Blue Bear furthers UAV automation research

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By: BETH STEVENSON Flightglobal.com Blue Bear Systems and the University of Bristol have introduced a new concept that automates unmanned air vehicle (UAV) flight for use in challenging conditions. Dubbed Smart Boomerang, the system comprises two cameras and a mobile phone-derived computer that enables UAVs…

Future Scope: Chris Anderson

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The U.S. government is expected to allow commercial drone operations in 2015, which has already helped to spark a burgeoning market for small, cheap robotic aircraft. Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, has been at the forefront of the…

From Student Project to Startup Company

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By Brian Sodoma While Greg Friesmuth’s drone was conceived in a UNLV engineering lab, his new company was incubated with help from across campus. Friesmuth showcased his prototype unmanned aerial system design in the College of Engineering’s 2013 senior design competition.…

Hurricane Edouard Right Environment for Drone Test

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By JENNIFER KAY Associated Press Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes — shaped…

UAV Panchi Warms Up for Maiden Flight

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By Anantha Krishnan M BANGALORE: Defence scientists are all set to unveil the wheeled-version of India’s homegrown unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Nishant. The UAV named Panchi, means bird, and it will be capable of taking off and landing from semi-prepared runways,…

In Switzerland, police find a use for drones

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Matt McFarland Earlier this month, the Zurich police department began using a drone to take aerial photos of accidents. The drone is most useful for accidents that occur over a large span — such as those involving a crane or train…