Watch this drone-launching UPS truck send an octocopter on a delivery run
UPS knows that strict flight regulations mean drone deliveries in urban areas are still a ways off. So it's converted one of its trucks into a drone launch vehicle that it hopes to one day use in rural areas. The post Watch this drone-launching UPS truck send an octocopter on a delivery run appeared first on Digital Trends.
UPS tests show delivery drones still need work
 On a blueberry farm outside of Tampa, Florida, on Monday, UPS tested the use of drones for residential delivery for the first time. The logistics juggernaut specifically launched an octocopter, or multi-rotor drone, from the top of a delivery van. The drone delivered a package directly to a home, then returned to the van which had now moved down the road to a new location. The van pulled… Read More ...
Ornithologists are using drones to eavesdrop on songbirds
 When conservationists put drones to work in field research, they typically function as flying eyes that gather imagery of the habitat and wildlife below. Now, ornithologists from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania are using drones as flying ears to monitor songbirds in the Appalachian Mountains. Results of their drone study were published in the peer-reviewed journal The Auk:… Read More ...
Amazon’s delivery drones could use parachutes to drop off packages
Instead of landing its delivery drones in people's yards, Amazon might drop off packages using a parachute. A newly granted patent suggests a package's descent could also be controlled using compressed air and landing flaps. The post Amazon’s delivery drones could use parachutes to drop off packages appeared first on Digital Trends....
Bengaluru firm to supply micro engines for drones
Bengaluru-based Intech DMLS, a metal printing firm, is in the process of developing a series of micro and small jet engines to power unmanned aerial vehicles and remote controlled small aircraft. The company will display India’s first engine developed in the private sector at the ongoing Aero India in the Karnataka capital. “We have developed four engines with thrusts of 20 kg-force (kgf), 40 kgf and 100 kgf and a small engine with thrust of 350 kgf,” Sridhar Balaram, Managing ...
Bengaluru firm to supply micro engines for drones
Bengaluru-based Intech DMLS, a metal printing firm, is in the process of developing a series of micro and small jet engines to power unmanned aerial vehicles and remote controlled small aircraft. The company will display India’s first engine developed in the private sector at the ongoing Aero India in the Karnataka capital. “We have developed four engines with thrusts of 20 kg-force (kgf), 40 kgf and 100 kgf and a small engine with thrust of 350 kgf,” Sridhar Balaram, Managing ...
Uncorking innovation with Treasury Wine Estates in Napa
 The ancient craft of wine making conjures romantic notions of hand picked vines, and bare feet crushing grapes. However, wine production today is a thoroughly high-tech affair. Degree programs in viticulture and oenology, from Cornell University to UC Davis, reflect advances in the industry. Professors and courses there now focus on topics like “environmental control, and modified… Read More ...
Don’t expect uplift in delivery drones for years, says Gartner
 While delivery drones might be an excellent PR vehicle for Amazon’s Prime membership brand, they will not be an excellent vehicle for very much else — at least not in the short term. Read More ...
Don’t expect uplift in delivery drones for years, says Gartner
 While delivery drones might be an excellent PR vehicle for Amazon’s Prime membership brand, they will not be an excellent vehicle for very much else — at least not in the short term. Read More ...
DARPA shows off its SideArm system catching drones mid-flight
 Military-style fixed-wing drones are easy to launch, but difficult to land; DARPA aims to change that with SideArm, a portable drone-grabbing system that snatches the fast-moving craft right out of the air. Read More ...
Drone flights at the world’s busiest airport? What’s going on?
Most drone operators, whether consumers or companies, are well aware they can't fly their drones close to airports. But Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport has had several flying on site, albeit for a good reason. The post Drone flights at the world’s busiest airport? What’s going on? appeared first on Digital Trends....
Don’t fly your drone within 35 miles of Sunday’s Super Bowl, FAA warns
If you're a drone owner who's down Houston way on Sunday and you're thinking how cool it'd be to get an aerial shot of the Super Bowl, forget it. The FAA has imposed a flight ban within 35 miles of the stadium. The post Don’t fly your drone within 35 miles of Sunday’s Super Bowl, FAA warns appeared first on Digital Trends....
Team BlackSheep’s Vendetta is a fast racing drone with a high learning curve
 Drone racing as a sport is taking off, with teams, sponsors and television networks all getting in on the action of this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming and even drone-racing simulators, where drone-pilot hopefuls can try emulating the real thing. But what if you want to actually take to the skies with a racing drone? Team… Read More ...
Team BlackSheep’s Vendetta is a fast racing drone with high learning curve
 Drone racing as a sport is taking off, with teams, sponsors and television networks all getting in on the action of this developing scene. There’s a professional drone racing league, live streaming and even drone-racing simulators, where drone-pilot hopefuls can try emulating the real thing. But what if you want to actually take to the skies with a racing drone? Team… Read More ...
Tethered drones could soon supply internet access to crowded stadiums
Events like concerts or the Super Bowl can be taxing on local internet networks. This new tethered drone, however, could be the answer. In fact, a system of drones can cover one square mile. The post Tethered drones could soon supply internet access to crowded stadiums appeared first on Digital Trends.
Fixed GoPro Karma drone returns to skies to save firm’s fortunes
GoPro’s Karma drone is back on sale, after having been yanked from shelves over a flaw that could literally see it fall uncontrollably from the skies. The troubled camera-quadcopter was recalled back in November 2016, after GoPro identified a fault with the battery latching mechanism. While that might not seem significant, it was enough to cause a handful of the … Continue reading...
Gita courier robot will “travel at human speeds with human agility”
The brand new company Piaggio Fast Forward have introduced their first product: Gita, an autonomous miniature vehicle for luggage. At least, that’s what the folks at Piaggio Fast Forward suggest Gita is, a vehicle – but it might be easier to understand as a suitcase that’s able to follow its user around an airport. This suitcase is also able to … Continue reading...
Genetic engineering dragonflies into light-responsive, cybernetic drones
Engineers have begun work on the DragonflEye project to develop more sophisticated technology that may usher in an evolution for cybernetic insects, enabling them to do remarkable things with more ease than previously thought possible. The post Genetic engineering dragonflies into light-responsive, cybernetic drones appeared first on Digital Trends....
Forget flying cars — passenger drones are the future
 In the July 1924 issue of Popular Science, “Ace of Aces” fighter pilot E.V. Rickenbacker told readers to expect “Flying Autos in 20 Years.” Rickenbacker’s flying car would have retractable 12.5-foot wings, a sea-worthy hull and wheels to cruise America’s growing network of highways. Ninety-three years later, personal cars remain land-bound. Read More ...
Crash test dummy gets it in the head in the name of drone safety
Drones have been smashing into a crash test dummy's head at Virginia Tech to allow researchers to learn more about the kind of damage quadcopters can cause in the event of an unfortunate impact with a human head. The post Crash test dummy gets it in the head in the name of drone safety appeared first on Digital Trends.