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Flying aircraft carriers could be here sooner than you think

June 7th, 2019 at 1:58 pm » Comments Off

  Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie combat drone. Kratos and AeroVironment are teaming up to make it happen. For nearly half a decade, DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — has been hard at work on a (not so) secret project: to build a flying aircraft carrier, a flying piloted “mother ship” capable of launching […]



China just held a car race without any drivers

June 6th, 2019 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Driverless cars compete during the 3rd World Intelligent Driving Challenge in Tianjin. China’s annual driving challenge attracts dozens of hopefuls. China’s road to mastering driverless-car technology is bumpy and full of surprises — literally. Just ask those attending the country’s top autonomous-vehicle race . In hot and windy conditions this week in the eastern city […]



Lift Aircraft’s passenger drone is all about fun flights

May 26th, 2019 at 2:53 am » Comments Off

The 18-rotor aircraft can be manned without a pilot’s license. Lift Aircraft. While the likes of Uber, Airbus and Porsche tinker away on their respective passenger and transportation drones, a lesser-known startup is taking an altogether different approach. Instead of getting mired in the logistics and regulatory frameworks of city-wide drone rides, Lift Aircraft wants you […]



Maryland test confirms drones can safely deliver human organs

May 5th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

  Drone with organ delivery box. Researchers from the University of Maryland attach a cooler containing a kidney to a DJI M600 Pro drone in preparation for a test flight. When a patient who needs an organ transplantation is finally matched with a donor, every second matters. A longer wait between when an organ is […]



Researchers use drones to detect potholes, cracks, and other road damage

April 25th, 2019 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

Drones are good for more than ferrying burgers to hungry golfers and snapping pics ready-made for social media, as it turns out. They’ve also been proposed for nuclear reactor inspection and used to detect signs of damage on wind turbines. In a newly published paper on the preprint server Arxiv.org (“Real-Time Dense Stereo Embedded in […]



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