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Drone Walks, Flies, and Dances!

This walking, dancing, flying robot hits the drone trifecta! (And the video narrator sounds suspiciously robotic, so perhaps it talks as well!)

Designed more for entertainment than anything utilitarian, the amusing prototype robot from the University of Tokyo researchers looks like it’s walking or dancing using its slim dangly legs. Bipedal

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Demon Drone Launches Grenades

Ukrainian company Matrix UAV has developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with a grenade launcher! Founder Yuriy Kasyanov announced on his Facebook page that the multi-purpose unmanned attack vehicle will be called the “Demon.”

The first prototype of the Demon UAV is fitted with the RPG-26 grenade launcher. It

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Flyability Elios [VIDEO]

Designed to operate in confined spaces, Flyability’s Elios is completely surrounded by a spherical cage capable of moving on three axes, independently of the drone – making it collision tolerant. It is designed to perform industrial inspection tasks inside confined spaces, looking for small defects or faults in welds, wiring,

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Please keep “Rule 336” of the FAA Modernization act INTACT so it will protect model aviation hobbyists.

The FAA, Department of Defense, and certain members of congress are looking to remove a current section of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act that directly protects model aviation hobbyists. This protection called “Rule 336” exempts those involved in model aviation for “hobby & recreation” from serious & unnecessary regulation

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Aerodyne Group announces entry into Latin America with new regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile.

Aerodyne Group are pleased to announce today that they have consolidated their presence in Latin America with a dedicated regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile. Aerodyne Chile becomes the latest addition to the Aerodyne Group, at a time when they are experiencing unprecedented growth and demand for solutions from around the

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Future Farm’s Funding Fizzles Out

Jeff Lorton doesn’t want to declare the Oregon UAS Future Farm Expo dead. He prefers the terms “in stasis” or “on life support.” Regardless of the terminology, there will be no Future Farm Expo at the Pendleton Convention Center this year, ending the agricultural unmanned aerial systems exposition after two

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Grenade Launching Drone from Ukraine

Ukrainian company Matrix UAV has developed a new unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) eqquiped with a grenade launcher, said Yuriy Kasyanov on 17 August. Yuriy Kasyanov announced on his Facebook page that еру Matrix UAV company has developed an attack multi-purpose unmanned vehicle, called the “Demon”. The first prototype of the

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Drones Driven by AI Track Illegal Fishing in Africa

Moroccan technology startup ATLAN Space is developing artificial intelligence (AI) to guide autonomous drones so they can scan large areas for “environmental crimes” like illegal fishing, poaching or deforestation. In June, ATLAN Space won the National Geographic Society’s $150,000 Marine Protection Prize to implement a pilot project to combat illegal

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US Air Force to Control Attack Drones from F-22s

The US Air Force and DARPA are now testing new hardware and software configured to enable 4th and 5th Generation aircraft to command drones from the cockpit in the air, bringing new levels of autonomy, more attack options and a host of new reconnaissance advantages to air warfare. Working with

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Changes to San Francisco Airspace

Neil Kidd, Chief Technology Officer Altitude Angel There are some substantial changes to the airspace around San Francisco. Most of these changes are to airspace above 400′, but the most significant change for drone operators is that the Class B volume around SFO changed shape. This is particularly important as

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Prominent international drone experts at the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo 2018

FAI, the World Air Sports Federation, announces the full list of expert speakers attending the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo 2018 at the EPFL Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland. Global experts from throughout the drone world will gather to share their expertise at the two-day conference taking place

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Valkyrie Systems Aerospace Announces Partnership with the State of Oklahoma

VSA working to create high-tech jobs and partnerships with area universities Valkyrie Systems Aerospace (VSA), a cutting-edge developer of manned/unmanned aerial platforms, is proud to announce an exciting partnership with the State of Oklahoma. This partnership will ultimately accommodate manufacturing facilities, as well as flight operations and training in

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Threat from on high: race on to bolster drone defences

Paris (AFP) Aug 13, 2018 –

From hand-held copters that zoom around the living room to high-speed craft offering the sensation of flying over the countryside, drones have won over legions of fans — and are proving a growing challenge for security authorities.

Experts say models readily available on the market

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Insitu tapped for RQ-21A spare, sustainment parts

Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2018 –

Insitu has received a $9 million order against a previously issued contract to maintain the RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial aircraft.

The order, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, provides for the procurement of spare and sustainment parts to maintain the RQ-21A Blackjack for the U.S.

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Insitu contracted for ScanEagle MEAUS surveillance drones

Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2018 –

Insitu has received a $5,000 minimum, $232 million order under an existing contract for mid-endurance unmanned aircraft systems.

The order, announced Wednesday by the Department of Defense, was issued to prevent interruption of services currently being rendered. SOC fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the

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Drones fly to rescue of Amazon wildlife

Mamiraua Reserve, Brazil (AFP) Aug 16, 2018 –

A hoarse sound abruptly wakes visitors staying at a floating house that serves as a base for environmentalists on the Jaraua river in the Amazon rainforest.

During flood season, the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve — located 500 kilometers (310 miles) from the Amazonas

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26 days in the air: Airbus drone smashes world record

Farnborough UK (Sputnik) Aug 10, 2018 –

Airbus has praised the success of the drone’s maiden flight and plans to increase the device’s duration, while the UK government is set to become the first one to adopt the technology for its needs.

While Airbus is mostly known for its passenger aircraft construction,

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Komatsu Partners with Propeller Aero on Drone Analytics Solutions

With drones becoming an increasingly common worksite tool, Komatsu has identified aerial mapping and analytics as a key component of their Smart Construction initiative—a range of integrated hardware and software products designed to offer an end-to-end workflow for each phase of construction. “A Komatsu Smart Construction jobsite by definition is

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VTOL Swift020 Flies Forestry Mission in Japan

The Swift020 UAS successfully flew over densely forested areas within the Ishikawa prefecture in Japan. Working with members of the Ishikawa Prefecture Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry, the local forest cooperative association and key forestry industry leaders, the flights were held July 23-25, 2018. Due to the density of

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German Navy Selects the SKELDAR V-200

UMS SKELDAR has been awarded a procurement contract through Munich-based partner and prime contractor Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH (ESG) for a new, unmanned, airborne reconnaissance system for the German Navy specified by the Federal military procurement agency Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw). The contract

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