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Critical System Architecture of a 22-kW Microwave-Powered UAV

In a recent study published in the journal Energies, researchers from Canada developed a 35 GHz microwave frequency-based, low-cost and compact wireless power transmission system for a 22-kW unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The optimized size of the transmitting and receiving system was 108 m2 and 90 m2, respectively. The linearly

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Soft actuators help MIT power nano drones

MIT researchers have demonstrated diminutive drones that can zip around with bug-like agility and resilience, which could eventually perform these tasks. The soft actuators that propel these microrobots are very durable, but they require much higher voltages than similarly-sized rigid actuators. The featherweight robots can’t carry the necessary power electronics

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Woolpert Gets Patent for High-Altitude, High-Resolution Topographic and Bathymetric Lidar Technologies

Woolpert has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for its “Airborne Topo-Bathy Lidar System and Methods Thereof.” A lidar sensor system was developed by a multidisciplinary research and development team incorporating these technologies that enable the collection of high-resolution topographic and bathymetric data at

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Kittyhawk – 3D Printing Research Group Lead

Here at Kittyhawk in Palo Alto, we are developing groundbreaking all-electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. It is designed to be extremely low-cost, in part by taking advantage of novel manufacturing and material techniques, including 3D printing. To help Kittyhawk evaluate and develop 3D printing technology for aerospace applications,

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Ukraine Flight Tests Drone-Based AWACS

Ukraine’s Infozakhist Research and Production Center test flew the Gekata radio reconnaissance unmanned system for the first time recently, from a small resort near Kiev. The system comprises eight Ukrspecsystems PD-2 drones — four active and four spares — and a ground control station. Each drone carries with it an

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Iranian UAVs are in Venezuela within Range of Miami

Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are stationed in Venezuela, on the northeast tip of South America, where some 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles) separate them from skyscrapers in Miami. Maj. (res.) Tal Beeri, head of the research department at the Alma Center, a defense watchdog located in northern Israel, said the

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Skyborg: AI control of military drones begins to take off

The influential State of AI Report 2021, published in October, makes the alarming observation that the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) for military purposes is now moving from research into the production phase. The report highlights three indicators which it argues shows this development, one of which is the

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Korean Air to Develop Broadband Stealth UAV Technology

Korean Air finalized its agreement with the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT) to research and develop technology for broadband stealth unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), after three months of discussions. Through the agreement that will run until 2025, Korean Air will research the application of high-performance

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Embry-Riddle Gets New FAA Grant for Electric Flight Research

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University $625,000 to enhance the safety of a new class of electric propulsion-powered aircraft. To help establish safety guidelines and pathways to certification for these new aircraft, the researchers are studying the technologies involved — such as distributed electric

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Painting Drones – the Future of Visual Art?

With the Paintbrush painting drone, the “Space Ink” research project opens a new chapter in the future of art. With a digital drawing pen in hand, a drone is directed through space via tablet. Not only the direction in which the remote-controlled painting tool moves, but also the ductus and

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OFFSET Swarms take flight in final field experiment

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Researchers, roboticists, and technologists deployed swarms of autonomous air and ground vehicles to test mission capabilities in the final field experiment (FX-6) of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program at the Cassidy Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF) in Fort Campbell, Tennessee. Since

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DARPA OFFSET Swarms Take Flight in Final Field Experiment

Researchers, roboticists, and technologists deployed swarms of autonomous air and ground vehicles to test mission capabilities in the final field experiment (FX-6) of DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program at the Cassidy Combined Arms Collective Training Facility (CACTF) in Fort Campbell, Tennessee. Since the program kicked off in 2017, OFFSET

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Turkey Unveils DASAL UAV with 81mm Mortar

Turkey’s Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) and DASAL ( Joint venture between Altinay and ASELSAN) presented their UAV + ammunition solution. DASAL’s UAV will carry SAGE’s Togan ammunition to the target zone. It can carry eight Togan at once. This video shows that the Kargo-150 octocopter, developed and

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Electric Sky developing new self-focusing beam with DARPA funding

Electric Sky, Inc. (El-Sky) announced today it has begun building the world’s first Whisper Beam™ transmitter for wirelessly powering in-flight UAVs (unhumanned aerial vehicles), with funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Past wireless power for UAVs used lasers or microwaves, which start strong but

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Drone Delivery Pilot in Swedish Archipelago

Aerit has announced that it will pilot drone delivery services to the Swedish archipelago in collaboration with ICAx, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, and Norrtälje municipality. The announcement follows selection of the project for funding by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova via the “Drones in Service of the Climate for

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Aerit, ICAx, and RISE team up for drone delivery pilot in Norrtälje Municipality archipelago

Today, Aerit announces it will pilot drone delivery services to the Swedish archipelago in collaboration with ICAx, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, and Norrtälje municipality. The announcement follows selection of the project for funding by the Swedish Innovation Agency Vinnova via the “Drones in Service of the Climate for Autumn

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CACI Gets $80M US Navy C-UAS R&D Task Order

CACI International Inc. has announced that it was awarded a five-year $80.5 million task order supporting the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s (DOD IAC) multiple-award contract (MAC). CACI will provide advanced engineering research, analysis, and development of mission technology to

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Test Flights for Urban Air Mobility Deployment in Poland

A first series of test flights with drones got underway in November in Rzeszów, Poland, as part of the SESAR JU Uspace4UAM large-scale demonstration. The project is receiving funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and is part of the SESAR JU’s

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China’s Wing Loong Completes Marine Meteorological Observation Test

The China-developed Wing Loong-10 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has completed a scientific research and experiment test mission on marine meteorological observation. On the morning of November 27, the Wing Loong-10 UAV carried out collaborative observations on cloud systems over the ocean, temperature and humidity profile distribution, surface wind fields, and

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Navmar Applied Sciences Dedicates New Building

Navmar Applied Sciences Corporation (NASC) officially dedicated its newest facility on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Christened the TDT Fenerty Technology Center, the building is located in the Ivybrook Corporate Campus and serves as a state-of-the-art home for NASC to expand research and development in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Unmanned aerial vehicle

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SwRI successfully demonstrated drone autonomy technology at 2021 EnRicH hackathon

During the EnRicH 2021 European Robotics Hackathon, Southwest Research Institute’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) explored and mapped the interior of a nuclear power plant, detecting radiation sources — autonomously without the aid of a human pilot. SwRI’s UAS, or drone, technology can potentially assist in life-saving search-and-rescue missions and hazardous

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India Demonstrates Autonomous Take-Off, Landing Capabilities of Rustom II

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has demonstrated the Rustom II medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle’s (UAV’s) ability to take off and land autonomously. The milestone was announced by the DRDO on 13 November. During the trial, the Rustom II also demonstrated its ability to utilise India’s GAGAN

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Amazon’s Prime Air Drone Unit Quietly Disbanded French R&D Team

Amazon.com Inc.’s has shifted staff working on its Paris-based drone research and development center to new projects, marking another set-back in the company’s delivery project. The dozen-strong team, which previously focused on drone navigation, were reassigned to new roles in Amazon from September 2020 onwards, primarily focusing on Covid-testing software,

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