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Jun 16, 2022

DoD’s DARPA studies tech to recharge drones while in flight

Posted by in categories: drones, energy, military

The US Department of Defense’s innovative tech unit, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is looking for ways to recharge drones while still in flight using laser-shooting tanker planes as the source of that energy.

“This Airborne Energy Well is a potential component of a more expansive energy web of power generation, transfer relays and receiving solutions, enabling the Department of Defense (DoD) to dynamically allocate energy resources to more flexibly deliver military effects,” the RFI notes.

Jun 16, 2022

MEDUSA‘ dual robot’ drone flies and dives to collect aquatic data

Posted by in categories: climatology, drones, health, robotics/AI, sustainability

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a new dual drone that can both fly through air and land on water to collect samples and monitor water quality. The researchers developed a drone to make monitoring drones faster and more versatile in aquatic environments.

The ‘dual robot’ drone, tested at Empa and the aquatic research institute Eawag in Switzerland, has successfully measured water in lakes for signs of microorganisms and algal blooms, which can pose hazards to human health, and could in the future be used to monitor climate clues like temperature changes in Arctic seas.

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Jun 14, 2022

San Diego drone tech startup raises $165M to build AI pilot

Posted by in categories: drones, information science, mapping, robotics/AI

Shield AI, an artificial intelligence company focusing on drones and other autonomous aircraft, is on a mission to build “the world’s best AI pilot.” To that end, the San Diego startup has raised $90 million in equity and $75 million in debt as part of a Series E fundraising round. The funding values Shield AI at $2.3 billion.

Hivemind employs state-of-the-art algorithms for planning, mapping, and state-estimation to enable drones to execute dynamic flight maneuvers. On aircraft, Hivemind enables full autonomy and is designed to run fully on the edge, disconnected from the cloud, in high-threat GPS and communication-degraded environments.

Jun 13, 2022

Elon Musk JUST LAUNCHED The 10 Million Dollar T-Drone Against Russia

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Jun 10, 2022

Venus Aerospace just released its Mach 9 spaceplane concept

Posted by in categories: drones, space travel

Jun 6, 2022

Axon halts plans to make a drone equipped with a Taser

Posted by in categories: drones, education, ethics, robotics/AI

Axon has paused work on a project to build drones equipped with its Tasers. A majority of its artificial intelligence ethics board quit after the plan was announced last week.

Nine of the 12 members said in a resignation letter that, just a few weeks ago, the board voted 8–4 to recommend that Axon shouldn’t move forward with a pilot study for a Taser-equipped drone concept. “In that limited conception, the Taser-equipped drone was to be used only in situations in which it might avoid a police officer using a firearm, thereby potentially saving a life,” the nine board members wrote. They noted Axon might decline to follow that recommendation and were working on a report regarding measures the company should have in place were it to move forward.

The nine individuals said they were blindsided by an announcement from the company last Thursday — nine days after 19 elementary school students and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas — about starting development of such a drone. It had an aim of “incapacitating an active shooter in less than 60 seconds.” Axon said it “asked the board to re-engage and consider issuing further guidance and feedback on this capability.”

Jun 3, 2022

Axon Announces TASER Drone Development to Address Mass Shootings

Posted by in categories: drones, virtual reality

Remotely operated, non-lethal drones key in long-term plan to detect and stop mass shootings in less than 60 seconds

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. 0, June 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Axon (NASDAQ: AXON), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, today announced it has formally begun development of a non-lethal, remotely-operated TASER drone system as part of a long-term plan to stop mass shootings, and reaffirmed it is committed to public engagement and dialogue during the development process. This includes accelerating detection and improving real-time situational awareness of active shooter events, enhancing first responder effectiveness through VR training, and deploying remotely operated non-lethal drones capable of incapacitating an active shooter in less than 60 seconds.

May 31, 2022

Walmart expands drone delivery service

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U.S. retail giant Walmart is bringing the convenience of drone delivery to four million households, in partnership with DroneUp.

May 27, 2022

Walmart Announces Drone Deliveries to 4 Million Households

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Walmart announced an expansion to its drone delivery program that will offer $3.99 deliver fees on shipments of 10 pounds or less.

May 25, 2022

Walmart drone delivery program to 4 million households in six states

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Small drones will deliver up to 10 pounds of items to six states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Despite a nationwide slowdown in retail sales, Walmart announced Tuesday it is expanding its drone delivery program to 4 million customers in six states.

In a blog post on its website, the retail giant said the delivery program, in partnership with the drone company DroneUp, will reach 34 sites in six states by the end of the year: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Texas, Utah and Virginia. The goal is to reach 4 million U.S. households, delivering more than 1 million packages by drone annually.

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