Drone Boats: Inside the U.S. Navy’s Latest Unmanned AI Tech
Wall Sreet Journal
These drone boats are the latest unmanned technology being tested by the U.S. Navy. WSJ's Shelby Holliday traveled to Bahrain to get a rare look at how the U.S. is pairing unmanned surface vessels with artificial intelligence to see "from seabed to space." Illustration: Adele Morgan
NASA Crash Tests eVTOL Concept
NASA researchers recently completed a full-scale crash test of an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) concept vehicle at the Landing and Impact Research (LandIR) facility at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
AUVSI Launches Drone Prepared: Is Your State Ready for Drones?
The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the launch of its "Drone Prepared" multi-state initiative, which will help lawmakers to prepare for the future increase in drones in order to reap economic, environmental and workforce benefits.
Urban air mobility
University of Delaware
The University of Delaware's Center for Composite Materials (CCM) hosted the Second Annual Review of the NASA University Leadership Initiative Composite Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Performance at Automotive Production Rates project.
Advanced Aircraft Company Awarded AFWERX SBIR Phase II Contract To Continue Development of Next Generation Tactical UAS
Advanced Aircraft Company (AAC), a developer and manufacturer of distributed electric propulsion tilt-wing and multi-rotor uncrewed aircraft systems for defense applications, today announced it has been selected by AFWERX for an SBIR Phase II contract focused on the further development to investigate its potential to fill capability gaps in the Department of the Air Force (DAF). This contract will enable AAC to continue the development of its highly versatile Hybrid Advanced Multi-Rotor (HAMR) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) for the United States Air Force.
Assure sUAS Traffic Analysis
In order for the FAA to maintain the safety of the NAS and accommodate new types of UAS operations, it is important to monitor the effectiveness of existing UAS regulations and forecast future UAS integration needs. Using detection data, first of its kind, this research will provide data to support those needs by analyzing sUAS traffic at several urban locations across the NAS
Perdue and University of Tennessee study drone wing to help UAVs sense danger faster
Military Aerospace Electronics
The oddly satisfying small domes that you press on your soda's to-go cup lid may one day save a winged drone from a nosedive.
Patterns of these invertible domes on a drone's wings would give it a way to remember in microseconds what dangerous conditions feel like and react quickly. The study, conducted by researchers at Purdue University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is among the first demonstrations of a metamaterial that uses its shape to learn how to adapt to its surroundings on its own. The paper is published in the journal Advanced Intelligent Systems. Please click here to read the paper.
Durant, Choctaw Nation, SEOSU key to state’s aeronautics industry
The Journal Record
Southeastern Oklahoma State University's aviation program were hard to reach recently because they were traveling to Florida to pick up a new plane as the university expands its training program to meet future aerospace demands.
Using small drones to measure wind speeds in the polar regions
Drones and similar small unmanned aerial vehicles (sUAVs) have seen a massive surge in popularity over the past few years due to their innovative applications, such as crop monitoring, search and rescue operations, and coast profiling. The potential of sUAVs in atmospheric science and meteorology has not gone unnoticed either as drones offer an efficient way to place various kinds of sensors up above in the lower atmosphere.
LA-8 from NASA: Producing Open eVTOL Data
The NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, is studying how electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft operate and interact with an electric-propulsion system as several of these aircraft move toward certification.
Grand Farm Breaks Ground on Future Agriculture Technology Innovation Facility in North Dakota
Leaders and community members were on hand 20 miles west of Fargo near Casselton, North Dakota, today as ground was officially broken on the 140 acre site of Grand Farm's Innovation Facility.
Grand Farm, an organization that facilitates agriculture technology collaboration and research, will utilize the new facility to bring together researchers, growers, industry, startups, and government to ideate and execute on innovations to solve some of the world's largest challenges in agriculture.
US military blacklists DJI
The blacklisting provides a path for President Biden to sanction DJI and 12 other Chinese companies. It follows in the footsteps of last year's US Treasury Department ban on US-based persons from trading shares of DJI.
FAA grant will help drone research at NMSU continue to soar
The Business Journals
Drone research at New Mexico State University will continue to soar after the Federal Aviation Administration last week awarded a $400,000 grant to the university's Physical Science Laboratory. The money will support the development of unmanned aircraft systems that can respond to emergencies or prepare for disasters
DriveOhio’s Vertiport Innovation Challenge prioritizes STEM outreach in schools
The Highland County Press
School is back in session, and DriveOhio has partnered with the Mastery School of Hawken in northeast Ohio to kick off its latest Vertiport Innovation Challenge. Using Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills, students will focus on identifying an opportunity to implement advanced air mobility in their community.
NASA Conducts New Series of Flight Tests with Autonomous Sikorsky Helicopter
Pilots and researchers from NASA began conducting research flights with the Sikorsky Autonomy Research Aircraft, or SARA, in March. The system uses Sikorsky's MATRIX Technology that is designed to enable operators to autonomously fly any aircraft, or to fly an aircraft as an optionally piloted vehicle.
TruWeather Solutions Prototypes Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure
TruWeather Solutions (TWS), a Northern Virginia based company, has been awarded and is at the inception of a NASA funded Phase II (750,000) SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) contract for Urban Weather Sensing Infrastructure Testbed in Hampton, Virginia.
Ohio breaks ground on National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
The NAAMCE will feature a two-story, 30,000ft2 office building to house administrative, laboratory, meeting, and collaboration space, with 25,000ft2 of aircraft hangar space available for use by the U.S. Air Force and private industry. The center will support the expanding work of manufacturers and operators of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for advanced air mobility (AAM).