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Russia’s Giant Drone Lifted 220 LBS, Wrote A New World Record

Now, here’s a drone that blurs the line between an aircraft and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). It is called SKYF Cargo, a purposed built cargo drone that is now staking claim as Guinness World Record for the heaviest weight to be lifted by a remote-controlled multicopter. Built by Russian drone maker SKYF Technology, this drone so enormous that dwarfs every other non-military drones out there. Moreover, what makes this heavy-lifting drone ticks is very unique. Continue reading Russia’s Giant Drone Lifted 220 LBS, Wrote A New World Record

University Develop Incredible Drone That Changes Shape And Size On-The-Fly

Drones are suited for search and rescue operations, but they will be even better if they can pass through small openings to explore, say for example, damaged buildings. Instead of making drones smaller, which will inadvertently limit their functionality, JSK Lab at University of Tokyo proposes a segmented flying robot called DRAGON, and today, we learned that University of Zurich has one up that with a less creepy and very, very impressive drone. Continue reading University Develop Incredible Drone That Changes Shape And Size On-The-Fly

This Drone Splits Into Four To Rescue People Trapped In High Rise Fires

As the population in city centers grow, buildings become taller in order to accommodate more people in the same square area. In times of emergency, such as an outbreak of fire, towering skyscrapers present a new challenge for first responder like fire fighters. Fighting fire is one thing; retrieving people trapped in high rise buildings that are beyond the reach of fireman ladder is another major issue. Enters Net Guard UAV Concept. Continue reading This Drone Splits Into Four To Rescue People Trapped In High Rise Fires

Abris DG FLIRT Drone Is One Flirt Mapping Professionals Would Love

Despite its rather suggestive acronym, the Abris DG FLIRT is not out there to tease anyone. FLIRT is short for FLying Intelligent Robotic Tool and it is a new professional tool for aerial mapping and other remote sensing applications. FLIRT stands out as one unmanned aerial vehicle that is capable of capturing well-aligned images even in strong crosswinds. Abris DG has a video of it in action to show off what FLIRT can do and in it, you certainly won’t find it winking, or seducing anyone, except for professionals who are eager in getting the most accurate mapping possible. Continue reading Abris DG FLIRT Drone Is One Flirt Mapping Professionals Would Love

In China, Dove Surveillance Drone Is Watching From The Sky Above

Drones that mimic real bird flight aren’t new. Festo has done it, so did Netherlands’ Clear Flight Solutions and several others, but China is the first to put such biomimicry into operation. China is fast solidifying itself as the pioneer in surveillance. Previously, we have reported on the smart glasses used by police to identify fugitives at crowded train stations, and now, it is this rather realistic dove that is doing the surveillance from up above. Continue reading In China, Dove Surveillance Drone Is Watching From The Sky Above

AT&T Flying COW Brings Cell Services To Disaster-hit Areas In Puerto Rico

When disaster strikes, communication is as important as basics like water and power. The importance of communication cannot be overstated and understanding this, U.S. telecommunication giant AT&T has a drone helicopter, aptly called Flying COW (Cell on Wings), that will serve to provide temporarily cell services, including data, voice and text. The unmanned heli is an experimental technology currently deployed in Puerto Rico after the Caribbean Sea island state was swept by Category 5 Hurricane Maria, the worst natural disaster to hit the Dominica. Continue reading AT&T Flying COW Brings Cell Services To Disaster-hit Areas In Puerto Rico

DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Remember the DHL Parcelcopter 2.0? Yeah. That drone that was trialled for delivery of medicine to Island of Juist in 2014. Well, as it turns out. DHL has made a lot of headway into autonomous delivery since then. In early 2016, DHL has already trialling the third iteration of the Parcelcopter, the Parcelcopter 3.0, but instead of over waters, it now flies within the mountainous region of Reit Im Winkl and it was quadcopter no more. Parcelcopter 3.0, as you can see in the image above, is a tilt rotor VTOL drone much like the V-22 Osprey. Continue reading DHL’s Third Parcelcopter Is Tilt-rotor, Docks At Special Packstations

Airobotics’ Futuristic Automated Industrial Drone Can Keep Flying 24/7

So far, drones have been peddled as aerial imaging rigs for both filmmakers and hobbyists, but that is set to change with Airobotics Automated Industrial Drones. As the name suggests, Airobotics’ proposition is not merely a drone; it is an entire system that is designed to perform tasks like inspection, surveying and mapping, and security and emergency response in industry like mining, seaports, oil & gas. Basically, Airobotics is all set for any industrial facilities. Like we said, Airobotics is not a lone drone, or even a bunch of them. It is a platform and it is fully autonomous with the ability to self deploy and land with no human intervention. Continue reading Airobotics’ Futuristic Automated Industrial Drone Can Keep Flying 24/7

This UAV Lurks Beneath The Water, Only Emerging For Aerial Missions

Rutgers University is certainly not the only institution exploring the possibility of UAV/Unmanned Sea Vehicle hybrid. Last week, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory also announced its own iteration, which the institution calls Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System, or CRACUNS (pronounced as ‘Krakens’). The abbreviation ‘CRACUNS’ may sounds like the mythical sea monster of epic proportion, but trust us, it does not look anywhere near fearsome, nor is it of ‘epic proportion’. As you can see, it has a setup of a typical quadcopter. Though so, its capability far exceeds a regular multi-rotor drone. Continue reading This UAV Lurks Beneath The Water, Only Emerging For Aerial Missions

Foldable Micro Size Drone Uses Origami Technique, Unfolds in a Snap

The now-popular configuration of drone, i.e. quad or multi rotor setup, makes them difficult to stowaway. Even the smallest of drones can’t fit into your pocket without breaking a rotor or two. That’s probably not a concern for hobbyists who rather the drone be bigger for visual clarity sake when flying. But if a drone could be make pocket size, it will greatly benefit first responders who can leverage on the size for portability while taking advantage of what a flying robot offers, such as sending it into disaster area for aerial survey. This is what the Foldable Drone, developed by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology’s researchers Stefano Mintchev and Dario Floreano, can do. It is foldable, drawing inspiration from traditional origami to achieve this feat, and unlike some science fiction flick where you see arms of the drone slowly deploys (in a dramatic way), the rotor arms of this miniature robot snap into place in less than a second. Continue reading Foldable Micro Size Drone Uses Origami Technique, Unfolds in a Snap