » 5/20/09 11:00am 5/20/09 11:00am

UFO Sighted Over Afghanistan Is US Secret Airplane

Looks like the US military has a new secret aircraft. Either that or the Nazis are taking over the world again, because according to other photos this looks like the Luftwaffe's Go229 Flying Wing: » 5/13/09 2:40pm 5/13/09 2:40pm

Chinese UFO Looks Like Emergency Life Raft, Spies on You

Chinese company Harbin Smart Special Aerocraft has spent 12 years and over $4 million developing its unmanned flying saucers. Somewhat reminiscent of the Honeywell Micro Air Vehicle, the unmanned drone has propellers that run on methanol, a top speed of around 50mph, and can stay at an altitude of around 1,000 yards… » 6/19/08 7:10am 6/19/08 7:10am

High Tech Cockpit Controls Unmanned Aircraft

It may look like the ultimate gaming rig, but Raytheon's Universal Control System (UCS) is actually a high tech cockpit for real pilots. It sits them in front of a wrap-around display that makes them feel like running a real plane is just another day of Microsoft Flight Sim. The cockpit gives you the option of… » 11/01/06 6:50pm 11/01/06 6:50pm

Standard Shipping, Two-Day Shipping, Drone Shipping

The military's billion dollar flying robots could be used for tracking UPS and FedEx packages. That's the word from Darpa's program director for Joint-Unmanned Combat Air Systems (speaking at the DarpaTech 2005 Conference). He says the unmanned, and unarmed, aircraft are outfitted with software and ground systems that… » 8/17/05 12:03pm 8/17/05 12:03pm