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More efficient and safer: How drones are changing the workplace

Technology-driven automation plays a critical role in the global economy, and its visibility in our lives is growing. As technology impacts more and more jobs, individuals and enterprises find themsel...
23 June 2017, by

Indoor show drones make history on Broadway

Over the past year, 398 audiences of up to 2,000 people witnessed an octet of colorful lampshades perform an airborne choreography during Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway show Paramour, which ran until ...
14 June 2017, by

Engineers design drones that can stay aloft for five days

In the event of a natural disaster that disrupts phone and Internet systems over a wide area, autonomous aircraft could potentially hover over affected regions, carrying communications payloads that p...
09 June 2017, by

Drones land back to Earth at Xponential 2017

JD Claridge’s story epitomizes the current state of the drone industry. Claridge, founder of xCraft, is best known for being the first contestant on Shark Tank to receive money from all the Shark...
15 May 2017, by

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 4/10/17

April 3, 2017 – April 9, 2017 Public Safety Drones Police and first responder drones were once a sci-fi fantasy; now they are a reality, appearing with increasing frequency in cities and towns ...

Collaborating machines and avoiding soil compression

Soil compression can be a serious problem, but it isn't always, or in all ways, a bad thing. For example, impressions made by hoofed animals, so long as they only cover a minor fraction of the soil s...
17 March 2017, by


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The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 3/6/17

February 27, 2017 – March 5, 2017 At the Center for the Study of the Drone We spoke to The Daily Beast to help make sense of ISIL’s growing use of armed consumer drones in the conflict in Sy...

Lady Gaga, 300 Intel drones, and the Super Bowl

Three hundred drones flashed their colored lights and created a flying American flag as Lady Gaga sang a blend of "God Bless America” and "This Land Is Your Land" to 160 million viewers of the Super...
07 February 2017, by

Parrot struggling, Lily fails and Google closes Titan Project as drone industry disunites

Toy and entertainment drones, camera drones for professional and business use, moon-shot drones and military drones are all becoming more and more distinct as much of the drone industry gets commodit...
13 January 2017, by

A drone that flies (almost) like a bird

Bioinspired robots that take their designs from biology has been a big research area in recent years, but a team from NCCR Robotics, Floreano Lab have just gone one step further and designed a feat...
16 December 2016, by

Lofty goals crash land while B2B drones prosper

Key executives leaving (or were requested to leave) Goggle's drone delivery Project Wing; GoPro recalls all of its newly launched Karma drones and doesn't offer a replacement; DJI slashes prices. What...
15 November 2016, by

Report examines China’s expansion into unmanned industrial, service, and military robotics systems

In October, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission released a report, China’s Industrial and Military Robotics Development, prepared by the Defense Group, Inc. at the Commission’...
03 November 2016, by

No GPS, no problem: Next-generation navigation

A team of researchers at the University of California, Riverside has developed a highly reliable and accurate navigation system that exploits existing environmental signals such as cellular and Wi-Fi,...
28 October 2016, by

The changing landscape of drone funding

CB Insights Drone Quarterly Financing Trends to VC-Backed Companies shows a downward trend. The Robot Report's monthly funding reports show something different: a change in the nature of drone applic...
26 October 2016, by

Protecting infrastructure and innovation, under Section 2209 of the FAA extension

On July 15, 2016, Congress enacted the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act (the “Act”), which among other things, directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a process to enable appli...
25 October 2016, by

Swarms of precision agriculture robots could help put food on the table

Swarms of drones will help farmers map weeds in their fields and improve crop yields. This is the promise of an ECHORD++ funded research project called ‘SAGA: Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Appli...
21 October 2016, by , and

Why DJI is succeeding in making and selling drones and 3DR didn’t

It was clear that DJI was winning the drone commoditization war by the end of 2015. Today's best sellers are mostly DJI products. Other makers (Parrot, 3D Robotics, Autel, Yuneec et al) haven't been a...
18 October 2016, by

GoPro unveils long-awaited Karma stabilized drone system and kit

GoPro fans and the financial world have been looking forward to GoPro's new Karma since GoPro announced last December that it was working on building its first drone. When they delayed the release ...
30 September 2016, by

DelftAcopter: Innovative single-propeller hybrid drone

By: Jurjen Slump It takes off like a helicopter, then tilts 90 degrees and flies like a plane, using a single rotor blade. Because of that, it is light weight and can fly long distances. Meet the ...
19 September 2016, by

InterDrone 2016: Professionalization and business of drone industry

InterDrone concluded their 2nd annual trade show and conference in Las Vegas. The differences between the 2015 event and this one reflect the rapid changes in the industry and can be seen as a predict...
16 September 2016, by

Tackling the European refugee crisis with solar-powered UAVs: A fully autonomous 26 hour search-and-rescue flight

One year after having demonstrated the 81-hour continuous solar-powered flight that is still the current world record in flight endurance for all aircrafts < 50kg total mass, the AtlantikSolar UAV ...
24 August 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

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 7/18/16

At the Center for the Study of the Drone A cache of personal documents seized during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in 2011 includes several letters that refer to the drones used by the U...

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: 6/6/16

5/30/16 – 6/5/16 News A U.S. drone strike in Somalia targeted Abdullahi Haji Da’ud, a senior member of al-Shabab. In a statement, spokesperson Peter Cook said that the Pentagon is still eval...

The Drone Centre’s Weekly Roundup: 2/22/16

2/15/16 – 2/21/16 At the Center for the Study of the Drone In October, the White House announced that it will deploy a Predator drone unit to Cameroon. We have obtained the first photographic ...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 2/15/16

2/1/16 – 2/7/16 At the Center for the Study of the Drone Last week, the Pentagon released its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget includes nearly $4 billion for drone-related proc...

The Drone Center’s Weekly Roundup: 1/25/16

  At the Center for the Study of the Drone Since 2009, the U.S. Air Force’s civilian auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol, has been operating a fleet of single-prop Cessnas equipped with the c...

Into the heart of a glacier — with a drone

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 (Winne...
20 January 2016, by and

Motion-planning algorithms allow drones to make hairpin turns in a simulated “forest”

Adam Conner-Simons | CSAIL 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...
19 January 2016, by







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