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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 + - Golf Channel drone (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Perhaps it’s already too late for the FAA to try and enforce drone rules. Personal or commercial flying robots look to be here to stay and will be operated regardless of what the FAA say the restrictions are. To date they have not charged anyone in relation to commercial use or endangering persons or property, many folks contend they don’t have the legal right to do such a thing.

This hexacopter image was captured by Vine user Chad Coleman filming golfers at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill."

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 + - iPhone controlled paper place (suasnews.com) 1

garymortimer writes: "PowerUp Toys launched with a singular aspiration: to test the limitations of timeless homemade toys with technology, to go beyond the possibilities that have confined the imaginations of kids, their parents, and their parents’ parents for oh-so long. Remember learning to fold your first paper boat, car, or airplane? Imagine that boat not merely drifting, but cruising across a pond; paper cars racing down the sidewalk; paper planes soaring high above the trees. Whimsical, perhaps beyond belief, but not impossible. With this, PowerUp Toys has propelled homemade paper toys into the modern world literally!"
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."
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."
Transportation

Submission + - Drone playing with Boeing at Boston Logan (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "A video of a multirotor being flown by YouTube user BeastinEastie is receiving attention on UAS communities online. Condemnation all around. The craft is being flown perhaps within 1.5km of the 27 end of Boston Logan airfield. It took off from Coughlin Park. Thanks to RCMike from Multi Rotor Forums for filling me in.

The phrase caution wake turbulence comes to mind as you can see in the image above what looks to be a 737 arrives in shot at 17 seconds. What happens starting at 2:40 is just staggering."

Robotics

Submission + - Activists' drone shot out of the sky for fourth time (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "“I had more control than I anticipated,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it didn’t just drop out of the sky.”

Photos provided by the animal rights group show the multicopter smoking on the ground, with its lithium polymer battery supply smoldering. Another photo shows the drone’s video camera smashed. The drone, dubbed “Angel,” was a Cinestar 8 octocopter estimated at $4,000.

This wasn’t the first time SHARK has been shot out of the sky. This is the fourth drone that the group has lost while investigating pigeon shootings. One drone landed on club property, and is the subject of an ongoing lawsuit.

“It’s becoming a regular occurrence because the police refuse to do anything,” Hindi said."

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."

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