Air Force veteran will lead Syracuse-based NUAIR national drone test site

NUAIR, or the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, manages one of seven national test sites designated by the FAA for drone research and development projects. The alliance manages the test site in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan …

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Drones for Good: Tiny Flying Robots Help Protect Endangered Whales

It hasn’t hurt that Snotbot has a high-profile fan and patron: Patrick Stewart, the actor best known for helming the Starship Enterprise and leading the X-Men on small and big screens worldwide, appears in the project’s fund-raising video. Since 2013, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have been using …

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Sky for fireworks, not drones, at Boston July 4 concert: police

Massachusetts State Police on Thursday said that no drones would be allowed at next week’s Fourth of July Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, which typically draws hundreds of thousands of spectators to the city’s Charles River waterfront. “No private drones here,” State Police Colonel Tim Alben told reporters on Thursday. “There won’t be government drones here.

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Quadcopters straddle the line between drones and toys

WASHINGTON (AP) — Quadcopters like the one that crashed at the White House on Monday are among the most popular remote-controlled aircraft being sold today. … are they drones or sophisticated toys? Nicholas Roy, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, told a congressional hearing late last year that the reliability of most small drones is comparable to toys.

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Group plans robot playground

A new nonprofit is aiming to keep local robotics companies in Massachusetts and attract others by establishing a wide-open robo-testing ground outside Boston. The Devens Interoperability Playground is the brainchild of members of the New England chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, who watched wistfully as Boston Dynamics in Waltham was bought by Google and Kiva …

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