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With the evolution of the drone industry come many technological developments because of- and in support of the drone industry. Read all about all drone related technological developments here.

May 8, 2018

Solar-powered drone that can fly for up to a year

BAE Systems and Prismatic, two British aerospace firms, are developing a drone supposedly capable of remaining in the sky for an entire year at high altitudes. The drone could be described as a High Altitude, Long Endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Apr 18, 2018

Airbus using drones to visually inspect aircraft

Airbus has recently demonstrated the first ever automated drone-based, innovative aircraft maintenance tool at the MRO Americas exposition in Florida. The exposition is a gathering of aviation maintenance professionals from around the world. Airbus’ Advanced Inspection Drone is to be operated inside a hangar, capable of accelerating and facilitating visual checks, considerably reducing aircraft downtime and increasing the quality of inspection reports.

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Apr 13, 2018

Aquatic drone swarms for military and research purposes

Aquabotix, an underwater robotics company operating in Australia and the U.S., recently released a hybrid between a ‘micro unmanned surface vehicle’ (USV) and an ‘unmanned underwater vehicle’ (UUV) or simply put; an underwater drone, like the MantaDroid we’ve seen earlier. The vehicles operate in swarm and they’re called SwarmDivers™. They are able to function simultaneously as a single coordinated entity, they can be controlled by a single operator and they can perform (vertical) dives to collect valuable data and intelligence.

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Apr 10, 2018

Compact LIDAR unit on show at Commercial UAV Expo Amsterdam

Across many industries, the advantages of data gathering via drones are well known. A surveying method called ‘LIDAR’, which stands for ‘light detection and ranging’, is an effective tool to gather crucial data for a variety of applications. It measures the distance to a target by illuminating the target with pulsed laser light and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. The differences in return times and wavelengths are then used to make 3D representations of the target.

Mounting such a LIDAR unit onto a drone has often proved to be a bit of a challenge however. For this reason, 3D Target has developed a solution to this problem.

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Mar 26, 2018

Industrial drone that could eventually fight fires and deliver goods

Aerones, a Latvian drone developer, has been developing a super-sized drone capable of performing a variety of tasks. The main objective of the drone is the washing and de-icing of turbine’s blades using high-pressure hoses.

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Mar 22, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada completes first test flights in the US

During the week of March 5th, 2018, Drone Delivery Canada managed to complete successful test flights at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York in the United States.

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Mar 2, 2018

What if you encounter an unwanted drone presence?

The increasing presence of drones in airspaces means this brings an increase in security, safety and privacy concerns for authorities, but for the general public and businesses as well. Left unchecked, without proper legal and safety regulations, these concerns could turn into serious security, safety and privacy threats.

Although work is being done to ensure a legal framework that assists in the safe integration of drones into the airspace, that still offers no guaranteed compliance from drone operators. So for this reason, there are companies who have developed counter measure technologies to deal with unauthorized or illegal drone presences. In this article, we take a look at some of the interesting technologies out there

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Feb 27, 2018

Intel impresses with drone light show during 2018 Olympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony

On February 25, Intel left spectators in awe during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony in PyeongChang. 300 ‘Shooting Star’ drones took to the sky to celebrate the athletes and this year’s games. Intel also broke a Guinness World Record previously, with its Shooting Star drone light show during the opening ceremony, when 1,218 drones lit up the sky with an orchestrated performance.

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Feb 21, 2018

Learning how to fly a drone... with a simulator?

UAV, RPAS, UAS... or simply a 'drone' as most of us know it. Whatever you wish to call it, the drone industry continues to grow and expand every day. And so does consumer interest, with more and more commercial drones being released onto the market.

We can distinguish three types of commercially available drones: camera drones, racing drones and toy drones. Each with differing price ranges, from a $50 dollar drone up to drones in the $20,000 range and beyond. Either way, it is essential to learn and know how to fly a drone. But wouldn't it be great if you could learn how to fly a drone, before you purchase one?

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Feb 20, 2018

Autonomous drone navigation in uncertain environments

 

 

Many drones which are used across a variety of industries such as agriculture, logistics, surveillance, etc. are quite restricted in their use. The drones’ flight is controlled manually and within a visual line of sight. There are autonomous flight possibilities however, based on GPS signals. But whenever those GPS signals become unstable or unavailable – for instance, under a bridge, indoors, in a tunnel, … - the drone can no longer fly on its own.

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