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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 […]



Drone II : The drone delivery market map

November 15th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

As part of DRONELIFE’s participation in the FAA’s Drone Safety Awareness Week, DRONELIFE will feature stories according to the themes outlined. Today, we focus on drone delivery. As high-profile drone delivery companies like Wing, UPS Flight Forward, and Zipline have made headline after headline this year, the hype around drone deliveries has become bigger than […]



The drone wars are already here

November 10th, 2019 at 5:08 pm » Comments Off

A Bayraktar TB-2 unmanned aerial vehicle. The skies of Syria, Yemen, and Libya swarm with armed and dangerous unmanned aerial vehicles. And the technology is spreading farther and farther afield. The Kurdish fighters emerged from a tunnel and were spotted by a Turkish reconnaissance drone. As they were loading ammunition onto a truck in a […]



Here’s what the Uber Eats delivery drone looks like

November 7th, 2019 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

Uber has unveiled more details about its plans for Eats delivery via drones. If all goes according to Uber’s plan, it will start flying its first drone model before the end of the year. Uber’s design, which it unveiled at the Forbes 30 under 30 Summit today, is made to carry up to one meal […]



UPS partners with CVS to develop drone delivery service for prescription drugs

October 31st, 2019 at 11:55 am » Comments Off

A UPS autonomous drone carries medical supplies. UPS announces an agreement with CVS to develop a drone delivery service for prescription drugs. UPS gets the first FAA approval to operate a drone delivery service earlier this month. FedEx completes its first residential drone delivery under a pilot program last week.



Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the US

October 28th, 2019 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, and their first customers are Michael and Kelly Collver, who will get a “cough […]



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