How Can Drones Be a Part of Successful Disaster Response Operations for Public Safety Departments?

February 18, 2019 by Jeremiah Karpowicz Panama City, FL – Lorean “Ty” Rozier, an FAA-certified remote pilot from the Airborne International Response Team (AIRT) surveys damage from the impact of Hurricane Michael. The UAS Drones Disaster Conferences are designed to bring together government, industry, and academia for two days of learning and live drone flight demonstrations. Taking […]

Renewable energy generation with kites and drones

February 20, 2019, Carlos III University of Madrid Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES) are a new kind of technology to harvest wind energy. The expensive and heavy tower and rotor of a conventional wind turbine are replaced by a light tether and an aircraft (flexible giant kites or large drones), respectively. In the so-called ground […]

Autonomous visual inspection of large-scale infrastructures using micro aerial vehicles (MAVs)

JANUARY 30, 2019by Ingrid Fadelli , Tech Xplore A team of researchers at Luleå University of Technology, in Sweden, has developed a new framework for performing visual inspections of large 3-D infrastructures using fully autonomous micro aerial vehicles (MAVs). In their paper, pre-published on arXiv, they introduce an aerial inspection system with high levels of autonomy, […]

Optimizing solar farms with smart drones

JANUARY 30, 2019by Zach Winn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology As the solar industry has grown, so have some of its inefficiencies. Smart entrepreneurs see those inefficiencies as business opportunities and try to create solutions around them. Such is the nature of a maturing industry. One of the biggest complications emerging from the industry‘s breakneck growth is […]

A decentralized trajectory generation algorithm for multi-robot systems

JANUARY 15, 2019 by Ingrid Fadelli , Tech Xplore Researchers at the SRM Institute of Science and Technology in India have recently developed a decentralized trajectory generation algorithm for multi-agent systems. Their algorithm, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, can generate collision-free trajectories for robots when provided with an initial state and desired end pose. […]

ELON MUSK SHARES PHOTO OF SPACEX’S FIRST STARSHIP

JANUARY 11 2019 by KRISTIN HOUSER Counting Down Looks like SpaceX’s Starship is one step closer to liftoff. On Thursday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted a photo of the rocket with the ever-changing name, and it looks like something out of a science-fiction film.View image on Twitter Starship test flight rocket just finished assembly at the @SpaceX Texas launch […]

How to Succeed with and Scale a Drone Program

January 7, 2019 by Jeremiah Karpowicz Talk about starting a drone program is happening at companies of all sizes, but establishing the right foundations to ensure these kinds of programs don’t fail is far less pervasive. At DJI AirWorks 2018, Rachel Mulholland’s presentation, “Bringing Your Drone Program to Scale: Lessons Learned from Going Big” laid out what it means […]

Data analytics for safer air space

January 10, 2019, Queensland University of Technology Imagine being able to predict an inexperienced pilot’s erratic flight path in real time. QUT researchers have harnessed data analytics to build an algorithm that can predict the trajectory of any object faster and more accurately than existing approaches. “If it’s got a trajectory, we can predict it,” said Professor Clinton Fookes, […]

The Art and Science of Modern Drone Design

By Juan Plaza, November 12, 2018 For over a hundred years now, men and women have been designing flying machines of all kinds. Beautiful machines, ugly machines, odd contraptions and crazy ideas alike have taken to the sky after emerging from the design table to enter a prototype stage. All of them have a story, […]

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

December 17, 2018 by Dan Elliott After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems […]

2019 Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry with Ian Smith

December 20, 2018By Jeremiah Karpowicz Over the course of 2018, Commercial Drones FM podcast host Ian Smith connected with countless thought leaders from across the drone space to explore where and how the technology is making a difference. The insights he discussed with Adi Singh from Ford, Greg Agvent from CNN and George Mathew from Kespry were especially notable, but his “Too Hot […]

Drones designed to aid in search missions without GPS

BY ROB MATHESON, NOVEMBER 24, 2018 MIT researchers have developed a system that allows drones to cooperatively explore terrain under thick forest canopies where GPS signals are unreliable, which could be useful in plant disaster and safety situations. MIT researchers describe an autonomous system for a fleet of drones to collaboratively search under dense forest […]

Drone standards get a first set and lasting nod as helpful guide

NOVEMBER 24, 2018 by Nancy Cohen , Tech Xplore From taking pictures of crops, to delivering food and medical supplies to monitoring natural disasters, drones are becoming an increasingly important feature of daily lives, helping to transform businesses and industries. Drones are in the news month after month, however, for good and bad tidings—some stories […]

China steps up drone race with stealth aircraft

November 9, 2018 by Ludovic Ehret China’s drones are now flying in the Middle East, as Beijing is more willing than the United States to sell its military UAVs to other nations China is unleashing stealth drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles onto world markets, racing to catch up to US technology and […]

Stalking the drones

November 6, 2018, by Taylor Mcneil, Tufts University “They are a very disruptive technology, but ultimately drones are flying pickup trucks,” said David Kovar. Drones are becoming ubiquitous—they help bridge inspectors examine otherwise inaccessible spaces, monitor crop health for farmers, and assist search and rescue teams. They are also a boon to bad guys, from […]