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August 29, 2016 – September 4, 2016

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A U.S. airstrike in Syria killed Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, a senior strategist and spokesperson for the Islamic State. According to two U.S. officials who spoke with the New York Times, the strike was carried out by a drone and was the result of close collaboration between the CIA and Special Operations forces. The airstrike targeted a vehicle carrying al-Adnani near the northern city of Al-Bab.

The Federal Aviation Administration implemented its Part 107 regulations, which govern drone operations in the U.S. National Airspace System. The regulations establish flight procedures and pilot certification requirements for non-recreational drone use. In a press conference, FAA chief Michael Huerta said that the FAA intends to issue waivers for certain operations that are currently not permitted by Part 107, such as flying at night or over crowds. The agency expects 600,000 commercial drone operators to be airborne by the end of the year. (Wall Street Journal)

by ,   -   September 5, 2016

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by   -   August 31, 2016
Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)
Photo Credit: (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

After five years of competition by more than 40 different teams from around the globe, NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge has reached its final stage. The top seven teams will compete for the $1.36 million prize purse on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, Sept. 4-6.

by   -   August 30, 2016
Cancer cells. Credit: CCO public domain
Cancer cells. Credit: CC0

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that reliably interprets mammograms, assisting doctors with a quick and accurate prediction of breast cancer risk. The AI computer software intuitively translates patient charts into diagnostic information at 30 times human speed and with 99 percent accuracy.

The Department of the Interior awarded 3DR a contract for Solo drones (pictured). Credit: 3DR
The Department of the Interior awarded 3DR a contract for Solo drones (pictured). Credit: 3DR

August 22, 2016 – August 28, 2016

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A U.S. drone strike in Yemen reportedly killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda. According to witnesses who spoke to the Associated Press, the strike targeted a vehicle traveling in Yemen’s southern Shabwa province.

by   -   August 25, 2016

Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed ‘octobot’ has no electronics.

by   -   August 24, 2016
T=0h. Autonomous (hand-) launch.
T=0h. Autonomous (hand-) launch.

One year after having demonstrated the 81-hour continuous solar-powered flight that is still the current world record in flight endurance for all aircrafts < 50kg total mass, the AtlantikSolar UAV has completed its next milestone by demonstrating the first-ever fully autonomous (from launch to landing) solar-powered perpetual flight with significant payload (Color + Thermal Camera) in a 26-hour Search-and-Rescue (SaR) mission.

An Altus Delta X8 multi-rotor drone in the CNN newsroom. Credit: CNN
An Altus Delta X8 multi-rotor drone in the CNN newsroom. Credit: CNN

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

As growing numbers of countries around the world acquire and deploy military drones, the task of tracking where they are based and how they are being used becomes more difficult, but also more important than ever. In a dynamic page on our site, we will post updates on new developments in drone deployments and bases around the world. Our first installments explore new construction projects at a U.S. drone base in Djibouti and Chinese drones in Inner Mongolia.

by   -   August 19, 2016
BERT2, a humanoid robot assistant. Credit: University of Bristol
BERT2, a humanoid robot assistant. Credit: University of Bristol

Making an assistive robot partner expressive and communicative is likely to make it more satisfying to work with and lead to users trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes, a new study suggests.

by   -   August 19, 2016
Caterpillar micro-robot sitting on a finger tip. Credit: Source: FUW
Caterpillar micro-robot sitting on a finger tip.
Credit: Source: FUW

Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology, originally developed in the LENS Institute in Florence, demonstrated a bioinspired micro-robot capable of mimicking caterpillar gaits in natural scale. The 15-millimeter long soft robot harvests energy from green light and is controlled by spatially modulated laser beam. Apart from travelling on flat surfaces, it can also climb slopes, squeeze through narrow slits and transport loads.

by   -   August 18, 2016

Competitors work in a virtual environment and aim to improve the autonomy and dexterity of humanoid robots.

The U.S. National Drone Racing Championships in New York on Sunday August 7, 2016. Credit: Dan Gettinger
The U.S. National Drone Racing Championships in New York on Sunday August 7, 2016. Credit: Dan Gettinger

By Matt Windsor

This past weekend, 145 competitors from around the world gathered on New York City’s Governors Island for the second annual U.S. National Drone Racing Championships. The winner was Zach Thayer from Laguna Niguel, California, of Team Big Whoop. But the biggest news was the presence of ESPN, which streamed the competition live—a first for the country’s leading sports broadcaster.

An Air Force airman at the control module of an MQ-9 Reaper. Credit: John Bainter/USAF
An Air Force airman at the control module of an MQ-9 Reaper. Credit: John Bainter/USAF

August 8, 2016 – August 14, 2016

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

Earlier this month, hundreds of drones descended upon New York’s Governors Island for the second annual U.S. National Drone Racing Championships. In recent months numerous such events have been held everywhere from Dubai to Korea. This new action-packed sport is attracting investors, top-tier advertisers, and fans in dozens of countries. But how does it work, and what is in its future? Here’s what you need to know.

by ,   -   August 13, 2016

RobotLaunch

The robotics industry is maturing. The quality of startups in particular has really changed over the last 2-3 years, and this is backed up by the increasing investment levels, with over $1 billion invested in robotics in 2015. The scope of market areas that we are now seeing robotics startups in is also changing. There are now social robots for health and education, robots doing service tasks in hospitality, retail, logistics, consumer robots tackling garden and maintenance tasks. There are also new industrial, manufacturing and inspection robots, plus new sensor, software and robotics infrastructure opportunities.

by   -   August 12, 2016
Tissue-engineered biobots on titanium molds. Karaghen Hudson and Sung-Jin Park, CC BY-ND
Tissue-engineered biobots on titanium molds.
Karaghen Hudson and Sung-Jin Park, CC BY-ND

Think of a traditional robot and you probably imagine something made from metal and plastic. Such “nuts-and-bolts” robots are made of hard materials. As robots take on more roles beyond the lab, such rigid systems can present safety risks to the people they interact with. For example, if an industrial robot swings into a person, there is the risk of bruises or bone damage.

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