Forest Service Public-Private Partnership Explores Using Drones for Precision Pesticide Application

The group plans to award a sole-source contract to research whether unmanned aerial systems can spray in hard-to-reach places without disrupting nearby sensitive ecosystems.

Pilot-Optional Helicopters Could Be the Future of Fighting Wildfires

The Interior Department’s been working on a plan to expand its aerial firefighting efforts from daylight-only to a 24-hour cycle.

Ukraine Startup Building Drones with Grenade Launchers

A prototype Ukrainian drone has carries a grenade launcher. Still unclear: — how it’s going to get past Russia’s jammers.

America Is Not Ready for Exploding Drones

An apparent assassination attempt in Venezuela shows how technology is moving faster than governments can counter it.

Who’s Leading the Western Response to Russia’s Warbots? Estonia

A European leader in robotic autonomy turns its attention to the battlefield.

Senators Want to Double Funding for Putting Commercial Drones in the Air

A bipartisan amendment would double 2019 funding for FAA’s efforts to integrate drones into national airspace.

China Won and America Lost on ZTE, but Our Offensive Cyber is Super Awesome

Lawmakers also introduced bills to protect against drones and make sure you get texts about incoming missiles in this week’s bill watch.

These Could Be the Medical Droids NIH is Looking For

The National Institutes of Health want to know if companies can supply autonomous delivery bots to safely and securely deliver medications.

The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech To Troops

The Defense Department’s research arm is working on a project that connects human operators’ brains to the systems they’re controlling—and vice versa.

Hacker Caught Selling Maintenance Manuals for Military Drones

A poorly configured router allowed the theft of drone manuals, a list of maintainers, material on the Abrams tank, and more.

Scientists Built a Transforming Flying Robot Dragon

The aircraft actually solves a bunch of problems facing modern drones.

Someone Flew a Drone Too Close to a Wildfire, Again

Firefighters in Colorado had to ground their aircraft for an hour.

Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles

The L.A. County Sheriff has deployed a quadcopter drone for rescue and reconnaissance. But will the public accept that these aerial officers come in peace?

This Is the Week That the Drone Surveillance State Became Real

Local police have access to drones and footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to the public.

The U.S. Navy Is Developing Mothership Drones for Coastal Defense

The service is looking to accelerate the way it buys, builds and drills drones and robotic ships.

Interior is Using Drones to Save People Trapped by Hot Lava

They’ve also been faster and safer than putting boots on the ground, a department official said.

DARPA Wants You to Brainstorm New Warfighting Ideas

The agency wants to find the next great warfighting idea, no matter how crazy or nontraditional it might seem.