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Turbine-powered quad first flight

OMG. Turbine-powered quadcopter test flight -- next to a road. Love the car that pulls up to gawk at the end

Added by Chris Anderson on November 18, 2014 at 4:16pm — 18 Comments

Gobot -- Drones programmed in the Go language

GoBot is a new robot-control applications interface using the Go programming language, including support for 3DR copters and others using MAVLink.

Platform Support

Gobot has a extensible…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:45pm — 2 Comments

Angela Merkel admires an IRIS

One of our great academic collaborators, Fabio Ramos at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, uses both Iris and Aero as a research platforms.…
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Added by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2014 at 10:20pm — 10 Comments

Google leasing NASA Moffet Field for drone, space research

This is good news for Bay Area drone research! From Business Week:

Google Inc. has…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 10, 2014 at 10:41pm — 12 Comments

Arducopter Region-of-Interest demonstration video

Nice post over at sUAS News:

The rain has finally subsided so I went out to the RC field for some quadcopter fiddling and testing.

The below video shows a quick demonstration of the Region Of Interest (ROI) function of…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 5, 2014 at 10:14am — 8 Comments

Neruromorphic chip "learns" how to fly

From Technology Review:

There isn’t much space between your ears, but what’s in there can do many things that a computer of the same size never could. Your brain is also…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 3, 2014 at 11:31pm — 5 Comments

Penguins like Rovers when they're dressed up like chicks

From Wired:

Scientists who study wild animals want to get as close as possible to their subjects without stressing them out or disrupting their natural behaviors. One possible solution: remote-controlled…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2014 at 7:20pm — 4 Comments

Job opening for humanitarian UAV research project manager

Interesting new job listing at the New American Foundation:

New America’s International Security Program (ISP) is looking for a Project Manager to join our team in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on November 2, 2014 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

Kickstarter for tornado-measuring drones

They're raising $10,000. From the Kickstarter project listing:

We will be using specially designed and equipped UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in order to probe the tornado…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 31, 2014 at 1:52pm — 4 Comments

Making a helicopter with just one motor/actuator

In general, copters need at least two props, one for lift and the other to cancel out angular momentum, either as a tail rotor or coaxial main rotors. But U Penn have shown that with the right configuration, you can fly a copter with just one motor and prop. From IEEE Spectrum,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 28, 2014 at 11:48pm — 1 Comment

Using drones for archeological scanning

3D model of the planned colonial town of Mawchu Llacta in highland Peru, reconstructed from 241 aerial photos.

From NBC

Maybe all Indiana Jones needed was a good hat and a whip, but if he'd seen what…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 25, 2014 at 10:53pm — 6 Comments

UAVs with artificial muscles

From IEEE Spectrum:

Until recently, a defining characteristic of robots has been their rigid mechanical nature. Most of them are made up of hard structural…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 22, 2014 at 11:20pm — 4 Comments

Foam-printing ArduCopter on display at the Science Museum in London

From the Guardian: "Currently on display at the Science Museum, London, is a 3D-printing drone created by Dr Mirko Kovac from Imperial College London…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 19, 2014 at 9:36pm — No Comments

APM powers copter+rover volcano monitoring research

Congrats to Randy Mackay and the APM:Copter team, whose collaboration with Tohoku University was discussed in…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 14, 2014 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

Introducing the Dronecode Foundation

I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with the Linux Foundation to create the new Dronecode Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings together the leading open source UAV software projects under the professional…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 13, 2014 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Insurance company petitions FAA to use drones

From Fast Company:

One of America’s largest insurance companies has an unorthodox proposal: using unmanned aircraft to speed up insurance claim…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 12, 2014 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

"I want to buy...a drone" now fourth most popular Google autocomplete term for that phrase

Google now gives "a drone" as the fourth most popular answer to the search term "I want to buy..."! Data from the New York…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2014 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

Drones on cover of New York magazine

Another datapoint on the mainstreaming of drones: a long cover story in New York Magazine. Cool inside art, too (see below). Here's a sample of the piece:

Drones are a different kind of new technology from what we’re used to. The communications breakthroughs of the past two decades have multiplied the connections within society, but drones offer…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 5, 2014 at 9:24pm — 1 Comment

Google Science Fair winner models drone obstacle evasion on fruit flies

He's 14 years old. The mind boggles.

From IEEE Spectrum:

Mihir Garimella, from Pittsburgh, (video above) figured out a way to make flying robots evade collisions…

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Added by Chris Anderson on October 2, 2014 at 9:46pm — 6 Comments

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