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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 + - 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!"
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!"

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!"

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 + - 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."

Robotics

Submission + - Drone hits building Auckland CBD NZ (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Where to start with this footage.

It shows a multicopter pilot operating in a congested area in Auckland New Zealand with what might be described as a carefree attitude.

The aircraft lifts off and flies into a building. Something on board, almost certainly LiPo batteries powering the eight bladed craft start smoking once it hits the ground."

Transportation

Submission + - Fly it; Play it; Hack it $230k Kickstarter drone project (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Another UA Kickstarter project takes off, this one has the potential to change how military multicopters might be flown. An impressive total already, at the time of writing, 146 backers and $17,329 only $212,671 to go! Best of luck team, will be watching with interest.

This is not your ordinary quadcopter!

Our tilt-to-fly Mimix controller is so simple that flying becomes second nature. Now you can do other fun things with your friends like playing real-life, multi-player aerial games – indoors or out. Try doing that with any other palm-sized quadcopter!"

Robotics

Submission + - Drone duel outwits FAA, but not hackers (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "What began as a think tank stunt with a do-it-yourself drone turned into a lesson for researchers on the inadequacy of Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft zoning.

Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, challenged friends to a duel in the sky last weekend with smartphone-controlled toy helicopters purchased from Brookstone. Congress this year mandated that FAA open the U.S. airspace to privately owned drones in 2015. On Sunday, two children younger than 15 helped Wittes win the Drone Smackdown by disabling their opponents’ control panel, or iPhone in this case."

Robotics

Submission + - Korean suicide combat unmanned air vehicle (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Electric ducted fan (EDF) and rudder elevator the claimed performance figures for KAI’s new guided weapon seem slightly optimistic.

A maximum speed that ranges between 350-400km/h (189-216kt), says KAI. It navigates using GPS and a data link, and the company refers to it as a “suicide combat unmanned air vehicle”.

“After [the Devil Killer] moves to the target point along the pre-programmed route, which is designated with navigation points, the operator can identify targets through the forward-looking camera image and then commence either a manual or automatic strike,” says KAI."

Robotics

Submission + - Navy drones that miss things like birds do. (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "In the lab, researchers set up an artificial forest with tall pipes serving as trees at Harvard University’s Concord Field Station. Birds and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)-built UAV are wired with small digital video cameras and motion-capture technology similar to that used in Hollywood. Both are studied in parallel to compare and learn from performance as the research progresses. A goal is to move to flight in a real forest by the program’s end.

The idea is not to copy the birds but to incorporate lessons about how they navigate and use dynamic obstacle avoidance methods into a system that can make real-time decisions that take into account its surroundings. For example, researchers already have discovered a theoretical speed at which the probability of a collision is high in forests with an average distribution of trees; if a UAV stays below that threshold, the probability of an accident lowers dramatically. The program also has begun to reveal the types of flight strategies used by birds in these environments."

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