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DRDO develops indigenous landing gear for UAV

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Chennai: An indigenously designed and developed landing gear for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)-Rustom II has been successfully tested on Thursday, a defence statement said. The landing gear developed by a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory here has undergone low-speed and high-speed taxi trial in Chitradurga, Karnataka, it said. The maiden flight of Rustom II with the indigenously developed gear was successfully carried out. "The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), the main laboratory of DRDO, has designed and developed the gear," the statement said. Rustom II is a medium-altitude long-endurance UAV designed for carrying out surveillance for the armed forces.


Automating drone-based wildlife surveys saves time and money, study finds

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The Great Elephant Census, conducted in 2014 and 2015, counted more than 350,000* elephants across 18 African countries. Human observers in small planes flew some 294,000 kilometers during more than 1,500 hours to systematically count the animals. Could a future census be managed locally, using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, a.k.a. Although surveying the large animals in their individual reserves is a smaller job than the Great Elephant Census, such surveys cost managers substantial time and money. A Swiss research team recently tested a new approach to wildlife surveys.


Disaster Monitoring using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Deep Learning

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Monitoring of disasters is crucial for mitigating their effects on the environment and human population, and can be facilitated by the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), equipped with camera sensors that produce aerial photos of the areas of interest. A modern technique for recognition of events based on aerial photos is deep learning. In this paper, we present the state of the art work related to the use of deep learning techniques for disaster identification. We demonstrate the potential of this technique in identifying disasters with high accuracy, by means of a relatively simple deep learning model. Based on a dataset of 544 images (containing disaster images such as fires, earthquakes, collapsed buildings, tsunami and flooding, as well as non-disaster scenes), our results show an accuracy of 91% achieved, indicating that deep learning, combined with UAV equipped with camera sensors, have the potential to predict disasters with high accuracy.


The Morning After: Virgin Galactic's test flight

Engadget

Get your day started with a video from Virgin Galactic's latest test flight and then go for a ride with Roberto Baldwin in Lamborghini's Huracán Performante Spyder. One step closer to commercial service.Virgin Galactic breaks Mach 2 in third powered test flight After being released from the VMS Eve carrier craft, the VSS Unity flew higher than it has previously, reaching a peak altitude of 170,800 feet and entering the mesosphere for the first time. It also reached speeds of Mach 2.47 during its 42-second rocket burn. All leading to Unpacked on August 9th.Samsung teases improved battery life for the Galaxy Note 9 The first in a series of teasers leading up to the launch of Samsung's next Galaxy Note, the company highlighted how frustrating it is when your battery is running down. The implication is that this new device will eliminate that, and rumors have suggested it could pack a 4,000mAh battery inside.


Cockroach 'bots' and rugged delivery drones wow at U.K.'s biggest air show

The Japan Times

LONDON, / CHICAGO – Boffins at U.K. engineering giant Rolls-Royce proudly displayed an array of miniature robots at this year's Farnborough air show, best known as a major marketplace for passenger planes but also a test bed for the aviation industry's wilder imaginings. Designed to speed up engine overhauls, the manufacturer's tiny cockroach-like drones would remove the need for power plants to be detached from aircraft during maintenance work. The "swarming" bots, less than half an inch across, are designed to roam engine turbines in gangs, beaming pictures back to inspection crews after being deposited by so-called "snake" hosts that work their way through the engine. If the bots don't get you the drones will. The biannual air show was awash with unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, ranging from delivery craft that guarantee to gently deposit a parcel by your door to the latest military types intent on blowing stuff up.


Boeing Brings In SparkCognition For Help Developing UAV Management Systems - Blockchain News

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Boeing announced on Tuesday that the company will collaborate with AI technology leader SparkCognition to deliver unmanned aircraft traffic management systems. Artificial intelligence and blockchain technology will be used to track unmanned aerial vehicle in flight and on the ground while allocating appropriate corridors for traffic routing to ensure safe, effective transportation. The program will also aim to provide a standardized development interface for package delivery, industrial inspections, and other commercial applications. Boeing HorizonX Ventures previously invested in SparkCognition for support developing an analytics platform for the reliability of data technology. Founder and CEO of SparkCognition Amir Husain said, "Estimated by some analysts at $3 trillion, the urban aerial mobility opportunity will lead to the creation of the largest new market in our lifetimes.


Airbus reveals solar-powered drone completed successful test flight

Daily Mail

Airbus has unveiled its pioneering solar-powered drone. Called the Zephyr S, the aerospace giant presented the'pseudo-satellite' to crowds gathered at Britain's Farnborough airshow. In a major milestone, the massive drone completed its first test flight from Arizona on July 11, Airbus said. Airbus has unveiled its pioneering solar-powered drone. Called the Zephyr S, the aerospace giant presented the'pseudo-satellite' to crowds gathered at Britain's Farnborough airshow'This maiden flight of the Zephyr S aims to prove and demonstrate the aircraft capabilities, with a landing date to be confirmed once the engineering objectives have been achieved,' Airbus said in a statement announcing the test flight.


Google: Our broadband balloons, delivery drone projects are ready for take-off

ZDNet

Google's Loon balloon-based internet project and its Wing autonomous delivery drone project are to become independent businesses within parent company Alphabet. The two projects started off as part of Google's X division, which aims to work on particularly ambitious'moonshot'-style projects with the aim of making a significant (10 times, hence the X) impact on hard-to-solve problems. The two projects will now operate as independent companies as part of Alphabet's Other Bets group, which currently includes self-driving car specialist Waymo, health company Verily and cybersecurity outfit Chronicle. Project Wing is an autonomous delivery drone service, which Google hopes can reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions that come from the transportation of goods. Google's Project Loon aims to uses balloons floating at very high altitude to deliver internet access; its balloons have flown over 25 million kilometres of test flights to date, with one balloon surviving for 190 days in the stratosphere.


Robots Luise, Renate join Airbus A320 production line...

Daily Mail

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.


A Single Drone Helped Mexican Police Drop Crime 10 Percent

WIRED

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.