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Unmanned surveillance aircraft maker Insitu takes flight with new CEO

Insitu has a new leader at the helm. The Boeing maker of unmanned aircraft systems, including the ScanEagle and Integrator, appointed Ryan Hartman as president and CEO. He replaces Steve Morrow, who is retiring. “Insitu invented the agile small tactical unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance category and continues to be a leader in the industry,”… Read More

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How geeks go camping: Drones, lasers and more from ToorCamp 2014

Editor’s Note: Amal Graafstra was one of hundreds of people who attended ToorCamp, a summer camp for geeks earlier this month on the Washington coast. The author of the book RFID Toys and a “double RFID implantee,” Graafstra documents the experience in this guest post. A whole gaggle of hackers, makers, breakers, and shakers gathered on the shores of Neah Bay, on the Washington… Read More

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Amazon employee buzzes Seattle’s Space Needle with drone

An Amazon.com employee allegedly flew a drone right past Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, sparking even more debate in a city which has grappled with how unmanned aerial vehicles fit into society. The employee, who was visiting from out of town, told police that the drone did not hit the structure as some reports earlier indicated…. Read More

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Fiction meets fact: Author publishes ‘Drones over Seattle’ as Amazon seeks FAA clearance

Consultant and contract engineer Richard Clark published his new work of fiction, “Drones Over Seattle,” for the Amazon Kindle just last week — telling the story of a computer programmer and former Black Hat hacker named Sean who is hired by a Pioneer Square robotics startup to revamp and stabilize its high-tech flying drone. So imagine Clark’s surprise a… Read More

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Amazon’s drones still on track for take-off despite new FAA guidelines

Amazon’s experimental drone delivery project has not been grounded by new rules set forth by the FAA. The Federal Aviation Administration released a document on Monday, which was easily misinterpreted as affecting Amazon’s plans. It outlawed using “model aircraft” for a number of activities, including delivering packages for a fee, or even delivering packaged for free — as… Read More

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Update: Amazon says delivery drones not grounded by FAA

Update: Amazon said in a statement that this will not affect their drone project because it applies to hobby aircraft, rather than commercial planes. It is still likely years off from getting commercial approval. See our follow-up story for more. The original story follows … A new document by the Federal Aviation Administration distributed yesterday is… Read More

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Zuckerberg details plans to use drones to blanket Earth with high-speed Internet

Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal Facebook page to detail plans to utilize drones, satellites and lasers to “deliver Internet to everyone.” “Our team has many of the world’s leading experts in aerospace and communications technology, including from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center,” Zuckerberg wrote. “Today we are also bringing on key members of… Read More

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Drone pilot who beat FAA regs is skeptical about Amazon drone delivery

Amazon’s plans for a Prime Air drone delivery service captured the imagination of people who want their packages delivered by small, flying robots, but drone entrepreneur Raphael Pirker is skeptical that they’ll become a reality, at least in the near future. Pirker, the CEO of drone manufacturer TBS Avionics, told the Wall Street Journal that small drones… Read More

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Teledesic 2.0? Facebook looking to buy solar-powered drone maker Titan to deliver Internet access from the skies

Craig McCaw’s Teledesic raised hundreds of millions of dollars in the 1990s to build low-orbiting satellites that could deliver high-speed Internet to those below. The idea fizzled, despite the involvement of the likes of Boeing and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. But the concept remains alive, at least in a less expensive form, in a New… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: Amazon Drones, Artefact’s ‘Juice Box,’ a beautiful app and a classic console challenge

We’re getting very futuristic on this week’s GeekWire radio show — starting with our thoughts on Amazon’s surprising “Prime Air” delivery drones project. Then we get the inside story of Artefact’s “Juice Box,” a new energy storage design concept for the developing world, created to the specifications of Bill Gates as part of a feature… Read More

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Eric Schmidt says consumers shouldn’t have drones, even though Google wants to use them

In an interview with the Guardian, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said that consumers shouldn’t be able to keep drones for their personal use, because of potential problems they might cause. “You’re having a dispute with your neighbor,” he said. “How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone… Read More

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Video: Protestors hijack Seattle police meeting on new aerial drone program

Well, this didn’t turn out the way The Seattle Police Department had hoped. Speaking at the Garfield Community Center Thursday night about a new unmanned aerial vehicle program, Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh was continuously interrupted by angry protesters who called the department “murderers,” “fascists” and questioned whether it should have the authority to operate drones… Read More

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Drones over Seattle? Police to discuss unmanned aerial vehicle plan with residents

While they aren’t going to fly over buildings and fry computers with microwaves, drones managed by the City of Seattle may help during rescue missions, disaster responses and traffic accidents. The Seattle Police Department will host a Q&A with the community Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Garfield Community Center to discuss the drones and receive… Read More