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Future of farming: smart autonomous drones with eyes on the field

Farmers have another tool to help them in the field.<p>With smartphones in hand, tech-savvy farmers are able to fly heavy duty drones out to do everything from crop dusting to surveying the health of the plants.<p>And with smarter software, drones can do more autonomously, making the process more …

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Electric plane startup steps out of stealth mode to announce plan for 150-seat battery-powered plane

Battery-powered air travel is not currently commercially viable simply because the energy storage capacity of batteries has yet to compensate for their heavy weight. A lot of companies are eyeing the possibility as energy density is improving and we have seen some progress with Airbus’’ E-Fan being …

Batteries

Drones Are Learning to Land Like Birds

It takes cool new wing tech and the smarts of AI for a drone to execute the landing that nature has already perfected.<p>Although our skies are now filled with quadcopter drones, fixed-wing aircraft have them beat in both speed and endurance—that's why the military's drones don't look like the ones …

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Drone footage of desert 'super bloom' will make your frigid Thursday

Abundant showers mean brilliant flowers for a California desert.<p>Canyons, sands and badlands are now speckled with yellows, purples and pinks inside the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.<p>After years of severe drought, California experienced one of its wettest winters on record. Those rains have fueled …

Drones

Using 3D Mapping for RE and property management, how to benefit from this technology today?

Drone technology, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is a huge jump for investors now and becomes a promotional tool to present their projects in …

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Land Rover created an SUV that can launch a drone from its roof for search and rescue missions

Land Rover built an SUV designed to handle any disaster situation.<p>Jaguar added some extra touches to its Discovery SUV to create an emergency car for the Red Cross. Aptly called Project Hero, the car made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which opened to the public March 9.<p>Scroll down for a …

Land Rover

Amazon patents drones with telescoping landing legs and foldable propellers

Amazon’s inventors are taking a page from Inspector Gadget’s playbook to design drones with adjustable landing legs and reconfigurable …

Drones

Drones Have Saved 38 Lives in The Past Year, According to DJI

Drone technologies have greatly advanced in recent years for photographers and hobbyists alike but a recent report published by the DJI Policy and …

Drones

Tech company proposes edible drone to solve world hunger

A British company called Windhorse Aerospace thinks it’s figured out the key to solving humanitarian crises: edible drones. Its unmanned Pouncer prototype that’s currently in the works will have a wingspan of nine feet and be constructed of various “foodstuff” to drop supplies and then itself into …

Drones

This Airobotics 'homing' drone flies and lands without any need for a human

The self-flying drone lands itself in a box the size of a toolshed<p>Self-flying drones are now commonplace, but the model pictured here can also land in an area the size of a toolshed - no operator required. The quadcopter and its landing box are the work of Tel Aviv-based Airobotics, which makes …

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Airbus Pop.Up Flying Vehicle Concept

Based around a passenger capsule that's adaptable to all sorts of transportation methods, the Airbus Pop.Up Flying Vehicle Concept is a bold …

Watch this damage-proof drone crumple and reform after a crash

Why it matters to you<p>Some of the features could one day work their way into consumer drones to make them more durable and less likely to break upon …

Drones

FDNY uses drone to help fight building fire

For the first time ever, the FDNY used a drone to help them fight a building fire, an FDNY spokesperson said.<p>The drone became the firefighters’ eyes …

Drones

'Plan Bee' drone can pollinate flowers when real bees can't

This drone prototype mimics the shape of a flower while spreading pollen.<p>With several species of bees and bumblebees on the endangered-species list, it's time for humans to help restore bee populations -- and to make sure plants still get pollinated.<p>Anna Haldewang, an industrial design student at …

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Hybrid VTOL fixed-wing drone flies for 2+ hours

The Volanti from Sydney-based Carbonix is a carbon composite drone with a 2.7-m (9-ft) wingspan that uses a multirotor system for VTOL, then …

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Drones Are Making Solar Farms Way More Efficient

Using an automated surveying and design process has helped one solar developer produce more power. Bonus: They also put robots to work cleaning the solar panels.<p>When the 56-megawatt Gala Solar Power Plant that just broke ground in Cook County, Oregon, is completed at the end of 2017, it will be the …

Renewable Energy

HQ

Latitude Engineering has conducted over 15 test flights of HQ-60B aircraft in the last month on two different airframes. The aircraft is the final …

Drone Sets Record For Longest Flight Time By VTOL Aircraft

22, 22, 22 hours to go: I want to be elevated<p>At 2:06 in the afternoon on August 9th, four propellers lifted an unusual drone into the sky. Exactly 22 hours, 29 minutes, and 38 seconds, the drone finally landed, settling back to earth at 12:39 P.M. on August 10th. It landed as the holder of a new …

Drones

Buying an Agriculture Drone? Read This Guide First!

Who This Guide is For<p>This buyer’s guide is for <b>farmers</b> and <b>agriculture service professionals</b> who are contemplating using unmanned aerial vehicles to …

Watch These Massive Siberian Tigers Feast on a Drone After Ripping It out of the Sky

If you’ve ever wondered why a group of tigers is called an “ambush,” the video below pretty much explains the nomenclature. The clip was captured by …

UPS tests truck-launchable delivery drones

There's no shortage of companies looking to deliver goods to consumers via drone in an effort to cut costs and waiting times. Having previously …

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Ukraine's Drone Army Was Born In a Crucible of Conflict

Ukraine is building an unmanned air force for 21st-century warfare.<p>On the eve of combat, Ukraine's unmanned aerial forces were woefully out of date.<p>Almost three years ago, when confrontation appeared imminent over Russia's annexation of Crimea, Ukraine's military relied on Soviet-era Tu-143 …

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Solar-Powered Robot Farmers Are Almost Ready to Start Working the Land - Motherboard

So it looks like we're going to live to see the rise of the autonomous robot farmer after all. Or at least, the robot farmhand. There are plenty of promising agricultural automatons in the works, after all: We've got mechanized hydroponic factory farmers, self-propelling farmballs, and, now, …

Agriculture

AT&T completes its first "flying COW" test flight

During several short test flights in a "dead zone" about an hour outside of Atlanta, the drones successfully transmitted and received LTE …

You can now fly a toy drone with just hand gestures

The Aura quadcopter ditches a traditional stick controller or smartphone for a glove that lets you fly with a wave of your hand.<p>Toy drones continue to get smarter and more stable. Their controllers, on the other hand, remain a mess of sticks, buttons and switches that take a lot of practice to …

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How an entrepreneur turned amateur drone racing into a pro sporting league

LONDON — It was in a field behind a warehouse in Long Island, New York that founder and chief executive of the Drone Racing League (DRL) Nick Horbaczewski first saw a drone race back in 2015.<p>"There were probably 15, 20 people there, the pilots had all made their own drones, some of them worked, …

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9 Mistakes You Can't Make When Flying a Drone

Millions of drones were sold in the U.S. last year. Sales tripled from the previous year, and the holidays were expected to bring a 445% increase in …

Drones are setting their sights on wildlife

And they’re making science safer for everyone involved<p>It’s summer in Antarctica right now, which means temperatures along the coastline are hovering around freezing. David Johnston, a marine biologist at Duke University, and his colleagues have been taking advantage of this balmy weather. Over the …

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Scientists made drones that can pollinate plants so bees don’t have to

The humble bee has a lot of responsibility. In addition to producing millions of hundreds of millions of pounds honey every year, they’re also one of the many species of pollinators that help plants reproduce.<p>Bee colonies all over the world, though, are dying out, to the point where bumblebees been …

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