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Jul 31, 2022

A 165-Mile Drone Superhighway Will Soon Be Built in the UK

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As organizations increasingly look to employ drones for everything from deliveries to pest control to surveillance, safety in the skies is becoming an issue that demands more attention. Regulations around drones and their flight vary widely between countries and regions, but to really start scaling the technology there will need to be more standardization in terms of who can fly where, how fast, how high, etc.

The UK is taking the lead on drone mobility, with an announcement this week of plans to build a 165-mile (265 kilometer) “drone superhighway.” Project Skyway is being led by Altitude Angel, a UK aerospace and unified traffic management company, and involves a consortium of other stakeholders, including British Telecommunications Group.

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Jul 26, 2022

World’s first laser-controlled drone easily evades countermeasures

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Counter-drone systems typically attack a UAV’s radio control or GPS systems, disabling pilot control as well as pre-programmed missions. But British defense tech company QinetiQ has now demonstrated a laser-controlled drone these systems can’t stop.

Jul 26, 2022

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Lego-Powered Submarine Makes a Splash

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BEC was kind enough to share a parts list of everything used to create this project. It’s operated primarily by a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, with most components housed neatly inside an acrylic cylinder. It’s driven by a drone propeller alongside a couple of Pololu 2,130 DRV8833 Dual H-bridge motor drivers. The sensors include both a pressure sensor and a distance sensor, while a Lego Rechargeable 9V Battery Box supplies the power with the assistance of a Pololu 2,123 S7V8F5 5V voltage regulator.

The Raspberry Pi runs Raspberry Pi OS, while the code used to operate the submarine functions is handled using a custom Python script. BEC explains that Thonny was used to run the Python code, which is open-source and available for anyone to explore.

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Jul 25, 2022

DJI releases new firmware update for Phantom 4 Multispectral drone

Posted by in categories: drones, food, health, mapping

Designed for precision agriculture and environmental management use cases, the P4 Multispectral drone combines data from six separate sensors to measure the health of crops. It can be used to monitor everything from individual plants to entire fields, as well as weeds, insects, and a variety of soil conditions.

The P4 Multispectral drone is compatible with standard industry workflows including flight programming, mapping, and analytics software from DJI and other leading providers. Using the DJI GS Pro application, you can create automated and repeatable missions including flight planning, mission execution, and flight data management. Data collected can be easily imported into DJI Terra or a suite of third-party software including Pix4D Mapper and DroneDeploy, for analysis and to generate additional vegetation index maps.

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Jul 23, 2022

After setting ultra-endurance record, Army Zephyr drone keeps flying, whether it wants to or not

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI, solar power, sustainability

The high-flying unmanned aerial vehicle has been above Arizona for more than a month, living on batteries, solar power and a prayer.

Jul 20, 2022

Using artificial intelligence to train teams of robots to work together

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

When communication lines are open, individual agents such as robots or drones can work together to collaborate and complete a task. But what if they aren’t equipped with the right hardware or the signals are blocked, making communication impossible? University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers started with this more difficult challenge. They developed a method to train multiple agents to work together using multi-agent reinforcement learning, a type of artificial intelligence.

“It’s easier when agents can talk to each other,” said Huy Tran, an at Illinois. “But we wanted to do this in a way that’s decentralized, meaning that they don’t talk to each other. We also focused on situations where it’s not obvious what the different roles or jobs for the agents should be.”

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Jul 18, 2022

Microsoft’s Project AirSim is pushing drone simulation software to new heights

Posted by in categories: business, drones, particle physics, robotics/AI

How do you teach an autonomous drone to fly itself? Practice, practice, practice. Now Microsoft is offering a way to put a drone’s control software through its paces millions of times before the first takeoff.

The cloud-based simulation platform, Project AirSim, is being made available in limited preview starting today, in conjunction with this week’s Farnborough International Airshow in Britain.

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Jul 18, 2022

This New ‘AI-Powered Drone’ Can Fly Even in Hurricanes!

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

This new AI-powered drone can resist strong winds and continue its flight thanks to a deep-learning technique created by Caltech engineers.

Jul 18, 2022

Alphabet’s Wing is working on larger drones that can handle heavier deliveries

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A new report says that Microsoft is moving to a three-year cadence for new versions of Windows, which would schedule Windows 12 to release on 2024 and set the stage for new Windows 11 features to release multiple times per year.

Jul 17, 2022

Britain’s Royal Air Force chief says drone swarms ready to crack enemy defenses

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