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Category / Drones

Here’s why the feds are freaked out about a drone attack

U.S. officials sent out a warning after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was attacked with explosive drones in a failed assassination attempt. The Aug. 4 attack targeted Maduro while he was giving a speech in Caracas. He was unharmed but seven soldiers were hurt. It raised concerns worldwide that commercial drones could be used to harm...CONTINUE READING
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First look: Inside SureFly’s two-person octocopter

In Manhattan’s Flatiron Plaza on Monday, children gawked and construction workers tiptoed in curiosity around transportation company Workhorse’s product showcase of two futuristic vehicles: the first electric pickup truck, and the Surefly octocopter drone. Workhorse is a midwestern transportation company that specializes in electric trucks, particularly for commercial (not personal) use. It gained attention this...CONTINUE READING
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Save $200 on the DJI Mavic Pro camera drone for Prime Day

Whether its the 4K camera, the durable bodies, or all different modes, DJI drones are pretty cool devices. But as cool as the drones are, they’re also really expensive. Don’t worry, thanks to Prime Day, you can save big on the best drones from 2017 and 2018. DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter with Remote — $789.99...CONTINUE READING
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A hacker tried selling stolen military drone documents for $200

Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future recently released a report about one of its more interesting findings.  While scouring the hacker forums on the dark web, the firm’s analysts discovered someone selling MQ-9 Reaper drone documents — maintenance books, training guides, and a list of airmen assigned to the military drone. The hacker was...CONTINUE READING
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Amazon patents hijack-proof delivery drones

Amazon just received a patent for hijack-proof delivery drones. The company filed a patent titled “Hostile takeover avoidance of unmanned vehicles” two years ago, and it was finally approved last week. The patent is specifically designed for delivery vehicles, and its aimed at preventing “nefarious individuals” from taking over the company’s drones. Although there’s no...CONTINUE READING
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Facebook isn’t building massive drones anymore

Four years ago, Facebook shared with the world its ambitious dream of building massive drones. Today, that dream is dead.   In a Tuesday blog post, the company announced the end of its Aquila program, an effort to construct a “high altitude platform station system” (read: massive drones) that sought to bring high-speed internet access...CONTINUE READING
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