Drones: a force for good when flying in the face of disaster

Drones: a force for good when flying in the face of disaster

by Jennifer Hlad in Washington After typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the Philippines in 2013 , killing more than 6,300 people and destroying farms and villages, several relief groups flew drones over the affected areas to survey the damage, identify blocked roads and find displaced people. But the drone operators didn’t share the information they gathered with local authorities or other relief organisations, says Patrick Meier, who was in Manila […]

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Amazon and Google aren’t the only ones with a delivery drone

Amazon and Google aren’t the only ones with a delivery drone

by In the race to develop a drone that delivers packages, don’t count out Workhorse, a truck maker based in Loveland, Ohio. Workhorse isn’t as high profile as Amazon or Google, but on Tuesday it demonstrated an eight-rotor delivery drone designed to work with its electric trucks and use some of the same battery technology. “Our concept is, you have a package-delivery drone that rides on top of a truck […]

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Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

by Amazon is proposing that a pristine slice of airspace above the world’s cities and suburbs should be set aside for the deployment of high-speed aerial drones capable of flying robotically with virtually no human interference. The retail giant has taken the next step in its ambition to deliver packages via drone within 30 minutes by setting out in greater detail than ever before its vision for the future of […]

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Warehouses logistics and something else

Warehouses logistics and something else

Tricopters, quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters, etc. The drone-world is evolving quite fast and nowadays one can see very curious vehicles and configurations that surprisingly (or not) are able to fly properly. This is due to the possibility that some open source autopilots like Pixhawk or APM offers to develop customized control algorithms for unimaginable vehicle configurations. The majority of control laws are based on PID controllers that allow to even overactuated […]

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