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by ,   -   May 23, 2016

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Autonomous exploration of unknown environments corresponds to a critical ability and a major challenge for aerial robots. In many cases, we would like to rely on the ability of an intelligent flying system to completely and efficiently explore the previously unknown world and derive a consistent map of it. On top of this basic skill, one can then work on several tasks such as infrastructure inspection, hazard detection, and more.

by   -   April 7, 2016
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr

If we are serious about long-term human presence in space, such as manned bases on the moon or Mars, we must figure out how to streamline human-robot interactions.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

The US Patent and Trademark Office published a patent filed by Amazon last year that shows a design for an obstacle avoidance system for the company’s proposed Prime Air delivery drones.

Switzerland concluded a deal with Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems to purchase an unspecified number of Hermes 900 drones, a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The $200 million deal will be fulfilled over four years.

interview by   -   November 30, 2015

sirius_auv-1024x678Link to audio file (20:03). Transcript below.

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Stefan Williams of the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Marine Systems Group. They discuss the future of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), and a recent expedition where they used multi-session SLAM to map the famous Antikythera Shipwreck (circa 60-80 B.C.), one of the richest ancient wrecks ever discovered.

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.





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