Thomas J Coyle III's Blog – April 2013 Archive (33)

Uncertainties remain as FAA integrates drones into American skies

Josh Solomon | Medill News Service

WASHINGTON — Thousands of unmanned aircraft systems – commonly known as drones – could be buzzing around in U.S. airspace by 2015 because of a law passed last year, aiding in police investigations, scientific…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 30, 2013 at 6:04am — 4 Comments

Student designs unmanned aircraft for farmers at Shropshire university

A FRENCH postgraduate student has completed seven months research at Harper Adams University developing an unmanned aircraft for use in agriculture.

Marc-Alexandre Favier, from Bourg-en-Bresse, in eastern France, came to Harper Adams as part of…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 30, 2013 at 6:01am — 4 Comments

Drone School Teaches Students How to Fly, Build Unmanned Vehicles

 

 

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At a remote-controlled model airplane field in Sarasota, Fla., Justin Woody was struggling to operate a mini-copter.

It was not a toy but an…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 24, 2013 at 5:30am — 5 Comments

Northrop Grumman's CUTLASS UGV ready to tackle hazardous situations

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The arrest of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was carried out, in part, with the help of a remote controlled robot. Such an operation highlights the growing uses of unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) in anti-terrorist and other operations. Northrop Grumman Corporation’s…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 22, 2013 at 5:26am — 7 Comments

The World’s First Solar Powered Quadcopter

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Building your first quadcopter is almost a rite of passage for anyone interested in DIY drones these days. The availability of boards like the Ardupilot…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 21, 2013 at 7:30am — 9 Comments

What Drones Can Do for You

A clique of 25 vineyard owners and farmers, always looking for ways to economize, had gathered on a Wednesday in November at an experimental winery owned by the University of California (Davis). There, at 11 a.m., they watched an unmanned helicopter called RMax lift off from a small grassy field. It showered 40 long rows of grapes from 2-gallon tanks mounted along each…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 20, 2013 at 9:29am — 3 Comments

Arduino-Controlled Outlaw Pinewood Derby Racer

By Matt Spradley

In the Cub Scout outlaw pinewood derby, anything goes as long as the car fits on the track.

Frankencar is an Arduino-controlled, 400-Watt torque monster that smokes the competition. It was pieced together using VEX Robotics hardware, an outrunner brushless motor, an Arduino Nano, and various other…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 19, 2013 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

RoboGames: The Mayhem Starts Tomorrow

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The video above is a great example of the sort of action you’ll see at RoboGames. Tomorrow kicks off the 10th year of the event, a three-day extravaganza of robots…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 19, 2013 at 11:16am — No Comments

NASA International Space Apps Challenge

This weekend in over 75 cities, NASA is hosting the Space Apps Challenge. Citizens from around the world will collaborate to tackle challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and the exploration of space.

In New York City, our friends from the StartupBus NYC,…
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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 19, 2013 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

Equipping Teens with a Hands-On approach to Robots

Hello, I am Frank Magazu. I am 16 years old and go to school in Pasco, Florida. I make robots with the Arduino and got interviewed by my school district. Here is a video of me. Thanks for helping me become proficient at robotics as well as electronics and programing in general.

Thank you Frank! You made our day with your email. Keep up…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 18, 2013 at 8:42am — 3 Comments

School’s “Drone Lab” reimagines possibilities for UAVs

Don’t be surprised if you hear a buzzing sound in the hallways of South Hall this semester; it’s the sound of the future, in the form of small student-piloted unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones.

This semester, a small team of School of Information students is experimenting with drones: becoming familiar with drones’ capabilities and imagining…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 18, 2013 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Inside MIT’s Hobby Shop

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It’s remarkable how the MIT Hobby Shop presages aspects of the hackerspace movement…

In the 1937-38 academic year, Vannevar Bush, then Vice…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 18, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Eyes in the sky for EMS

by Dan White

Imagine if a ScanEagle had been available during Katrina. It could permit the clever separation of Search from Rescue. It could be in the air early and look for stranded rooftop victims. Then larger passenger helicopters would not be…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 16, 2013 at 1:25pm — 10 Comments

FAA moves deadline shocker (well not really)

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has bumped back its timeline for a much-anticipated rule on integrating unmanned aerial vehicles…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 16, 2013 at 6:47am — 1 Comment

Coral-repairing robots take a step closer to reality

Since humans are responsible for much of the damage to coral reefs, it makes sense that we should try and help repair them. That’s exactly what a team from the Herriot-Watt University’s Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology is attempting to do…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 16, 2013 at 6:40am — 3 Comments

Dehogiflier, pig hunting drone

Another use the FAA did not see coming.

Local engineers’ drone declares WAR on troubling wild hogs in Louisiana

Kris Wartelle

WHITEVILLE — It is well past 8 p.m. on a Thursday, and engineers James Palmer and Cy Brown are a long way from their day jobs at Raven Research and…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 14, 2013 at 4:30am — 15 Comments

New bird shaped UAS

SHEPHERD-MIL, a UAV with different applications for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance missions will be featured along with other products and systems at the exhibition.
 
EXPAL will participate in HOMSEC 2013, displaying some of its most innovative solutions in the security area. Among
 
other…
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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 13, 2013 at 10:31am — 3 Comments

Media Invited to Observe Small Unmanned Aircraft System in Action

Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Geological Survey will work together to evaluate whether a small unmanned aircraft can save state wildlife managers time, money and offer a safer and enhanced alternative to gather greater sage-grouse…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 12, 2013 at 5:19am — 1 Comment

New Job at 3DR San Diego: Controller

New Job at 3DR San Diego: Controller

3D Robotics is the leading open source unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology company. We design and manufacture autopilot electronics and autonomous ready-to-fly aerial vehicles, including multicopters and airplanes. Our headquarters are in San Diego and our…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 11, 2013 at 7:04am — 1 Comment

‘Skywalker’: aeronautical technology to improve maize yields in Zimbabwe

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To design a low-cost unmanned aerial vehicle which helps to select the maize varieties which are best adapted to adverse environmental…

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Added by Thomas J Coyle III on April 11, 2013 at 6:57am — 2 Comments

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