Airbus has unveiled the latest employees helping it put together the hugely popular A320 passenger plane. The European planemaker has unveiled a new production line for its best-selling A320 jet with robots Luise and Renate joining human workers as it turns to new automation to help it deal with an eight-year order backlog. Airbus hopes digital technology will enable higher production and trigger a significant shift in research and development spending towards high-tech manufacturing. Airbus is is ramping up production of the single-aisle A320 jet, which competes with Boeing's 737, from 50 to 60 planes per month. The two robots, whose names were chosen by employees, will in particular help to drill over 2,000 holes to join the two halves of the fuselage together, work normally done by humans.
In Ensenada, a Mexican city about two hours south of Tijuana, a new crime fighter has taken to the skies. And over a few months on patrol, it's had quite the impact. The city's police department claims the solitary DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter led to more than 500 arrests and a 10 percent drop in overall crime rates, with a 30 percent drop in home robberies. It's the latest example of drones slowly finding their place in civilian life, like soldiers returning from war, seeking to apply their skills to life in a country not entirely comfortable with what they were up to overseas. Unmanned aerial vehicles may have gotten their start with the military, flying recon missions in Vietnam and dropping bombs over Afghanistan.
Elon Musk wants to let astronauts run track in space. And the billionaire tech mogul is taking a page from the iconic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey in order to make it happen. In a tweet on Friday, Musk posted a GIF of David Bowman, the main character of Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, where he can be seen running around a track in space. Elon Musk tweeted that he would be building a running track on the Big F***ing Rocket (pictured in an artist's impression), similar to the one shown in 2001: A Space Odyssey'Running track in @SpaceX BF Spaceship will look something like this,' Musk wrote in a tweet. The BF spaceship, or as Musk calls it, the Big F***ing Rocket, is a 348ft tall spacecraft that is a key player in his plans to make humans a'multi-planetary species' and one day develop a colony on Mars.
The first rocket engines for a secretive hypersonic spaceplane the military could one day use to launch satellites at short notice have been completed. The reusable Phantom Express spaceplane will take off vertically and land horizontally, and is being built by Boeing as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane program. It is hoped it will play a crucial role in future space warfare, allowing military bosses to launch satellites and replace damaged ones within hours. The reusable Phantom Express spaceplane will take off vertically and land horizontally, and is being built by Boeing as part of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane program. The vehicle will be equipped with an expendable second stage capable of placing up to 3,000 pounds (1,361 kg) of payload into low Earth orbit.
Nevada and Alberta signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to foster economic growth, innovation and diversification. The motive behind the collaboration is to efficiently operate the unmanned aircraft system technology and tackle the challenges related to its safe integration and opening up industrial market opportunities in key sectors like energy, agriculture and the environment. "We are excited to build and strengthen economic relations with Nevada, especially in the growing unmanned system sector," says Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta. "Combining the considerable unmanned aerial system expertise of Nevada and Alberta offers significant potential growth and innovation across numerous industries," says Brain Sandoval, Governor of Nevada.
For instance, any of the utility company wants to have a close look of the remote power lines, the Airbus aerial satellites would help pull off data and for the closer look; it might contract with a local company to run a plane or drone flight over the area. Lately, Airbus announced its partnership with DroneBase for better results and inspection. Airbus has also started mapping the runways at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson, the world's busiest airports. Here, the company used Sensefly's fixed-wing drone which flies autonomously, capturing images of the ground, and then the results are checked and complied, including 3D maps to show bumps and cracks, and GPS data to locate busted lights. "In the coming time, drones would be taking up certain projects that would make a great impact," says FAA.
The architectural firm behind Apple's "spaceship" campus has revealed design plans for DJI's forthcoming Shenzhen headquarters. As you might expect, the building is conceptually futuristic and laid through with design quirks befitting what, by some metrics, is the largest robotics company in the world. DJI teamed up with Foster and Partners for the massive construction project, which is already underway in Shenzhen's Nanshan District. Construction is expected to be finished in 2019. In addition to Apple, Foster and Partners has designed high-profile projects for major commercial and civic institutions, including Bloomberg, McLaren, and IBM.
Winshuttle, a startup focused on SAP-based automaton and data management in the enterprise, has been acquired by private equity firm Symphony Technology Group (STG). STG, which holds roughly $2 billion in assets, says the acquisition will assist the startup in moving from a high-potential technology vendor to a "definitive market leader" in the robotic process automation and data management space. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. Bothell, Washington.-based Winshuttle specializes in solutions for the enterprise related to SAP and data management workflows. The company says that these services can assist in speeding product launches and financial accounting processes, finance, maintenance, data migration projects, and the supply chain.
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao on Wednesday announced 10 sites for a test program aimed at increasing the use of unmanned aircraft for projects that range from monitoring crops and oil pipelines in North Dakota to applying mosquito-killing treatments in Florida and package deliveries in Tennessee. President Donald Trump signed a directive last year to establish the "innovation zones" that allow exemptions to some drone regulations, such as flying over people, nighttime flights and flights where the aircraft can't be seen by the operator. States, communities and tribes selected to participate would devise their own trial programs in partnership with government and industry drone users. "Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace," Chao said in a statement. Chao, who called the rapidly developing drone industry the biggest development since the jet age, said about 150 applications were received.
Later on Tuesday, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao will unveil the winners for 10 drone projects involving cities, universities, an Indian tribe, counties and states. Reuters reported Tuesday that major technology and aerospace companies including Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc and Airbus SE are vying to take part in the new slate of drone tests.