Commercial drones are starting to be used for tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link.
Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich are making drones more independent. They have demonstrated a small drone that can build its own 3-D map of an unfamiliar environment with minimal help from a human operator, and then plan its own routes around a space and its obstacles autonomously. Continue reading “Small Drone Makes Its Own Map to Navigate Indoors (Video)”
The Aviation Program at the University of Louisiana Monroe is producing cutting-edge drone research and hands on field operations that will improve agriculture—a major economic influence in northeast Louisiana. Continue reading “University program introduces cutting-edge drone research and hands on field operations that will improve agriculture”
The number of drones used commercially by both state institutions and private firms in the Czech Republic has been rising and it has tripled since last year, Czech Civil Aviation Authority (ÚCL) spokesman Vítězslav Hezký has told the Czech News Agency.
Drones help check electricity pylons, they uncover defects in the construction of new roads and soon they will also help the police and firefighters in their actions. Continue reading “Commercial use of drones in Czech Republic has tripled since last year”
Big IT companies have largely been mum on plans to use drones, but emerging technology from Bay-area startup PreNav appears to have at least intrigued wireless service providers and cell phone tower operators. Continue reading “PreNav beta-testing drone- and cloud-based inspection system (Video)”
Intel just announced a more than $60 million investment into Shanghai-based drone maker Yuneec. The news comes the same week that fellow Chinese drone company Ehang raised $42 million, and Sony unveiled its own drone prototype due out in early 2016. Continue reading “Intel Announces $60mn Investment in Shanghai-Based Drone Maker”
Aerosense, Sony Corp.’s joint-venture drone company, Monday unveiled a prototype of the flying machines it will use to serve business customers. The airplane-shaped drones will take off and land vertically, and are expected to carry objects weighing up to 22 pounds, and fly for more than two hours at a maximum speed of 106 miles an hour. Continue reading “Sony Venture Launches Drone Protoype Addressed to Business Customers (Video)”
As end of the bachelor phase at Delft University of Technology, a group of aerospace students designed an unmanned containerised cargo freighter that can reduce the cost of shipping by air
and the time required for inter-modal transfers and transport on the ground, called Atlas. Continue reading “ATLAS, an Unmanned Containerized Cargo Freighter”
Daniel Norée a member of the OpenRC community dedicated to 3D printing radio controlled vehicles has created an awesome 3D printed Quadcopter. The design uses a cassette system for the battery allowing a variety of different batters to be used by the vehicle and also making it very easy to switch batteries once one is flat. Continue reading “Awesome OpenRC 3D Printed Quadcopter Plans Available To All”
Elizabeth Basha, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at University of the Pacific wants to use drones to recharge batteries on wireless sensor networks, particularly sensors that track potential structural damage on bridges. Continue reading “Recharging Bridge Sensors With Drones”
NC State students from three different departments joined together in a year-long competition to create drones capable of assisting firefighters.
The drones will be able to use infrared sensors to find people in a burning building, locate the origin of the fire and detect impending dangers to firefighters. Continue reading “NC State researchers develop drones to assist firefighters”