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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.

A drone crashed at the U.S. Open. Image via Sky Sports.

interview by   -   September 4, 2015

Flying Fotokite close up

by   -   September 3, 2015


One of the main advantages of drone-based imaging touted by both manufacturers and service providers is its low cost compared to competing technologies like airplanes and satellites. But a simple Internet search will reveal that concrete figures to back up these claims are hard to come by.

by   -   September 1, 2015

drone_target_law_mark_arrow_UAVLast week, the California state Assembly approved Senate Bill 142 which, if adopted, would restrict drone operators from flying below 350 feet above ground level (AGL) over real property unless they obtain the owner’s permission. The Bill passed on a 43-11 vote and will proceed to the Governor who will have an opportunity to veto it. Although the intent of the Bill – the protection of privacy – merits pursuit, the Bill as amended on June 30th is problematic in multiple respects and should be denied passage.

LightCense, a California-based company, has proposed to create drone “license plates” using blinking LED lights. Credit: LightCense

by   -   July 31, 2015
T=0 hours. AtlantikSolar team  hand launches AS-2 at 09:32 on July 14th, hoping to set new world records.
T=0 hours. AtlantikSolar team hand launches the AS-2 at 09:32 on July 14th, hoping to set a new world record.

Two weeks after demonstrating AtlantikSolar’s first 24-hour flight, the fixed-wing team of ETH Zurich’s Autonomous Systems Lab has reached another milestone: 81.5 hours and 2316 km of continuous flight for its 6.8kg AtlantikSolar 2 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (AS-2). This breaks the flight endurance world record in its class.

In a place where news crews had been risking equipment and lives attempting to cover floods, Olewe's African skyCAM deployed drones to reduce the risk to reporters. Despite progress in the field, on January 15, the Kenyan government instituted a general ban on private drone use.

by   -   July 28, 2015

drone_cloud_thinking_judgement_storm_head_talking_conversation_communicationThe hype around the consumer drone industry is so thick that it clouds our judgement. It is as if our biggest boosters have forgotten what our technology stack really does, what it doesn’t do, and what it should do. 

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