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Ex-Microsoft Execs Weaponizing Crop-Dusting Drones in Ukraine

At an unassuming industrial estate in northern Ukraine, two former Microsoft executives and a team of engineers are producing military drones that can travel over long distances and carry large payloads. AeroDrone, which made crop-dusting drones prior to the war and now supplies Ukraine’s armed forces, makes unmanned aircraft that

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UAS Center at SBD Supports Drone-Enabled Bridge Inspections

The Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA) engaged a team of professional drone pilots to work with a certified structural engineer on an aerial inspection of San Bernardino’s Mountain View Avenue bridge. The collaboration was made possible through the UAS Center at SBD, located at the San Bernardino International Airport, which

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Microphones as Airspeed Sensors for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Researchers at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Kluyverweg 1, 2629 HS Delft, The Netherlands have recently published a paper proposing an airspeed instrument using microphones as airspeed sensors. Abstract This paper puts forward a novel design for an airspeed instrument aimed at small fixed-wing tail-sitter unmanned

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Multipurpose Iranian Drone Warheads Used in Ukraine

Russia is bombarding Ukraine’s electricity infrastructure with hundreds of one-way attack drones in an attempt to shut down the power grid and freeze Kyiv into submission. Investigators who took apart one of the Shahed-131 drones supplied by Iran—the Russians have rebranded it as Geran-1 —discovered a surprisingly sophisticated, multifunctional warhead.

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Delivery Drones – Wing CEO and RC airplane enthusiast Adam Woodworth shares the latest

With drone delivery services in the news lately, most people have been wondering when—and how—they’ll get their first packages. We asked Adam Woodworth, CEO of Wing—a drone-delivery company owned by Alphabet Inc., which is also Google’s parent company—about the process.
In 2019, Wing became the first drone-delivery company to receive approval

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X-plane Drone Maneuvers with Air Bursts

Defensenews.com reported that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has taken a major step forward toward creating an experimental airplane that can be maneuvered without traditional ailerons or other mechanical devices, instead using short bursts of air. DARPA has tapped Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing subsidiary, to start detailed

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Liquid Hydrogen Power for Drone Transatlantic Flight

H3 Dynamics and Hylium Industries have joined forces to boost the performance of zero emission hydrogen-electric flight for a cross-Atlantic demonstration drone flight. Hylium and H3 Dynamics technologies are currently being integrated to attempt a 3,300km crossing of the South Atlantic, in a program led by ISAE SUPAERO Toulouse, one

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FulcrumAir Installs 1,500 Bird Flight Diverters Using Drones to Protect Energy Infrastructure and Avian Wildlife

FulcrumAir has created a unique drone design that diverts birds from powerlines, protecting both energy infrastructure and Avian wildlife. The company has announced the installation of more than 1,500 Power Line Sentry Hawk Eye Bird Flight Diverters (BFDs) under a pilot program for Atlantic City Electric, which serves about

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