Proposed FAA Commercial UAS Rules

From IEEE Spectrum:

  • Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).
  • Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the operator or visual observer.
  • At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the operator for the operator to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.
  • Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly involved in the operation.
  • Daylight-only operations (official sunrise to official sunset, local time).
  • Must yield right-of-way to other aircraft, manned or unmanned.
  • May use visual observer (VO) but not required.
  • First-person view camera cannot satisfy “see-and-avoid” requirement but can be used as long as requirement is satisfied in other ways.
  • Maximum airspeed of 100 mph (87 knots).
  • Maximum altitude of 500 feet above ground level... (full article)

CLEARPATH ROBOTICS RECOGNIZED ON RBR50 LIST: MOST INFLUENTIAL COMPANIES IN ROBOTICS

Robotics Business Reviews names Clearpath Robotics to their list of top 50 companies to watch in 2015

Industrial Robot Sales Are Booming, and OCTOPUZ Joins The Trend

By the end of 2017, an estimated two million industrial robots will be operating in factories around the world.

USD 5 Million Prize International Robotics Challenge Announced

he Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge intends to attract the world's best and brightest in robotics

Robotics Business Review Announces the Top 50 Companies to Watch in 2015

With the robotics industry more competitive than ever, new companies are popping up all the time.

Changing Automation with Sensitive Robots

Critics of automation claim robots are out to replace people. The near future will show that people are definitely in control and will be able to leverage technology for greater profitability and professional satisfaction.

Call for Startups Announced for Automate Launch Pad Competition

Competition held at the Automate 2015 Show in Chicago, Illinois

Communicating Cars the Future?

If uninterrupted conversations between cars make driving safer, then self-driving cars will become safer as well.

DARPA Launches Robots4Us Video Contest for High School Students

Winners Will Earn Opportunity to Attend DARPA Robotics Challenge, Discuss Future Implications of Robotics on Society

Drone Maker 3D Robotics Releases Open-Source, Customizable Tower(SM) Flight Control App

Free App for Smartphones and Tablets Has Everything Pilots Need to Plan, Fly and Track Any 3DR-Powered Drone; Open-Source Code Allows Programmers to Build or Alter Features

SME's AeroDef 2015 Speakers Explore the Digital Tapestry of Product Development

Aerospace and defense manufacturing conference and exposition takes place April 20-23 in Dallas

Indiegogo - World's First Indoor/Outdoor Auto-Follow Camera Mount, Pixio, Now on Indiegogo

Robotic camera mount tracks, films and zooms in and out automatically to capture your every movement

Second ROBO-STOX LLC Strategic Advisory Board Member to Receive Engelberger Robotics Award

ROBO-STOX Strategic Advisory Board member Raffaello D'Andrea to become the second board member to receive the prestigious Engelberger Robotics Award.

Drone World Expo 2015 Speaker Proposals Now Being Accepted

CNN, Chevron Energy, DPR Construction and PG&E Join Advisory Board to Assist with Development of Conference Program

Minibuilders

From iaac:

Minibuilders was conceptualized as a community of three modestly sized robots which were tasked with very specific jobs that aggregated to a large scale operation.

Each robot completes its programmed job in sequence to fully construct an automated, inhabitable structure... (full article)

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Industrial Robotics - Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.