Facebook Shuts Down Solar-Powered Internet Drone Project: So What Happens Now?

Facebook officially ditches its efforts to deliver high-speed internet via solar-powered drones. The decision reportedly caused 16 employees from the project to lose their jobs. Taking Another Approach Sources confirm that in its place, the social network company plans to redirect its resources in order to work with partners such as Airbus. Together, both hope […]

Drone Deliveries in US Stalled by More Regulations

Amazon completed its first drone delivery Wednesday in the U.K. and not in the U.S., marking the debut of its comprehensive unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) shipping service. This was a direct manifestation of America’s burdensome regulations, which seem to be forcing Amazon, and other businesses, to take their drone technology abroad. “The fact that Amazon chose […]

Facebook’s Aquila Internet-delivery Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers

Social networking giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) last week reported the first successful full-scale test flight of its ambitious Aquila solar-powered high-altitude unmanned aircraft. It’s part of an ambitious goal to bring four billion more  people online — more customers, freelancers and maybe even partners for your business. “After two years of engineering, I’m proud to […]

Take That Amazon! 7-Eleven Drone Delivery Has Already Started in the U.S.

Move over Amazon! 7-Eleven, the iconic chain of convenience stores with locations throughout the United States and Canada, has already completed more than 70 routine commercial drone deliveries in the U.S. And all this while mega-online retailer Amazon, which first floated the idea in a big way, remains mired in regulatory red tape and forced to […]

Pentagon asks China to ‘immediately’ return intercepted US naval drone

A file photo of US Navy survey ship USNS Bowditch which was on a routine operation 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay in the Philippines. Photo: AFP/ US Navy Washington: The Pentagon demanded that China return a US Navy underwater drone captured in international waters in the South China Sea, a confrontation likely to […]

Infosys invests in drone start-up ideaForge

ideaForge drones have been widely deployed by the Indian Armed Forces for surveillance, crowd monitoring and rescue operations. New Delhi: Country’s second largest software services firm Infosys on Wednesday said it has invested in ideaForge, an Indian start-up focused on unmanned aerial vehicle or UAV solutions (drones). Infosys, which has been aggressively investing in start-ups […]

Facebook’s Aquila Internet-delivery Drone Could Add Billions More Online Customers

Social networking giant Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) last week reported the first successful full-scale test flight of its ambitious Aquila solar-powered high-altitude unmanned aircraft. It’s part of an ambitious goal to bring four billion more  people online — more customers, freelancers and maybe even partners for your business. “After two years of engineering, I’m proud to […]

First National Drone Delivery Service Launched — in Rwanda

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday launched the world’s first national drone delivery service at a ceremony in Kigali. This comes at a time when U.S. regulatory agencies are yet to clear any kind of commercial drone delivery service here in this country. Rwandan Drone Delivery Service First of Its Kind The drone delivery service will […]

Mark Zuckerberg Meets the Pope; Gifts Him a Drone Model

Mark Zuckerberg Meets the Pope; Gifts Him a Drone Model HIGHLIGHTS Zuckerberg gifts model of solar-powered drone Aquila to Pope Francis Zuckerberg discusses Internet connectivity with Pope Francis Facebook completed first successful test of Aquila last month What would you possibly expect from a meeting between the Pope Francis and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg? The […]

World Drone Market to Near $127 Billion in 2020: PwC

Drones will soon be boosting crop yields, verifying insurance claims, and assisting in future Hollywood blockbusters in a business that’s due to boom by more than 6,000 percent by the end of the decade. The global market for commercial applications of drone technology, currently estimated at about $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,325 crores), will balloon […]