Alpha Unmanned Systems Launches The Alpha 800

Alpha Unmanned Systems release its new and improved unmanned helicopter the ALPHA 800. The ALPHA 800 is the evolution of the SNIPER and includes all the developments and improvements of the last year and a half of extensive work of research, development and innovation. Improvements apply to all the systems in the helicopter from the mechanics to the electronics on board or available payloads. In the airframe, the FlyBar of the main rotor has been removed; the landing gear has been Read More

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PrecisionHawk’s New CEO Just Might Be Their Next Secret Weapon

BY MIRIAM MCNABB It’s no news that commercial drone company PrecisionHawk is a leader in drone technology; they’ve been in the forefront of the industry since the company started in 2010. With an impressive client list of Fortune 500 companies and operations across the globe, PrecisionHawk has always had a number of weapons in its arsenal: strong leadership, good tech, and strategic partnerships.  Now, new CEO Michael Chasen just might be their next secret weapon, as he takes the Read More

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These Drone-Hunting Eagles Aren’t Messing Around

A golden eagle grabs a drone during a military training exercise at Mont de Marsan French Air Force base in southwestern France on Feb. 10, 2017.Regis Duvignau—Reuters When it comes to defending against pesky drones, the French military has gone to the birds. These drone-hunting birds of prey are being trained at a French Air Force base in Southwestern France. They’re literally born on top of drones, and kept there during early stages of feeding. When they’re ready to fly, Read More

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Liteye, Tribalco Seal Counter-Drone Deal with U.S. Military

BY JASON REAGAN Liteye, a major counter-drone company, is partnering with Tribalco, a “mission-critical” IT/telecommunications service provider, to deliver the Anti-UAV Defense System (AUDS) to U.S. military agencies. Dubbed “the world’s first fully integrated detect-track-disrupt-defeat” drone defense system, AUDS took flight last year as a consortium that includes Liteye, Gryphon Sensors and Sensofusion through an FAA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. The military Read More

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That Flamethrower Drone Might Actually Be Useful

BY MIRIAM MCNABB Connecticut police weren’t happy when a teenager rigged a drone with a flamethrower and took YouTube videos – in fact, the state made efforts to outlaw weaponized drones completely.  But a Chinese utility company in Xaingyang thinks differently. Refuse caught in power lines is a problem everywhere, and in China they’ve come up with an innovative way of dealing with it.  The trash is generally floating garbage such as plastic bags; in some cases, trash stuck in power Read More

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MMC Introduces Next Gen of Hydrogen Drone – the HyDrone 1800

BY FRANK SCHROTH Together with CATIC, MMC, the drone manufacturer, unveiled the HyDrone 1800 at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) taking place at the Abu Dhabi national exhibition center. It represents the next generation of its hydrogen technology and the firms said it is designed for the military. The carbon-fiber HyDrone 1800 is an almost indestructible aircraft. Designed for use in the toughest conditions, the drone is wind-resistant, rain-resistant, Read More

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Intel Drone in NBA Slam Dunk Contest

BY MALEK MURISON Is there any sporting contest that Intel can’t improve with the help of drone technology? A matter of days after an Intel-powered swarm of drones performed a light show above the Super Bowl, a custom Intel drone has featured in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest. The contest was part of the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, and Aaron Gordon completed his drone-assisted dunk in style. “When Aaron Gordon approached Intel with the idea to complete the first-ever drone Read More

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Vigilant Releases New Video of NASA BVLOS Detect-and-Avoid Tests

BY MIRIAM MCNABB NASA Senior Flight Engineer Dr. Ricardo Arteaga and Vigilant Aerospace CEO Kraettli Epperson on-site for beyond line-of-sight testing at NASA Armstrong, Image courtesy Vigilant Vigilant Aerospace, under the observation of the FAA and NASA, has completed beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight testing of its new FlightHorizon collision avoidance system for drones.  The company has released a 90 second video explaining the process, software, and results. The Read More

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Microsoft shares open source tools for developing safer, more aware drones, robots

BY FRANK SCHROTH from Microsoft Corporation — Machine learning is becoming an increasingly important artificial intelligence approach to building autonomous and robotic systems. One of the key challenges with machine learning is the need for many samples — the amount of data needed to learn useful behaviors is prohibitively high. In addition, the robotic system is often non-operational during the training phase. This requires debugging to occur in real-world experiments with an Read More

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Drones for Good: At Work in the Amazon Rainforest

BY MIRIAM MCNABB Photo courtesy WeRobotics Patrick Meier and his team of digital humanitarians is at work again – this time bringing their Flying Labs to the Amazon rainforest. WeRobotics is a team of entrepreneurs, drone adventurers and humanitarians bringing robotics technology to communities for social good.  Their “Flying Labs” are collaborative institutions around the world where technology is shared and knowledge transferred to local communities. The WeRobotics Peru Flying Read More

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