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June 24, 2014
If an individual offers free shipping in association with a purchase or other offer, FAA would construe the shipping to be in furtherance of a business purpose, and thus, the operation would not fall within the statutory requirement of recreation or hobby purpose.
The Federal Aviation Administration, in a footnote intended to block the usage of drones for shipping purposes. Essentially, this rule was written to specifically block Amazon’s Prime Air.
15:18 // 1 month ago
May 31, 2014
We wanted to be really up-front with the public that we’re looking at using these down the road. We wanted to make sure it didn’t look like we were trying to sneak these things into action.
LAPD spokesman Commander Andrew Smith • Discussing the police department’s plan to use drones sparingly as part of its arsenal. It received the drones as a gift from the Seattle Police Department.
21:40 // 1 month ago
May 1, 2014

Over the weekend, Arkansas photojournalist Brian Emfinger did something really innovative—he used a drone to record the aftermath of a tornado. The FAA, which currently bans the use of drones for commercial purposes, said it is investigating Emfinger and others who did the same thing, with the idea that even though it’s journalism, it’s still commercial. Hey FAA, doesn’t this run headfirst into the First Amendment?

17:48 // 3 months ago
March 30, 2014
The past few months have revealed an American obsession with drones that touches nearly every aspect of modern life. Unfortunately for vulnerable civilians in other countries, we’re obsessing over the wrong drones.
The more drones we worry about, the less we care about what matters, Vanity Fair’s Kia Makarechi writes on the new drone age we are entering. source
19:37 // 4 months ago
March 27, 2014
A United Nations panel finds the United States has fallen short of meeting its obligations under an international civil rights treaty
The United Nations raps United States civil rights over drone usage, secret programs and surveillance. source
13:03 // 4 months ago
December 29, 2013
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December 16, 2013
14:58 // 7 months ago
December 12, 2013

Military error leads to bombing of a wedding in Yemen

  • 15 people were killed while attending a wedding in Yemen on Thursday, after military officials apparently mistook the wedding party for an al-Qaeda convoy and reportedly used an unmanned drone to bomb the site. source
16:16 // 7 months ago
December 2, 2013
thenextweb:

"Your Amazon Drone delivery was unable to be completed because…"
(Image: @QuantumPirate)

What could be… in the future. 

thenextweb:

"Your Amazon Drone delivery was unable to be completed because…"

(Image: @QuantumPirate)

What could be… in the future. 

9:45 // 8 months ago
December 1, 2013

Amazon’s dream for improving the delivery process involves drones, apparently.

21:03 // 8 months ago