Drone Stories Yesterday

Imagine you need a drone to get into a space for inspection purposes, for instance like they did at the Fukushima power plant. what kind of drone would you use? A very small one, that can fly through openings? That would probably be limited in flight time or other operations that require more battery power. A caged-in one, that bounces of walls and obstacles? That might get stuck or may not be able to perform inspections or pick things up. Or an autonomous flying drone, like the Skydio R1? That might work but may not be able to works its way through small or narrow openings. The roboticists at the JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo came up with a different approach, called the DRAGON drone which basically is autonomously flying arm that can twist and turn its way through openings.

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Drone Stories June 20

One of the latest and possibly biggest trends in water-boardsports is foiling. Years ago sailors already experimented and raced with the little moth sailboats outfitted with foils. However, during the last few years, we have seen foils being mounted under pretty much anything from windsurf-, surfboards to standup paddleboards and kiteboards. The only thing we hadn’t seen yet is a surfer on a foil board being towed-in by a drone. Until now.

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Drone Stories June 7

Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent in our everyday life. You find it in self-driving cars, smart speakers from companies like Google and Amazon, in the photo editing apps on your smartphone and of course in the Skydio R1 drone. Today we learn in a paper called Eye in the Sky, that researchers are trying to use AI together with drones to spot fighting people and other violence in crowds.

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Drone Stories April 12

According to four U.S. officials, Russia has found a way to jam American unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over Syria, seriously impacting the drone operations. It started a few weeks ago, after the suspected chemical attacks on civilians in rebel-held eastern Ghouta. First, the Russians began jamming some of the smaller drones as they were seemingly afraid the U.S. military would retaliate over the attacks.

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Drone Stories April 5

An estimated 10 million drones will be sold globally this year. About 3 million of them will be sold here in the US and among the new drone pilots are many young people. Schools and colleges have taken notice and have started different drone programs and classes.

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Drone Stories March 15

Union Pacific Corp. has started using drones to monitor their workers and see if safety guidelines were being adhered to. The response from the railroad workers has been to flood the Union Pacific safety hotline complaining that the drones, in fact, make their work more dangerous.

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