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XAG Drone Fleets Take Off for Large-scale Cotton Defoliation Operation in Xinjiang

Posted by viya on October 16, 2019 at 12:06am 0 Comments

As a global leading agriculture technology company, XAG has initiated its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) spraying operation  “Take Off for Harvest Time” for the third consecutive year in …

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improved inference speed on rpi3 using Intel's NCS1

Posted by andre van calster on October 13, 2019 at 4:52am 4 Comments

By using Intels OpenVINO and neural computing stick (NCS1) the inference speed of my neural network is increased from 5 frames per second (fps) to 20 using a RPI3. This enabled a far better obstacle avoidance performance of my drone. More info at https://github.com/avncalst/drone_cnn.

Your In-Flight Wireless Charging Solution for Drones

Posted by Dmitry Skotnikov on October 10, 2019 at 8:15am 2 Comments

The future is coming! Now drones can be charged in-flight in 6 minutes!

See the post on Global Energy Transmission site:…

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Evolution of solar-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2019 at 11:58am 0 Comments

From Hackaday:

Many of us have projects that end up spanning multiple years and multiple iterations, and gets revisited every time inspiration strikes and you’ve forgotten just how much work and frustration the previous…

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XAG joins Bayer on drone-based horticultural crop solution demo

Posted by viya on October 8, 2019 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

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Bayer and XAG has recently collaborated in Hangzhou, China to host a crop dusting drone demonstration on citrus trees.

Justin Gong, Co-founder and…

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JetQuad Test Flight 2 Success

Posted by FusionFlight on October 6, 2019 at 1:24pm 0 Comments

Thinking about designing multirotors to optimizing flight time

Posted by Echo G on October 2, 2019 at 6:30am 3 Comments

Designing electric multicopters for a specific flight time is a complex multidisciplinary optimization problem. This short blog post is some of my thoughts on how to think about this problem. Obviously, there so many different ways of doing this and welcome suggestions and other constructive…

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mRo Control Zero Autopilot for Unmanned Vehicles

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on September 30, 2019 at 10:00am 12 Comments

mRo Control Zero Autopilot -- made in USA



The smallest and most powerful autopilot in the world of its kind created for unmanned vehicle builders made in USA!



A high-performance autopilot, specially…

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A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

EHang Announces Strategic Partnership with Vodafone to Collaborate on Urban Air Mobility

EHang, the world’s leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, today announced a strategic partnership with Vodafone, one of the world’s biggest telecoms and technology service providers with over 600 million customers globally, to collaborate on building out an urban air mobility (UAM) ecosystem first in Germany and then Europe-wide. Under the agreement, Vodafone will become EHang’s […]

Fishing drone drama, warrant issued

I expect 99% of us have seen the video of a chap flying underneath a large multirotor. Well, the Australian regulator is having a close look at, Tim French. Greg, Oz By Drone made me aware of it and we spoke a little this morning about it. Sadly I can’t embed it, but it’s below. […]

No More Drone Rules – Drone Run

No More Drone Rules…Startup Develops a Clever Way to Revitalise Drone Flying Amidst Ongoing Concerns for Drone Safety The creators of startup Drone Run, brothers Alex and Toby Liew, are shaking up the consumer drone flying experience with an innovative flying game that keeps drone flying low to the ground and in your line of […]

Aerodyne Series B Funding

Aerodyne Group, the world leading drone-based managed solutions provider, announces a US$30 million Series B investment round. Present at the signing ceremony of the first closing were representatives of the Series B lead investor, InterVest/ Kejora Ventures, alongside VentureTECH and Gobi Partners as well as an existing investor from Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF). Participating […]

DJI Welcomes FAA And Industry Reports On Improving Drone Safety

Key Recommendations From Drone Experts Mirror DJI’s Safety And Security Initiatives  DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, welcomes today’s release of three U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) committee reports recommending how authorities can monitor airborne drones, protect against inadvertent or perceived misuse of drones in sensitive areas, and allow increasingly […]

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