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“Bee Drone” Flies Like an Insect

“Bee Drone” Flies Like an Insect

The University of Maryland’s Perception and Robotics Group has been working on a system that allows a drone to fly through very small and completely unknown gaps using just a single camera and onboard processing. It’s based on a bee-inspired strategy that yields a success rate of 85 percent. The modified drone used in UMD’s experiments includes […]
New Battery Configuration Allows 2-Hour Flights

New Battery Configuration Allows 2-Hour Flights

California-based startup Impossible Aerospace says that their new battery configuration can allow drones to fly for two hours! The company says it simply rethought the way drones are designed and built and notes that its first drone, which is about the size of a DJI Phantom, can last up to two hours in the air, […]

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Flirtey Drones Deliver Defibrillators

Flirtey Drones Deliver Defibrillators

Flirtey joined forces last year with the City of Reno and partners such as AirMap and Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority to apply for fast-track designation under the FAA and Department of Transportation’s federal drone testing initiative. The Flirtey group was one of 10 applicants from across the country selected in the highly competitive pilot program, […]
Huge Ukranian Smuggler Drone

Huge Ukranian Smuggler Drone

Here’s a drone on steroids! Ukranian border guards heard and investigated this multirotor’s admittedly loud flight and found it stuck in a tree on the outskirts of the village of Gorbivsti, about a kilometer of a mile from the border. What was it doing there? Likely smuggling tobacco products, narcotics, or even weapons. Considering the […]

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Drone Crashes During Inspection

Drone Crashes During Inspection

  This frightening video shows a drone crashing to the sidewalk — narrowly missing pedestrians — during an aerial inspection of a cracked window at San Francisco’s tilting Millennium Tower. Building managers were conducting the aerial survey of the structure while KPIX 5 cameras were rolling. The Millennium Tower’s homeowners association hired a drone pilot to take photos of […]
Drone World PhoenixHD Racing Drone

Drone World PhoenixHD Racing Drone

Built for FPV beginners & FPV racers, the PhoenixHD FPV Drone Kit is the most versatile drone on the market today. Explore your new world with crystal clear digital video feed and capture the soaring essence of a bird’s eye view unlike ever before. After three years of engineering, The PhoenixHD assembles literally everything you […]

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Drone Swarms Sniff Out Toxic Air

Drone Swarms Sniff Out Toxic Air

The team calls itself Skynet — yes, they’re aware of “The Terminator” — and spent weeks building and testing drones customized to carry sensors, and then writing the massive amount of code to run them. They are most proud of their APIs, or application programming interfaces, which will let users customize the drones to meet their […]
Lockheed Martin’s Racing Drone Challenge

Lockheed Martin’s Racing Drone Challenge

Lockheed Martin has launched the AlphaPilot AI Drone Innovation Challenge to create a racing drone that’s faster, smarter, and doesn’t need a human pilot! “Put that computing power at the edge, and do it in such a way that it can beat those human pilots who trained months or years to get to that level,” […]

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Drones Need Remote IDs

Drones Need Remote IDs

“Drones are going to do for aviation what the internet did for information,” acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said yesterday and called on the industry to work with the FAA to fully integrate them into the National Airspace System. Giving the keynote address at the InterDrone conference in Las Vegas, Elwell said it is up to industry to […]
RotorDrone’s At InterDrone

RotorDrone’s At InterDrone

We’re at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas this week for the drone event we’ve waited all year for: InterDrone! Shown here is our publisher Yvonne DeFrancesco. If you’re at the show, please stop by our booth (827) and pick up the latest issue!
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