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JPL Races New A.I. Piloted Drones Against Drone Racing League Pilot

JPL Logo, Credit: NASA/JPL Artificial Intelligence is disruptive, easily as disruptive as drones (if not more), so when you combine the two you really get something amazing. And that's exactly what happened, thanks to funding from Google and two years of hard work by a NASA JPL team. Combining the two, the JPL [...]

By | 2017-12-08T20:41:46+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Drone Software, Drone Technology, Drones|Comments Off on JPL Races New A.I. Piloted Drones Against Drone Racing League Pilot

AT&T Restores Cell Service in Puerto Rico with “Flying COW” Drone

In Puerto Rico, thanks to fast-track approval given buy the FAA, drones are now part of the recovery effort. Specifically drones are being used to restore voice, data and Internet services to the entire island. A great example of this is the AT&T "Flying COW" (Cell on Wings). The deployment of the "Flying COW" in Puerto Rico is unique because it's the first time a drone has been successfully used to connect residents to services post disaster. The project has been hugely successful too; AT&T is reporting 80% of Puerto Rico's cell customers now have service (up from 63%).

By | 2017-11-29T12:06:11+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Drone Services, Drone Technology, Drones|Comments Off on AT&T Restores Cell Service in Puerto Rico with “Flying COW” Drone

Airbus Wants To Use Quadcopters for Human Transport

As a quadcopter enthusiast myself, I love reading about all the new ways that drone technology is disrupting other industries and, in many cases, there are direct parallels with the courses we teach here at Drone Universities. However, this is not always the case; this particular story is an example of the latter. Airbus [...]

By | 2017-10-05T08:27:36+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Transportation|Comments Off on Airbus Wants To Use Quadcopters for Human Transport

NASA Plans To Take Drones to Saturn’s Largest Moon, Titan

A false-color view of Titan, a moon of Saturn surrounded by a thick orange haze. Titan is believed to contain an ocean with an icy crust on top, which will be simulated in future research., Credit: NASA Drones truly are amazing and they have been changing the world (largely) for the better since [...]

By | 2017-10-04T12:53:06+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting|Comments Off on NASA Plans To Take Drones to Saturn’s Largest Moon, Titan

They Own 70% Of The Consumer Drone Market, What’s Next For DJI?

Frank Wang Frank Wang's story is an amazing one because he took his childhood passion was able to grow it into the largest manufacturer of consumer drones globally, DJI. It is proof that you can follow you dreams, and you can turn your dreams into success, if you persevere (and if you get [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:22+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, New Drones|Comments Off on They Own 70% Of The Consumer Drone Market, What’s Next For DJI?

Which Drone Verticals Are Projected To Grow Next?

For a disruptive industry like the drone industry, it's hard to accurately project growth, and the further you try to push out your projection relative to time, the greater your chance of error. That's why I always try to take any and all projections with a grain of salt. Sometimes, if you look at groups [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:23+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Drone Statistics, Drone Technology, Drones|Comments Off on Which Drone Verticals Are Projected To Grow Next?

Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

AI has reached the point of being a sexy new buzzword and, commensurate with it's status, AI is everywhere these days. How can AI improve your drone? In Zurich, a group of scientists and researchers believe they can use machine vision in place of GPS. To prove their point, they were able to do so using inexpensive [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:24+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Drone Aided Research, Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting, International|Comments Off on Using AI/Machine Vision Instead of GPS to Navigate Urban Landscapes

Watch NVIDIA Navigate Airspace and Around Obstacles without GPS

Where would your drone be without GPS? Most likely grounded. However that's not the case for all drones. NVIDIA, known for their high performance graphics cards and parallel processing GPUs, is working on a drone that navigates using machine vision. The machine vision is powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX1 embedded AI supercomputers. Although initially designed to [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:24+00:00 July 17th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drone Videos, Drones, New Drones|Comments Off on Watch NVIDIA Navigate Airspace and Around Obstacles without GPS

Improving the Hexacopter: From 6 to 12 Degrees of Freedom in Flight

A website that I really enjoy is Hack A Day. Each day Hack A Day publishes fresh "hacks" from around the Internet. While browsing today, I ran into this interesting article titled "Harrier-like Tilt Thrust in Multirotor Aircraft." The article covers recent work from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) and Zurich University of [...]

By | 2017-08-31T15:23:25+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Interesting, New Drones|Comments Off on Improving the Hexacopter: From 6 to 12 Degrees of Freedom in Flight

Larger Drones and Their Use Cases

When you think of a UAV or consumer drone, generally speaking, you picture a relatively small aircraft. Drone sizing changes drastically when you add a tether or plan on flying in the upper-atmosphere. In both of those cases, you can expect the drones being used to be much larger. The big business is moving to [...]

By | 2017-07-14T12:02:30+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Drone Design, Drone Technology, Drones|Comments Off on Larger Drones and Their Use Cases