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    FAA publishes drone registration deadlines, guidelines

    December 16, 2015

    If you own or receive a recreational drone as a gift for the holidays, the FAA will waive its $5 registration fee if you register it on the agencies new website by January 20, 2016. Drones operated by the current owner before December 21, 2015, must be registered no later than February 19, 2016. For all other UAS, registration is required before operation. The FAA announced its decision to require recreational drones in October.

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      Unmanned aerial vehicles: registration poses questions

      By Richard Wallace | October 19, 2015

      Unmanned aerial vehicles: registration poses questions

      Source: geekologie.com via Pinterest

      Guns are such a booming business — and such a potential hazard to humans— that the Department of Justice plans to require operators to register them with the government.

      OK, you can put your guns down Second Amendment defenders and assault weapon owners, I’m just kidding. It’s actually drones we’re talking about here, not firearms.

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        Will drones get their own star on the Walk of Fame?

        By Andy Marken | October 16, 2015

        Proliferating apps propel drones to both fortune, and fame

        With drones selling for $80 to $30,000 plus, there are a lot of drone types available and myriad applications that fall between idiot toys and military armament. This year sales are projected to reach about 4.3M units, with an estimated value of about $1.7B, which represents a 167 percent sales increase in two years.

        Businesses across the board are coming up with new ideas every day on how to use these autonomous flying vehicles to save time, money, and to do things that keep folks out of danger.

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          While the FAA fiddles, world’s first droneport takes shape

          By Richard Wallace | October 6, 2015

          While the FAA fiddles, world’s first droneport takes shape

          The FAA’s September 30, 2015 deadline for mandated regulations integrating drones into U.S. airspace has come and gone. This leaves many consumers and businesses, like Amazon Prime, to wonder what the future of drone deliveries will look like.

          But while the FAA fiddles, other countries are moving forward rapidly to test and deploy drone delivery technology. 

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            The drone makers: Five visionaries who will rule the skies

            August 30, 2015

            The commercial drone business is in a holding pattern as the FAA decides who can fly drones, where.  By February, 2016 the agency’s ‘proposed a framework of regulations’ will result in new rules governing routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in U.S. airspace. The proposals are expected to generate “significant economic benefit” to put it mildly.

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              The camera drone market is red hot; Is 2015 the “year of the drone?”

              June 2, 2015

              Blackmagic Design’s Micro Super 16 at NAB. Photo: Droneblog

              Steve Maller, who blogs for Drone Analyst shares five insights into the camera drone market gained from his visit to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) meet held in Las Vegas mid April.

              Says Maller,” My brief but productive visit last month to the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) meeting in Las Vegas showed me just how fast the camera drone market is heating up.

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                Drone Beat: The FAA relents as Amazon schemes and drone tech marches on

                May 12, 2015

                DJI’s Phantom 3

                While the commercial drone industry may have found some cheer in the FAA’s recently relaxed regulations – the requirement that the operator have a pilot’s license has been dropped — they are still too restrictive. The operator must keep the drone in sight at all times and nighttime flights still aren’t allowed, for example. But technology can easily address many of the FAA’s safety concerns agues Gretchen West in Foreign Affairs.

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                  New buzz for μRFID tracking, motion detection technology

                  By Richard Wallace | March 25, 2015

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                  New μRFID sensing technology tracks bees at a range of 1.2m – a huge increase from previous RFID tags.

                  Drone makers and IoT architects are keeping close tabs on two new technology developments, μRFID tagging and the Rana motion detection technology, for possible future identification, tracking and control applications.

                  Developments in both technologies came to light this week in an article published in Engineering & Technology Magazine that reported that a group of ecologists in the UK have fitted a tiny μRFID tag to a bee as part of a live field tracking study.