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NASA and UAVs

Posted by Royce Rabanal on 6/29/2015
As the latest incident involving a UAV and manned aircraft hits the news, it seems that these continuing episodes are not going to stop until some form of regulated tracking can be enforced on UAV’s as they continue to enter national airspace; enter NASA.

Flytrex Sky: a Drone That Will Bring You The Keys You Left at Home

Posted by Adele Scholl on 6/28/2015
How would you like a drone that you can send over to Grannie’s house for a daily dose of her good old fashioned brownies? Flytrex Sky promises just that. It is the world’s first cloud connected consumer drone with delivery capabilities operating on its revolutionary cloud based Sky Platform.

Drone to Fly Autonomously Inside Fukushima Reactor

Posted by Adele Scholl on 6/24/2015
A drone is being developed to survey the interior of reactor buildings at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. The unmanned aircraft will use lasers to detect and avoid obstacles in flight and will be able to land to replace its batteries in the absence of an operator.

Alaska researchers study sea otters with unmanned aircraft

Posted by Adele Scholl on 6/16/2015
Watching marine life to gather data about behavior and abundance can be tedious and time-consuming for researchers, but recent studies indicate unmanned aircraft may offer a way around such obstacles.

University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists conducted two field studies to see if cameras at various altitudes can take high-resolution photographs of beaches at low tide and hover above sea otters without disturbing them.

DJI's experimental drone will help prevent collisions

Posted by Adele Scholl on 6/10/2015
DJI has just made its UAV platform a lot more developer-friendly with a new test drone and collision avoidance system, along with an SDK for its current DJI Inspire 1 and Phantom 3 models. The Matrice 100 (M100) is a new quadcopter made specifically for developers to help them test new sensors, processors and other tech. The bare-bones looking craft will fly for 20 minutes with a 2.2 pound payload or longer using an extra battery. The company said it "includes everything needed to fly with minimal assembly and no need for tuning or programming."
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