Archive for the ‘drones’ category

Oct 29, 2019

First Navy Submarine Resupplied By Commercial Drone

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On October 28 a small quad-rotor delivery drone, of the type used to delivering packages to your door, resupplied a U. S. Navy Submarine.

Oct 29, 2019

Uber’s New Delivery Drone Absolutely Reeks of Vaporware [Updated]

Posted by in categories: drones, food

Uber has announced it’s developing a new drone it hopes to use for Uber Eats deliveries one day. Eric Allison, the head of Uber Elevate, talked about the new drone in Detroit yesterday at the Forbes Under 30 Summit. And while the mock-up design looks pretty cool, with rotating wings and six rotors, the details released so far raise some red flags.

According to Forbes (emphasis ours):

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Oct 27, 2019

Drone-like taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push

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A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore’s waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionize travel in traffic-choked Asian cities.

The 18 propeller vehicle, developed by German firm Volocopter and with a pilot onboard for safety during the test flight, took off from a promontory and flew for about two minutes and 30 seconds around the Marina Bay district.

Heavy rains in the morning almost delayed the flight, but the skies cleared in time for the battery-operated, two-seater taxi to quietly fly past skyscrapers.

Oct 26, 2019

Directed-energy weapon (DEW) full documentary

Posted by in categories: drones, military, mobile phones, particle physics

A directed-energy weapon (DEW) emits highly focused energy, transferring that energy to a target to damage it.

Potential applications of this technology include anti-personnel weapon systems, potential missile defense system, and the disabling of lightly armored vehicles such as cars, drones, watercraft, and electronic devices such as mobile phones.

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Oct 26, 2019

Inside the new UPS drone delivery program

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones

UPS has launched an airline for life-saving medical deliveries. It’s the FAA’s first-ever approved drone airline, and it’s already being used at a North Carolina hospital campus. Oct. 25, 2019.

Oct 25, 2019

Using Drones to Plant 20,000,000 Trees

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Oct 25, 2019

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet and Uber Are Taking to the Skies

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Flying robots that deliver packages to people’s doorsteps are no longer science fiction. Companies including Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Wing and Uber Technologies Inc. are starting the most advanced trials of drone delivery in U.S. history.

While commercial drone delivery faces many hurdles, government-approved tests by the tech giants will mark the first time consumers in parts of the country experience the technology. Wing this month started tests in Christiansburg, Va., while Uber says it will experiment in San Diego…

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Oct 25, 2019

Alphabet’S Makani Tests Wind Energy Kites In The North Sea IEEE Spectrum

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The idea is simple: Send kites or tethered drones hundreds of meters up in the sky to generate electricity from the persistent winds aloft. With such technologies, it might even be possible to produce wind energy around the clock. However, the engineering required to realize this vision is still very much a work in progress.

Dozens of companies and researchers devoted to developing technologies that produce wind power while adrift high in the sky gathered at a conference in Glasgow, Scotland last week. They presented studies, experiments, field tests, and simulations describing the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of various technologies collectively described as airborne wind energy (AWE).

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Oct 23, 2019

Pentagon to create ‘AI assistant’ to help tank crews navigate & MAKE DECISIONS in battle

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI, satellites

The US Army is working on all-seeing artificial intelligence that would analyze combat data and calculate how to gain supremacy in tank warfare. The project was launched amid growing concerns about using AI in real war.

The brand new program, dubbed Project Quarterback, is aimed at providing tank crews with an AI assistant that would gather all available battlefield data, analyze it and suggest the best way to take out an enemy, Defense One reported. The effort would radically speed up the decision-making in combat, as the AI would collect data from satellites, drones, radars and soldiers’ body cams.

“Simple map displays require 96 hours to synchronize a brigade or division targeting cycle,” Kevin McEnery, the deputy director of the army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross Functional Team, said at a robotics-themed event last week. He noted that the army’s goal is to bring that down to just “96 seconds, with the assistance of AI.”

Oct 23, 2019

US Air Force gets its first anti-drone laser weapon from Raytheon

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Raytheon has delivered the first anti-drone buggy to the US Air Force, just over year after it introduced the technology. It’s a high-energy laser system mounted on a small all-terrain vehicle, to be specific, which uses electro-optical/infrared sensors to detect and track drones. After it identifies and tracks the unwelcome flying device, it then neutralizes it with its laser in a process that takes a few seconds.

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