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Man “walks” dog with a drone while in quarantine

March 28th, 2020 at 9:55 am » Comments Off

This is some next level problem solving As preventative measures against COVID-19 are increasing around the world, more and more folks are staying inside. This is especially fantastic news for pets. They have no idea what’s going on, but suddenly their humans are home all the friggin’ time. Literally pet heaven. However, stricter lockdown rules […]



Drone swarms use nets to catch other drones in flight

March 16th, 2020 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Sandia National Laboratories researchers leading the MARCUS project are working to develop a system that addresses current and future national security threats posed by small unmanned aircraft systems Robotics engineers from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) are developing drones that can capture hostile drones in flight. Funded by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, […]



Elon Musk: ‘F-35 fighter jets would have no chance against drones’

March 10th, 2020 at 5:31 pm » Comments Off

  Elon Musk has suggested Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, which are a key part of the Morrison government’s $200 billion investment in defence, would “have no chance” against an autonomous drone in the battlefield. “The fighter jet era has passed,” Mr Musk said at the US Air Force’s Air Warfare Symposium in […]



US Navy deploys first anti-drone laser dazzler weapon

March 2nd, 2020 at 1:45 am » Comments Off

Artist’s concept of a laser weapon in action The US Navy has successfully installed its first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) laser weapon aboard one of its warships. During dry-dock operations, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105) received the stand-alone laser system, which is designed to blind the sensors on Unmanned Aerial […]



Hydrogen-fueled Drones Will Inspect U.S. Gas Pipeline

February 6th, 2020 at 2:57 pm » Comments Off

Public-safety drone consultancy Skyfire Consulting has announced a partnership with UAV company Doosan Mobility Innovation and hydrogen-fuel service provider ReadyH2 to tackle a pipeline-inspection project for an unnamed American company. Doosan will deploy a hydrogen-powered octocopter. The drone sports a hydrogen-powered generator fueling two hours of flight time per mission over nearly 50 miles. ReadyH2, […]



Chinese scientists create ‘game-changer’ methanol battery that keeps drone in the air for 12 hours

December 26th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Developers of FY-36 say they overcame ‘tons of problems’ to create alcohol-fuelled battery that allows 15kg (33lb)6 drone to fly for up to 12 hours With 15 test flights under their belt, Chinese team achieve methanol-powered flight before German company Scientists working on a drone development programme created a “game-changing” methanol-powered fuel system that kept […]



Turkey is getting military drones armed with machine guns

December 20th, 2019 at 2:39 am » Comments Off

The Songar drone can accurately hit targets from hundreds of metres away, according to its manufacturer A drone with a machine gun attached can hit targets with high precision, according to its makers. Turkey is set to become the first country to have the drone, when it gets a delivery this month. The 25-kilogram drone […]



Jet-powered VTOL drone is like a quadcopter on steroids

December 13th, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

The current AB5 JetQuad prototype has a claimed top speed of 250 mph (402 km/h)FusionFlight While propeller planes certainly do have their place, sometimes the extra speed and thrust of a jet engine is what’s really needed. Dallas, Texas-based FusionFlight has applied that sort of thinking to quadcopter-style drones, resulting in the AB5 JetQuad. According […]



7 Anti-drone weapons used by the military and law enforcement around the world

December 7th, 2019 at 1:40 pm » Comments Off

Drones can be used for some very nefarious activities. For this reason, armies and law enforcement need some effective means of countering them. Drones are, frankly, awesome. But there are some bad actors who could use them for nefarious activities. For these reasons, many companies around the world, including engineering-giants like Boeing and Lockheed Martin, […]



Amazing ‘Ghost plane’ created by 800 drones at air show

November 27th, 2019 at 2:37 pm » Comments Off

  Eight hundred drones came together to create a ‘ghost plane’ in the sky, in a display reminiscent of Gandalf’s fireworks in the Shire. Visitors to the 2019 Nanchang Flight Convention were treated to a majestic skyscape of glowing drones, creating what appears to be a propeller plane, an airliner, and a fighter jet. The […]



China is selling autonomous killer drones to the Middle East

November 16th, 2019 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Chinese military contractors have already started to sell dangerous, autonomous killer robots to customers in the Middle East. For instance, a Chinese company called Ziyan is actively marketing its Blowfish A3 — an autonomous helicopter-like drone armed with a machine gun — to international buyers, according to Defense One. While several countries have been working […]



How cheap robots are transforming ocean exploration

November 16th, 2019 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment? The robot was born out of a treasure hunt. It all started in 2010, when Eric Stackpole was a promising […]



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