Deep-Diving Robots Zap, Kill Invasive Lionfish

Mindy Weisberger for Live Science:  The robotics company iRobot, known for creating the autonomous and endearing Roomba vacuums, is taking steps to make a clean sweep of lionfish in the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, with a robot designed to target and dispatch the invasive fish.

A diving robot will enable individuals on the ocean surface to remotely zap and kill lionfish with electrical charges. The effort is meant to help curb the fast-growing populations of these voracious predators, which are recognized by environmental officials as a serious threat to marine ecosystems in the western Atlantic.

The initiative to launch the lionfish-targeting robot is called Robots in Service of the Environment (RISE) and represents an iRobot partnership with organizations and volunteer experts in the fields of robotics, engineering and conservation.  Cont'd...


Kelsey D. Atherton for Popular Science:  Flying machines are hard secrets to keep. By their very nature, they soar into the heavens, above the heads of those below. America's military tends to keep its secret planes secret by only flying them in vast swathes of empty desert, until they’re ready for public debut.

But that’s not really an option for Amazon, which is testing delivery drones in the United Kingdom (while it attempts to weave its way through U.S. regulations). So where, exactly, are Amazon drones flying?

A field eight miles south of Cambridge named “Worsted Lodge.” No, really.

In a thorough photo-essay at Business Insider, reporter Sam Shead pinpoints and explores the site and the field, until turned away by a security guard.  Cont'd...

A look around the UAS boom industry at interaerial SOLUTIONS

The new sector for hardware and software manufacturers and service providers in the UAS industry is incredibly dynamic. As part of INTERGEO in Hamburg from 11 to 13 October, interaerial SOLUTIONS will be showcasing the legal frameworks, new areas of application, growing safety concepts and much more.

Underwater Robotics Competition Challenges Students to Tackle Ocean and Space Science and Exploration

NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab to host MATE student underwater robot competition June 23-25.

Sentera Launches Revolutionary Fixed-Wing Phoenix 2 Imaging UAV

The Most Precise Grid Pattern the Market Has Seen

Employing Drones to Solve Business' Most Complex Issues

A true system doesn't only take the technology into account, but also the processes and human aspects.

Saab Develops Underwater Anti-IED Robot

Sea Wasp, which relocates, identifies and neutralizes underwater improvised explosive devices (IEDs), is designed to combat below-the-surface terrorism.

US to sail submarine drones in South China Sea

Geoff Dyer for CNBC:  As it watches China build up its presence in the South China Sea, one reclaimed island at a time, the US military is betting on a new technology to help retain its edge — submarine drones.

During the past six months, the Pentagon has started to talk publicly about a once-secret program to develop unmanned undersea vehicles, the term given to the drone subs that are becoming part of its plan to deter China from trying to dominate the region.

Ashton Carter, US defense secretary, made special mention of drone subs in a speech about military strategy in Asia and hinted at their potential use in the South China Sea, which has large areas of shallower water.

The Pentagon's investment in subs "includes new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads that can, importantly, operate in shallow water, where manned submarines cannot", said Mr Carter, who visited a US warship in the South China Sea on Friday.  Cont'd...

3D Robotics Undergoing Layoffs And Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up For Sale

3DR will now be focusing more narrowly on enterprise customers that are interested in using drones for such projects as utility line and pipeline inspections, and construction site inspections.

Autonomous Driving Systems

Combining on-vehicle sensor data with high resolution maps adds another safety level to the autonomous driving system. The automotive industry is looking to its partners and suppliers as they develop HD maps.

Commercial UAV Expo Announces Call for Speakers with Deadline of April 15

Second Annual Event to be held October 31 - November 2 in Las Vegas

Using Drones for Aerial Photography

If you can envision a shot, the drone can probably help achieve the photograph or video.

Fraunhofer Researchers Design Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Seabed Exploration

Autonomous underwater vehicles are essential for tasks such as exploring the seabed in search of oil or minerals. Fraunhofer researchers have designed the first robust, lightweight and powerful vehicle intended for series production.

Blue Ocean Robotics Announces US Market Expansion Strategy


Drones in Commercial Use

Several states and businesses are competing to become a test zone in hopes of gaining traction in what promises to be a mushrooming industry. Businesses and State agencies are promoting the technology to improve their operations. Soon the friendly skies will be filled with drones.

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