DARPA - FLA Program Takes Flight

They may not have zoomed flawlessly around obstacles like the Millennium Falcon did as it careened through the hull of a crashed Star Destroyer in Star Wars VII. But the sensor-loaded quadcopters that recently got tested in a cluttered hangar in Massachusetts did manage to edge their way around obstacles and achieve their target speeds of 20 meters per second. Moreover, the quadcopters were unmanned … and real. Thus was the initial phase of data collection for DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) program recently deemed an encouraging success.

DARPA’s FLA program aims to develop and test algorithms that could reduce the amount of processing power, communications, and human intervention needed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to accomplish low-level tasks, such as navigation around obstacles in a cluttered environment. If successful, FLA would reduce operator workload and stress and allow humans to focus on higher-level supervision of multiple formations of manned and unmanned platforms as part of a single system.  Cont'd...

The Internet of Drones has Landed: H3 Dynamics Unveils DRONEBOX

Smart drone nesting solution automates professional drone operations in numerous industrial applications. Grid-independent drone battery charging system removes need for travel to remote areas. Networked and movable surveillance and inspection sensor systems broaden the Internet of Things.

FLA Program Takes Flight

Program to develop fast, lightweight autonomous air vehicle completes first flight data tests

AIA Praises Committee Action to Allow UAS in Post-Disaster Recovery

The American Insurance Association (AIA) applauded the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's action today to make it easier for property/casualty insurers to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following natural disasters.

Earthbound Robots Today Need to Take Flight

Neil Tardella for IEEE Spectrum:  The DARPA Robotics Challenge this past summer showcased how far humanoid robots have come—but also how far they have yet to go before they can tackle real-world practical applications. Even the best of the DRC behemoths stumbled and fell down, proving, as IEEE Spectrum noted at the time, that “not walking is a big advantage.”

There is, in fact, a new not-walking way for robots to perform many kinds of tasks better and faster: the dexterous drone.

A lightweight flying platform with a robotic arm combines the strengths of two rapidly developing, parallel industries. Aerial drones like quadcopters and octocopters have in just the past few years emerged as a viable industrial and consumer product with substantial maneuverability, versatility, and durability. Yet the drones of today are mostly just flying bodies with no arms or hands.  Cont'd...

Safely Bonding with Drones

Gimball model drone eliminates the peril of flying close to people and potentially damaging structures.

Drones' Good, Bad: Keep Your Eyes to the Skies as Drones Fly Out of Stores

Drones were sold by the squadron this past holiday as intelligent machines but they're really just tricked out remote-control planes. Few have the common-sense necessary to detect/avoid obstacles, figure out where they're at or how to get home.

The Power of SmartCam3D Augmented Reality in Your System

Rapid Imaging Software, Inc.announces partnership program for augmented reality software.

Fighting for Life: Why Drones are Infiltrating Emergency Services

If machines are a reflection of their creator, then their ability to save the imperilled arises from our pursuit of empathy, our willingness to throw our chips behind the right cause when and where the money matters.

DroneOS - Drone Management Software

DroneOS is a new hardware/software commercial standard for reliably managing drones. The combined ground/air solution is a fully integrated, one stop shop for managing all prosumer and enterprise grade drones.

Commercial Drone Sales to Rise by More Than 80% This Year as Annual Sales Approach $500mn

Agricultural Applications Boost Market, But Delivery Deployments Raise Safety Fears

Dronecode Project Receives Further Investments to Advance UAVs for Commercial Applications

Dronecode, a nonprofit organization who are developing a common, shared open source platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), recently announced a key milestone. The organization have gained investments from 27 new member organizations, and has formed technical working groups in order to advance the Dronecode platform.

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.

Kickstarter - CoDrone: The Drone That Anyone Can Learn to Program

Robolink, Inc. launched a Kickstarter campaign for the CoDrone, a drone that anyone can learn to program and fly.

Top Three Quadcopter Drone Companies Are From China

The Wall Street Journal reported last year that China is taking the lead in drone manufacturing primarily because of DJI which has become one of the world leaders because of its Phantom consumer drone.

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