MIT and Olin College Are Bringing the Firefighting Drones

MIT and Olin College Are Bringing the Firefighting Drones

How robots will track flames real-time. Don’t know about anyone else, but as soon as I hear someone drop the D-word – “drone ” – I’m all ears. Honestly, how could a conversation about flying robots go wrong? Case in point: Andrew Bennett , Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Olin College , is leading a project to develop firefighting drones. I bet you don’t stop reading now. Bennett, who […]

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Conservation drones reaching new height

Conservation drones reaching new height

A 6.0 Richter scale earthquake had changed the shape of Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak of South East Asia. It is still consider unsafe to climb to the top to evaluate the degree of damage or changes up there at this moment. Our team had given the task to use UAV to map the affected area, which is about 1450 Ha. The interest things is : It is the peak […]

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How high can a drone fly?

How high can a drone fly?

How high can a drone fly? The commercial aviation sector is casting doubt on the claim a drone was responsible for a near miss with a commercial plane over Kaiapoi last Friday. Drones, or model aircraft, may not fly above 400 feet. Photo: 123RF The pilot of an Air New Zealand plane reported a near-collision with a drone at an altitude of 1800 metres Friday. Aviation New Zealand represents the […]

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Micro Drone of the Future

Micro Drone of the Future

I’ve been looking at micro drones lately and I’m now sure it is likely that the future of the drone is the tiny drone much like this mechanical dragonfly. With the use of very tiny piezoelectric actuators that draw very little current I believe it is now possible to create these very tiny flying drones. This is a tiny fiber optic camera. One day soon I believe there will be […]

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Airfoil Analysis

Airfoil Analysis

Which airfoil shape is the best? My name is Patrick Hanley and I am new to DIY drone. My background is in aerodynamics. I received my SM & Ph.D. degrees from MIT. I worked as a professor at U of Connecticut teaching aerodynamics and compressible fluids before starting Hanley Innovations about 20+ year ago. This video is an introduction to the commercial software that I write and post on my […]

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Guangdong to introduce drone battery standards in 2016

Guangdong to introduce drone battery standards in 2016

Guangdong to introduce drone battery standards in 2016 Guangdong province in souther China, home of the world’s largest consumer drone manufacturer DJI, will roll out standards in June 2016 for the production of lithium ion batteries for drones, Shanghai’s National Business Daily reports. The drone industry in China has taken off since rocker Wang Feng used an unmanned aerial vehicle to propose marriage with the delivery a diamond engagement ring, […]

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AirbotPower board

AirbotPower board

Figure1 : AirbotPower board recto Figure2 : AirbotPower board verso AirbotPower introduction: I & Nick Arsov are proud to introduce our newest product, Airbotservices has been passionate at understanding and documenting ways to power flight controllers to ensure redundancy and maximum reliability, especially in conditions where a 4S 3DR power module (or similar PM) can’t be used: battery voltage above 4S and currents above 90 amps. Historically we published how-to […]

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6 things to know before flying your drone

6 things to know before flying your drone

6 things to know before flying your drone Stacey Barchenger, The Tennessean, USAToday NASHVILLE — Flying drones into fireworks shows? Someone did it here last year, and now it’s illegal. But pilots should know other rules as they launch their unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones. James Mackler, a U.S. Army veteran, pilot and lawyer at Frost Brown Todd here, has a specialty in drone law. On Tuesday, he led a […]

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Welcome to the Drone Age

Welcome to the Drone Age

THE scale and scope of the revolution in the use of small, civilian drones has caught many by surprise. In 2010 America’s Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) estimated that there would, by 2020, be perhaps 15,000 such drones in the country. More than that number are now sold there every month. And it is not just an American craze. Some analysts think the number of drones made and sold around the […]

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