garymortimer (1882326) writes "Lockheed Martin, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), successfully conducted a fully autonomous resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition demonstration using its Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) unmanned ground vehicle, K-MAX unmanned helicopter and Gyrocam optical sensor." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Our filming drone provided aerial footage with a difference, not only did we shoot the action from above (in HD of course), we also provided flying goggles for the drivers. The goggles provided a downlink from our eye in the sky, however for the drivers to take this visual information and translate it was extremely difficult, especially when determining speed, direction and timings on the track." Link to Original Source top
Organization for Security and Co-operation Europe need drones for MH17 enquiry
garymortimer (1882326) writes "To support its operations in Ukraine the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe has put out an urgent request for drones. They are perhaps required to help with the security of staff and rapid mapping of ground surrounding the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crash site." Link to Original Source top
'Projector Drone' shows sky no longer the limit for video projection.
garymortimer (1882326) writes "The ‘Projector Drone’ is capable of beaming news, games and advertising over the walls of a city near you.
The proof of concept vehicle is able to fly for 12 minutes at a time, features its own on-board data storage and a 500 lumens projector. The company is already working on more sophisticated features, including live streaming data, pan and tilt projector controls and ultrasonic sound capabilities." Link to Original Source top
Investigation launched after drone full of drugs touched down at Dublin prison
garymortimer (1882326) writes "The incident was first reported by Mick McCaffrey in the Sunday World. The newspaper reports that prisoners ran towards the drone and one of them was seen swallowing some of the packages contained in it.
It is expected the man will be charged with possession of illegal drugs but it is unknown where the drone was being controlled from or who was flying it." Link to Original Source top
African firm is selling pepper-spray bullet firing drones
garymortimer (1882326) writes "A DJI Phantom Vision owner lost sight of his drone and the return to home feature kicked in. The only snag, the stadium was in the way. Its owner knows its there as he attached a GPS pet tracker for unexpected events. A different spin on the boy next door asking for his ball back." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "A DJI Phantom Vision owner lost sight of his drone and the return to home feature kicked in. The only snag, the stadium was in the way. The $1300 quadcopter is currently sitting on the roof. Its owner knows this as he attached a GPS pet tracker for unexpected events. A different spin on the boy next door asking for his ball back." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "The team are flight testing a small prototype system capable of ‘surfing’ updrafts around large buildings. The prototype system is called the RMIT Kestrel. The glider in the video is an Alula being used for data collection. The six month research project brings together leading research into the modelling and analysis of airflows around structures with advanced sensing, and guidance algorithms." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Another week another amazing mini quadcopter. Until now I had been dismissing the 3D printer pens that keep popping up in my Google ads as nothing but a toy. I had not had the vision to see how they could be used to actually make things. More fool me.
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Sometimes something obvious comes along in the multicopter world. The next step must be to genetically modify the carrots so that they grow into the frames shape. A grow your own drone scheme no less." Link to Original Source top
Now Skype Drones, Toivo Annus invests in UAV Factory
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Toivo Annus, the co-founder and former Head of Engineering at Skype led the private investment. Toivo is an experienced investor who will bring not only new investments to UAV Factory, but also valuable expertise of growing early stage high tech companies into large organizations with strategic thinking and vision. In his recent interview from Tallinn, Estonia, Mr. Annus said, “I am very excited to participate in the first round of private investment with UAV Factory. I strongly believe in UAV Factory growth potential and dominan position in the long endurance UAV marketplace”." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Slated to come out in 2014 the Bebop is first to market with an interesting gimbleless camera stabilization process the camera is a f2.2 fish-eye lens with a 180-degree angle of view and a 14-megapixel sensor. A built in GoPro if you will.
It can capture video at 1080p full HD resolution; the AR.Drone 2.0 was limited to 720p. Video is recorded to the Bebop's 8GB of internal storage (there's no microSD or SD card slot) in MP4 format. The extra pixels allow users to digitally pan and zoom the picture. The camera is soft mounted to resist camera shake physically aiding image stabilization." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Coca-Cola Singapore and Singapore Kindness have deployed multirotors to deliver messages of thanks and a coke to workers high above city streets. A very well made advert from the people at Coke. Video at the link." Link to Original Source top
From the too ugly to fly department, military drone
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Advanced Tactics Inc. announced that it has received government approval for and has released the Black Knight Transformer first driving and flying test video. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing and the successful flights of the Black Knight Transformer open the door to a number of future aircraft designs that leverage Advanced" Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "In my opinion Christopher should have fessed up to his actions with the park authorities and they might have sent somebody roped up and suitably equipped to recover the Phantom from the tree.
It’s a great video, well made and interesting. Christopher, it’s not worth endangering the lives of others that might be involved in the recovery of an injured person in a compromised position or worse still a body.
Be careful out there people, your systems are just stuff. If you look through the video comments another YouTube user had the same experience at the Grand Canyon and his Phantom was stolen before he could get it recovered by a climber. Perhaps DJI should extend their no fly zones to include national parks." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "“Divers did go down to look for it. They are still looking. It went down in deep water where there is a rocky bottom. Visibility is also a problem because of sediment at the bottom of the lake,” Fitzgerald said.
The mini helicopter which weighs around 49 pounds and, in a military setting, could be fitted with a single- or multiple-shot 40mm grenade launcher, 25mm Grenade Launcher or 12 gauge shotgun, according to Vanguard Defense Industries." Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Its no surprise that the UAS found in South Korea is of Chinese origin. The charmingly named Taiyuan Navigation Friend Aviation Technology is in Asian terms just up the road from Pyongyang being 1200kms away in the capital of Shanxi province, Taiyuan." Link to Original Source top
Criminals use drones to find cannabis farms and then steal from growers
garymortimer (1882326) writes "One such man, an unnamed 33-year-old, told the Halesowen News that after finding a property with a cannabis farm he and his crew either burgle or “tax” the victim.
“They are fair game,” he said. “It is not like I’m using my drone to see if people have nice televisions. I am just after drugs to steal and sell, if you break the law then you enter me and my drone’s world.
“Half the time we don’t even need to use violence to get the crop. Growing cannabis has gone mainstream and the people growing it are not gangsters, especially in places like Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Oldbury.”" Link to Original Source top
garymortimer (1882326) writes "Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones.
There’s no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million. Presumably, Google paid more than that to keep it away from Facebook." Link to Original Source
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.
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!!
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