The NFL is making an effort to increase the interest in this year's Pro Bowl after it came under criticism the past few years. To do so, it added a skills competition on Thursday night, called "Pro Bowl Skills Showdown." Dodgeball, power relay and precision passing are some of the events, and this year, the league added a new one: Drone Drop. The event consist in a drone holding a football during the flight and drop the ball to a receiver far down below. It sounds like drones
Is it really possible? Could drones replace police helicopters one day? According to one Arizona police chief, the answer is "yes."
Tucson Police Chief, Chris Magnus, confirmed that his department is considering purchasing drones to replace their two helicopters. Magnus says maintaining both aerial vehicles is expensive, and they are approaching the end of their useful life. "Yes, we are looking at drones," Magnus confirmed last week, saying keeping both helicopters flyin
Tesla, Google, Uber and other autonomous car makers are talking about creating self-driving cars in the next three to five years, but, what about airplanes? In June 2016, the Chinese firm EHang received clearance from Nevada to test the world’s first passenger drone. The Guardian reports that the drone can fly at up to 11,500 feet at 63 mph, but only for 23 minutes. On the other hand, Uber Elevate, an on-demand air transportation service, is going to be created within a decad
SUMMARY: Data provided by aerial images can present new information, in order to detect flaws along railroads, cell towers and even boats. The purposes a drone can provide are increasing every day, and ,at the same time, decreasing accidents and saving people. PROBLEM: Rail inspections have taken place since 1882. Examining rail tracks for flaws that could lead to catastrophic failures are an important practice that needs to be done continuously. Railroad inspections can take
Civilian drones are making the skies more congested than ever before, and with it, the increase of incidents involving drone have developed in several countries. The UK Airprox Board, which monitors safety issues in British airspace, identified 56 air proximity incidents involving drones since last year. Meanwhile in the U.S, 583 drones incidents have take place between August 2015 and January 2017. Most of them were minor incidents, but others have been in airport airspace.
Valparaiso Indiana Police have begun using UAS to assist during investigations, search missing people and capturing crime scenes, police said. The department included two drones in their program, which are equipped with cameras, thermal imaging, and holds two certifications for use by the FAA. IT Officer Phil Rochon said the more advanced level of certification allows for some use at night. According to Valparaiso spokesman, Sgt. Mike Grennes, drones are specially useful duri
Locating and rescuing people from fires is not an easy task. Pillars smoke will hide objectives and blurry vision for firefighters. Also, high concentrations of carbon dioxide make it hard for victims to survive long enough to be rescued. To reduce tragedies resulting from a fire, firefighters in the Greater Manchester area of the U.K. launched a drone equipped with an infra-red camera during a massive fire in the city center. Thanks to the help of the UAS, firefighter were a