Autonomous Drone Navigation based on Traffic Below New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Autonomous Drone Navigation based on Traffic Below

In countries where commercial drone delivery is permitted beyond line-of-sight (hint: not the US), autonomous drones still have a big blind spot: Urban areas. Due to interference from tall buildings, navigating city streets is all but impossible with GPS alone. Researchers at the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR Robotics) set out to tackle that problem. Their solution? Design an algorithm that allows drones to autonomously navigate by mimicking the very traffic that delivery drones were invented to avoid. The algorithm, called DroNet, uses…

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American Drone Companies Aren't Built to Compete Top Drone News Stories 

American Drone Companies Aren’t Built to Compete

GoPro’s announcement this week that it would exit the drone business was greeted by many observers as a foregone conclusion. Karma, the company’s first foray into drones, had sold poorly after an embarrassing recall in 2016. Under pressure to cut costs amid slowing sales in its core action-camera business, GoPro’s hand was forced. Viewed in that light, Karma was just one more tech company side hustle that didn’t pay off. But to shrug off GoPro’s drone is to ignore a larger question: why have American efforts to build a popular…

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Security Researchers Can Detect When Spy Drones Are Filming You New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Security Researchers Can Detect When Spy Drones Are Filming You

A group of security researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Weizmann Institute of Science have developed techniques that can determine if someone is using a drone to illicitly film someone. The research was detailed in an academic paper released in early January. Concerns of privacy invasions by way of drones—especially those with attached cameras—have skyrocketed in recent months. The methods detailed by these researchers could help individuals and businesses protect their privacy, and give them legal proof of a spying attempt. The methods can be used to…

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The US Military to Create Laser-powered Bat Drones for War Drones In The News Top Drone News Stories 

The US Military to Create Laser-powered Bat Drones for War

The American government’s defence department is offering funding to companies that can create a new generation of autonomous bat-like drones powered by lasers. They are particularly interested in “biomimetic” technology, which is a design mimicking real-life biological systems or functions. The department’s Defence Enterprise Science Initiative is offering grants between $1.5 million and $6 million for companies who can make them nature-inspired unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Operators sitting in the ground control operating station for a remotely piloted air system in the RAF The new generation of vehicles would need…

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Ballard Launches Next-generation Fuel-cell System for Drones New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Ballard launches next-generation fuel-cell system for drones

Ballard Power Systems announced that the company has developed a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system to power unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. Ballard has also received a follow-on contract from Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, for extended durability testing of the 1.3-kW system to power test flights of its ScanEagle UAV platform. Ballard and Insitu have partnered over the past two years to integrate Ballard’s prior generation of fuel cell technology – a complete hydrogen power system for an unmanned fixed-wing and Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) platforms –…

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Quaternium Claims to Have Set a Drone Endurance Record Top Drone News Stories 

Quaternium Claims to Have Set a Drone Endurance Record

Quaternium, a European company that designs and develops multi rotor drones, claims to have set the world record of endurance with a flight of 4 hours and 40 minutes with its HYBRiX.20 fuel-electric quadcopter. In a release they state that “this flight time beats any former demonstration ever made with an electric, hybrid of hydrogen multicopter.” This flight would be 4 minutes longer than one made by Skyfront. You can view their video demonstrating the flight time here. From the video it appears the drone simply hovered for the time…

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Drone Defense New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

The Air Force Studied Falcons to Develop a Bio-Mimicking Drone Defense

Nature is full of keenly adapted predators, and one of the best animal hunters out there is the falcon. These skilled predators have been able to adapt to nearly every habitat on Earth, and have long been used by humans to hunt game from the sky. Now, the United States military thinks there’s even more to learn from these raptors. The US Air Force recently funded a study by Oxford University zoologists that aimed to understand how peregrine falcons hunt for prey, and to model their predatory behavior into bio-mimicking…

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Artificial Rain New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

China creates artificial rain with drones for first time

China has successfully created artificial rain using drones for the first time. Performed by Shaanxi Zhongtian Rocket Technology Company, the operation aims to perform cloud seeding to trigger precipitation under complex weather conditions. This operation highlights the potential for drone technology to be used in future rain enhancement operations, according to thepaper.cn. It is reported that the drone has an effective flight time of 125 to 250 minutes with a maximum payload of 50 kilograms. The unmanned aerial vehicle can be monitored and controlled in real-time from operators on the…

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The Potential Future in the drone industry is pointing to AI Drones New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

The Potential Future of AI Drones

For many, drones are simply a novel gadget, a fun toy to fly around the neighborhood, snapping aerial images or even spying on neighbors. Rapidly growing in popularity, the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) already have been purposed in a variety of scenarios, far beyond their use as robotic toys. In just a few years, drones have enhanced and redefined a variety of industries. They are used to quickly deliver goods, broadly study the environment and scan remote military bases. Drones have been employed in security monitoring, safety inspections, border surveillance…

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Critical Role - Drones for Agricultural Research in Ohio Commercial Drone Applications New Drone Technology Top Drone News Stories 

Critical Role – Drones for Agricultural Research in Ohio

(TNS) –– The Springfield Beckley-Municipal Airport now has a new hangar for unmanned aircraft and precision agriculture. The new hangar, the Clark State-Ohio Center for Precision Agriculture, is a part of a $1.2 million project to build 10 new hangars at the airport. It will be used for precision agriculture, which uses technology such as drones, GPS and other sensors to improve farming efficiency. The agriculture and food industry is estimated to contribute $105 billion to the state’s economy, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau. Clark State Community College works…

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