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Hirobo unveils HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter, and promises a manned model

Hirobo unveils HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter, and promises a manned model | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The Hirobo stand at the International Robotics Exhibition in Tokyo this week was full of surprises. The first was the HX-1 autonomous electric helicopter, b...

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▶ UAV Docking for Autonomous Aerial Refueling

UAV autonomous airborne docking can significantly extend a UAV's range and endurance through refueling or recharging. This video presents some of our recent ...
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New system allows air traffic controllers to converse with drones

New system allows air traffic controllers to converse with drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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."

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The world’s first collision resistant drone for search and rescue wins US$1 million grant

The world’s first collision resistant drone for search and rescue wins US$1 million grant | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

Drones for Good Award winners announced. $1M USD goes to Flyability for Gimball, an insect inspired micro-drone, highly effective in rescue missions.

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Planting Drone to Fight Deforestation

Planting Drone to Fight Deforestation | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.

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Thermal Imaging ISR Platform

Thermal Imaging ISR Platform | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.

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$850 Drone fine: CASA using YouTube to identify illegal drone use

$850 Drone fine: CASA using YouTube to identify illegal drone use | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
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…
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Police Advised on Drone Rules as FAA Seeks Enforcement Help

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.

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Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System. A Solution for Safe Integration of Drones Into National Airspace ?

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.”

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Don Diallo Delavegas's curator insight, January 22, 3:03 PM

The system would enable small unmanned aerial vehicles to be used in a safer and more efficient manner.

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Police use drones to help clear traffic accidents

Police use drones to help clear traffic accidents | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.

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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 12, 2014 4:33 AM

Law enforcement continues to be an early adopter of commercial drone applications.

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Drones' dangers confronted by Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics

Drones' dangers confronted by Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
A "golden age of personal videography" has been opened up by drones, but one of the aircraft's pioneers says there's a responsibility to regulate their use
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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 6, 2014 10:44 AM

a common passion for all things personal video.

Christopher Korody's curator insight, December 6, 2014 11:15 AM

Smart guy - building altitude limiters into his products to ensure compliance with the 400' ceiling.


Calls for mass quantities of education about the rules of the road - which as he points out are clearly published.

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VineView and SkySquirrel to Launch New Specialized Agricultural UAV

VineView and SkySquirrel to Launch New Specialized Agricultural UAV | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.”

 

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Interesting development! With Geo-matching we try to provide a complete overview of UAV solutions.
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3D Robotics is building the drones that just about anyone can fly

3D Robotics is building the drones that just about anyone can fly | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
The FAA might not know what to do with drones, but UAV technology is moving so fast we're thinking more "when," not "if" the skies will be filled with
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Top Flight Technologies - Hybrid power for UAVs

Top Flight Technologies - Hybrid power for UAVs | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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. 

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Drones Breakthrough on Poaching

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.

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Australia grapples with its growing fleet of drones

Australia grapples with its growing fleet of drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
From detecting sharks to surveying real estate, Australia weighs up the benefits - and the potential hazards - of drone technology. Amanda Woodward reports from Sydney.
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DroneEssentials's curator insight, February 9, 8:17 AM

The cost saving potential of using a drone to spot sharks in the sea as opposed to having a helicopter is substantial. 

 

Not only that but being trained to pilot a drone is a lot quicker and cheaper than that of a chopper! 

Cameron's curator insight, March 26, 2:20 AM

Drones are without a doubt a technological advancement both in a war zone and our daily lives. However the public must be appreciative of this advancement. Ethical use of these drones must be considered once they are in the air, rules and regulations must be met, if not, the public may perceive them as  threat. Drones are undoubtedly going to impact the world within the next 10 years for more good than bad. it is the controller of the drone that should be accounted for the actions, not the drone itself.

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How Robots Are Changing Disaster Response and Recovery

How Robots Are Changing Disaster Response and Recovery | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.

 

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Daryl Hanger's curator insight, April 4, 8:17 PM

"maybe my programming skills will come in handy after all"

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Drones That Can Suck Up Water from Lakes and Streams

Drones That Can Suck Up Water from Lakes and Streams | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.

 
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Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service

Agribotix Launches Its BYOD Agriculture Image Processing Service | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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.

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FAA launches campaign targeting rookie drone pilots

FAA launches campaign targeting rookie drone pilots | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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).

 
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FAA Grants Commercial UAS Exemptions for Ag and Real Estate

FAA Grants Commercial UAS Exemptions for Ag and Real Estate | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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. 

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3D Robotics' CEO weighs in on the future of drones

3D Robotics' CEO weighs in on the future of drones | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

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?

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Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis

Drones Are Being Tested in the Fight Against a Tuberculosis | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
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.

 
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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 5, 2014 8:47 AM

Good story about an app for public good, in the medical arena ...

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's..... a robot.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's..... a robot. | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it

The UAV Challenge, run by the Queensland University of Technology, attracts hundreds of entrants from all over the world. Among them; researchers, engineers, and a lot of enthusiastic hobbyists. 

After seven years of unsuccessful rescue attempts on Joe, this year, four teams succeeded. The reason? Affordable robot technology and collaboration means technology is advancing rapidly.

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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 4, 2014 10:52 AM

Hopefully one day soon we can do this kind of thing in the US.

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Drone used to rescue window cleaner dangling from tower block

Drone used to rescue window cleaner dangling from tower block | Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) | Scoop.it
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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FlyingVideoPro's curator insight, December 4, 2014 10:54 AM

a use case example for good.