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Autodesk Invests in 3D Robotics

2016-06-15
Autodesk Invests in 3D Robotics
Multinational software company Autodesk Inc. announced it has made an investment in drone manufacturer 3D Robotics, one of three initial stakes the company is making via its $100 million Forge Fund.

Autonomous Taranis to Work Alongside Fighter Pilots

2016-06-14
Autonomous Taranis to Work Alongside Fighter Pilots
UK defence and security company BAE Systems has unveiled plans to build the world’s first autonomous military drone, proposing a scenario where unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) would work alongside conventional manned aircraft.

Kokam Lithium Ion Battery Survives Ballistic Tests

2016-06-13
Kokam Lithium Ion Battery Survives Ballistic Tests
Kokam Co., Ltd, announced that it has conducted ballistic tests on battery cells using its unique Lithium Ion NANO battery technology and determined that even when these cells are shot they do not experience thermal runaway.

Sentera Releases Agriculture App With Autonomous Flight Planning; Raises $8.5 million Capital Round

2016-06-12
Sentera Releases Agriculture App With Autonomous Flight Planning; Raises $8.5 million Capital Round
Sentera, LLC, has announced the addition of autonomous UAV flight planning to its AgVaultTM 2.0 Mobile app. The added capability works with the DJI drones including the Phantom 4, Phantom 3, and Inspire families of products, providing the agriculture industry with a solution they describe as “an end-to-end normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) solution.” AgVault allows farmers to highlight a field, autonomously fly a UAV, capture precise imagery, manage data, produce QuickTileTM maps, and deliver data to a piece of equipment, all at the field edge.

Tiny Simultaneous Localization and Mapping for UAS

2016-06-10
Tiny Simultaneous Localization and Mapping for UAS
Working deeply with CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research) in 2012, French startup Terabee has taken IR-based time-of-flight (ToF) to centimetre-level, boasting update frequencies up to 1kHz for fast moving robots and drones.

Autonomous Parachute System for Drones

2016-06-09
Autonomous Parachute System for Drones
Start-up company SkyFallX unveiled a fully autonomous parachute system for drones last year. The purpose of the system is to reduce danger to people and property on the ground. The company is now seeking strategic partners to help enter mass-production.

Wal-Mart to Use Drones to Check Warehouse Inventory

2016-06-08
Wal-Mart to Use Drones to Check Warehouse Inventory
Wal-Mart Stores Inc says it was six to nine months from beginning to use drones to check warehouse inventories in the United States, taking a step closer to using the technology to compete better with rivals.

OQualias Fully 3D Printed Commercial Fixed-Wing UAS

2016-06-07
OQualias Fully 3D Printed Commercial Fixed-Wing UAS
O’QUALIA, an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and manufacturing company based in Singapore has launched the Captor UAS. The first commercially available fully 3D printed drone, the Captor UAS is designed to be completely modular to adapt and grow with the changing demands and requirements of each customer – bringing future proof technology to the end-user and protecting initial investments.

Rescue Drone Firm Seeks Regulation Lifeline

2016-06-05
Rescue Drone Firm Seeks Regulation Lifeline
A South Korean UAV startup wants to deploy drones to save lives but it may need to be rescued from a sea of government regulation to survive.

Aeronautics to Launch Orbiter 4

2016-06-03
Aeronautics to Launch Orbiter 4
Aeronautics LTD announced that it will soon launch a new Unmanned Aerial System platform – Orbiter 4. The development of the Orbiter 4 has recently reached its final steps, and the new platform is expected to be fully introduced and launched toward the end of 2016.


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