Shannon Morrisey's Blog – September 2010 Archive (5)

Latest UAV Replaces Flaps With Jets

A novel UAV has successfully demonstrated 'flapless flight' in the UK.


From Dailymail: "A British unmanned plane that uses jets of air to fly instead of conventional ‘flaps’ has made aviation history.


The experimental unmanned air vehicle (UAV), called DEMON, uses blown jets of air to…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 27, 2010 at 4:10pm — 12 Comments

New UAV Designs Transform, Cooperate, and Sun Sail

All patent graphics: USPTO [moderator edit]



Some unusual new design schemes for UAVs were recently granted US patents.


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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 22, 2010 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Onboard Visual Navigation on a Quadrotor



Swiss engineers demonstrate onboard visual navigation scheme on the Pixhawk quadrotor. Rapid disturbance response is achieved through low CPU usage and 30ms latency from shutter to control output.


from pixhawk:…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 17, 2010 at 10:56am — 4 Comments

UAV to Stay Aloft for 5 Years

Boeing plans to build a solar powered UAV capable of 5 years sustained flight challenging conventional notions about what goes up…


excerpt:
"Boeing has won an $89 million government contract to build and fly an unmanned solar-powered plane that can--eventually--stay aloft continuously for up to five years. Yes, that's five years.


The defense contractor will develop the…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 16, 2010 at 2:35pm — 14 Comments

Caution: Robot Driver in Training



Good short opinion piece on the increasingly complex regulations surrounding UAVs occupying civilian airspace.


excerpt:
"If, for some unknown reason, the Air Force desperately needs to surveil northern tier wheat patches, let’s have a new class of airspace called MOA/DRONE. Put it on…
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Added by Shannon Morrisey on September 15, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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