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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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South Korean Researchers Detect Small Drones at 3Km

South Korean researchers have developed a detection system capable of identifying small drones more than three kilometers away that can be used to monitor and stop spy drones or unmanned operations targeting high-risk facilities such as nuclear power plants. The Collaborative Robots Research Center at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science

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Epirus CTO to Speak at DARPA’s Electronics Resurgence Initiative Summit

Epirus Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer Dr. Bo Marr will join other top U.S. technology innovators as a presenter at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) Summit on July 17 in Detroit, Michigan. Epirus is the only U.S. developer of software-defined electromagnetic pulse (EMP) technology—a

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Researchers Trial Camera-Based Auto-Land System

Researchers at two German universities have tested an experimental automatic landing system on a light aircraft that uses optical information from onboard cameras and satellite positioning data, instead of ground-based navigation aids. The system was tested in May at Wiener Neustadt airfield in Austria on a modified Diamond DA42 piston-twin

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Tiny Solar-Powered Drone

For years, scientists have wanted to create flying robotic vehicles the size of insects. The tricky bit has been building something that can produce enough thrust while still being light enough to fly, without being tethered to an external power source. Now, a group of researchers have hit on a

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New App Aims to Automate Drones for Good

Researchers at Cranfield University have developed a smartphone app which can connect with off-the-shelf drones and send them to autonomously inspect multiple locations using coordinates received by SMS text message. Controlling drones in this way could be useful for a variety of applications in the future including the collection of

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NUAIR Validates Second Drone Parachute

Following strenuous testing completed by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York, Israel-based drone company Flytrex, has the parachute on its package delivery drones validated as compliant with industry standards. Through these rigorous tests, NUAIR is providing the unmanned aircraft

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The RoboBee flies solo

Boston MA (SPX) Jul 01, 2019 –

In the Harvard Microrobotics Lab, on a late afternoon in August, decades of research culminated in a moment of stress as the tiny, groundbreaking Robobee made its first solo flight.

Graduate student Elizabeth Farrell Helbling, PhD ’19, and postdoctoral fellow Noah T. Jafferis from the

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NLR Simulation Integrates SkyGuardian into European Airport and ATM System

On May 28-29, 2019, the Netherlands Research Laboratory (NLR) worked with and authorized General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) to conduct a simulated flight demonstration where civil Air Traffic Controllers (ATCOs) in an ATC Tower and Terminal Approach Facility managed the flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft

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US Air Force Unveils Microwave Drone-Killer

The US Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base unveiled a new weapon in a live demonstration with local reporters, who watched the system effortlessly knock a hovering drone out of the sky with an invisible and inaudible electromagnetic wave. The $15 million system, called the Tactical High

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Nova Systems Undertakes R&D of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Technologies

Nova Systems, in close collaboration with OneSky, a business unit of Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI), currently leads a consortium that is undertaking research and development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) technologies. This is one of the projects awarded under the Call-for-Proposal by the Ministry of Transport (MOT)

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X-56A Flight by NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

The X-56A remotely piloted research aircraft is suppressing flutter, which is a potentially destructive oscillation, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California. The video of the aircraft takes the viewer on a journey through preparation, takeoff, mission flight, the control room and landing. The X-56A is intended to validate

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AFRL XQ-58A UAV Completes Second Successful Flight

The test marked the second successful flight for the aircraft this year. The inaugural 72-minute flight was recorded in March. The Air Force Research Laboratory developed the low-cost unmanned air vehicle together with Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. The joint effort falls within AFRL’s Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology

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Empirical Systems Aerospace Inc. Receives NASA task order for X-57 “Maxwell” wing and system integration

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a leading Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System design, development and manufacturing services provider announced today receipt of a follow-on purchase order from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center for the X-57 “Maxwell”, the first all-electric X-plane, for Wing and Distributed Electric

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UAS Monitor Brazil Forest Growth

Measuring the height of Brazil’s towering rainforests can be a tall order. But an international team of researchers say they are working together to turn unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, into efficient, low-cost data collectors that can monitor the progress of forest restoration. The team developed a drone equipped

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New energy-efficient algorithm keeps UAV swarms helping longer

Washington DC (SPX) Jun 17, 2019 –

A new energy-efficient data routing algorithm developed by an international team could keep unmanned aerial vehicle swarms flying – and helping – longer, report an international team of researchers this month in the journal Chaos, from AIP Publishing.

UAV swarms are cooperative, intercommunicating groups of

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Energy-Efficient Data Routing in Cooperative UAV Swarms

A new energy-efficient data routing algorithm developed by an international team could keep unmanned aerial vehicle swarms flying—and helping—longer, according to a report just published by an international team of researchers. UAV swarms are cooperative, intercommunicating groups of UAVs used for a wide and growing variety of civilian and military

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Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. awarded NASA Phase II SBIR to advance vertical lift and UAM

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a leading Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System design, development and manufacturing services provider announced today a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Award from NASA. The award, currently in negotiation, is under NASA Topic A1.06 for Vertical Lift Technology

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Mapping Oyster Reefs Using UAS

Twenty-one oyster reefs near Edgewater, Florida., are the focus of a new partnership between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Central Florida (UCF) to develop methodologies for remotely mapping regions that would otherwise be difficult, and expensive, to monitor on site. The goal of the research is simple: Using

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Belfast Researchers Develop Life-Saving UAS Technology

Students at Queen’s University Belfast have created unmanned aircraft technology, capable of delivering relief to disaster zones. Teams were tasked with designing and building autonomously-controlled aircraft from scratch, which are capable of delivering two bottles of water and a medical kit to disaster victims using its own in-flight system. The

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Evaluation of Remote ID at NUAIR

NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research) in collaboration with ANRA Technologies conducted an operational assessment of ANRA’s UTM technology for broadcast and network based remote identification (RID) of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at the New York UAS Test Site located at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY. On May

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PULP Dronet – Nano-UAV Inspired by Insects

Researchers at ETH Zürich and the University of Bologna have recently created PULP Dronet, a 27-gram nano-size unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a deep learning-based visual navigation engine. Their mini-drone, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, can run aboard an end-to-end, closed-loop visual pipeline for autonomous navigation powered by

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Hummingbird robot uses AI to soon go where drones can’t

West Lafayette IN (SPX) May 10, 2019 –

What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had this combo, they would be able to maneuver better through collapsed buildings and other cluttered spaces to find trapped victims.

Purdue University researchers have engineered flying

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OneSky Starts Live UTM Flight Tests at NY UAS Test Site

OneSky, a business unit of Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), in conjunction with NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research), and Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, commenced live flight testing in April with the AGI OneSky Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) solution. The tests are being conducted as

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