‘Droneboarding’ takes off in Latvia

Droneboarders stand on snowboards and grip tow ropes, like those used in water-skiing, and are pulled along by a drone at speeds of up to 60 kph (AFP Photo/Ilmars ZNOTINS)

Droneboarders stand on snowboards and grip tow ropes, like those used in water-skiing, and are pulled along by a drone at speeds of up to 60 kph

Droneboarders stand on snowboards and grip tow ropes, like those used in water-skiing, and are pulled along by a drone at speeds of up to 60 kph (AFP Photo/Ilmars ZNOTINS)

Aerones CEO Janis Putrams (L) says drone technology could be used in firefighting and rescue work (AFP Photo/Ilmars ZNOTINS)

Cēsis (Latvia) (AFP) – Skirted on all sides by snow-clad pine forests, Latvia’s remote Lake Ninieris would be the perfect picture of winter tranquility — were it not for the huge drone buzzing like a swarm of angry bees as it zooms above the solid ice surface.

The powerful three-metre-long (nine-foot) drone, sporting 16 spinning propellers, is fitted with long tow ropes with handles, the kind used in water-skiing.

Two snowboarders gripping them glide across the ice, pulled along by the drone before performing a series of high-speed turns and slides.

As snow sprays up from beneath their snowboards, a small audience of cross-country skiers and ice fishermen look on in amazement at what might be the next extreme sports craze: droneboarding.

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What is Amazon Developing Behind Closed Doors?

wireless communicationsAmazon is getting ready to examine it’s wireless communications technology abilities, including mobile devices and fixed-base stations in rural Washington and Seattle, the company disclosed in government filings recently.

The filings do not specify what the tests would be for, but they hint of a new technological wireless service innovation. According to the British businessinsider.com, the company noted that the project would involve prototypes designed to support “new communications capabilities and functionalities.”

The interesting part is that Amazon listed Neil Woodward as the main contact on the filings. Woodward, a retired NASA astronaut who joined Amazon in 2008, is now a senior manager for Prime Air, the team in charge of Amazon’s drone-delivery effort.

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International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) Launches First

IDRA

Primary Insurance to Cover Drone Pilots Worldwide

Belleville, MI: On [25 JAN 2017], the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) will launch

the first primary UAV Aircraft Liability Insurance policy to cover drone pilots worldwide.

Included with the rollout of IDRA’s membership service, each IDRA member will be insured,

with a US$1,000,000 UAV Liability coverage limit including operations for Recreational Use, UAS

training for competitions, and Racing/Competitions around the world. Continue reading

The World Outdoors: Researchers flock to drones

Male and female mallards scramble for bread thrown into the pond beside Storybook Gardens by visitors to Springbank Park this week. (BARBARA TAYLOR, The London Free Press)

Male and female mallards scramble for bread thrown into the pond beside Storybook Gardens by visitors to Springbank Park this week. (BARBARA TAYLOR, The London Free Press)

Drone technology has been applied in support of bird science for more than a decade now.

With the cost of this technology continuing to drop, the use of it is broadening across North America.

In the same way that retail, military, and hobby sectors have embraced drones, bird scientists have realized drones can be deployed to do some bird census work and gather data in remote or otherwise inaccessible locations.

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Newton Drone Owner Files Federal Lawsuit Against City

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NEWTON, MA – A Newton resident filed suit against the city this week, claiming a recently passed drone ordinance is trumped by federal law and violates his First, Fifth and 14th Amendment rights.

In the suit, first published by the Newton TAB, Michael Singer also alleges the ordinance violates his statutory rights of navigation and the Massachusetts Privacy Act. Singer filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.

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Eyes in The Sky, ECAMSECURE

Eyes in The Sky, ECAMSECURE, offering a Fleet of Drone Services

ECAMSECURE

ECAMSECURE, a leading security and remote management technology solutions company, is proud to announce the addition of drones to an already extensive menu of integrated video surveillance and monitoring options. Continue reading

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