Drones replacing fireworks could make Bonfire Night traditions a thing of the past

Drones have been used as a replacement for fireworks at a variety of events across the world this year, sparking debate on how we could soon see a different type of celebrations on November 5. UAVs were incorporated as part of displays at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea and also on July 4 celebrations in the US. Tonight, people across the UK will celebrate Bonfire Night as they have always known with huge firework displays and large fires but this could soon change. Year on year, safety is always a worry for officials at events for not only
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Mayoral aide calls for ‘counter-drone program’

A mayoral aide in Chicago has called for a ‘counter-drone program’ due to the growing threat they pose across the US. The issue was raised by Alicia Tate-Nadeau, executive director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications at the city council’s budget hearings. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the issue came to light after a question was raised about whose drone it was that was seen flying over the Chicago Marathon earlier in the month. As part of the meeting, she said: “Whenever a drone is following folks over the marathon, I should not have to put
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DJI slams last week’s Dayton Research ‘misleading’ drone collision footage

DJI has demanded that the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) withdraws a video and blog post which depict a collision between a DJI Phantom 2 and the wing of a small airplane, calling the video ‘misleading’. In a statement, DJI has said the UDRI staged its video to create a scenario inconceivable in real life. The international manufacturer described how the collision shown on video was at a higher speed than the combined maximum speed of the drone and airplane, which is also faster than the FAA’s testing guidelines. The statement went on to detail how the UDRI has
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CAA confirms London passenger jet ‘near-miss’ was the closest yet over the UK

The UK Airprox Board has announced a drone had a near miss with a Virgin Atlantic passenger jet earlier this year was at ‘the most serious risk of collision.' The incident happened over Clapham in London as the jet headed towards Heathrow Airport. Following the near miss, which happened in June, the CAA has confirmed that the event was the closest ever recorded over UK airspace. The UKAB report detailed how the “drone-like object was seen to pass just below the right wing, avoiding impact with the engine by an estimated 10ft.” The report said: “The drone was being flown
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Imperial College London may have found answer to drone collision issue

Researchers at Imperial College London have found that the ancient art of origami could be used to protect in-flight drones from collisions. Without hindering flight performance, experts have taken inspiration from origami to equip drones with lightweight, impact-absorbent cushioning to protect them from bumps and scrapes. The research, published in Science Robotics, shows how drones equipped with the Rotary Origami Protective System incur less force and damage during a collision, and are thus able to keep flying after impact with obstacles. Lead author Dr Pooya Sareh, who led the research at Imperial’s Department of Aeronautics and now directs the Creative
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VIDEO: Footage shows what damage a drone can do to a commercial airline

Research from the University of Dayton Institute has shown how small drones can cause significant damage on impact with large aircraft. The test, designed to mimic a mid-air collision at 238 miles per hour, launched a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter into the wing of a Mooney M20 aircraft. On impact, the drone did not completely collapse meaning it managed to cause serious damage to the wing of the plane. Kevin Poorman, group leader for impact physics at UDRI, said: “While the quadcopter broke apart, its energy and mass hung together to create significant damage to the wing. We’ve performed bird-strike
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Drone has near-miss with commercial jet filled with passengers

The UK Airprox board has confirmed a drone's near-miss with a commercial plane containing 240 passengers. Flying out of Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, the plane had reached a three-mile high altitude but only missed the drone by around 100ft. At 15,500ft in the sky, the close collision with the Airbus A321 happened 40 times higher than the legal flying height for a drone in the UK. The incident occurred at the highest ever recorded altitude for a near-miss between a drone and an aircraft in UK airspace. The report by the UK Airprox Board said the pilot saw a
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Imperial College London develops drone tech to deter bird flocks away from designated airspace

New technology has been developed to deter a flock of birds away from designated airspace without breaking their formation using flying drones. In a move that will help improve safety for the aviation industry, researchers from Imperial College London have teamed up with California Institute of Technology in the US to create a ‘herding’ algorithm to be used by drones to steer birds away from high-risk collision areas such as airports. Scientists have investigated the new algorithm on the basis of macroscopic properties of the flocking model and the response of the flock. The team from the two institutes tested
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VIDEO: Drone drops from the sky during window inspection check

A drone has fallen from the sky while inspecting a cracked window on the Millennium tower in San Francisco. A report by Fox News described how bystanders ran for cover as the drone and some of its debris began to fall from the sky. The drone was inspecting a reported cracked window on floor 36 before it hit another building and began to plummet. It is thought that the drone fell due to high rise buildings in the area preventing it from picking up communication signals. The millennium tower has been the centre of controversy since 2015, when architects announced
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