Drones


'Adversaries' jamming Air Force gunships in Syria, Special Ops general says

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The head of the U.S. military's Special Operations Command said Wednesday that Air Force gunships, needed to provide close air support for American commandos and U.S.-backed rebel fighters in Syria, were being "jammed" by "adversaries." Calling the electronic warfare environment in Syria "the most aggressive" on earth, Air Force Gen. Tony Thomas told an intelligence conference in Tampa that adversaries "are testing us every day, knocking our communications down, disabling our AC-130s, etc." Thomas' remarks, which were first reported by the website The Drive, come on the heels of reports that Russian forces are jamming U.S. surveillance drones flying over the war-torn nation. An Air Force AC-130 gunship was among the U.S. military aircraft used to kill dozens of Russian mercenaries in Syria in early February. The Pentagon said the mercenaries attacked an outpost manned by American commandos and U.S.-backed fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprising Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters. Wednesday was not the first time General Thomas has been so forthcoming about Syria in a public setting.


New Drone Program To Open Up Career Pathway For Students

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The project named'Enhancing the Region through New Technology for Unmanned Systems,' will implement a new drone technology training program at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. This program will open up a career pathway, by enhancing the learning opportunities for high school students and extending to four-year degree attainment through partnerships with other higher-education institutions. This project aims to capitalize on the "Alleghany Highlands Drone Zone Initiative," a business accelerator program to support enterprises in the UAS industry in Alleghany County. "Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) is inspiring the innovative thinking that will help to push Virginia's economy forward," says Governor, Ralph Northam.


Students Of Rice University Designed Platform For Sensor-Carrying Drones

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Rice University students developed the hardware and software required to coordinate sensor-carrying drones. "The system is designed to be application-agnostic in the sense that you can use our APIs and libraries to build any kind of autonomous solution that you want," said Kevin Lin, the team member. Each drone is equipped with a Wi-Fi that enables communication across long distances, and a LIDAR (Light detection and ranging) to avoid obstacles and track altitude. The team tested several applications, "that was useful because it showcased two drones coordinating and sharing their data," said Lin. UAV's have been used to check and inspect towers after natural disasters and measure signal strength in high-traffic venues. The idea is that people could use their drone to measure the magnitude of a leak and determine where people shouldn't be allowed to go.


Special program targets vets for AI, drone jobs

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Jennifer Malandra has eight years' active service in the Navy and a Naval Academy education. Both are in search of civilian jobs in the highly competitive tech industry. They and 23 others are wrapping up a 10-day program run by BreakLine, an educational program sponsored by a who's who of Silicon Valley companies in search of bright candidates. The focus today was artificial intelligence and drones. Both specialties are creating jobs as a result of automation and robotics.


Special program targets vets for AI, drone jobs

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Jennifer Malandra has eight years' active service in the Navy and a Naval Academy education. Both are in search of civilian jobs in the highly competitive tech industry. They and 23 others are wrapping up a 10-day program run by BreakLine, an educational program sponsored by a who's who of Silicon Valley companies in search of bright candidates. Both specialties are creating jobs as a result of automation and robotics. The group was visiting Kespry, a Menlo Park drone company that has hired six veterans from the BreakLine program with service in the Army, Marines and Navy.


Trade Group Demands For Organized Airspace Traffic Management

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Companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Project Wing are calling for Congress to level the playing field and design rules and regulations for the drone pilots. According to Bloomberg, the request to Congress comes from the number of commercial drone clients, to restrict hobbyists and the million of drones they own and operate freely. This is a major point of focus in order to implement an organized traffic grid in the skies. According to Commercial Drone Alliance "every single drone should abide by some common sense, low-cost rules of the road around remote identification and more." FAA is constantly working on the regulations in regards to hobby users, making the CDA's requests logical in terms of timing.


Stunning drone footage shows the new £90million 'floating' cycle path around Lake Garda taking shape

Daily Mail

Stunning drone footage shows the progress of a £90million'floating' cycle path that will circle Italy's largest lake. The track is currently under construction around Lake Garda, and once finished will stretch for 87 miles. And with parts of the path built off the banks of the lake and in some places even skimming the water, it will make cyclists feel as though they are floating. The stunning footage shows the progress of the cycle track, which is being built around Italy's largest lake The video has been viewed thousands of times with the route already dubbed Europe's most beautiful bike ride Drone footage of the construction of the path has been posted on social media, showing how cyclists will be able to ride near the water's edge. The video has been viewed thousands of times with it already being dubbed Europe's most beautiful bike ride, despite not yet being open yet.


French Federation Of Model Airplanes Proposed 'Drone Law'

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French Federation of Model Airplanes had published 3 draft documents that outline the new drone requirements if they become law. Consumer drones such as DJI Spark, Mavic Air and Mavic Pro would be exempt.


The Urgency Of Drone Education For Safer Flights – DEEP AERO DRONES – Medium

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Better drone education and enforcement is mandatory and need of the hour. To prevent any mishap, drone education is a must. "Relying on common sense alone is not enough- we don't let drivers loose on the roads without knowing the road rules so the same principle should apply in the air," says Louise Taylor, Senior Associate of Simpson Grierson. Australia and UK have separate rules for the use of commercial drones and licenses are required to fly the drone. Simpson Grierson, the law firm states, as the number of commercial drone operator increases, the need of strict rules and regulations also increases.


Sony Partners With CMU to Develop Food Prep and Delivery Robots

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Last week, Sony and Carnegie Mellon University announced a collaboration "on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics research." Usually, these announcements pretty much just end there, with the implication being that giant corporation X will support academic research institution Y by funding ongoing research or a string of new initiatives. This Sony/CMU announcement is a bit more exciting because of how specific it is: The project will be about food. Researchers will focus on defining the domain of food ordering, preparation, and delivery. Initially, they will build upon existing manipulation robots and mobile robots, and will plan on developing new domain-specific robots for predefined food preparation items and for mobility in a limited confined space.