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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!"


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."

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!"


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."

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."


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."

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."


Submission + - Drone drops GPS, navigation by vision alone. (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "This technology, developed in the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at ETH Zurich, has two weighty advantages compared with GPS-based flying robots. First, it works both in the open air and in enclosed spaces. The second is that the flying robots can navigate where GPS fails; for example, due to the density of buildings. The camera-based technology allows for a more accurate positioning of the aircraft than is possible with GPS, explains the project coordinator, Davide Scaramuzza. Depending on the environment, GPS errors can be as great as 70 metres — much too imprecise when several flying robots are in close proximity to each other in the air."

Submission + - Drone and electronics 3D printed together (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "“Bringing together 3D printing and printed electronic circuitry will be a game changer for design and manufacturing,” says Jeff DeGrange, VP of direct digital manufacturing at Stratasys. “It has the potential to completely streamline production by requiring fewer materials and steps to bring a product to market.”

An Optomec Aerosol Jet system was used to print a conformal sensor, antenna and circuitry directly onto the wing of a UAV model. The wing was 3D printed with the Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process. The electrical and sensor designs were provided by Aurora Flight Sciences, a supplier of UAVs. “"


Submission + - Beware the flying tethered eye (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "Flying Robot, with a simple clever design

The HoverMast responds to the need for quick, mobile intelligence gathering. At the click of a button, the system autonomously deploys, rising to heights of up to 50 meters within 10-15 seconds. Secured by a cable, serving as a power supply and wideband data link, the highly stabilized HoverMast combines advanced flight algorithms and innovative materials to provide the highest payload-to-size ratio available today. Weighing only 10 kg, the platform is capable of hosting 9 kg payloads, such as electro-optic sensors, laser designators, radar, and sophisticated COMINT and ELINT systems. Its data link enables the transfer of critical data to selected recipients in real time."


Submission + - Small device puts drones on the radar (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: "They have a footprint the size of a business card and at 100g, weigh 30% less than an iPhone.

Just the ticket for the UAS rush expected soon in the USA, this device will allow air traffic controllers to see drones on their radar.

Because of its size it is suitable for smaller Unmanned Aviation Systems. The type of system that might be used by Police or Fire services when the FAA eventually open up airspace for drone flight in America."

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