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A drone sniffs for methane leaks in the Mobile Monitoring Challenge at the test site in Colorado. Image credit: Sean Boggs/Environmental Defense Fund
Promising mobile technologies find methane leaks quickly

September 11, 2019

On trucks, drones and airplanes, 10 promising technologies for finding natural gas leaks swiftly and cheaply competed in…
Swarm Autonomy Tested in Second Major DARPA OFFSET Field Experiment

August 8, 2019

Swarms demonstrate tactics to isolate an urban objective in a test; DARPA awards contracts for next swarm sprint…
NASA Plans to Fly a Drone to Titan in Search of the Building Blocks of Life

June 28, 2019

In a statement released on Thursday, NASA revealed its next target of exploration within our solar system to…
SmartFarm Innovation Network will build the farm of the future

June 3, 2019

On the farm of the future, drones will fly over forests and crops to communicate with robots embedded…
HoverGames Challenge 1: Fight Fire with Flyers

May 30, 2019

Whether man-made or natural, fires are difficult to predict and control. Fires cause billions in damage, destroy entire…
“Neural Lander” Uses AI to Land Drones Smoothly

May 27, 2019

Landing multi-rotor drones smoothly is difficult. Complex turbulence is created by the airflow from each rotor bouncing off…
Hummingbird robot uses AI to soon go where drones can’t

May 10, 2019

What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had…
Can a drone reveal the murky secrets of San Francisco Bay?

May 9, 2019

Environmental scientists can tell a lot about the health of rivers, bays, wetlands and other waterways by studying…
Obstacles to overcome before operating fleets of drones becomes reality

May 6, 2019

Search and rescue crews are already using drones to locate missing hikers. Farmers are flying them over fields…
Raspberry Pi underwater camera drone

April 9, 2019

Never let it be said that some makers won’t jump in at the deep end for their ambitious…
NASA is With You When You Fly, Even on Mars

March 13, 2019

According to the 1958 law that established NASA, where the first “A” in NASA stands for aeronautics, the…
Scientists created a 3D model of the bat’s flight to aid creation of the new generation of drones

March 1, 2019

Scientists and engineers want to improve drones so that their flight would be more efficient. We want drones…
Drones shown to make traffic crash site assessments safer, faster and more accurate

January 17, 2019

Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more…
Advanced drones chasing defective solar cells

December 28, 2018

Better maintenance, detailed knowledge and optimized operation. In short, this is what owners of large solar farms can…
Where the sea meets the sky: improving port security with drones

December 12, 2018

It’s been nearly two decades since global terrorism became an everyday worry. In that time, arms smuggling, drug…
New Foldable Drone Flies through Narrow Holes in Rescue Missions

December 12, 2018

The new drone can squeeze itself to pass through gaps and then go back to its previous shape,…
NIST Performance Tests for Aerial Response Robots Become National Standard

December 5, 2018

Performance test methods developed by NIST measure both the system capabilities of aerial emergency response drones and the…
We Have a Technology to Battle Climate Change. But Should We?

November 29, 2018

If climate change models are correct, humanity is working itself—and dragging the rest of life on Earth with…
Flying high: Computer graphics researchers make drone navigation easier

November 28, 2018

Drone operators struggling to fly the multi-propeller device and take pictures simultaneously could soon have a much simpler…
Stanford researchers modify small flying robots to anchor onto surfaces and pull heavy loads

October 31, 2018

A closed door is just one of many obstacles that poses no barrier to a new type of…
Origami cushions protect drones from collisions

October 25, 2018

Taking inspiration from the ancient art of paper folding, scientists from the University of Liverpool in collaboration with…
Why Photogrammetry Surveyors Should Offer Data Management Services

September 17, 2018

Data continues to have a center stage role when determining the success of most businesses, including land and…
Drones in a Ford engine factory – what is the purpose of them?

September 6, 2018

Running a big factory isn‘t easy. It is not supposed to be easy either – you have to…
Autonomous drones based on Raspberry Pi, building from scratch

September 3, 2018

I suffer from “terminal boredom syndrome”; I always need a challenging hobby to keep me sane. In 2012,…
Gas-sensing drones draw NSF backing

August 29, 2018

Rice University researchers, in a collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and Houston nonprofit Technology For All (TFA), are developing a fleet…
HackSpace magazine 10: build a drone

August 23, 2018

If you’re a subscriber to HackSpace magazine you’ll already know all about issue 10. For the rest of…
Engineers Taught a Drone to Herd Birds Away From Airports

August 18, 2018

The project was inspired by the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson,” when US Airways Flight 1549 struck a…
How drones are helping in the fight against malaria

July 19, 2018

The drone makes a conspicuous racket as it lifts off on a mission to capture images of the…
Keeping up with photography tech trends: what do you need to know about drone purchases

July 11, 2018

The art of photography has evolved tremendously along the years, with equipment advancing and new teach gadget being…
Could studying swarm behaviors teach us how to help drones fly safely?

June 18, 2018

“Many types of animals swarm or flock or otherwise move in coordinated ways,” says Nicholas Ouellette, associate professor of…
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