After making it through their list of everything that might possibly go wrong, the team from Virginia Tech sent a birdlike drone on an assignment designed to fail. They wanted to know how far it could fly before it lost contact with its human minders on the ground. So they clicked a destination that was out of range to see what would happen.
Police have not yet confirmed the incident but the team in charge of the fireworks delayed the start of the show due to reports of a rogue drone within the area of the show. Concerns that conflicting radio frequencies could potentially affect the remote controls used to operate the fireworks.
The growing popularity of drone ownership and a steadily increasing number of requests to fly and even race drones in the parks prompted officials to seek a prohibition for the safety of other park users. Local Drone businesses are fighting the measure.
The six-rotor hybrid aerial-ground UAV whirs above roads while aerially scanning for potential repair opportunities using its onboard camera. If a pothole is detected, the drone lands above, making sure the mounted asphalt extruder is directly atop the crevice in need of filling, and releases material such as asphalt with one-millimeter accuracy. On top of that, the prototype not only repairs roads and leaves potholes smoothed over, but improves on the surrounding asphalt, as well.
Anyone interested in drones will love see this drone inspired by a dragon, a flexible and agile flying machine created by researchers from the University of Tokyo. Composed of several modules, each with their own direction-changing thrusters, the dragon is able to fold itself in and stretch itself out and contort itself through tight obstacles as it soars around like Falkor from The Neverending Story.
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This past week, drone light shows have taken off in two high profile events in the US and the UK. The potential for drones to take traditional firework displays to the next level is clear. It’s a winning combination of promotional material and entertainment. And one that’s engaging, unique and quickly soaring into the public consciousness.
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft systems beyond the line of sight. It’s the first such waiver granted to a university by the FAA.
The “Eye in the Sky” real-time drone surveillance system could be deployed at events like music festivals, marathons or other large gatherings, where it would be utilized to identify violent individuals — based on their aggressive posture — using the latest pattern recognition technology. It then promises to alert the authorities.
2.9 million hobby drones were manufactured in China last year, a national year over year increase of 67 percent. There are now more than 1,200 drone companies in the country, either developing unmanned aerial vehicles or the components required for drones. DJI is responsible for more than 70 percent of the world’s drone market, making Shenzhen the inarguable hub of drones and their production.
Matternet has launched drone deliveries in the healthcare sector, with a successful program in Lugano, Switzerland, in partnership with Swiss Post and Mercedes-Benz Vans. It has conducted more than 1,700 flights for the Ticino EOC Hospital Group and delivered over 850 patient samples over densely populated areas without incident.
Facebook is scrapping its efforts to build its passenger jet-sized drones that provide wireless internet to the developing world, and laying off staff, it announced on Tuesday— a major retreat from what had been an ambitious and high-profile initiative at the company.
SK Telecom just partnered with the world’s leading drone manufacturer DJI to develop Skyship: A helium gas airship serving as a 5G emergency network, which can scan hazardous areas on the ground and deploy smaller drones to search for survivors of natural disasters.
If you can remember the failed Russian Postal Delivery you may appreciate this. South Korea completed its first official drone delivery this week, when Korea Post successfully aerially transported a package to a southern island. The unmanned aerial vehicle flew a payload of 17.6 pounds (8 kilograms) from a Korea Post post office in Geoheung county to Deukryang Island, a route spanning 2.49 miles (4 kilometers).
Autel Robotics first debuted their foldable EVO drone at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January of 2018. Today, the company has officially launched their latest product on their website for sale, starting at $999. Due to high demand, it has already gone out of stock and third party dealers have been said to only receive five units from Autel themselves due to production issues.