Hutchinson and Engineering at Illinois collaborators awarded $1.5 million to build robot bats

Hutchinson and Engineering at Illinois collaborators awarded $1.5 million to build robot bats

by Daniel Dexter, ECE ILLINOIS What started as casual robotics conversations between engineering professors has resulted in a $1.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to build mechanical bats for construction sites. CSL Professor Seth Hutchinson has teamed with CSL and Aerospace Engineering Assistant Professor Soon-Jo Chung , CSL and Aerospace Associate Professor Timothy Bretl , and Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Mani Golparvar-Fard to develop this project with […]

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FAA to name adviser to handle ‘crush’ of industry drone queries

FAA to name adviser to handle ‘crush’ of industry drone queries

by By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that it would place a higher priority on integrating drones into the national air space by appointing a senior adviser to coordinate relations with industry and other outside stakeholders. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said the new position would deal with what has become “an absolute crush” of outside interest from the private sector and allow safety […]

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Japan government eyes urban drone ban

Japan government eyes urban drone ban

by Tokyo (AFP) – Japan plans to ban the public from flying drones above residential areas and at night, as it scrambles to legislate after a device was found on top of the prime minister’s office in April. According to draft regulations the government revealed Tuesday, drone flying would be prohibited in Japan “except during daytime”. Only operators who are deemed to have taken sufficient safety steps will be able […]

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