Drones

DARPA’s non-explosive drone takedown system uses giant ‘party streamers’

DARPA’s non-explosive drone takedown system uses giant ‘party streamers’

DARPA has wrapped up work on a system designed to take down small drones operating over places where an explosive countermeasure wouldn't be acceptable. Put simply, this system involves launching a device into the air that, once it detects a drone, launches giant streamers into the air, not unlike the kind you may see shooting out of a small cannon at a party.

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New wing design could help aircraft be more stable in windy conditions

New wing design could help aircraft be more stable in windy conditions

Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed 3D morphing wings they believe could help small aircraft safely navigate windy urban streets. The wing design could also help aircraft land with shorter approaches. The wings designed by engineers at the University of Michigan can vary their shape as freely as birds wings and could have advantages for small aircraft in urban environments.

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Sony Airpeak S1 drone debuts to take Alpha cameras to new heights

Sony Airpeak S1 drone debuts to take Alpha cameras to new heights

Drones for pros and consumers are nothing new and neither are drones with cameras covering a wide range of qualities. Most of these drones come with their own cameras, however, and few actually let you use whatever professional camera you may already own. That's what makes Sony's first foray into the world of drone photography interesting in that it is designed to be used with a different camera, specifically Sony's own interchangeable-lens Alpha cameras. In fact, the Sony Airpeak S1 drone doesn't come with a camera or even a gimbal of its own.

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Pentagon clears two drones made by DJI for government use

Pentagon clears two drones made by DJI for government use

There have been concerns about using hardware from China for several years. Worries the Chinese government might have software installed to allow it access to information stored within and transmitted by devices made in China resulted in several Chinese firms being barred from use by governmental agencies. Restrictions against Chinese companies and using hardware they make for government purposes are beginning to ease under the Biden administration. A pair of Chinese-built drones made by Da Jiang Innovations, better known as DJI, have been cleared for government use by a new report published by the Pentagon.

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Predictive control model allows drones to avoid obstacles and each other

Predictive control model allows drones to avoid obstacles and each other

There is a benefit to creating drones able to fly in swarms. If drones fly in swarms, they can cover larger areas and collect more data and information from any onboard sensors. Swarms would also allow drone designers to equip different units in the swarm with different types of sensors allowing them to gather a wider range of data.

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VoloConnect eVTOL rotorcraft is designed to connect cities and suburbs

VoloConnect eVTOL rotorcraft is designed to connect cities and suburbs

Volocopter is a company that sees itself as a pioneer in urban air mobility. The company has announced its latest aircraft called the VoloConnect, an electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft designed specifically to connect suburbs to cities. VoloConnect is designed to complement other aircraft the company has already revealed that are aimed at transporting goods and people within cities.

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Orpheus autonomous underwater drone will explore the ocean floor

Orpheus autonomous underwater drone will explore the ocean floor

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced that on May 14, one of its exploration vessels called Okeanos Explorer departed from Port Canaveral in Florida for a two-week expedition. The vessel has onboard an autonomous underwater vehicle called Orpheus that is a technology demonstration.

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Royal Mail has delivered its first two packages using an autonomous drone

Royal Mail has delivered its first two packages using an autonomous drone

We've heard delivery services talk about using drones to deliver parcels in the future. The first delivery of parcels has been completed via Royal Mail in the UK using an autonomous drone. The two packages were delivered to the Scilly Isles.

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Skydio X2 self-flying drone takes flight for enterprise and government pilots

Skydio X2 self-flying drone takes flight for enterprise and government pilots

Skydio has begun shipping its X2, the public sector and enterprise version of its self-flying drone, complete with a custom new controller with much further range. Announced last year, the X2 takes the autonomous AI pilot tech that Skydio developed for its consumer drones, and packages it into a foldable, longer-flying version with a selection of different cameras.

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DJI Mini 2 battery discharging issue will get a firmware fix soon

DJI Mini 2 battery discharging issue will get a firmware fix soon

DJI already launched no less than two new drones this year, that despite the legal debacle it has in the US over its involvement with the Chinese government's activities. Fortunately, it hasn't forgotten about its relatively young products, namely the DJI Mini 2. Owners of that drone have been reporting minor but still unfavorable issues about its LiPo battery. The good news is that it will need only a software fix. The bad news is that its arrival is still unknown at this point.

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USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

USAF Reaper drones will get a big update to deal with new type of threat

The United States Air Force (USAF) has announced plans to update its Reaper drones in a way that makes them more capable against 'near-peer' threats. The plan comes from the USAF's Life Cycle Management Center, specifically its MQ-9 Program Office, which explains that the mission behind the drone platform is 'shifting' from one aimed at addressing extremist groups to one that may need to address near-peer threats.

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DJI Air 2S vs. Mavic Air 2: Difference between the two drones

DJI Air 2S vs. Mavic Air 2: Difference between the two drones

Mavic Air 2 released last year, met the excitement of the tech community by a good measure. Now, DJI has released the successor to the drone, called the “Air 2S.” It has dropped the Mavic from the name, but the quadcopter doesn’t drop on any features from its predecessor. In fact, it builds on them, and the overall performance of Mavic Air 2. The noteworthy ones being the bump-up in photography and video shooting abilities.

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