U.S. border agents track drone used to carry drugs, charge man with smuggling

Border Patrol agents in San Diego allegedly saw the drone in flight on Aug. 8 and tracked it, discovering nearly 6 kilograms of methamphetamine. A 2-foot-high drone that a border patrol agent spotted swooping over the border fence on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, near a San Diego border crossing. Authorities …

OPP drones: A fleet of 11 made by a Waterloo firm was temporarily grounded after one malfunctioned and was lost Wednesday, police say

By Dale Carruthers Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – UAV Dude, where’s my drone? That’s what provincial police are asking after the force lost one of its unmanned aerial vehicles in a rural area near St. Thomas. The drone’s disappearance — blamed on a technical malfunction — prompted the OPP to ground temporarily its …

Australian Defence Force Selects AeroVironment Wasp® AE for AUD $101 Million Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program

Australian Defence Force Selects AeroVironment Wasp® AE for AUD $101 Million Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program AeroVironment to provide Wasp® AE systems over three years with multi-year training and support Total contract value to AeroVironment of up to USD $36.5 million for hardware and services over program lifespan Australian partners …

Russia to Create Drone Flights Control System – Manufacture

The chief constructor of the system, developed by the Russian Space Systems holding said that Russia will create a system to control flights of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including small quadcopters.MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia will create a system to control flights of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), including small quadcopters, Mikhail …

AeroVironment Begins Full Rate Production and Shipment of Mantis i45 EO/IR Gimbal Sensor Suite for Puma™ AE UAS

Available for military applications, Mantis i45 greatly enhances AeroVironment Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems’ ISR capabilities Advanced sensors enable Mantis i45 operators to see better and farther, providing more actionable intelligence for better decision making In military operations, Mantis i45 increases the stand-off distance between the Puma AE and …

Fire, police drones caught between saving lives, guarding rights

Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle Kevin White of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District retrieves the drone during a search-and-rescue training at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.Battalion Chief Jeff Kleven stood onshore peering through the predawn darkness. He couldn’t see if anyone was inside a car …

Compromise reached between ag, drone operations at Pendleton airport

The Pendleton Airport Commission has agreed to a short-term plan that will keep the northernmost agricultural pad open for crop dusters. A RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle lands at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport in May 2014 after a short inaugural flight in Pendleton. EO FILE PHOTO The northernmost agricultural …

UK police to use 24-hour drone unit to investigate crimes and search for missing people

‘There may be an opportunity at some point in the future to rationalise what we need our cops to do because we find drones can do it more effectively’ The force is currently looking to recruit a ‘drone team manager’ AFP/Getty