Tagged: Sailing

EASA Virtual Event -The new design verification process for authorising drone operations in the ‘specific’ category medium risk – SAIL III and IV

Date & time07/05/2021, 10:00 – 11:30 AM (UTC+2) DescriptionThe new European Drone regulation came into force at the end of December 2020. Drone operations, either for commercial or leisure purposes, are now subject to the same conditions right across Europe. While the ‘open’ category covers a concrete range of

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Aerovel’s Flexrotor Hits Group 2 Upper Limit

Diminutive, and squat on its four lunar-lander legs, a Flexrotor spins-up its outsize rotor, levitates into the sky, and “transitions” to a relaxed, sailplane-like cruise. Always otherworldly for the uninitiated, the show this time was a little unusual even for old hands. This Flexrotor was carrying more than it ever

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Aerovel Flexrotor pushes the “Group 2” limit

Diminutive, and squat on its four lunar-lander legs, a Flexrotor spins-up its outsize rotor,levitates into the sky, and “transitions” to a relaxed, sailplane-like cruise. Always otherworldly for the uninitiated, the show this time was a little unusual even for old hands. This Flexrotor was carrying more than it ever had

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Saildrone’s Robot Boat First To Circumnavigate Antarctica

Battling 50ft waves and over 80mph winds, the Saildrone’s sailboat is the first to circumnavigate Antarctica. The robot sailboat, named #1020, completed the trip in early August, and brought back valuable information for researchers. The southern ocean is an important area for climate change, but is not often studied due

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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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