Tagged: Sailing

VSR700 rotary-wing UAV brings eyes beyond the horizon

What is going on beyond the horizon? It’s a crucial question for any ship captain. In the past, sailors would climb to the crow’s nest for a better view. Modern technology means today’s captains can send unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the air to transmit images and data back to

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World’s First Drone Jump

Forget old-fashioned sky-dives from an airplane and jump into the type of adventure that comes with a new age of technology. The world’s first drone jump executed and planned by Aerones brought Ingus Augstkalns to 1082 feet where he sailed gently to the earth using his parachute. The jump began

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‘Man Overboard’ – UAVs to the Rescue

Man-overboard, man-overboard, man-overboard, port side,” is announced across the Navy over ship’s intercom systems and is a signal for Sailors and Marines to quickly transit to their muster stations as search and rescue teams prepare to deploy for recovery. According to the Naval Safety Center, since 2006 more than 110

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Best RC Gliders/Sailplanes

For anyone unfamiliar with what RC Gliders are, then you have definitely come to the right place. In this review, we shall take an in depth look at what these devices are, what they can and cannot do, and we shall also take a closer look into why

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Gliding Algorithm Keeps Drones Aloft for Hours

Launch an unmanned SBXC sailplane into the air with a catapult and it glides lazily down again in about three minutes. But when the sailplane is equipped with software to find plumes of warm air rising from the ground, known as thermals, it can ride them upward and extend its

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NOAA UAS Capture Video of Rare Whale Behaviour

Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary has released rare video showing a humpback whale with its tail out of the water, seemingly catching the wind like a sail. The video was filmed during recent field operations conducted by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ Collaborative Center for Unmanned Technologies.

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NRL Tests Cooperative Soaring Concept for Sustained Flight of UAV Sailplanes

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in collaboration with the Air Vehicle Intelligence and Autonomy (AVIA) Lab at Pennsylvania State University (PSU), completed testing of cooperative autonomous soaring algorithms used to keep unmanned sailplanes aloft for sustained flight durations—demonstrating the concept of shared soaring data between two unmanned aerial vehicles

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Navy tests cooperative soaring for UAV sailplanes

Washington (UPI) Jan 6, 2016 –

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has completed a series of flight tests for unmanned aerial vehicles, demonstrating the concept of cooperative soaring using shared data.

During the tests, the Naval Research Laboratory partnered with the Air Vehicle Intelligence and Autonomy Lab at Pennsylvania State University to

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Harvard Scientists Develop Aerial-Aquatic RoboBee

Engineers have been trying to design functional aerial-aquatic vehicles for decades with little success. The biggest challenge is conflicting design requirements: aerial vehicles require large airfoils like wings or sails to generate lift while underwater vehicles need to minimize surface area to reduce drag. To solve this, engineers at the

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