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Feb 25, 2024

India plans to include a helicopter on its next Mars mission

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India’s next Mars mission could include a helicopter that follows in the footsteps of NASA’s pioneering Ingenuity drone.


India’s first-ever Mars surface mission could lift off in the early 2030s.

Feb 19, 2024

A multi-camera differential binocular vision sensor for robots and autonomous systems

Posted by in categories: drones, military, mobile phones, robotics/AI

Recent technological advances have enabled the development of increasingly sophisticated sensors, which can help to advance the sensing capabilities of robots, drones, autonomous vehicles, and other smart systems. Many of these sensors, however, rely on individual cameras, thus the accuracy of the measurements they collect is limited by the cameras’ field of view (FOV).

Researchers at Beihang University in China recently developed a new multi-camera differential binocular vision sensor with a wider FOV that could collect more . This sensor, introduced in a paper published in Optics & Laser Technology, could be integrated into a wide range of devices and smart robotic systems.

“Aiming at the high-precision requirements of environment perception for unmanned aerial vehicle detection, robot navigation, and autonomous driving, inspired by the multi-camera module of mobile phones, we introduced a visual perception mode based on the principle of high-precision binocular vision measurement,” Fuqiang Zhou, co-author of the paper, told Tech Xplore. “This principle involves a central and peripheral auxiliary cameras that work together.”

Feb 19, 2024

UK’s “DragonFire” laser weapon downs its first drones

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The UK’s high-powered DragonFire laser weapon just shot down its first drones — bringing it one step closer to the battlefield.

Feb 14, 2024

Cabot Institute for the Environment

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The short lifespan of conventional batteries means they either cannot be used or have significant drawbacks in situations where it is not feasible to charge or replace them. For example, pacemakers, satellites, high-altitude drones or even spacecraft are low-power electrical devices where long life of the energy source is needed.

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Feb 9, 2024

Hydrogen-powered drones get a major boost with new fuel cell membrane

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Researchers used a rubbery polymer to make a new electrolyte membrane that is less likely to crack and lasts 1.7 times longer than before.

Feb 7, 2024

SpaceX Tests Using Drone Ships to Support Starlink Coverage at Sea

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SpaceX confirms to the FCC that it’s exploring using its sea-based drone ships to also act as ‘gateways’ for Starlink.

Feb 6, 2024

China’s PLA plots robot drones, ‘James Bonds’ for covert military operations

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China’s People’s Liberation Army is on the market for robotic special operations robots or UAVs that can operate independently for a long period.


China’s PLA unit 78,092 has publically announced its intention to develop robotic autonomous special operations drones.

Feb 4, 2024

A fully autonomous drone system for cinematography and wildlife monitoring

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Recent technological advances, such as increasingly sophisticated drones and cameras, have opened exciting new possibilities for cinematography. Most notably, film directors can now shoot scenes from a wide range of angles that were previously inaccessible and in far higher resolution.

Researchers at University of Zaragoza and Stanford University recently developed CineMPC, a new cinematographic system that relies on a fully autonomous drone that carries a cinematographic to film multiple targets autonomously, while following a director’s instructions. The platform modulates various drone and camera parameters to satisfy these instructions. The team’s innovative system, outlined in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, could bring a wave of innovation to the and other sectors that can benefit from high-quality video footage.

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Feb 4, 2024

WaveAerospace’s Hybrid Drone Packs a Speed of 500+ MPH

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Connecticut-based WaveAerospace recently unveiled a multi-role unmanned multi-copter in development for the last five years.

Huntress Turbojet’s flight tests will take place in the summer and it is expected to be delivery-ready by early 2025.

The all-weather hybrid-electric drone has a top speed of Mach 0.7 (467 knots) and flight endurance of two hours.

Feb 4, 2024

Pilotless drones being tested in Antarctica for use in scientific research

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The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said successful tests would allow the drones to undertake research such as surveying marine ecosystems and studying glaciers, while reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 90%.

The Windracers Ultra UAV (uncrewed aerial vehicle) is a twin-engine, 10-metre aircraft that can carry up to 100kg of cargo or sensors for distances of 1,000km and does not require a human pilot to take off, fly or land as it is equipped with a sophisticated autopilot system.

Unlike piloted Twin Otter aircraft, which are costly to operate and face logistical challenges in the extreme environment, the BAS said the “groundbreaking” unmanned drones are safer and “could enable dramatic increases in flight time”

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