Meet the Darwin rescue dog who exercises with drones

Meet the Darwin rescue dog who exercises with drones

Most afternoons on a secluded Darwin beach, a chocolate brown rescue dog can be found enthusiastically chasing after Australia’s latest technology craze — drones. Launched remotely by a smartphone app, the bright red flying aircraft has emerged as Narla’s favourite toy. “It’s the only way to tire her out,” owner James Greenberger said. He first saw Narla on social media two years ago during a RSPCA adoption callout and, after a beach trip together, she…

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Australia’s New Drone Laws Explained

Last week, it became legally easier to fly drones in Australia, with the relaxation of Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules about “remotely piloted aircraft”, or RPAs. Here’s what you need to know — including what it means for your privacy. Drone footage is everywhere, whether used to film extreme sports, outdoor events, nature, music festivals, or just for its own sake. Recreational aircraft such as quadcopters, fixed-wing and mini drones are getting ever cheaper and…

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Man rescued after jumping into Port Phillip waters to collect crashed drone

A man is recovering in hospital after being rescued from the waters of Port Phillip when he jumped in to collect his crashed drone. The 22-year-old was using a drone to take night photos off St Kilda Pier when the remote control device plunged into the water. The South Yarra man stripped down to his underwear and jumped off St Kilda pier to try and save the drone. But he had to be rescued when…

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Xenophon moves to overthrow new drone laws

Crossbench senator Nick Xenophon will move to overthrow new “dangerous” drone rules, concerned that lax regulations could lead to mid-air collisions. The regulations – which came into force in September – allow commercial operators to operate unmanned aircraft weighing less than two kilograms with reduced regulatory requirements. Senator Xenophon will move a disallowance motion in the Senate next week, saying in a statement on Thursday the consequences of serious damage to other aircraft and a…

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Massive Millennium Falcon Drone Has A Tiny Han Solo And Chewie

Massive Millennium Falcon Drone Has A Tiny Han Solo And Chewie

Air Hogs’ drones might not be as capable or manoeuvrable as those from companies like DJI and even GoPro now, but they’re incredibly easy for the average consumer to fly. And more importantly, they’re available in versions that look like famous sci-fi spaceships, including this giant new flying Millennium Falcon. This version of the Falcon measures in at an impressive 70cm long making it large enough to include details like a glowing hyperdrive, lights and…

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Helpless Bone Thug Becomes Latest Victim Of Drone Menace

Helpless Bone Thug Becomes Latest Victim Of Drone Menace

Video: Go almost anywhere these days and they’re out there, lurking. At our festivals. By our pools. Even in our prisons. Drones have now infiltrated just about every area of human society, as a member of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony learned recently when a quadcopter savagely bonked him at his own concert. Image: YouTube/Celi Cel A video obtained by TMZ shows the complete attack, which occurred during a rendition of “Budsmokers Only” on Sunday. Apparently taking exception…

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Drone laws could lead to mid-air collisions, pilots and air traffic controllers warned

Drone laws could lead to mid-air collisions, pilots and air traffic controllers warned

Pilots and air traffic controllers have called for new regulations over the use of drones to be scrapped, warning they could lead to catastrophic mid-air collisions. The new laws are aimed to cut the cost and red tape around operating drones that weigh less than two kilograms. The changes will come into effect from tomorrow. Under the new legislation, small commercial drone operators would not have to pay the current $1,400 in regulatory fees and…

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What Parrot’s New Drones Can Do

What Parrot’s New Drones Can Do

Image: Supplied Parrot has a bunch of new drones out right now — from the Disco, the first easy-to-fly fixed-wing drone that promises to give a “fully immersive” flight experience, to a pair of shiny new minidrones. Here’s all the details. The compact (58cm x 115cm) fixed-wing Parrot Disco can reach top speeds of 80 km/h and offers 45 minutes of flight time. It is made of expanded Polypropylene and reinforced by carbon tubes, meaning…

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This Drone Can Fly Forever Without A Battery

This Drone Can Fly Forever Without A Battery

Want a drone to fly longer and farther? Give it a bigger battery. But that adds weight, which in turn reduces the drone’s flight time. It’s quite a conundrum. It seems like an unresolvable catch-22, except that someone has finally found a way to use wireless power to keep a drone flying. Dr Samer Aldhaher, of the Imperial College London, created this simple demonstration of a lightweight battery-less drone hovering in place, powered only by…

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