Scientists based in America’s infamous ‘Tornado Alley’ are using drone technology to better understand how tornadoes and other severe weather phenomena develop. They hope new data could lead to better early warning systems that would increase the current advanced warning time of about 14 minutes to more than an hour.
In 2015, a $6 million grant from National Science Foundation was awarded to Oklahoma State University and the universities of Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kentucky to develop the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) for the study of atmospheric physics. Its goal is to build small, affordable drones for use by government and university scientists, as well as private companies, to improve weather forecasting.
Apple is cracking down on drone use near its new Apple Park campus in California, Apple Insider reports. Security guards working for the company are telling drone operators around the area that they must take their drones out of the air.
But the area isn’t a no-fly zone under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, meaning Apple doesn’t actually have the authority to tell drone operators to do this.
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A 20-year-old man has been arrested in Israel after flying a DJI drone near an airport – close to where aeroplanes were attempting to land on the runway – and then bragging about the feat on social media.
On Friday 14 July, Niv Stobenzki went to an outdoor bar about half a mile away from the Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv and launched his Mavic Pro drone into the air. He used the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to capture footage of commercial jet liners on the approach to the airport, just 90ft (27m) away.