IEEE Spectrum has a very sensible opinion piece in their latest issue, arguing that small drones should not be treated like big drones and deserve a new approach to regulation. Excerpt:
While many other countries…
Drone's-eye view: The train stopped after the driver spotted the drone lying on the tracks.
This guy was lucky to get his quadcopter back. Key sentence: "Mr Prescott, who was in Sydney as part of the support crew for US singer Rihanna's Australia tour, says he was testing new equipment on his drone when he lost control of it. He says he never intended for it to fly into the bridge."
Good New York Times round-up of recent examples and some of the policy issues presented by "drone journalism". Excerpt:
The best way to film the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in…
We've posted on The Register's cool APM-powered spaceplane project before, but here's a great update on the latest progress from the DIY 3D printing blog:
Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator's (LOHAN) Vulture 2 rocket powered…
You may have seen the rendered concept video of a life-preserver dropping drone from this Iranian team before. Now they've built a real prototype. From Gizmag:
Over the course of four days in August of this year, the Pars development team visited the Caspian Sea to…
Building your own quadcopter is an expensive and delicate ordeal. Only after you navigate a slew of different project builds do you feel confident enough to start buying parts, and the investment may not be worth your effort if your…
Great news from the UK tech news site, The Register, which is conducting an ambitious project to create and launch their own space plane, guided by APM. The latest trial, involving dropping the autonomous glider from a balloon at 30,000m (101,000 ft), worked…Continue
This concept from Sandia National Labs could be used for stealth one-way missions. From Wired:
Thus far, Sandia has built and conducted limited testing on conceptual hardware, designating it a “mature concept.” Next on the list is to…
Variable-pitch props allow for amazing 3D performance with fixed-wing aircraft, as this video demonstrates. But they also require real skill to fly. How hard would it be to use APM to automate these sort of acrobatics? Or even just do VTOL takeoff and landings?
Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum reports on new research that suggests that a large central rotor (like a helicopter) combined with with three smaller control rotors is a more effecient use of four motors than the conventional quadcopter…Continue
Ryan Calo, a legal expert who is one of the best analysts of UAV policy issues, has looked at the FAA's new roadmap for civilian drone use from a privacy perspective and is pretty impressed. His full essay is in Forbes, but here is the key…Continue
Here's a new video from our flights from the USS Hornet at the Nerd Night science festival last week. We think this is the first time a civilian drone has taken off and landed on an aircraft carrier (albeit a retired one).
These were all fully-autonomous missions, from takeoff…Continue
From the Mail Online:
According to a recent report in …
MUWA or "Multi-ﬁeld Universal Wheel for Air-land Vehicle" (and also Japanese for "Dream Ring") is one of these…
Looks like this University of New Hampshire ag research team is using an APM-powered ArduCopter for their research into the use of drones to spot crop disease. Excerpt from the Modern Farmer article:
“When you think about apple production now, a grower needs to walk through his…