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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

Posted by in category: drones

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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Jul 14, 2022

The Navy is Using 3D Printers to Turn Warships Into Weapons Factories

Posted by in categories: drones, military

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex can print parts on demand, reducing the need for inventory.


One of the U.S. Navy’s largest warships is now rocking a 3D printer, allowing the crew to quickly crank out replacement parts for drones. The service hopes that additive manufacturing technology will allow it to save time and money, reducing the need to stock spare parts on hand, especially when a ship is at sea. It believes that 3D printers could someday become standard issue on every warship.

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Jul 13, 2022

Monitoring city mobility from the skies

Posted by in categories: drones, information science, mobile phones

EPFL researchers have used swarms of drones to measure city traffic with unprecedented accuracy and precision. Algorithms are then used to identify sources of traffic jams and recommend solutions to alleviate traffic problems.

Given the wealth of modern technology available—roadside cameras, big-data algorithms, Bluetooth and RFID connections, and smartphones in every pocket—transportation engineers should be able to accurately measure and forecast . However, current tools advance towards the direction of showing the symptom but systematically fail to find the root cause, let alone fix it. Researchers at EPFL utilize a monitoring tool that overcomes many problems using drones.

“They provide excellent visibility, can cover large areas and are relatively affordable. What’s more, they offer greater precision than GPS technology and eliminate the behavioral biases that occur when people know they’re being watched. And we use drones in a way that protects people’s identities,” says Manos Barmpounakis, a post-doc researcher at EPFL’s Urban Transport Systems Laboratory (LUTS).

Jul 3, 2022

US will provide Ukraine with advanced NASAMS in a new $820m military aid

Posted by in categories: drones, military

The U.S. announced on Friday a new $820 million Ukraine military aid that includes the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS). The Pentagon contract denotes the start of a contracting process for a significant amount of equipment, including four more counter-artillery radars and up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

NASAMS can be quite an unpleasant adversary for tactical aircraft (possibly with the exception of the Su-57), helicopters, drones, subsonic cruise missiles (Caliber, Kh-101, 9M728). Against high-speed targets (from Oniks to Kinzhal) the benefit of this system seems doubtful.

5/— Dmitry Stefanovich (@KomissarWhipla) July 1, 2022

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