Solar power industry welcomes govt move to set drone regulations

Industry experts say drones, of which usage by civilians was restricted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in 2014, help reduce O&M cost and increase productivity of large solar plants in a significant way. “Using drones cuts the cost of thermographic inspection by half and time by fifth.

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Two killed in drone attack in KA

However, the notorious drones struck 118 times in 2010 and more than two dozen attacks were launched in 2011. Likewise scores of drone attacks were conducted in the year 2012 killing hundreds of People. In the year 2014 the drones struck for fifteen times in the Pakistani tribal belt. In the years 2015 …

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Riverside drug-dealing-by-drone operation endangered child, police say

Riverside residents Ashley Carroll, 31, and Benjamin Baldassarre, 39, were allegedly selling drugs with use of a drone while his 9-year-old daughter … Riverside police say they really haven’t seen anything like this before: An alleged drug operation that used a drone to deliver narcotics to customers …

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Watch: Safer Tug Operations with Drone Assist

Dutch tugboat company Kotug is looking to use drone technology in its tug operations. The company says that deploying a drone to connect the towline to an assisted vessel will markedly improve the safety margin of tug operations by avoiding the need for maneuvering in the so-called danger zone.

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General Atomics receives more than $328.8M for drone systems

An MQ-9 Reaper assigned to the 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing rests on the flightline as an A-10 Thunderbolt II flies overhead at the 2017 Aviation Nation Air and Space Expo, Nov. 10, 2017, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Photo by Senior Airman Christian Clausen/U.S. Air Force. Dec.

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Got a Drone for Xmas? Here’s Some Advice (and what can happen if you don’t follow it)

Ms Greenwood is an assistant researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, focusing on how UAV and satellite technology can be used in humanitarian contexts. As she notes on Twitter, tracking drone calamities “has been my holiday tradition for three years now for #dronecrashmas: somewhere in …

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Suspected US drone strike along Pakistan-Afghanistan border kills Haqqani Network commander …

Parachinar: A suspected United States (US) drone attack along the Pakistani-Afghan border killed an Islamist militant commander from the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network, a Pakistani official and two members of the Haqqani group said. The Pakistani official said it was not immediately clear whether the …

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US kills Afghan Taliban commander in drone strike inside Pakistan

The US killed an Afghan Taliban leader in a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal agency of Kurram today, according to reports from the region. The commander, Jamiuddin, was a “trusted man” within the Haqqani Network, a subgroup of the Afghan Taliban, who helped fighters move from Pakistan to …

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Myanmar to free reporters detained for drone camera

… and an immigration officer – the complainants – appeared in a Naypyitaw courtroom on Tuesday and asked that the court drop the charges. Tun Tun Win told Reuters higher police officials had ordered the case dropped because the four did not mean to endanger national security by flying the drone.

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Auto Racing-Inspired Technology To Help Airbus Drone Program

A division of Williams Grand Prix Engineering, a Formula One racing team, has signed a deal with aeronautics giant Airbus to provide auto racing-inspired technology to help further develop the capabilities of drones. Williams Advanced Engineering, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), will …

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