3D printers that fly and work as a team like bees
Bees have the ability to know their job without anyone telling them. They split up to care for the young, keep the hive clean, and collect pollen to make honey at a high level of sophistication. Nature teaches that collective, scalable, robust and adaptive construction is possible. And robotics has now learned to take advantage of similar properties.
AeroVironment Introduces VAPOR 55 MX helicopter unmanned aircraft system, heavier payloads and longer distances
AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in intelligent, multi-domain robotic systems, today announced the launch of the next-generation VAPOR® Helicopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS), VAPOR 55 MX. Delivering new levels of operational performance with a completely redesigned modular autonomy framework, VAPOR 55 MX enables increased endurance and expanded payload capacity to meet the current and emerging needs of defence, commercial and industrial customers.
R2HOME is ready to bring back your high-altitude payload
Every day, 1800 radiosondes are sent into the atmosphere to collect data for weather forecasts. However, only 20% of these devices are retrieved worldwide, because they return to the ground at an unknown location. That means they are single-use.
ZeroEyes partners with Asylon Robotics to develop Drone-Enabled Active-Shooter Response
ZeroEyes, Inc., creators of the only A.I.-based gun detection video analytics platform that holds the US Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act Designation, today announced a formal partnership with Asylon Robotics, a firm that automates security operations by leveraging aerial and ground robotics for perimeter and drone security and intelligence services.
AgEagle Evolves: from Agricultural Drones to Flying Robots and More
Recently, the company announced that sales of its NDAA-compliant eBee TAC Unmanned Aerial System have increased substantially with shipments to both U.S. and NATO forces in the United States and Europe. The news follows the March announcement by the Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit that it was adding the eBee TAC to its list of drones approved for DOD use, the first drone to be added as part of the Blue sUAS 2.0 project.
Blue Robotics – Navigator Flight Controller
The Navigator is an ROV and robotics flight controller for the Raspberry Pi 4. It has an onboard IMU, compass, barometer, and ADC sensors as well as 16 PWM outputs and numerous serial and I2C expansion ports. The Navigator is used on the BlueROV2 in conjunction with the BlueOS software, but can also be used for a wide range of robotics applications!
Drone swarms can now fly autonomously through thick forest
A swarm of 10 bright blue drones lifts off in a bamboo forest in China, then swerves its way between cluttered branches, bushes and over uneven ground as it autonomously navigates the best flight path through the woods.
The experiment, led by scientists at Zhejiang University, evokes scenes from science fiction—and the authors in fact cite films such as "Star Wars," "Prometheus" and "Blade Runner 2049" in the opening of their paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Robotics.
"Here, we take a step forward (to) such a future," wrote the team, led by Xin Zhou
Lord of the Trees Raises $1.25 Million Pre-Seed Round Led by Draper Associates
Lord of the Trees, a full ecosystem restoration company that uses precision drone planting technology to restore degraded landscapes, today announced a $1.25 million Pre-Seed funding round led by Draper Associates, a global venture capital firm investing in industry transforming companies.
The Cysero Fund invests in FlyingBasket, an innovative startup in the UAS field
New series A investment for the fund Cysero from AVM Gestioni SGR S.p.a., manager of EuVECA Benefit
corporation promoted jointly with Kilometro Rosso, the science and technology park of Bergamo to invest in startups and innovative SMEs to develop a true Italian center of cybersecurity and humanoid robotics.
Disaster Response Training Offered for Women Drone Pilots
The Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR), the world leader in robotics for disasters, is partnering with Women and Drones for 3.5 days of drone pilot training. The purpose is to introduce female pilots to the missions, skills, and regulations applicable to different types of disasters and enable them to work with local agencies. The training will take place during the highly realistic Public Safety Interoperability Institute (Interop 22) exercise with Texas emergency management agencies, Texas National Guard, and other groups at Disaster City® and surrounding facilities.
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.
Chevron Places Order for American Robotics’ Automated Drones
Ondas Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:ONDS), a leading provider of private wireless data, drone and automated data solutions through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Ondas Networks Inc. and American Robotics, Inc. ("American Robotics" or "AR"), announced today that American Robotics received a new purchase order from Chevron for its fully autonomous, FAA-approved, Scout Systems. This will be American Robotics' second Fortune 100 customer in the oil and gas space.
Delek US Gains First BVLOS Approval for U.S. Refineries Using Percepto Drone and AI Solution
Percepto, pioneering autonomous inspection by industrial robotics, announced today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Delek US Holdings' refineries in Tyler, Texas and El Dorado, Arkansas. Percepto drones inspected its facilities and provided visual data management and analysis. The approval makes Delek US's refineries the first to receive such an approval, and one of the first among US energy companies as well. The operational approval is one of a number received by Percepto customers, including Florida Power & Light, Verizon Skyward and at other industrial sites in Australia, Italy, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Israel.
AUVSI Announces Advocacy Department Expansion
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AUVSI's investment in building its advocacy capacity will allow the association to expand its work on critical issues across domains and sectors.
This bird-legged quadcopter can easily perch in the treetops
Birds have mastered the art of landing on complex surfaces such as rough, textured tree branches. Now, a new robot developed by Stanford engineers has a useful set of bird-like features such as claws, toe pads, curving feet, and bending legs that allow it to land smoothly anywhere.
MBZIRC Maritime Grand Challenge Provides Opportunity for Unmanned Sysytems Competition, Collaboration, Innovation
The Mohammed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) is a global competition designed to push the boundaries of autonomous robotics. With a total prize purse of over US $3 million, the challenge is held every two years in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and provides universities, research centers, companies, and individual innovators an opportunity to address global challenges through the development of autonomous robotic technology.
Drones, Robots, and More: Will Automation Create Jobs – or Unemployment?
On Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 10:00am ET, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), the Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, held a hearing titled "Our Changing Economy: The Economic Effects of Technological Innovation, Automation and the Future of Work," to look at the impact that technology like drones, robots, and technology advances in automation and digitization will have on the American economy and workers nationwide. Will automation create jobs, or more unemployment and wage stagnation?
New Perception Engine and Micro-Development Drone Released
Unmanned Systems News
ModalAI has released two new products that help developers create smaller, smarter and safer robots and drones quickly and easily: the VOXL CAM perception engine and the Seeker micro-development drone, the world's first micro-development drone optimized for development of both indoor and outdoor autonomous navigation.
Experts: Unmanned Air Travel Is Close to Becoming a Reality
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Longbow Group hosted an event to showcase how drone technology — such as air taxis and other unmanned cargo transport — can be incorporated into society.
WiBotic’s Commander will autonomously charge drone fleets
Autonomous charging solutions company WiBotic has launched its Commander drone and robot fleet energy management software for companies with large fleets. The software package allows the charging state of all drones in the fleet to be managed and monitored.
Brookhaven Police drone program flies into uncharted territory
The Brookhaven Police Department is launching itself into a new world of drone policing, with the aerial robots set to respond to 911 calls in a program officials say will save time and money. But that also means flying into uncharted territory of legal and ethical implications, as experts say there are no national standards for police drones.
FAA presses on anti-UAS testing
The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for four airports to help it test drone detection systems, as well as a contractor to facilitate those tests and other capabilities.
Advancing Drone Technology Innovation in Government
For decades, government led the way on the development and use of new technologies. Today, there is a similar emphasis on government "spinning in" commercial technologies to improve its own operations. However, the transformational benefits of new technologies may not come solely from either a spin-in or spin-off alone. Rather, "spinning on" may be the key.
Amazon Delivery-Drone Fleet Gets Preliminary FAA Clearance
The Federal Aviation Administration recently cleared Amazon's Prime Air drone delivery fleet as an official air carrier, marking the next step in the tech and online-retail giant's effort to deliver packages via drones.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Conducts JCG’s Validation Flight in Japan
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), a global leader in Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, announced today that they will partner with Asia Air Survey to hold a series of validation flights for the Japan Coast Guard featuring GA-ASI's SeaGuardian® beginning in mid-September.
OSU, drone contractor launch internship program
Navatek, an aerospace and defense contractor that performs research and development services for the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies, awarded a $25,000 research grant to support up to 12 Oklahoma State University student internships that will run through Aug. 15.