This week’s top UAV related stories are perfect examples of how the current trends in UAS technology are merging reality with science-fiction. Drone swarms took center stage this week as organizations like Intel and NASA showed off some robotic choreography. Drones also showed that they don’t mind getting down and dirty on the farm, but they’re also happy being polished and lightning fast on the racetrack. All that and more in this week’s Drone Review.
Chinese consumer drone maker DJI apologized for delays in shipments of its new Mavic Pro foldable drone. The company issued the statement after technology blog Gizmodo reported on numerous customers who had pre-ordered the new hobby drone and had not yet received it by the scheduled delivery date. DJI unveiled the Mavic Pro in September.
At Bloomberg, Kyle Stock writes that camera maker GoPro is banking on the success of its Karma drone.
At Popular Science, Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer explain what the Zhuhai Airshow tells us about China’s latest drones.
At Aviation International Online, John Goglia argues that the FAA drone rules could “stifle student interest” in aviation.
In a paper for Applications in Plant Sciences, a group of researchers explain how drones could be used to aid future ecological studies. (Phys.org)
Also at the New York Times, Mark Scott looks at how the oil, gas, and energy sector are embracing drone technology.
At Forbes, Ben Sin reflects on a visit to Shenzhen, China, home to some of the world’s biggest drone manufacturers.
Also at Forbes, Ralph Jennings considers how international restrictions on drone exports could damage Taiwan’s drone industry.
At Popular Science, David Hambling looks at the challenges of developing counter-drone laser weapons.
The GRASP Lab at University of Pennsylvania is developing micro-drones that are optimized for navigating indoor environments. (IEEE Spectrum)
Slovenian drone maker C-Astral has unveiled the Bramor ppX, a long-endurance commercial drone, as well as a solar-powered version called the ppx-LRS. (Press Release)
U.S. firm Aerotenna has unveiled a small collision avoidance radar and a flight controller for drones. (UAV News)
The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation unveiled the QY-1, a vertical take-off and landing surveillance drone. (IHS Jane’s 360)
NASA is reportedly testing swarming microdrones made by a Swedish firm called Bitcraze. (Business Insider)
The U.S. Navy demonstrated a common control system for drones in a simulated medical evacuation with a Lockheed Martin K-Max rotary drone. (Executive Gov)
Sensor maker Aero ID has developed a sensor to detect explosives and other hazardous materials. (Unmanned Systems Technology)
Deutsche Telekom will reportedly begin developing a drone detection system for Germany’s critical infrastructure and public spaces. (Reuters)
Intel created a drone swarm light show featuring 500 drones flying together, and has unveiled a new quadrotor drone, the Shooting Star, designed specifically for light shows. (Drone 360)
A consortium of Australian drone firms is developing a medical supply delivery program for rural parts of the country. (Mashable)
A team of British engineers is working to develop a system that employs drones to farm crops. (BBC)
Uganda’s tourism minister has described his government’s plans to eventually deploy drones to track poachers. (New Vision)
The 2017 final of the Drone Racing League will be held in London in June. (Evening Standard)
U.S. startup Sunflower Labs is developing a home security system that employs drones to track possible break-ins. (CBS Local)
Drone maker Aerovel demonstrated its Flexrotor vertical take-off and landing drone in various flight tests from a ship off the Alaskan coast. (FlightGlobal)
An Irish drone firm, a mountain rescue service, and Chinese drone firm DJI have developed software that facilitate drone searches for missing people. (Irish Times)
In Texas, a football coach purchased a drone in hopes of using it as a teaching tool during practice. (Beaumont Enterprise).
Canada drone company Arrowonics created a Halloween-themed video of a swarm of 20 drones flying in unison. (Toronto Sun)