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The THeMIS ADDER unmanned ground vehicle took part in field tests last week. Credit: Milrem
The THeMIS ADDER unmanned ground vehicle took part in field tests last week. Credit: Milrem

The Weekly Drone Roundup is a newsletter from the Center for the Study of the Drone. It covers news, commentary, analysis and technology from the drone world.

by   -   November 18, 2016
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Image: Flora Robotica Concept Sketch, 2015

Unrequited bot love; new drones rules; Jibo raises $13m; artificial skin for robots; cobots lend a helping arm; Japan’s 1st robot bus trial; plant-bot hybrids and much more. Find out what’s happening in our robotics universe this week. We hope that the news we have selected will interest and amuse you. Enjoy!

August 29, 2016 – September 4, 2016

News

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   -   June 14, 2016
Source: DigInfo TV/YouTube
Source: DigInfo TV/YouTube

YSEC, with support from the government, and in partnership with national research institution AIST and small- to medium-sized companies in Niigata Prefecture with superior technology in metal processing and control systems, and based on its own proprietary cutting technology, has developed a small jet engine for use in unmanned aerial vehicles.

by and   -   July 7, 2014

A quick, hassle-free way to stay on top of robotics news from recent weeks, our monthly digest is released on the first Monday of every month.