From her home in a wooded hollow in Virginia hill country, Brianna Smith and her two-year-old son Jack entered the aviation record books on Tuesday. Just six minutes after a technician from Alphabet Inc.’s Wing clicked the “Confirm Order” button on a smartphone app, a drone operated by the company had flown from a simulated store more than a mile away, hovered over her lawn and lowered the ice cream and Popsicle she’d ordered.
A family who is searching for their daughter has asked the drone community to assist them in trying to find out where she is. They have been searching on foot using cadaver dogs but the area they are searching is very large. They are asking for assistance from the drone community in Colorado to help search from Longmont to Rollins Pass outside of Nederland.
The algorithm, developed by researchers at Caltech, draws on computer models of the behavior of birds inside flocks, such as collision avoidance and velocity matching. It can allow a single drone to fly alongside flocks of birds to adjust their paths away from air traffic.
Today, Kansas did something nobody else in the country could do, take a drone beyond the line of sight. Kansas Department of Transportation and 30 other Kansas groups kicked off a federal program called UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). The event took place in Gypsum where almost 50 people watched officials test ways to fly commercial drones much farther than before.
The latest death toll of 347 was reported by state-run Antara news agency, while separate figures estimated 70,000 people had been left homeless. Rescue efforts were hampered as 234 aftershocks struck the islands, but many survivors were pulled from the rubble. These included a 10-month-old baby rescued from the debris on the Gili Islands.
The Shenzhen-based drone manufacturer has built features into its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that aim to enhance their safety and security of the UAVs. It is also working on new developments. "While we build some prudent safety and security features into our products, we have limited ability to control what people do with them," said DJI. "As with any technology, if people decide to misuse our products in any way, they have to be responsible for their actions."
A Zephyr S HAPS drone (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) successfully landed in Farnborough, the UK upon finishing its first trial flight. The drone was in the air for 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes, breaking the world record for a pilotless aircraft. It will now go to Australia for a 100 day attempt.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an unauthorized drone flight over Paine Field this week. Officials say it created a potential hazard for aircraft landing and taking off at the airport.
Longmont will be gathering data from drone flights to help determine the spread of the destructive emerald ash borer in parts of a southwest area of the city. The ash tree is a very commonly planted tree in many communities. The emerald ash borer has killed tens of millions of ash trees in the United States. Once the emerald ash borer population builds in numbers, ash mortality is near 100 percent.
The Ford F-150 in the video used a mixture of radar and camera technology to scan ahead of the vehicle. According to Ford’s press release, their PCS is designed to provide a warning to the driver once it detects an incoming obstacle, and it can also automatically apply full braking force by itself.
Drones can help to unlock data that was previously hard to access. Drones can be used as a valuable tool to capture data more accurately, efficiently, and safely. In the Irish context, drones are being used to survey motorways throughout Ireland. This not only provides more accuracy it reduces the number of staff inspections. The aim of current drone use is to reduce the number of road closures needed for routine checks and to enable the faster assessment of any road damage.
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a North Dakota drone test site for flight beyond the pilot’s line of sight. The two-year certificate of authorization for the Grand Forks-based Northern Plains UAS Test Site allows large UAS to fly 30 nautical miles around the adjacent Grand Sky technology park without a chase plane beginning April 20.
Construction professionals have been working through what it could mean to utilize drone technology in order to create efficiencies for a long time now, but regulation was always cited as a barrier to entry. Many construction stakeholders determined that the potential value of creating a drone program did not outweigh the actual costs and headaches associated with adoption under Section 333.
Russian aviation engineers have built a new type of drone which is capable of delivering large amounts of cargo, fighting fires and spraying insecticides and fertilizers. The drones can carry up to 880 pound and can travel up to 220 miles over eight hours.
The National Beyond visual line of sight Experimentation Corridor (NBEC) being created in Bedfordshire will be the first area in the UK where unmanned aircraft and manned aircraft can fly in the same airspace. The NBEC will cover around 12 miles between unmanned drone developer Blue Bear Systems Research and Cranfield University’s airport.
The Workhorse Group took over New York City’s Flatiron Plaza Monday and braved the drizzly weather in order to publicly display two of its most exciting new products: the range-extended, lithium-ion battery-powered W-15 electric pickup and the personal hybrid electric, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) SureFly passenger drone.
FIVE drones have been shot down by Russian air defences outside one of their Syrian bases in the past 24 hours alone, in just the latest example of the unmanned vehicles being turned into weapons of war.
DRONES are set to become a common fixture in the Brisbane sky, with 10 launch pads to be permanently rolled across the city. It follows a surge in demand from drone enthusiasts who have taken part in Brisbane City Council’s Australian first trial of the drone zone parks since December last year.
The Queensland Government is forging ahead with its plan to make the sunshine state the drone capital of Australia. The world’s leading minds in drone technology will converge on Brisbane for one of the largest unmanned automated vehicle conferences on the globe.
Drone taxis could soon be a reality in Brisbane as entrepreneurs seek to attract trials and testing for “personal transport drones” as early as this year. “We will have flying taxis hopefully in Queensland. We’re trying to attract a couple of companies to do their trial and testing this year,” Drone entrepreneur Dr Catherine Ball told 7 News.
The SafeAir systems for DJI Matrice 200 and 600s monitor operational parameters while the drone is in flight, cutting power to the rotors and deploying a ballistic parachute system in the event of a critical failure — even featuring an audio buzzer to warn bystanders of the aircraft’s descent.
RangerBot uses autonomous technology and a high tech vision system to tackle the problem of the crown of thorns starfish. It does this using four ‘robot eyes’ and an injection system that mimics a method currently employed by divers to control crown of thorns starfish.