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Robotics

Submission + - Drone Dragonfly takes to the air. (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "These people from Festo are really beyond clever.

The mechanics of dragonfly flight are unique: dragonflies can manoeuvre in all directions, glide without having to beat their wings and hover in the air. Their ability to move their two pairs of wings independently enables them to slow down and turn abruptly, to accelerate swiftly and even to fly backwards.

A natural model for flight

With the BionicOpter, Festo has applied these highly complex characteristics to an ultra-lightweight flying object at a technical level. For the first time, there is a model that can master more flight conditions than a helicopter, plane and glider combined.

In addition to controlling the flapping frequency and the twisting of the individual wings, each of the four wings features an amplitude controller. This means that the direction of thrust and the intensity of thrust for all four wings can be adjusted individually, thus enabling the remote-controlled dragonfly to move in almost any orientation in space. The intelligent kinematics correct any vibrations during flight and ensure flight stability both indoors and outdoors."

Robotics

Submission + - Drone swarm creates Star Trek logo in London Sky (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "As a harbinger for the Paramount film “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, starting in May in Europe’s cinemas, last night a swarm of 30 mini-helicopters equipped with the LED lights drew the Star Trek logo into the skies over London. The choreography for the show was developed by Ars Electronica Futurelab from Linz (Austria). Quadrocopter maker Ascending Technologies GmbH from Munich (Germany) provided the aircrafts."
Robotics

Submission + - Dock with the ISS, ESA AstroDrone for AR.Drone (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "“For ESA, the result could be much more autonomous spacecraft that can reliably manoeuvre, dock or land themselves.” Remote-controlled drones were once the province of the military, but technology advances make them accessible now to everybody. “For ESA, this development opens up completely new ways of involving the public in scientific experiments,” noted Leopold Summerer, head of the Advanced Concepts Team. “We can obtain real-life data to train our algorithms in large amounts that would practically be impossible to get in any other way."
Robotics

Submission + - Stick catching drones (no really) (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Mind blowing stuff from the talented folks at the ETH flying machine arena another worthy entrant to UAS Got Talent. Great Friday video.

This video shows two quadrocopters capable of not only balancing an inverted pendulum, but also of launching it off the vehicle and catching it again."

Transportation

Submission + - Need a 3km Valentine heart sky written, call a drone. (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Krzysztof Bosak an unmanned aircraft systems designer from Poland has taken to expressing his love in an unusual way. Perhaps at the same time drawing the largest valentines heart in the sky ever.

Flying at a height of 300m his airframe made three flights to complete the task.

The last flight was not without issues, the prop iced up!"

Earth

Submission + - Drone Maps Easter Island (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "In May Dronemapper processed an interesting data set from Easter Island, Chile at 30 cm / px GSD. Kim Anh Hoang from the Easter Island Statue Project used the 30 cm Orthomosaic and DEM to produce a 3D Flyby of Rano Raraku and an EISP excavation site."
Earth

Submission + - Drone photos polluters punished (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "In January 2012 we were sent the images that exposed the level of pollution occurring. They were taken by an sUAS News reader that still wishes to remain anonymous. The story went viral and continues to receive hits nearly a year later. I believe this is the first environmental crime to be prosecuted on the basis of UA evidence. Authorities had to act because of the attention the story was receiving."
Robotics

Submission + - DARPA drone has load placing arm (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "The research team designed and developed a low-cost vision system to estimate the target’s position relative to the hovering vehicle in real time. This vision system enables the UAV to search and find the target for the emplacement autonomously and then perform the action.

DARPA’s precision emplacement technology demonstration paves the way for precise long-range delivery of small payloads into difficult-to-reach environments."

Australia

Submission + - Battle of the bots, Australian sports drones (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Australian TV Channel Fox launched a UAS program last Friday. The FoxKopter mission is to provide aerial footage of the Twenty20 Big Bash cricket competition. (First blood to South Africa)

Not to be outdone Channel Nine quickly called up a platform to create an aerial tour of the ground. It was flown from a building at Trinity College, and was given lift-off in television prime time in Sydney and Melbourne. Unable to fly over the pitch itself the Perth flight looked at the Swan River and surrounds. Channel Nine beat Fox to the skies!"

Japan

Submission + - The Secret to Iranian Drone Technology? Just Add Photoshop (theatlanticwire.com)

garymortimer writes: "Earlier this month, Iran's news agency provided visual evidence that its government had figured out to make a fancy new drone that could take off and land vertically. What they didn't tell us is that they used Photoshop to make it stop taking off from the roof of Japan's Chiba University, which built the aircraft and never had anything to do with Iran's alleged version of it."
Robotics

Submission + - UAV Solar Turbine to deliver 30 to 90 days of flight (suasnews.com) 1

garymortimer writes: "What if you had the opportunity to help fund a product that can CHANGE THE WORLD?

The AirShip V2 Solar Turbine is designed to provide critical new capabilities in a reliable and more affordable manner; all while consuming no fossil fuels and emitting no carbon emissions. Its reduced carbon footprint is defined by multiple stages:

Solar film nanotechnology
Clean tech solar turbine manufacturing
Renewable solar electric power for long flying time
AirShipTG has designed a Solar Turbine engine that is more efficient, non-polluting and inexpensive to use than any other small UAV propulsion system in the market. It is an industry game-changing revolutionary approach to ultralite UAV propulsion that eliminates the carbon footprint. It reduces UAV aircraft weight and eliminates the need to carry onboard fuel because of the introduction of renewable solar energy with rechargeable ultra-capacitors."

Robotics

Submission + - Dragonfly spy drone fits in a hand Georgia Tech (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "The TechJect Robot Dragonfly is a multi-engineering design. It requires everything from aerodynamics, machine design, mechatronics, electronics, communication systems, flight control software, user-interfaces and much more. We’ve put in a lot of work to bring harmony to chaos and bring the dragonfly to life; however, getting something robust enough to endure the elements, strong enough to outlast crashes and accidents; smart enough so everyone can operate them easily; and finally cheap enough so everyone can afford one, we have to professionally manufacture the robot bugs; which is an expensive proposition."
Robotics

Submission + - Drone bounces off skyscraper NZ catches fire (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "In the right hands and with planning and preparation multicopters can produce exceptional low cost aerial imagery.
Its is easy to judge in retrospect. If this flight had been incident free we might never have been sent the link to the footage.

Should the NZ CAA authorised the flight they would not have allowed it to take place without some form of crowd control, the driver of LOVE 66 and owners of all the other parked cars would not have been happy if that airframe had bounced a little further and started burning on their vehicles."

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