The Alaska UAS test site stands up, the X-37B space drone reaches 500 days in orbit, the National Park Service says no drones but archaeologists say yes, a drone delivery gone wrong, and armed drones for everyone.

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Fairbanks flight opens unmanned aircraft test site

The FAA issued a two-year Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the Alaska UAS Test Site. They’re using the Aeryon Scout for data collection in demanding weather conditions.

Mysterious robotic plane hits 500 days in space; what’s it doing? and Air Force space drone’s secret mission hits one-year milestone

An X-37B Orbital Space Vehicle built by Boeing has been in low Earth orbit for 500 days. It’s similar in appearance to the Space Shuttle, but smaller. The U.S. Air Force is using the unmanned vehicle to look at reusable space-vehicle technologies, but mission specifics is a matter of speculation.

Drones Ordered Out of Yosemite by the National Park Service and Yosemite Looks To Ban Drones By Relying On An Absurd Legal Argument

The U.S. National Park Service issued a notification that “the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones) are prohibited within park boundaries” at Yosemite under all circumstances.

Scientists: Drones prove useful in unearthing archeological mysteries

Thermal imaging drones can locate archaeological dig sites, leaving more time for the actual dig.

‘Goosebuster’ drone keeps geese from pooping on Ottawa beach

Canada Geese are prolific poopers. They make a mess and its unhealthy. Petrie Island in Ottawa has been suffering from this but they have a solution: the Goosebuster hexacopter.

From police work to inspecting farms, drones can be big business in Canada

Applications include commercials and aerial videos for real estate companies. Since 2010, the RCMP have been using UAVs help with traffic accident reconstruction, and also for search and rescue efforts. Stewart Baillie, chairman of Unmanned Systems Canada, says “It really is a disruptive technology. It’s changing the game.”

New York man receives pieces of government drone that UPS delivered by mistake

A college student ordered a lifting bench, but the box also contained componets for an Aerovirorment Puma owned by NOAA.

Every Country in the world in 10 years will have armed drones

Countries across the globe are developing armed drones, for their own use and sometimes to sell to others.

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