Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is Based on da Vinci Aerial Screw Design
In the fifteenth century, artist and engineer Leonardo da Vinci envisioned a craft that flew using a single helix-shaped propeller — the aerial screw — viewed by many as the first vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) machine ever designed.
In 2020, the Vertical Flight Society's (VFS) 37th Annual Student Design Competition challenged students from across the world to reimagine da Vinci's design. Using modern-day analytical and design tools, students were tasked to design and demonstrate a feasible modern-day VTOL vehicle based on the aerial screw concept and demonstrate the consistency of its physics.
Artificial Intelligence Guides Drones to Navigate Oceans
Engineers at Caltech, ETH Zurich, and Harvard are developing artificial intelligence (AI) that will allow autonomous drones to use ocean currents to aid their navigation, rather than fighting their way through them.
AAM Ecosystems of the Future Rely on a Merging of Drone Technology Today
Commercial UAV News
For the past few years, we have been talking about two distinct industries when it comes to small and large drones. The reasons behind that are varied, but the way in which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and air taxis that define advanced air mobility (AAM) ecosystems can and will operate in the same airspace have been positioned as distinct. But is it right to stay focused on these differences rather than their similarities?
SkyGrid Launches Autonomous Remote UAV Operations Solution
SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, announced today that it has released a new autonomous remote UAV operations capability to allow flight managers and operators to control and execute flights from remote locations. Using artificial intelligence and a broad array of airspace-related data feeds, SkyGrid is enabling safe remote operations for missions involving single and multiple drones.
HEISHA DNEST2 redefines autonomous drones
HEISHA TECH recently released its second generation product HEISHA DNEST2 on 28th September, 2021. DNEST2 is a ready-to-use, fully automated, remote aerial flight data collection system. The product takes drone operation to a whole new level, fully eliminating the need for a pilot. DNEST2 is not only a drone charging station, but also a drone smart home.
FIXAR equips outdoor UAVs with BlackBox for a safer sky
With effect from September 2021, FIXAR equips all its outdoor drones with the additional FIXAR BlackBox system for UAV flight data logging enabling to increase traceability and accountability of the aircraft and contribute to safer air traffic.
Flight Simulators Help Enable Urban Flights | NASA
City skies in the not-so-distant future will start to come alive as air taxis and drones zip around delivering people and goods faster than ever. Many of these new aircraft in the future sky will have the ability to take off from landing pads on tall buildings and land on another, much like a helicopter, but with the added ability to transition to forward flight like that of an airplane—all while being powered electrically.
Drone technology provides air support
Snohomish County Tribune
In hopes of being on the cutting edge of technology, the city of Monroe, Wash., is now operating an Unmanned Aerial System program. The drones are available for a wide variety of uses in the city.
Piloting the UAS World with the FAA: Drones In America
In this week's episode of "Drones in America", host Grant Guillot speaks with FAA Director Jay Merkle to get his insight regarding what drone users can expect in regards to Operations Over People, Remote ID, and the utilization of drones in public safety.
DJI could use magnets to land drones on docking stations
A new patent released today on the Chinese Patent Office's database suggests that DJI could be working on an automatic docking station and drone that uses magnets to accurately land a drone at a designated docking station.
Drones "stepping up" to fight Covid-19, data show
Supply Chain Quarterly Staff
Interest in applying unmanned vehicles to combat the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow, but challenges to proper and effective implementation remain.
Autonomous drone racing developing technology of the future
Imagine if you could turn on a drone, and by itself, it could rise off the floor, map an area, and fly itself on any assigned mission? That's the goal of the teams that competed for $1 million this past December in the inaugural Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing Circuit, called AlphaPilot for short.
Meet The Nuclear-Powered Self-Driving Drone NASA Is Sending To A Moon Of Saturn
On the face of it, NASA's newest probe sounds incredible. Known as Dragonfly, it is a dual-rotor quadcopter roughly the size of a compact car hat is completely autonomous and nuclear powered, and will hover above the surface of Saturn's moon Titan when it arrives in 2034, eight years after its launch date.
Why your agency needs a UAS program for public safety – and how you can afford it
Public safety agencies need a UAS program with hardware and software purpose-built for public safety needs. Thanks to a new municipal financing program specifically for public safety, agencies also have a new way to afford the UAS program they need. Here are some factors agencies should consider when evaluating whether to purchase commercially-available drones or to make an investment in a UAS program designed especially for public safety.
Ohio Draws Out Long-Term Plans for Springfield UAS Center
Dayton Daily News
(TNS) — State officials said this week a new long-term plan to push unmanned vehicle technologies could boost resources and lead to more investment in Clark County, which houses the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center.
DriveOhio, an entity developed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, is tasked with pushing new technologies like autonomous vehicles to improve Ohio's transportation system. Springfield's UAS Center, at 4170 Allium Ct. serves as a hub for research and testing to advance drone technology for commercialization and looks for ways to integrate the technology into national airspace.
DriveOhio unveils strategic plan for drone research
DriveOhio, the state's autonomous vehicle research office, announced a strategic partnership with the Ohio UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Center to research how drones can fit into smart air and ground traffic control.
UNL project will send drones into tornadoes to better understand their causes
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is leading an ambitious new study to use drones to track tornadoes in the Great Plains. More than 50 scientists and students from four universities, including the University of Oklahoma, will participate in the study, dubbed TORUS for Targeted Observation by Radars and UAS of Supercells.
The Pentagon wants to win future wars with drones that troops can control with their minds
The Pentagon believes that the "future of war" involves mind-controlled unmanned aerial vehicles, a capability that would represent a major leap forward in the development of advanced military technology. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has even overseen trials that could serve as the preliminary steps to developing this type of technology.
US Army increases investment on counter-drone program
Leonardo DRS has received an additional $13 million to continue engineering and testing a vehicle-mounted system that the U.S. Army hopes will protect soldiers from small drones, according to a July 31 Defense Department statement.
Small helicopter drone to accompany the Mars 2020 rover
If you forgot about NASA after all of the noise SpaceX has made over the past months, yes, they still do exist and yes, they still do cool stuff! In a rover that is set to depart for Mars in 2020, a small drone has been developed to help the robot on its mission on the red planet.
Drones to monitor traffic on Ohio smart corridor
DriveOhio will use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to understand how to manage traffic, roadway incidents and roadway conditions along the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor beginning July 1.
The three-year $5.9 million project is intended to complement autonomous and connected vehicle tests along the 35-mile stretch between Dublin and East Liberty in Ohio.
Rockwell Collins Demonstrates UAS Command & Control Datalink for NASA UTM
Rockwell Collins has announced that it has recently participated in two weeks of critical testing for the NASA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) program. As part of the test flights, Rockwell Collins served as the UAS Service Supplier (USS) for the safe management of a UAS flying beyond visual line of sight.
The U.S. is building a massive, $110 million drone base in the Sahara
Right outside of Agadez, Niger, in the scrublands of the Sahara, the U.S. airforce is building a massive 2,200-acre drone base, costing $110 million and making it the largest troop largest troop labor construction project in U.S. history, according to the Associated Press. The base should be completed in the next couple of month but as you can imagine, building an airfield in the desert tends to be very complicated. The project already is over $22 million budget and delayed by one year. The new drone base will be used to target extremists deep into West and North Africa, regions that are currently hard to reach with drones.