Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace
This platform from QinetiQ the Zephyr smashed aviation records when it flew for two weeks in 2010
Solar drones are not such an out there concept.
Drone films boulders trail of destruction.
I wonder how much noise it made
Geologists In Norway Are Using Drones With Cameras To Hunt For Oil
Well, the mapping is getting smarter, cheaper and faster. The technology is not coming soon to the USA due to FAA and industrial military complex roadblocks. This is perfect for the rest of the world. As ever Europe leads the way in aviation.
Liquid Hydrogen Powers a UAV For a Cool 48 Hours
The QinetiQ Zephyr laughs aloud at this with its two week high altitude endurance record. There are several two day platforms out there, look harder ;-)
Helicopter rescues drone from Swiss mountain top.
If you live in the USA the FAA is not showing much imagination at the minute ;-)
iPhone controlled paper place
I meant plane of course!
UAV Solar Turbine to deliver 30 to 90 days of flight
This is so out there its worth sharing!!!
UAV Cameras an Eye In the Sky For Adventurous Filmmakers
This is actually an old story a couple of weeks later very sadly the same type of UAS flew through its control cabin killing the operator.
Don't expect it to be operating in civilian hands until that little issue is sorted out. Schiebel also have to answer questions about the few they sold to China.
Iranian TV Shows Downed US Drone
Looking at it http://www.suasnews.com/2011/12/10488/fear-of-iran-makes-us-abort-covert-plan-to-retrieve-spy-drone/ it really does not look real.
It also took a couple of days to come to light.
My money is on a Predator or Reaper being the downed aircraft, but I stand to be corrected.
Just look at the wing joiner, its horrid.
Civilian Use of Drone Aircraft May Soon Fly In the US
Whilst Europe and Australia enjoy commercial UAS operation the USA are years behind. Both in technology and regulation. Yes there might be lots of military drones but the small civil stuff is rising from the East.
The regulators have not even had open discussions yet http://www.suasnews.com/2011/11/10245/uas-arc-2-0/ so January is a silly idea!
Canberra Police Want Drones To Track Cars
I completely agree and I'm a big drone fan, the interest in this story has been so great it seems to have crashed my site. So sorry all those trying to look in now.
Video of mystery crashed bird shaped drone
There is a photo on the linked blog post, I have a feeling its a military grade battery of some sort and I am sure somebody here will recognise it.
Added to the number on the tail and markings all over the place, the drone is looking less like something made in a barn and more like something in service.
Human Powered Helicopter Aims To Break Records
It was a fail sadly they are trying again today looks very cool! http://www.suasnews.com/2011/05/5475/human-powered-helicopter-has-part-failure/
BirdXPeller Drone, bird scaring robot
Well thats what we used to do, but when faced with many thousands of birds roosting at dusk we actually used to just suspend flying until dark proper. The most effective thing our expert did was put fishing wire over the sewerage plant on the other side of the airfield. I guess there were bugs flying low over it. Anyhow he used to catch loads of birds in that fishing wire. All very cruel and I'm a vegetarian so I can say that! The best thing about BCU at the coastal airfield that I was at was you could drop down into the estuary and then drive unseen on the shoreline to the tourist beach full of young ladies. Of course you looked very cool in your military uniform and landrover and could make up some story about being very important. Only once did a chum get caught out by the incoming tide after chatting too long. Am I waffling.
Automatic Life Jacket Detection For Drones
Well they are close to all weather, the UAS fighters en route certainly will (X47)
Automatic lifejacket detection from drones
Well I would say it is, because I posted it!! The implications are pretty huge really. Whilst the Hummingbird is a cool DARPA project that has received loads of attention this technology can be implemented right now with platforms that several of us own.
It would be making a difference and perhaps save lives.
Imagine man overboard on some sort of large boat, it takes miles to turn around, firstly deploy cameras on highpoints of the boat and scan the sea, second chuck a handheld simple flying wing off the deck and let it look as well.
With all these things you have to remember its all technology at its start. Imagine what will be about in 10 years time.
I would have thought it would be cheap enough to put some sort of transponder on a lifejacket these days though.
'Eternal' Solar Plane Stays Two Weeks Aloft
No its not entirely autonomous, all the pilots hold ATPL licences and are involved in flying other platforms. It met its design criteria and will fly again in the new year for longer. Type in Zephyr at http://www.suasnews.com/ and you will find a video of the take off and landing, sorry I can't seem to paste in a link here. I believe it had enough power left to fly for several weeks more.
Aerial Video Footage of New York Taken By RC Plane
The rules are changing for sUAS SFAR 107 is the thing to look for. Several rules were broken don't believe the it was perfectly legal brigade. There is an investigation ongoing we understand. sUAS News .com
Singapores drone for Xbox Generation soldiers
Ok what does the hidden comment mean?? Obviously I can't read it but as I posted the story I would have thought I could have seen any comment??? Guess I best pop off to the FAQs!
How many dot-boms do you have under your belt?
Ah good old hitch hikers getting a mention.
Its still not ticking, how not to promote a news blog
Having this as a way of keeping track of what's what with sUAS News was a silly idea as I'm not filling it in enough. Not managed to crack another submission to the list in a month or so and this means my page views now languish in the 500' which is not bad. The Linked in group has made 43 members and I have started an email list. Free for upto 1000 users, the first person I don't know signed up today.
Perhaps I am not putting the site out in enough places, http://www.suasnews.com I shall head out into the webosphere to try and find five different and new places to place it.
Things I should have added yesterday
Trying to make sUAS News a little more sticky, so yesterday I added a Tag cloud. Wordpress does not seem to allow a search function or block which is a shame.
Now today I notice that
1 pageviews 62,003.00 82.11%
2 pageviews 7,833.00 10.37%
3 pageviews 2,947.00 3.90%
4 pageviews 1,189.00 1.57%
5 pageviews 494.00 0.65%
Now how does analytic s handle that, is it 62 k only visited once 7833 came twice that sort of thing?
Really need to get that 2 page visit number up. Where to find all the folk that are interested in unmanned vehicles?
LinkedIn group sits @ 37 members, thats quite depressing. Join it here http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3400149 if you are so inclined.
Ah I seem to be able to add another journal entry
Not really getting to grips with what the best time is to post stories, especially as I quite often publish before others and yet different versions of the same thing end up at the top of the pile. Guess I am getting addicted. Perhaps there is a balance between the amount of text you include as a description and the title. I am also wondering if you get black balled for posting too much. Its all still a mystery.
Anyhow at LinkedIn the sUAS News group now has 36 members. http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=3400149 I needed to write that down somewhere with a date so I can remember. I keep meaning to keep key dates to use as metrics, I might as well do them here if I'm going to visit so frequently! Started the group on the 13th of Sept 2010.
Not much of a feeling of community here though.
Now let me try and get a drone/uav/uas or at least aviation tag in here.
I have started to do the crazy thing, RTFM perhaps I understand a bit more now!!
Is it just me?
I'm finding this thing pretty hard to navigate, I guess I am not nerdy enough! Is that a good or a bad thing?? Why write here at all?? Well earlier this week a chum suggested I drop something I had blogged at http://www.suasnews.com onto Slashdot and my web hits went through the roof.
I have not been a slashdot regular in fact I have not really used it. This is all a new adventure in working out yet another system.
So I shall keep posting on my pet subject, which is unmanned aerial vehicles, or as we I should call them systems (UAS). Flying robots must suffer from identity issues as their acronyms refuse to settle down. Here in the UK, RPAS is beginning to find favour, remotely piloted air systems. But as I hit return on this I fully expect another abbreviation to have come along.
A little about me.
I am a forty something hot air balloon pilot that has been flying manned things since he was 16 and now is getting into unmanned stuff.
Ah I just thought I would update this and it seems that it does not create a new entry, instead it appends to this. Somehow I'm not going to like this. Perhaps I am wrong.
Next stop is to see who to ask about adding a UAV icon, perhaps a flying robot, they need one