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You Must Register Your Drone in the US by Feb. 2016, and There's a $5 Fee

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You Must Register Your Drone in the US by Feb. 2016, and There's a $5 Fee

The FAA announced its drone registration process today, a couple of months after announcing the registry: if you operate a drone that weighs over 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, you’ll need to register it by February 19, 2016. There’s also going to be a $5 fee. The online registration process will be opened up on December 21st, 2015. If you purchased your drone before that date, you’ll have until the February 19th deadline to register. If you purchase one after December 21st, you’ll need to register immediately before you can legally fly. A coalition of media organizations petitioned...

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Drone captures underwater archeology at Canadian lake

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Drone captures underwater archeology at Canadian lake

Twitter user Indigo Black Jaguar posts this today -- "Captured by drone, in a lake in Canada…" Anyone's guess?

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A Second Snowden Has Leaked Secret Drone Documents

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A Second Snowden Has Leaked Secret Drone Documents

It's been just over two years since Edward Snowden leaked a massive trove of NSA documents, and more than five since Chelsea Manning gave WikiLeaks a megacache of military and diplomatic secrets. Now there appears to be a new source on that scale of classified leaks—this time with a focus on drones. On Thursday the Intercept published a groundbreaking new collection of documents related to America’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles to kill foreign targets in countries ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen. The revelations about the CIA and Joint Special Operations Command actionsinclude primary source evidence that as many as...

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Drones likely to cause airplane accidents

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Drones likely to cause airplane accidents

The increasing availability of drones is all but certain to cause an airplane accident, in part because it's difficult to catch people in the act of flying the small unmanned devices, CBS News aviation and safety expert Chesley Sullenberger said Sunday. "We've seen what a six-pound or an eight-pound bird can do to bring down an airplane," Sullenberger said on "Face the Nation," a nod to the flock of birds that knocked out both of his engines and forced him to land a plane in the Hudson River in 2009. "Imagine what a device containing hard parts like batteries and...

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The Drone - Coming Soon [Video]

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The Drone - Coming Soon [Video]

A vast segment of the general public and the media might consider drones to be dangerous, privacy-invading-little-buggers, but any drone owner knows that they are what their operator makes of them. A drone can’t be blamed for flying onto the Japanese Prime Minister’s roof or over the White House fence. It won’t randomly turn on its camera and spy on you or follow you around the house when you’re not paying attention. It probably won’t kill your dog, either. Then again, maybe your drone has been doing these things all along and you just haven’t noticed it yet. (OK, you’d...

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