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Developing AI for High-Speed Drones

Developing AI for High-Speed Drones

Lockheed Martin and the Drone Racing League have announced the nine teams that were accepted into the 2019 AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge, an open competition to develop artificial intelligence (AI) for high-speed racing drones. These teams have earned a coveted spot in DRL’s inaugural autonomous drone racing series, the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, which kicks off later this year. The […]
Autonomous Drone Plays Dodge-Ball

Autonomous Drone Plays Dodge-Ball

In this video, you’ll see how researchers at the University of Zurich have equipped an autonomous drone with an “event camera” that allows it to avoid moving objects while in flight. Event cameras only send data when the pixels in its field of vision change in intensity, so they have super-fast response times. Of course, […]

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New FAA Rules for Recreational Flyers

New FAA Rules for Recreational Flyers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is implementing changes for recreational drone flyers mandated by Congress in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (PDF). While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying in […]
Australian company nabs first drone delivery approval

Australian company nabs first drone delivery approval

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing self-flying delivery drones in Australia for over a […]

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A Drone & A Gun; What Could Go Wrong?

A Drone & A Gun; What Could Go Wrong?

This doesn’t seem like a great idea on many levels … and besides, aren’t these folks at all familiar with SkyNet? Turkish technology manufacturer Asis Elektronik ve Bilişim Sistemleri A.Ş. has developed an armed drone system consisting of an automatic weapon fixed on a remotely controlled small drone. Video footage of the drone, called “Songar,” on the […]
AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards

Five organizations that pioneer new ways to use drones for good are winners of the second annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI). The award, which is sponsored by DJI, was announced today at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago. “We’ve seen an expanding implementation of drone […]

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Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect & Avoid System

Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect & Avoid System

Raytheon’s Ground-Based Detect and Avoid (GBDAA) system is now operational at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and will be used to test the safety and efficiency of small drone operations in the 200 square mile drone test range. “GBDAA allows drone pilots to make safe decisions about flight maneuvers beyond visual line of sight without using ground observers […]
Med Drone Flies in Ghana

Med Drone Flies in Ghana

Zipline and the Ghanaian government have launched a drone delivery network in Ghana. Operating from four distribution centers, Zipline drones will deliver vaccines, blood, and medications to health facilities in remote areas. The U.S. company plans to conduct 600 flights each day. According to Zipline co-founder and CEO Keller Rinaudo, it will be the “largest […]

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Cyclocopter (aka “Egg Beater Wing”)

Cyclocopter (aka “Egg Beater Wing”)

When Aerospace giants like Boeing and Airbus reveal some ambitious concept for the future of urban aerial transport, most showcase electrically powered variations on multicopters and hybrid aircraft, sketched out with familiar components like rotors and wings. But the Russian engineers have another idea entirely. Known as a cyclogiro, cyclorotor, cyclocopter, or as some have called it an “egg-beater wing,” […]
Sentient Blue Wins $1 Million Grand Prize

Sentient Blue Wins $1 Million Grand Prize

Sentient Blue Technologies, a team from Parma, Italy, has won the $1 million grand prize in the GENIUS NY start-up competition for unmanned technology firms. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “The GENIUS NY competition is transforming the economic landscape of Central New York by attracting the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs. By investing in the […]
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