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Dec 4, 2018

Alphabet’s Wing delivery drone service to launch in Finland next year

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Five years ago, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos predicted that by now we would all be getting packages delivered by drones. Despite numerous trials and pilots around the globe, we’re still waiting. Meanwhile other companies have been nipping at Amazon’s heels, including Google’s parent company Alphabet. Its Project X drones started delivering burritos to customers in Australia’s Capital Territory last year, and has now announced that folks in Finland can look forward to package deliveries by air from early 2019.

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Nov 30, 2018

Off-the-Shelf Drones Are Being Used by Bio-Researchers to Accurately Track Aquatic Life

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Ph.D. candidate Ernie Hensel claims UAVs can efficiently track, identify, and monitor various species while remaining nonintrusive.

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Nov 29, 2018

These drone swarms survived without GPS

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DARPA says its new drone technology can collaborate and adapt with minimal human commands, even when its communications are challenged.

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Nov 27, 2018

Audi is starting to test its ‘all-electric flying and self-driving car’

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Audi, Airbus and Italdesign are all working together on an electric “flying taxi” concept and they are now starting to test the vehicle.

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Nov 22, 2018

Huge, high-flying ‘pseudo-satellite’ will soon take to the skies

Posted by in categories: drones, finance, solar power, sustainability

More than an ordinary aerial drone but not quite a satellite, a huge solar-powered airplane with three tails and wings wider than a jumbo jet’s will soon be taking to the skies.

Odysseus, developed by Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences of Manassas, Virginia, is one of the largest unpiloted aircraft ever built — and one of the lightest. It has a 243-foot wingspan but weighs less than a small car, the company says. Its six electrically powered propellers will be driven by energy from hundreds of solar panels that cover the aircraft’s exterior or from banks of rechargeable batteries on board, depending on the available sunlight.

With a top speed of 100 miles an hour, Odysseus won’t be very fast. But it’s designed to soar to altitudes above 60,000 feet and stay aloft for months at a time.

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Nov 21, 2018

Drone successfully flies human organ transplant between hospitals

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For the first time, a human organ has been successfully transported between medical facilities by a drone. A team of scientists from the University of Maryland Baltimore used a research-qualified donor kidney as a test subject to shuffle back and forth on a remotely piloted hexacopter, testing the organ for changes throughout 14 flights. Its longest journey was 3 miles at a maximum speed of 40 mph, the duration and distance of which were suitable for demonstrating transportation between inner city hospitals.

Currently, organs have few options for transportation, and the process for moving them involves a network of couriers and commercial aircraft that are dependent on schedules and traffic patterns. When normal commercial schedules aren’t available, the cost of private charter transportation can be prohibitive. Even when cost isn’t a factor, the time involved in the process altogether can prevent a transplant from being completed as organs are very sensitive cargo.

To best ensure a successful transplant procedure, organs must be moved quickly between the donor and the recipient. The amount of time an organ can spend chilled after removal and when it’s warmed up and the blood supply restored, called cold ischemia time (CIT), is very limited. Some organs, such as the heart, only have as few as 4 hours available to be transported before they are no longer eligible for transplant. Up against airplane flight availability and traffic patterns, an improvement like what drone transportation could provide might have life saving implications.

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Nov 20, 2018

This Guy Has to Be One of the Best Drone Pilots in The World

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A few years ago I wrote about how YouTube opened up rallying to the world in a way that it never had before, taking the sport out of forests and onto screens everywhere. I didn’t expect the same of drones and drifting but here we are.

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Nov 14, 2018

Drone’s high-tech bike theft attempt caught on camera

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Nov. 12 (UPI) — A group of shocked cyclists captured video of the moment a drone operator nearly pulled off a high-tech bike theft.

The video, recorded in Hustopece, Moravia, Czech Republic, shows the cyclists climbing a local landmark known as Lookout Tower and taking video of a drone flying nearby.

The cyclists start scrambling down the tower when the drone lowers down to the ground and picks up one of the bicycles.

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Nov 14, 2018

Hoverbikes are finally here, but don’t expect to fly cheap

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California firm’s long-anticipated flying motorcycle will set you back $150,000.

This drone-like flying motorcycle can be yours for $150,000. Hoversurf Official via YouTube.

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Nov 14, 2018

The Future of Flight: AI in the Cockpit

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

The U.S. military is investing billions of dollars each year in developing autonomous technologies that could enable planes, helicopters and drones to fly into some of the world’s most dangerous places, without a human pilot.


AI-empowered systems may soon allow autonomous flying machines to reduce the number of pilots and soldiers working in high-risk environments. Could these flying robots also be firing weapons? WSJ’s Jason Bellini reports, in the latest episode of Moving Upstream.

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