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The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times
The Korean Army experimented with a delivery drone system. Image via The Korea Times

At the Center for the Study of the Drone

The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have passed competing drafts of the National Defense Authorization Act, which establishes funding priorities for the Pentagon. We reviewed both bills to determine how they will affect the Department of Defense’s drone programs. Here’s what you need to know.

Also: The Korean Army conducted a demonstration of a delivery drone system that it hopes to deploy by 2018. (Korea Times)

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. announced that it will begin using drones for checking warehouse inventories. In a press conference, Wal-Mart’s Vice President of Last Mile and Emerging Sciences Shekar Natarajan said that the operations would begin in six to eight months. The drones will reduce the time it takes to update inventories, from one month to a single day, explained Natarajan.

In October, the White House announced that it will deploy a Predator drone unit to Cameroon. We have obtained the first photographic evidence of this drone outpost, which was erected in the northern city of Garoua. Here’s a close look at what we found.

Registered drones now outnumber all registered manned aircraft in the U.S., FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has announced. The FAA, which implemented a compulsory registration program for drones last fall, has recorded over 325,000 registrations.

According to Scientific American, NASA is using a Global Hawk, a high-altitude long-endurance drone, to study El Niño.

by ,   -   January 20, 2016

With their near-vertical walls and deep fractures, glacier crevasses are dangerously narrow ice caves that present a huge risk to search and rescue teams. In a partnership between Flyability (Winner of the 2015 UAE Drones for Good Award) and the Zermatt Glacier mountain rescue team, drones were used to explore a remote crevasse in the Swiss Alps. The goal is to one day use the drones to help locate injured parties before dispatching a rescue team into dangerous territory, and also to help refine rescue techniques related to crevasse fall emergencies.

by   -   January 19, 2016

Getting drones to fly around without hitting things is no small task. Obstacle-detection and motion-planning are two of computer science’s trickiest challenges because of the complexity involved in creating real-time flight plans that avoid obstacles and handle surprises like wind and weather. In a pair of projects announced this week, CSAIL researchers demonstrated software that allow drones to stop on a dime to make hairpin movements over, under, and around some 26 distinct obstacles in a simulated “forest.”

A US jury convicted Thaddeus Shortz of intending to use a drone to smuggle contraband into a Maryland prison. During the trial, witnesses testified that Shortz had confessed to smuggling contraband into the Western Correctional Institution on several previous occasions.

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich released footage of a display that set the Guinness World Record for most drones in the air at a time.

The US is expected to close the drone base at Arba Minch, Ethiopia.

The U.S. Marine Corps canceled the Legged Squad Support System program due to noise issues and other concerns. The LS3, also known as the robotic mule, was a highly publicized autonomous mechanical pack animal, capable of carrying up to 400 lb. of supplies and gear.

In the first known lethal strike by a Chinese-made drone, an Iraqi military CH-4 drone launched a strike against suspected ISIL militants in Ramadi. Iraq acquired the Caihong-4, a Chinese version of the American MQ-9 Reaper, earlier this year.

A team at Rutgers University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering has developed a drone that can both fly and swim.

by   -   December 14, 2015

We've heard of drones for good, and drones for journalism, but this is the cheekiest use of drones we've seen yet.

Washington_ADIZ-FRZ_No_Fly_ZoneWith the holiday season approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that up to one million new drones will be entering U.S. airspace, creating potentially dangerous situations for unmanned and manned aircraft. A new study released by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College offers a comprehensive examination of incidents involving drones and manned aircraft in the national airspace over the past two years.





Agilic and PiBot
March 14, 2016


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