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Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature - many birds, insects and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibiliti...
27 June 2017, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 5/22/17

News A U.S. Court of Appeals has struck down the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration requirement for recreational operators. The federal court ruled that the registration system ...

As DJI dominates camera and commercial drone sales, drone funding falls

According to AgFunder's 2016 AgTech Investing Report (supported by The Robot Report's own research), 2016 drone funding fell 64% from 2015 levels. Also, the type of companies getting funded were sens...
03 May 2017, by

UgCS photogrammetry technique for UAV land surveying missions

 UgCS is easy-to-use software for planning and flying UAV drone-survey missions. It supports almost any UAV platform, providing convenient tools for areal and linear surveys and enabling direct ...
09 March 2017, by

Drones for good 2.0: How WeRobotics is redefining the use of unmanned systems in developing countries

Robotics undoubtedly has the potential to improve lives in the developing world. However, with limited budgets and expertise on the ground, putting this technology in place is no small task. Step forw...
22 February 2017, by

Cargo drones deliver in the Amazon rainforest

The Amazon is home to thousands of local indigenous communities spread across very remote areas. As a result, these sparsely populated communities rarely have reliable access to essential medicines an...
16 February 2017, by



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Design, simulate and build a custom drone

This fall’s new FAA regulations have made drone flight easier than ever for both companies and consumers. But what if the drones out on the market aren’t exactly what you want? A new system fro...
05 December 2016, by

Emerging patchwork of regulation of UAS operations near critical infrastructure

Over the last couple of years, we have seen an increase in state regulation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A recent report published by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) titled “...
22 November 2016, by

Unmanned and underneath: Stay in the know about underwater drones

Editor's note: This article is adapted from a post from November 2015 and includes recent developments and updated spending figures.  In October 2016, the U.K. Royal Navy hosted Unmanned Warr...
02 November 2016, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 10/24/16

October 17, 2016 – October 23, 2016 At the Center for the Study of the Drone In their perennial bid to better understand the weather, scientists are increasingly turning to drones, from high-a...

In motion: Video transmission by mobile drones

Raheeb Muzaffar, an information technology specialist, has developed an application-layer framework that improves the transmission of videos between moving drones and mobile devices located at ground ...
07 October 2016, by

A drone with insect-inspired folding wings

When designing robots to help in the search for victims after a natural disaster, a number of features are important: robustness, long battery life and ease of transport. With this latest constraint i...
03 October 2016, by

News bureaus and networks setting up drone divisions

CNN just inaugurated their new drone division. So have many other news organizations. Network providers are also setting up drone operations for a variety of purposes....
22 August 2016, by

FAA announcement for sUAS met with industry excitement

This morning, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released the highly anticipated rules governing the operation of small UAS (sUAS) for commercial purposes.  The new rules are scheduled to take...
21 June 2016, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/20/16

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 prioritie...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 6/13/16

At the Center for the Study of the Drone Unmanned technology is becoming an increasingly hot commodity on the global market; it is no surprise, then, that the last few years have seen a spate of ca...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/11/16

4/4/16 – 4/11/16 At the Center for the Study of the Drone Every few years, the Federal Aviation Administration has to be authorized so that it can receive funding and do its job. The U.S. Cong...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 2/8/16

At the Center for the Study of the Drone Today, the Center for the Study of the Drone updated its database of companies and individuals that are allowed to fly drones commercially in U.S. airspace....

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 2/1/16

At the Center for the Study of the Drone Immediately following the detonation of Gilda at Bikini Atoll on July 1, 1946, a ghostly fleet of aircraft flew into the rising mushroom cloud. They looked ...

Intel acquires German drone startup Ascending Technologies

Intel Corp. has acquired German drone and autopilot developer Ascending Technologies. Ascending's LED light painting technology was used to fly and draw the Intel logo while the moves were shot wit...
06 January 2016, by

What you need to know about underwater drones

Late last month, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appointed Brig. Gen. Frank Kelley to become the first deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for unmanned systems, a position that was created in April...
16 November 2015, by

Self-flying drone dips, darts and dives through trees at 30 mph: Video demo

By Adam Conner-Simons, MIT CSAIL A researcher from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed an obstacle-detection system that allows a drone to autonomously di...
03 November 2015, by

1,407 FAA exemptions for UAS

In May 2014, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began accepting petitions for exemptions to operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) commercially in civilian airspace. As of 1 September 2015,...
21 September 2015, by

Fotokite Phi GoPro-carrying quadcopter: Friendly, compact, light and affordable

Zurich-based robotics company Perspective Robotics this week unveils Fotokite Phi, their first consumer targeted, affordable, accessible, tethered flying camera. The Fotokite Phi is available now for ...
19 August 2015, by

A self-deploying, foldable quadrotor for rapid rescue

The use of robots to find victims after natural disasters is fast becoming commonplace, with well documented cases where robots have been sent into areas too dangerous for rescue workers.  While the ...
18 May 2015, by

VertiKUL takes off like a helicopter, but flies like a fixed wing aircraft

One of the main disadvantages of copter drones is their low energy efficiency: in order to create and maintain a sufficient lift, a lot of energy is needed, thus decreasing the endurance of the UAV. T...
05 August 2014, by

Rescue drone that finds survivors using their cellphones’ WiFi signals

Search and rescue operations are increasingly using drones, and the speed and ease with which UAVs can be launched is especially important when applying them as an emergency response tool. Jonathan C...
25 July 2014, by

Drone startups: Fotokite

Although I am amazed with UAVs and their versatility, I must admit that having a flying camera zoom by – and zoom in on me – can be intimidating. Not because the drone has a camera, but because ...
03 July 2014, by

Quadrocopter failsafe algorithm: Recovery after propeller loss

UPDATE 04/03/2014: In this video update, we show that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows our previous video, ...
04 March 2014, by

Open season on drones? Town split over licenses to hunt unmanned aircraft

A town called Deer Trail, located an hour east of Denver, Colo., is considering issuing a novel kind of hunting permit. If passed, the town would give residents licenses to "kill" drones ... by shooti...
21 August 2013, by







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