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Bihrle and BNSF Achieve Truly Automated UAS Inspections-Includes Image Processing and Reporting

Bihrle Applied Research Inc. and BNSF Railway successfully demonstrate automated detection, classification and reporting of infrastructure conditions found during long-range UAS railway inspections Computer vision technologies enable BNSF Railway to process terabytes of imagery captured during Beyond Visual Line of Sight drone operations HAMPTON, Va., Feb. 21, 2018 – Bihrle

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Drone Photography in Whale Research

Randy Jay Braun and Stacy Garlington We have all seen fascinating aerial photographs of massive whales as they navigate through the waters of the world’s oceans. Since the release of the DJI Phantom quadcopter drone in 2013, humans have a completely capable and unexpected new tool to view and study

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Colorado Students Create Drone for Studying Whales

Student researchers at the University of Colorado are planning to add the study of sperm whale communication patterns to the fast-growing list of tasks that can be aided by drone technology. And they — the students, not the whales — could use the public’s help. CU’s 12-member Search and Help

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IARPA Wants Better Tools for Drone Surveillance

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), a group within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that deals in “high-risk/high-payoff research programs,” is looking for help. In a challenge posted to Challenge.gov, IARPA offers prizes totalling $75,000 for algorithms that can enhance and restore images “acquired under less

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GRIFF Aviation awarded $2M USD research grant

GRIFF Aviation has been awarded a $2M USD grant by the Research Council of Norway. The award from the government agency will be used on a joint-industry research project into drone operations and associated challenges at sea. Joining GRIFF Aviation on the project are Olympic Shipping, Norut (the Northern Research

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How CU Boulder drone will track and crack hidden language of sperm whales

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Search and Help Aquatic Mammals UAS (SHAMU) aerospace engineering student team is raising funds for a project that will facilitate scientific research on sperm whale communication patterns. Through a partnership with scientists from the Cetacean Echolocation Translation Initiative (CETI), SHAMU will design, fabricate and

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Black Swift Technologies and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) demonstrate effective use of sUAS for Volcano research

With a legacy of delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, announced today a successful collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory(NASA/JPL) to capture airborne carbon dioxide (CO2) measurements via an unmanned aircraft (drone) flying

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NASA Tests New Alloy to Fold Wings in Flight

 NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series, which took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project, or SAW. This

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DroNet: Learning to Fly by Driving

 Researchers at the University of Zurich and the National Centre of Competence in Research NCCR Robotics developed DroNet, an algorithm that can safely drive a drone through the streets of a city. Designed as a fast 8-layers residual network, it produces two outputs for each single input image: a

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AVIC to Launch New Wing Loong Variant in 2018

The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) will launch a new variant of the Wing Loong-series of medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – the Wing Loong ID (or I-D). Reported by China’s state-owned news agency Xinhua on January 25, AVIC subsidiary the Chengdu Aircraft Design & Research Institute

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UMS SKELDAR V-200 Selected for European Defence Agency Naval Surveillance Technology

UMS SKELDAR has been selected alongside partner Saab to be a part of OCEAN2020, the most important project related to the European Defence Agency initiative. Issued by the European Union under the ‘Preparatory Action on Defence Research’ programme, the competitive selection was conducted by the European Defence Agency. OCEAN2020 is

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UMS SKELDAR V-200 UAS selected for unmanned surveillance role in OCEAN2020 programme by European Defence Agency

UMS SKELDAR lands contract to provide UAV capabilities with Skeldar V-200 as part of OCEAN2020 programme, the first and most important European Defence Agency research tender for naval surveillance technology. World-class provider of rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions UMS SKELDAR, has been selected alongside partner Saab to be a

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Chinese University Flies a Swarm of Fixed-Wing Drones

According to an article published two days ago in the Chinese military’s official journal , a team of researchers from the Chinese military university National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) successfully tested, in early December, a swarm of ” several tens of fixed-wing drones. The text has given little detail

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NASA Armstrong’s GO1 Inert Test Article Captive Carry

 Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc. (GO) completed the GO1 Inert Test Article captive carry flight test at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in December. Under a public-private partnership with NASA, GO developed the GO1-ITA, a mass properties and outer mold line simulator for the GO1 hypersonic flight testbed and

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Leonardo to Lead European Defence Agency Research Tender for Naval Surveillance Technology

OCEAN2020, a European Defence Fund initiative, will boost technological research in the naval domain also by the integration of unmanned platforms in surveillance and interdiction missions. The OCEAN2020 team, which will be led by Leonardo, comprises 42 partners from 15 European countries. These include the Ministries of Defence of Italy,

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CIA Developed Insectothopter in the ’70s

It was the 1970s, the Cold War was in full swing, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Research and Development had developed a miniaturised listening device. But they didn’t have a good way to manoeuvre the device into place without raising suspicions. After scrapping the idea of a

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Aberystwyth University Invest in UAV LiDAR for World-leading Forestry Research

The Earth Observation and Ecosystem Dynamics Group at Aberystwyth University have invested in a drone-based LiDAR and spectral imaging package in order to enhance their research across the globe. The bespoke unit, configured by COPTRZ, is expected to significantly enhance the university’s research into the monitoring of British forests, focusing

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New Home for Avidrone

In recent years, Avidrone Aerospace had been flying under the radar. The Breslau-based industrial drone manufacturer was focused on research and development, keeping much of its work under wraps as the company created its own autopilot electronics and flight control software. “We were working quite stealthily,” says founder and chief

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GA-EMS to build LDUUV motor

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has received a contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to design and deliver an advanced permanent-magnet propulsion motor …

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North Dakota: The Silicon Valley of Drones

North Dakota is America’s leading state in drone research and testing, the Silicon Valley of drone innovation — testing, developing applications and training operators. Four elements came together in North Dakota to give the Roughrider State a head start in the unmanned aerial systems industry (UAS) — its emptiness, its

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8% of Americans Say They Own a Drone

Drones are catching on as consumer goods. As of mid-2017, 8% of Americans say they own a drone and 59% say they have seen one in action, according to a Pew Research Center survey. But while drones – that is, aircraft without on-board human pilots – are more prevalent than

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NASA’s X-56A Flexible Wing Aircraft in Flight

NASA just published this video of the X-56A which flew with a flexible wing configuration at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California on August 31. The flight demonstrated that previous challenges present during takeoff and landing were resolved, and the revised flight controller and updated theoretical models provided stable

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US Army Partners with Marines on 3-D Printed Drones

US Army researchers are working with the Marines to develop 3-D printed drones as materials science, aviation technology and software development merge to deliver new capabilities. “Several years ago when we were collaborating with our academic partner, Georgia Tech, we had this project where we were focusing on design engineering

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