Defense

special report

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The Defense Department is increasingly using a technology known as UAVs -- commonly called "drones" -- in the Middle East. However, other agencies are using drones in other capacities, such as Homeland Security is also using them to patrol the border. The use of drones is controversial, as some have taken expressed privacy and other concerns.

United States Air Force

The Rise of the Wedding Drone

July 18 Drones can take photos, even stand in as the ring bearer. But are they legal?

The pan-European stealth combat drone demonstrator Neuron is seen at the Istres air base unit, near Marseille, southern France.

The Democratization of Drone Warfare

July 14 Once a symbol of outright American military superiority, drones are on their way to becoming an ordinary weapon of war.

Amazon Wants Early Permission to Launch its Delivery Drones

July 11 Just don’t expect one at your front porch anytime soon.

An unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border.

Obama Wants Drones to Be Part of Border Migration Solution

July 8 Proposed emergency funding contains $39 million for aerial surveillance, including unmanned aircraft operations.

At This School, You Can Check Out Drones Like Library Books

June 24 Instead of a library card, you'll need training, a professor's endorsement, and a willingness to assume liability for accidents.

Steve Capachietti pilots his drone with video camera attached on the bottom while taking video.

Hollywood Producers Want to Use Drones to Film Their Movies

June 3 If the FAA approves, filmmakers could be among the first to use commercial drones.

Members of ground staff inspect an engine of a Lufthansa aircraft at Tegel airport in Berlin.

What Happens if a Drone Gets Sucked Into a Passenger Jet Engine

May 15 Last week’s near-collision between a hobby drone and a passenger aircraft portends what could happen as the sky gets a lot more crowded.

Suspected North Korean drones that were recently found crashed near the border with the North are unveiled by the state-run Agency for Defense Development during a press conference in Daejeon, South Korea.

North Korea Apparently Has Drones and South Korea Found Some of Them

May 8 The discovery has fueled worry that the secretive and erratic northern country might soon use armed drones against South Korea.

Why You Can't Fly a Drone at Yellowstone

May 7 The National Park Service says its ban on drones doesn’t just apply to Yosemite.

Indian workers walk past solar panels at the 200 megawatt Gujarat Solar Park.

Want More Renewable Energy? Send in the Drones

April 30 Out in the desert it's hard to know when one solar panel among millions has failed. Unless you're a drone.

Runners wait to start the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass.

Sooner or Later, Security Drones Will Be Hovering Over Major Marathons

April 22 Sprawling, citywide events such as marathons present a particularly thorny security problem.

A drone flies at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Americans Think Drones Are Creepier Than Google Glass

April 17 People are, unsurprisingly, distrustful of unmanned aerial vehicles.

An unmanned drone RQ-7A "Shadow" lands at an American military base in Baqouba, Iraq.

Repurposing Old Drones to Bring Wi-Fi to War Fighters

April 15 DARPA’s turning unmanned aerial vehicles into very mobile hotspots.

Titan Aerospace's Solara 50 aircraft

Google Just Bought the Drone Company that Facebook Had Its Eye On

April 15 The drone maker will help Google with its "Project Loon" initiative, which looks to provide internet access to remote areas.

Facebook Predicts Future Internet Powered by Drones and Lasers

March 28 Mark Zuckerberg sets his sights on bringing the Web to "every person in the world."

An unmanned aircraft used to monitor a farm in Kendrick, Idaho.

These Companies Are Mining the World’s Data by Selling Street Lights and Farm Drones

March 25 The drones collect data on crops from hundreds of feet above.

A Quick Review of Where Commercial Drones Stand

March 20 The FAA wants to clear up the confusion. Here's a helpful guide.

A drone fitted with a camera flies in South Africa.

Making the Case That Africa Needs Drones More Than Roads

March 17 The Flying Donkey Challenge will support the development of drones that can be used to carry goods to market and deliver medication to remote villages.

Texas A&M Corpus Christi researchers prepare a unmanned aircraft system for testing at a ranch near Sarita, Texas.

Analysis: Drones Herald the End of the Age of the Gun

March 11 Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years.

A multi-rotor hexacopter, an unmanned aircraft that was purchased to monitor a farm in Kendrick, Idaho

Feds Again Ground Commercial Drone Use

March 10 The FAA is appealing a judge’s ruling that a ban on commercial drones lacks proper authority.