The Australian Government has recently registered an amendment to the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Part 101) - concerning the regulations of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPA's).
Some of the more interesting changes are:
4 classes of RPA, based on all-up-weight:
Cobham have recently released their "Aviator 200 UAV" - a satellite datalink system specifically made for small UAV's.
Although you'll likely need deep pockets to afford one, it shows that the satellite communications industry has realised there is a market for small UAV's that require beyond-line-of-sight communications. As more manufacturers come onboard the…Continue
However, for those people running internal combustion engines (or gliders, balloons, etc) for long duration flights the question of power consumption of the flight controller becomes a…Continue