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US Army Grant to Develop Hydrogen-Powered UAV

Jacob Leachman, associate professor in Washington State University’s School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Army to demonstrate a liquid hydrogen-powered UAV and refuelling system. The $7.2 million total grant includes researchers from Mississippi State University, Insitu Inc., and Navmar Applied Sciences

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Drone Turns Scarecrow in Vineyard

Marauding birds can be a curse at wine vintage time, but a new counter measure in the form of a high-tech drone is being trialled in Hunter, Hilltops and Orange vineyards.

Led by Sydney University School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering PhD candidate Zi Wang, the trial uses an Unmanned

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First Flight for Drone-sized Electric Aircraft

Case Western Reserve University professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering Vikas Prakash—along with state government and private partners—launched an otherwise unremarkable, single-propeller fiberglass airplane into the skies at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport and waited to see how long it could fly before running out of juice. In previous tests, the same

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IMechE Student Drone Challenge Returns to Wales

This year’s UK Institute of Mechanical Engineers UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Challenge will once again be held in North Wales, as the event returns to the Snowdonia Aerospace Centre at Llanbedr. The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Challenge is an international student drone design competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical

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‘Game of Drones’ returns to Wales in June

An international drone competition returns to north Wales June 16-18 with Welsh Government backing and a home team competing fromWrexham Glyndwr University. The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Challenge is an international student drone design competition organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This year the event is attracting a record

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Russia Develops Drone Swarm Training Targets

The Izhevsk-based Kupol Electro-Mechanical Factory has developed a target system with different types of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that allows anti-aircraft gunners to practice repelling an attack by a ‘swarm’ of drones, Kupol Director for Military-Technical Cooperation and Defense Procurement Igor Ivanov told TASS. “The specific feature [of the Adyutant

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MQ-4C Triton Damaged in California Mishap

A MQ-4C Triton landed on its belly after a test flight last Wednesday went wrong at Naval Base Ventura County in California. The incident occurred at 2:45 pm Wednesday at Point Mugu when the aircraft from Florida-based Naval Air Station Jacksonville’s Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19 experienced an unspecified mechanical glitch

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Xsens releases upgraded versions of renowned MTi 1-series modules

Today Xsens released the upgraded versions of the successful MTi 1-series of motion-sensing Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) modules, offering improved roll, pitch and yaw measurement accuracy and higher tolerance of mechanical stress than the first generation of the product. The module is now available in the Xsens shop for shipment

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Design Software Enhances Education Programs

As career opportunities in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) field evolve, universities around the globe are offering varied degrees related to UAV engineering, operation, and maintenance. Designing, operating and maintaining UAV systems requires knowledge in a number of different fields including mechanical, aerospace, and computer engineering. ComQuest Ventures LLC

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Academic Institutions Leverage Typhon UAV Design and Simulation Software to Enhance Education Programs

As career opportunities in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) field evolve, universities around the globe are offering varied degrees related to UAV engineering, operation, and maintenance. Designing, operating and maintaining UAV systems requires knowledge in a number of different fields including mechanical, aerospace, and computer engineering. ComQuest Ventures LLC

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Record 25 Teams for 2018 UAS Challenge

A selection of leading young engineers from the UK and overseas will be challenged to design, build and operate an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) in a humanitarian aid mission as part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ annual challenge. The competition, which is now in its fourth year, has been

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Virginia Tech Engineers Team with Malawi University Students

Drone delivery moved one step closer to reality in sub-Saharan Africa after Virginia Tech and Malawian teams conducted tests at the UNICEF drone testing corridor in Kasungu, Malawi. The flights by a fully autonomous aircraft designed in mechanical engineering’s Unmanned Systems Lab set several records in Malawi, including the longest

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Left Tail Break Caused 2015 Predator Crash

A mechanical failure of the left tail clamp on an MQ-1B Predator caused the remotely piloted aircraft to crash during a mission in an undisclosed area in the Middle East, the US Air Force announced. On. Nov. 8, 2015, an MQ-1B assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech AFB, Nev.,

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Using the Right Thread-Locker on Your Drone

There are several types of thread-lock at the hardware store; which is best for our drones?

Answer: Thread-lock, as the name implies, keeps threaded parts from coming apart under most conditions. There are two types: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical thread-lock includes split washers, star washers, and nylon-insert nuts. Chemical thread-lock can

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Bath University Wins UAS Challenge 2017

Engineering students from Bath University have beaten other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge. Now in its third year, the annual event encourages teams of undergraduates to undertake a full design and build cycle of a UAS, also

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QinetiQ to host UAS Challenge 2017 at Snowdonia Aerospace Centre

QinetiQ will provide Snowdonia Aerospace Centre as the venue for this year’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge, organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Operated by QinetiQ in partnership with Snowdonia Aerospace LLP, the site in Llanbedr, northwest Wales, is an active testing and training centre for all types

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NASA Tech Could Help Safe sUAS Emergency Landings

Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raises the risk to people and property below being hit when those devices have mechanical problems. That’s why NASA researchers are building technology to help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land without hurting anyone on the ground. A team at the

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Insect-Inspired Mechanical Resilience for Multicopters

Over recent years the explosion in popularity of drones, both professionally and for amateur use, has inspired researchers to consider how to make flying robots as safe and robust as possible. Previous design methods have included producing bulky protective cages or making them as unlikely to crash as possible. Recently,

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Northrop Grumman Sponsors UK Young Engineers UAS Challenge

Northrop Grumman Corporation is sponsoring, for the third consecutive year, the UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Challenge as part of the company’s global commitment to encourage innovative thinking in engineering and technology, and inspire young engineers of the future. Student engineers from twenty-two universities across

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UAE Research Shows Hydrogen Could Lift UAS Higher

The American University of Sharjah has announced that a research exercise run by Prof Mohamed Gadalla, of the mechanical engineering department, has resulted in a multi-propeller drone powered by a hydrogen fuel cell being flown in front of the main university building. It has been described as the first time

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HySpex SW developer position

You will be in charge of developing our next-generation software solutions for controlling and operating HySpex cameras for all application areas. The software will interface with different types of hardware, including sensors/cameras, electro-mechanical systems, gyro-stabilized mounts, radio links and various types of navigation solutions. Comprehensive documentation and strict version control

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USU Aerospace Engineer Creates Free 3-D Aircraft Design Software

As interest in small autonomous aerial vehicles and their applications continues to expand, a Utah State University aerospace engineer is offering the public a free software tool that could revolutionize the drone industry. Doug Hunsaker, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at USU, is offering a free, easy

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Octobot – First Autonomous Entirely Soft Robot

A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3D-printed robot — nicknamed the octobot — could pave the way for a new generation of completely soft, autonomous machines. Soft robotics could revolutionize

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