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Sep 2, 2022

Aerial Dragon Robot Reconfigures Itself into a Flying Manipulator

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

A couple years ago, we wrote about the Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON—Dragon, of course. It’s one of the wildest drones we’ve ever seen, consisting of four pairs of gimbaled, ducted fans, with each pair linked together through a two-axis actuated joint, making it physically flexible in flight to a crazy degree.

Dragon is one of those robots with literally more degrees of freedom than it knows what to do with—in the sense that the hardware is all there. But the trick is getting it to use that hardware to do things that are actually useful in a reliable way. In 2018, Dragon was just learning how to transform itself to fit through small spaces, but now it’s able to adapt its entire structure to manipulate and grasp objects.

Sep 1, 2022

Robot Dogs and Drones 3D Mapping ‘Ghost Ships’ with Laser-based Sensors

Posted by in categories: drones, mapping, military, robotics/AI, virtual reality

Sounds like a sci-fi movie right? But it’s not. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia Division is testing laser-based sensors on robot dogs or drones as a way to perform battle damage assessment, repair, installation, and modernization – all remotely.

NSWCPD’s Advanced Data Acquisition Prototyping Technology Virtual Environments (ADAPT.VE) engineers and scientists are testing new applications for light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to build 3D ship models aboard the ‘mothballed’ fleet of decommissioned ships at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Sep 1, 2022

South Korea is engineering stealth drones to tackle North Korea’s anti-aircraft defenses

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

Sep 1, 2022

US to use giant drone to test hypersonic missiles and long-range weapons

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Aug 30, 2022

Northrop Grumman’s RQ-4 RangeHawks Embark on New Mission

Posted by in categories: drones, existential risks, military, robotics/AI, surveillance

It will be reconfigured to meet testing needs.

The giant drone, RQ-4 RangeHawk, will soon be used to support the development of hypersonic missiles in the U.S., its manufacturer, Northrop Grumman, said in a press release.

Hypersonic missiles are the newest frontier in the weapons race, with countries like Russia and North Korea laying claims to have successfully demonstrated this technology. The U.S. hypersonic missile program has faced a few hiccups with repetitive test failures. Last month, the U.S. Air Force confirmed that its Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) had been successfully tested, almost after a year after similar claims from Russia.

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Aug 29, 2022

Drones are reshaping how rice is farmed in Vietnam

Posted by in categories: drones, food, sustainability

Vietnam is the world’s second-largest rice exporter, and XAG says its agricultural drones have become the “new favorite” of farmers that grow the crop.

Lê Thành Nguyên, at 62 years old, is one of the early adopters of agricultural drones in Vietnam. This year, he used drones on his seven-hectare rice farm for crop spraying, fertilization, and direct seeding by ordering the service from a local pilot team.

Aug 28, 2022

The mother of all ‘zero-days’ — immortal flaws in semiconductor chips

Posted by in categories: business, computing, drones, government, law, military, satellites

The CHIPS Act of 2022 was signed into law on Aug. 9. It provides tens of billions of dollars in public support for revitalization of domestic semiconductor manufacturing, workforce training, and “leap ahead” wireless technology. Because we outsource most of our device fabrication — including the chips that go into the Navy’s submarines and ships, the Army’s jeeps and tanks, military drones and satellites — our industrial base has become weak and shallow. The first order of business for the CHIPS Act is to address a serious deficit in our domestic production capacity.

Notoriously absent from the language of the bill is any mention of chip security. Consequently, the U.S. is about to make the same mistake with microelectronics that we made with digital networks and software applications: Unless and until the government demands in-device security, our competitors will have an easy time of manipulating how chips function and behave. Nowhere is this more dangerous than our national security infrastructure.

Aug 27, 2022

South Korea is building stealth drones that could take out North Korea’s air defenses

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

This is just one of many military advancements the nation has made against its arch-rival.

Back in July, South Korea undertook a 33-minute flight of its homegrown KF-21 fighter jet for the first time flaunting its military might and perhaps sending a message to North Korea.

South Korea is pursuing stealth drones that could take out North Korean air defenses as part of a “manned-unmanned teaming system.”

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Aug 27, 2022

AIIMS Bilaspur ties up with IIT Mandi for drone delivery of medicines

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, drones, education

While the OPD has been thrown open to the people, work is going on war footing as PM Modi is expected to inaugurate the hospital early next month. The hospital already has 25 transport ventilators from the PM CARES fund.

Any person coming for treatment will only have to pay Rs 10 in registration charges for a lifetime and there are nominal charges for treatment.

AIIMS Bilaspur is set up with the objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable/reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education in the country.

Aug 24, 2022

Here’s Our First Look At A HELIOS Laser-Armed Navy Destroyer

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Warship with lasers.

USS Preble is the first Navy ship with HELIOS, which can damage and destroy targets like small boats and drones, and blind optics.

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