We have no flight-tracking system for the lower sky. There are rules and charts for keeping track of larger aircraft that carry human passengers and are piloted by humans onboard, but drones are small and fly low, which means we have to trust in drone pilot good behavior to keep drones away from risky places, like airports. Small drones, unlike other aircraft, don't broadcast their location, so tracking them in the sky is tricky. That's why the FAA is working with NASA to come up with an Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management system. Earlier today, NASA tested the system at six different FAA test sites.
When you think of NASA you probably think of the missions to the moon or the International Space Station but the agency has plans to start conducting some work closer to the Earth's surface soon. The agency's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is working on research and implementation of Urban Air Mobility or UAM for the coming years. NASA defines UAM as "a safe and efficient system for air passenger and cargo transportation within an urban area," said a release from NASA. These include small package delivery, like drone or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) deliveries, and other services that could be controlled from onboard, on the ground or could potentially be autonomous. NASA is helping companies looking to add urban air mobility to cities. Photo: NASA Not only is NASA working on developing these technologies as it has for the past six or so years, but it's also working to create more successful management of those technologies.
The last 24 hours were filled with new phone announcements, and they weren't just from Samsung. If you were looking for something beyond folding devices, we've got accidental mics in devices that Google forgot about, and we'll summarize Huawei's recent problems -- and whether they will really affect the company's continued rise. Samsung's foldable phone is officially the Galaxy Fold The future of mobile could be foldable. If you've got $2,000 at the ready. Samsung finally unveiled its folding marvel, a duel-screened phone-tablet hybrid that looks gorgeous when opened -- and less so when it's not.
A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a Nevada town in what its maker and the state's governor said on Friday was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the US. Matt Sweeney, chief executive of drone-maker Flirtey, said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a programmed delivery route on 10 March, then lowered the package outside a vacant residence in Hawthorne. The route was established using GPS. A pilot and visual observers were on standby during the flight but were not needed, Sweeney said. He said the package included bottled water, food and a first-aid kit.
A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the governor of the state said Friday was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the U.S. Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a pre-programmed delivery route on March 10 and lowered the package outside a vacant residence in an uninhabited area of Hawthorne, southeast of Reno. The route was established using GPS. A pilot and visual observers were on standby during the flight but weren't needed, Sweeney said. He said the package included bottled water, food and a first-aid kit. "Conducting the first drone delivery in an urban setting is a major achievement, taking us closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep," Sweeney said.