Aircraft


Reliable Perching Makes Fixed-Wing UAVs Much More Useful

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Dino Mehanovic, John Bass, Thomas Courteau, David Rancourt, and Alexis Lussier Desbiens from the University of Sherbrooke realized that perching with a fixed-wing aircraft doesn't need to involve a stall to achieve that vertical and ultra low-speed approach, as long as you can maintain control over the aircraft. We are thinking about various failure causes (unsuitable states during the approach, smooth surface for the microspines) and failure detection timing (before touchdown, at touchdown and after touchdown). You also have to consider numerous factors that are sometime hard to quantify: efficiency of gears, reuse of some components between flight and climbing, transition time, propeller size, operating away from the design point, battery size, etc. Autonomous Thrust-Assisted Perching of a Fixed-Wing UAV on Vertical Surfaces, by Dino Mehanovic, John Bass, Thomas Courteau, David Rancourt, and Alexis Lussier Desbiens from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada, was presented at the 2017 Living Machines Conference at Stanford, where it won a Best Paper award.


Machine Learning Model Tracks U.S. Spy Planes

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Marshals Service along with military aircraft and surveillance flights operated by military contractors. It turned out the sorties over the Bay Area and southern California supported of U.S. Special Operations Command training missions. The machine-learning exercise also turned up a surprising number of local and state police aerial surveillance operations in Arizona, Florida, southern California and Ohio, the web site reported. It also spotted testing of special operations aircraft based in Ohio but detected flying over other parts of the U.S.


This plane pattern is so meta it hurts

Mashable

If you have to test fly an aircraft for 18 hours, with no passengers and no destination, you might as well get a little creative. While testing their newest 787 Dreamliner engines, pilots for aircraft manufacturer Boeing did just that. Boeing's jet flew a total of 9,905 miles across 22 states, on a flight path that drew a near perfect outline of, what else: a Boeing 787. From wingtip to wingtip, the outline spanned 1,500 miles from Michigan's Upper Peninsula all the way to the southernmost tip of Texas, making the image roughly 40,000 times larger than the jet which drew it.


The Blackbird set for a hypersonic overhaul

Daily Mail

Lockheed Martin has revealed its secretive Skunk Works unit is beginning to build the first flight demonstrator of a radical hypersonic update of the long-retired Mach 3 SR-71 Blackbird spy plane. Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' The plane will also have a'warm structure' that will heat up during flight Lockheed Martin posted an artist's impression of the craft to its website, with the caption'The Skunk Works hypersonic design – an aircraft developed to execute Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and strike missions at speeds up to Mach 6.' NASA is backing plans to return to supersonic flight, with its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021 The XS-1 program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, which would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.


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TIME

Facebook plans to develop a fleet of drone s powered by sunlight that will fly for months at a time, communicating with each other through lasers and extending internet connectivity to the ground below. The company called the first test, in June 2016, a success after it flew above the Arizona desert for 1 hour and 36 minutes, three times longer than planned. The second test occurred on May 22, Martin Luis Gomez, Facebook's director of aeronautical platforms, said in a blog post. The aircraft flew for an hour and 46 minutes before landing near Yuma, Arizona, with only "a few minor, easily-repairable dings," he said.


Facebook's internet drone takes to the skies again

Daily Mail

The revolutionary craft has completed its second test flight as Facebook works on its plan to use to beam the internet to people in remote areas with no mobile network coverage. NASA explains the strange phenomenon known as'solar minimum' Teen's final'scary stunt' video the day she shot her boyfriend Trump says Schumer'doesn't seem like a serious person' Facebook added hundreds of sensors to the aircraft to understand how Aquila's shape responds to flight in real-time for the flight, including hundreds of strain gauges and three-axis inertial measurement units (IMUs.) The revolutionary craft has completed its second test flight as Facebook works on its plan to use to beam the internet to people in remote areas with no mobile network coverage. NASA explains the strange phenomenon known as'solar minimum' Teen's final'scary stunt' video the day she shot her boyfriend Trump says Schumer'doesn't seem like a serious person' 'To prove out the full capacity of the design, we will push Aquila to the limits in a lengthy series of tests in the coming months and years.


AI Just "Landed" a Boeing 737 for the First Time By Itself

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It's going to take us a healthy dollop of faith in technology to accept autonomous vehicles at some point on our roadways. The U.S. military believe automated aircraft may improve mission safety and success rates, and their Defense Advanced Research Agency, or DARPA, has just announced the successful simulated flight and landing of a Boeing 737 by an AI-driven robot co-pilot named ALIAS. "ALIAS" is an acronym for "Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System." DARPA hopes ALIAS can eventually be trusted with the "execution of an entire mission from takeoff to landing, even in the face of contingency events such as aircraft system failures."


Kalashnikov reveals first ever drone to go with its AK-47s

Daily Mail

The Kalashnikov Group's state-of-the-art drone which is said to be completely noiseless The drone weighs 7.5 kilograms and also boasts vertical takeoff capability. A study by the World Bank revealed between 20,000 and 100,000 people are killed every year by handheld guns in conflicts around the world. It has since been adopted as the weapon of choice by the world's barbaric terror groups including Islamic State, who used AK-47s to spray bullets into the crowd at the Bataclan in Paris in the November 2015 atrocities. In the same year, Tunisian Seifeddine Rezgui waged a campaign of terror in the popular resort of Sousse as he fired Kalashnikovs killing 38 holiday makers.


All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

Daily Mail

There are flying cars and Concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the Moon - for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram - and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small. Visitors looks at the flying car Pegasus 1, built by French entrepreneur Jerome Dauffy at Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget, east of Paris, France, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 in Paris. Boom's goal is for a supersonic airliner that would fly 2.6 times faster than other commercial aircraft and could half the seven-hour flight between New York and London, flying at 1,450 miles (2,300 kilometers) per hour and carrying 55 passengers. David Romero, of Boise, Idaho-based firm Black Sage, showcases a drone-zapping gun that is part of an anti-drone system his firm is displaying at the Paris Air Show, Tuesday June 20, 2017 in Le Bourget, north of Paris.


Boeing promises hypersonic passenger planes in a DECADE

Daily Mail

'I think in the next decade or two you're going to see them become a reality,' Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC at the Paris Air Show. 'I think in the next decade or two you're going to see them become a reality,' Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg told CNBC at the Paris Air Show. The Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021, according to Aviation Week. NASA is backing plans to return to supersonic flight, with its Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST) low-boom flight demonstrator aims to produce a much lower'boom' than other supersonic aircraft, and NASA is hoping to see the first flight tests take place in 2021 The XS-1 program envisions a fully reusable unmanned vehicle, roughly the size of a business jet, which would take off vertically like a rocket and fly to hypersonic speeds.