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Aurora Flight Sciences and Stratasys have unveiled the world’s first 3-D printed jet-powered drone.

The US State Department has granted the Italian Air Force permission to begin arming the country's American-bought MQ-9 Reaper drones. Italy will join the UK as the only US allies to operate armed Reapers.

Frank Kelley, a former Marine Corps brigadier general, was appointed first deputy assistant secretary for unmanned systems.

Canadian drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs received $60 million investment from American venture capital firm Summit Partners.

by   -   October 21, 2015
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (South Korea). Source: Minseong Kim via Wikimedia Commons
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (South Korea). Source: Minseong Kim via Wikimedia Commons

The South Korean government funded Samsung $14.8M to develop and manufacture industrial robots; the US FDA just gave approval to Corindus Vascular Robotics for a new medical device; and the US FAA set up a task force and put them on a tight deadline to figure out how to register drone owners.

A reconnaissance drone shot down by Turkey on the border with Syria.

Singapore Post announced that it will start exploring ways of delivering mail using drones.

by   -   October 8, 2015

Drones, lights and nature combine in Drone Courtship, a short movie about a magical encounter between two flying robots set in a forest of centennial trees. A collaboration between Atelier D. Schlaepfer and Flyability, and filmed without special effects, the movie shows how robots can transform onscreen into living creatures.

NASA is preparing a fleet of small drones that will accompany the crew of the International Space Station, carrying out a variety of tasks such as checking sound levels or searching for missing items.

by   -   October 2, 2015

The first DroneApps Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland, recently assembled 150 drone professionals from Europe, the US, Japan, and Australia for a two-day exchange of ideas.

NASA announced that it has completed the third phase of testing for a sense-and-avoid system for large unmanned aircraft. The tests included more than 200 live scenarios in which NASA’s Ikhana drone detected and averted a possible collision with another aircraft.

Roboteam, an Israeli company, has secured a deal to provide the U.S. Air Force with 250 Micro Tactical Ground Robots for bomb disposal operations. The $25 million deal is part of a contract that lasts until 2022.

by   -   September 18, 2015
Aerial Construction A collaboration between the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control and Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich, 2015. The rope bridge is strong enough to walk across.
ETH Zurich, 2015.

Using quadrocopters and some rope, researchers have woven together a bridge strong enough to walk across.  Made at the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, the bridge joins two scaffolds, and is the first full-scale load-bearing structure autonomously built by flying machines.

by   -   September 14, 2015

DroneAppsDroneApps is a two-day forum for executives in charge of planning and leading the commercial use of drones in companies looking to increase productivity, reduce risks and conquer new markets, taking place at the SwissTech Center in Lausanne, Switzerland this September 14-15.

Drone strikes by Britain’s Royal Air Force killed two British citizens in Syria. The two men, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, were reportedly fighting with the Islamic State. The strikes, which took place in August, were confirmed last week in a speech to Parliament by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Robots Podcast: Construction with amorphous materials
September 6, 2013

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