It utilizes UFA's ATVoice Automated Voice Recognition and Response software, allowing drones to both verbally respond to spoken information requests (delivered by radio), and to act on clearances granted by air traffic controllers.
"Our project aimed to develop and demonstrate an autonomous capability that would allow a drone to verbally interact with air traffic controllers," said Dr. Reece Clothier, leader of the RMIT Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Team. "Using the system we’ve developed, an air traffic controller can talk to, and receive responses from a drone just like they would with any other aircraft."
The system works in two separate phases. In the first, a drone is used to gather mapping data for use in 3D maps of areas chosen for reforestation. In the second phase, “planting” drones use a pressurised air system to propel biodegradable seedpods to the ground, each containing both germinated seeds and necessary nutrients.
Spynel can detect humans at up to 8km in total darkness, vehicles or small boats at up to 16km and all types of air targets, including UAVs, missiles or rockets. Spynel is highly successful at detecting and tracking traditional threats, as well as asymmetric and unconventional targets that radars typically have difficulty picking up, such as small and slow moving targets.
If you’ve got a drone and haven’t been keeping a close eye on the regulations that outline where and when you can fly it – be very careful. Uploading videos taken from your drone to the internet could result in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) sending you a hefty fine. One Queensland drone pilot found…
The FAA’s goal is to educate users, “but the guidance makes clear the agency’s authority to pursue legal enforcement action against persons who endanger the safety of the National Airspace System,” the agency said in the release.
“There is evidence of a considerable increase in the unauthorized use of” small drones, the FAA said in the guidance.
It advised police to identify witnesses, conduct initial interviews and to contact drone operators suspected of violating flight rules. Police are often in a better position to detect violations and to gather evidence than the FAA’s own inspectors, the agency said.
LATAS is a low altitude tracking and avoidance system. The system is platform agnostic and based on existing world-wide cellular networks to handle the thousands of drones that are flying in the United States Airspace. LATAS was created in 2014 by PrecisionHawk as a solution for the FAA to consider for full UAS integration. http://flylatas.com/
The development of LATAS is based around the idea that we can use existing technologies at a low cost and weight, and avoid the creation of an entire new system,” said Tyler Collins, Director of Business Development at PrecisionHawk and LATAS creator. “We need more advanced computer systems to deal with the technology side and reversely, we need the technology side to work within traditional safety methods to provide the FAA with a safety-first solution.”
High-tech drones have entered the modern lexicon. Hobbyists are playing with small toy versions. Pilots are complaining about them entering their airspace, putting commercial jets at risk. Even e-commerce giant Amazon is trying to figure out how to use drones to make deliveries.
But the drones, made by Aeryon Labs Inc. in a small facility in north Waterloo, are the high-end version used by military, companies and police forces, with the aim of being easy to use, with simple training.
With a price tag ranging from $65,000 up to $120,000, depending on the bells and whistles, they are considered critical equipment for investigators, researchers and soldiers alike.
VineView-SAI, Inc., a St. Helena-based remote sensing company, has partnered with SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. (SST), a commercial Unmanned Aerial System company based in Nova Scotia, Canada, to create the Aqweo agricultural drone, which will be launched at the Napa Valley Grape Growers’ trade exhibition.
VineView is contributing its 15 years of experience in remote sensing of vineyards and other high value crops to the development of a fully integrated drone system for high resolution imaging of vineyards, citrus and nut crops. “Partnering with SST allows us to bring the technologies we’ve developed to new markets as well as provide additional options for our current customers,” said Matt Staid, Ph.D., President of VineView. “Canada has been a leader in supporting the commercial use and testing of unmanned aircraft, allowing us to start using this new platform sooner than would otherwise be possible.”
The Airborg H6 1500 is a 1500mm enhanced endurance, extended payload hex (6) rotor UAV. This vehicle has 6 – 26” carbon fiber propellers, an estimated flying time of 2+ hours minimum, at a maximum velocity of 40 mph, with a maximum payload of 20 lbs, a maximum range of 100 miles, and can operate in wind/gust conditions up to 35mph.
This UAV is equipped with Autopilot System that tunes and calibrates the propulsion system fuel system which includes a 5000W rated (6000W peak) hybrid engine, 3 gallon tank and 16,000 mAh LiPo battery.
Drones deployed in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park have eliminated the killing of endangered rhinoceroses over the past six months, according to Air Shepherd, the nonprofit program that operates the machines. It’s a stunning statistic, given that poachers had been shooting between 12 and 19 rhinos a month.
These aren’t just any drones. Guided by a supercomputer that predicts where poachers will appear, the flying robots show ranger teams where to apprehend the killers before they can pull the trigger. A ground crew equipped with a 3-D printer, meanwhile, keeps the drones aloft by making replacement parts for the machines on the fly.
“It works because we can see the animals and the poachers in the dark with our thermal imaging cameras, and we already know where they’re both going to be before they’re there,” said John Petersen, chairman of the Minnesota-based nonprofit Lindbergh Foundation, which runs Air Shepherd.
Every single disaster since about 2011, but definitely since 2012, looking at the 46 disasters we’ve kept tabs on, have used unmanned aerial systems, including the ones here in the United States. I would not say the adoption problem is the FAA regulations. It takes very little time to get an emergency COA [certificate of authorization]. It does take time to get some of the paperwork in advance done to fly a regular COA but the FAA has given jurisdictional COAs. The emergency COAs take a very short period of time — it’s knowing the paperwork, like with any new technology.
Prototypes able to swoop down to scoop up water samples are being developed to help ecologists, the oil industry, and others track oil leaks or invasive species. Some can even perform rudimentary analysis on the water they collect.
The service takes images from virtually any drone, stitches them and returns a single view of a field. If you send us near-IR pictures, we will also return the results with a false-color NDVI image as well as a shapefile that can be imported into virtually any farm management system and used as an aid to precision fertilizer application.
According to GizMag, the FAA is continuing to work away on new regulations to keep all these flying vehicles in check, but in the meantime it has teamed up with UAV organizations and hobby groups to launch “Know Before You Fly”, a public awareness campaign promoting its already existing rules.
Primarily, this means keeping the drone within sight, not flying it over 400 ft (122 m), conducting routine inspections of the craft, keeping clear of manned aircraft and notifying airports or control towers if flying within 5 miles (8 km).
The FAA granted Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Arizona the first exemption for commercial UAS use in real estate. Trudeau will use a Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to enhance community awareness and improve real estate listing videos.
The administration has also given Star, Idaho-based Advanced Aviation Solutions permission to operate a fixed-wing eBee Ag UAS for aerial crop scouting and photographic measurements for precision agriculture.
Twenty minutes with 3D Robotics' Chris Anderson just wasn't enough. After all, before he basically built one of the country's biggest drone makers, he served as editor-in-chief of the storied Wired Magazine (an... unorthodox career leap to say the least). In our wide-ranging conversation, Anderson explored the route that led him from journalism to hardware entrepreneurship, the company's work with Google to help drones scan and navigate the insides of building, and the policies that could shape the very future of our possibly drone-filled skies. Join us for more, won't you?
The centuries-old disease is crippling communities in one of the world's most untamed wildernesses. Now unmanned aerial vehicles could bring treatment to the country's far-flung reaches.
Drones have been trialled by Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to combat a centuries-old disease that has crippled communities in one of the most untamed wildernesses on earth.
Papua New Guinea is experiencing an epidemic rate of a disease that most Western countries overcame long ago. Tuberculosis (TB) kills one Papua New Guinean every two hours, and with 15,000 new infections a year, health authorities are struggling to contain the disease as it rages through the remote reaches of the island nation.
POLICE in Abu Dhabi flew into action when they heard a window cleaner was in danger – by sending a drone to rescue him. The Asian worker was stuck 10 floors in the air after his platform malfunctioned while he was cleaning the windows of a tower block on Sheikh Rashed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Road on Tuesday. Police and civil defence were called to the scene as emergency crews tried to get the cleaner down. “The man had tried to leave the scaffold and was clinging to one of the windows, fearing that
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