US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm

2017-08-22

US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm
The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within 15 feet of their destination.

They can carry a small sensor payload, and theyre designed to be cheap enough that you can use a whole bunch of them all at once. At the Sea Air Space Expo back in April, we checked out the latest MK5 CICADA prototypes, along with a new delivery system thatll launch 32 of them out of a standardized sonobuoy tube all at once.

Cicadas-swarm.png

The CICADA drones themselves consist mostly of a printed circuit board, which makes up the wings and also contains a custom autopilot system that can recover from the crazy tumbling that you can see when the CICADAs are initially deployed. A 3D-printed fuselage minimizes the amount of hands-on assembly time required, and the general idea is that eventually, these things will be created and assembled entirely by robots. This will drive the cost down while enabling volume production, exactly what you need if your goal is massive swarms of little robots.

The NRL has been through a bunch iterations on these things, and this particular version has been optimized for stackability and tube-ification with pleasingly rounded wings, although theres a tradeoff there with a reduction in the glide ratio. A big focus of CICADA has been lowering costs: These little guys cost about US $250 each, which is ridiculously cheap for a piece of military hardware. And that bug-sized price tag is what allows CICADAs to be considered disposable.

While its possible to push CICADAs out one or two at a time, the current use case is that all of them get launched at once, and then each will actively navigate toward its own set of GPS coordinates. On landing, they transmit data from embedded sensors (a meteorological payload at the moment) back up to their launch aircraft through an antenna embedded in their wings, and each robot will continue to operate and send back data from the ground until its battery runs out.

“With the CICADA MK5, we feel like most of the basic research is done,” NRLs Dan Edwards told us. The autopilot works, the guidance works, weve shown different launch methods. Really, were looking for a customer who wants to commercialize this. The point of NRL is to do high risk development, understand and steer where the technology is going, and then transition those pieces of IP out to industry for manufacturing.

Edwards said theyve considered a number of potential applications. And theyre always getting new suggestions. Every time I show up at a trade show, or talk with people about CICADA, its ‘oh, could you do this?, he said. Chemical and biological sensing is a very interesting idea. There are other electronics you could put in it for seismic sensing along a road. Really, the sky is the limit. Its just a flying circuit board, so anything you can integrate at the component level is fair game.

Theres one application, in particular, hed love to do.

Right now, [CICADAs] would be ready to go drop into a hurricane or tornado, he said. I really would love to fly an airplane over, and each of these could sample in the tornado. Thats ready now. Wed just need a ride. And [FAA] approval.





FAA Small Drone Rule Lets Unmanned Aircraft Soar

2017-09-11
FAA Small Drone Rule Lets Unmanned Aircraft Soar
A host of new users is changing the world of commercial aviation thanks in large part to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) small unmanned aircraft rule, Part 107 (PDF), which has now been in place for a year.

The Drone World Expo 2017 Interviews  Hector Ubiñas

2017-08-22
The Drone World Expo 2017 Interviews Hector Ubiñas
In the third of a series of interviews with key figures involved in the success of Drone World Expo, we talked to for Hector Ubiñas, Aviation Services Manager, San Diego Gas and Electric. Hector joined SDG&E in September 2016 and has been overseeing the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program since starting with the company. In this role, Hector is responsible for the daily operations of the UAS program and continuing to develop new work methods for its application in the utility industry.

Swarms of Drones Test New Dogfighting Skills

2017-04-25
Swarms of Drones Test New Dogfighting Skills
Aerial dogfighting began more than a century ago in the skies over Europe with propeller-driven fighter aircraft carried aloft on wings of fabric and wood. An event held recently in southern California could mark the beginning of a new chapter in this form of aerial combat.

13 Takeaways from The White House Workshop

2016-08-08
13 Takeaways from The White House Workshop
The White House launched a new effort Tuesday to help increase the use of drones and showcased how government agencies have become a proving ground for a wide array of new drone concepts and technologies.

New Report: Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations

2016-07-24
New Report: Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations
It may not seem like it, but drones are still in their infancy and only proving themselves through the rigorous testing done privately, commercially, and by state and federal government agencies. Despite the tangible benefits that drones can provide, the public has mixed sentiments about their use by law enforcement, firefighting, and search & rescue operations.

Drone World Expo  Exclusive Interviews  Mark Bathrick

2016-07-14
Drone World Expo Exclusive Interviews Mark Bathrick
We wanted to find out more about the team behind Drone World Expo – what makes them tick, what motivates them and what are the secrets behind the success of the event. We interviewed Advisory Board member Mark L. Bathrick who directs a nationwide aviation services business for the U.S Department of the Interior (DOI) overseeing the safe operation of over 1,200 contracted and government-owned manned and unmanned aircraft across a wide range of business applications.

Rwanda Readies Life-Saving Drone Delivery System

2016-07-03
Rwanda Readies Life-Saving Drone Delivery System
This summer, small autonomous airplanes will begin carrying life-saving blood to 20 hospitals and healthcare centers across Western Rwanda, Africa, in one of the first-of-its-kind drone-based delivery demonstrations.

Tree-Planting Drones

2016-06-28
Tree-Planting Drones
Beaverton, Oregon-based drone startup DroneSeed created a drone with a device that fires seeds into the ground using compressed air in an effort to reforest the Pacific Northwest, and eventually forests around the world.

FAA Finalizes Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

2016-06-21
FAA Finalizes Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the firstoperational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nations airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

Embry-Riddle Consumer Guide to sUAS for Novices

2016-06-17
Embry-Riddle Consumer Guide to sUAS for Novices
A research team at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus has created the first-ever comprehensive consumer guide to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for novice users–those individuals interested in purchasing their first small remote controlled or autonomous multi-rotor flying aircraft.


Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next

Back to the list


Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next
Quote Name
JeffBoiche, 20.11.2017 17:55:49
Buy Keflex Buy Cheap Cialis Cialis Per Pill cialis online Venta De Cialis En Espana
Quote Name
BobbybeF, 18.11.2017 18:17:38
Half-court concluded,stephen curry shoes the garage 12 details and 4 rebounds 6 facilitates, Owen 17 rebounds, 2 assists 1 has the upper hand slightly. But as knight defeat in the second half, even the one-on-one hit his items. In this series, OuWenBen should have certain advantages in counterpoint, such as the finals last year, as the season of Christmas conflicts, with their strong individual fortunes turned.


But today the warriors in the changes, let knights staggered, also let like one-on-one hit Owen curry shoes to obtain the rhythm. Actually, today usually was clay - Thompson Lord Owen, although Owen hit a dead facing him, but clay height reach or up to a point, limits the Owen's attack. In only a few times industry by storm single singled out with his Arsenal, although Owen features good performance, but also it's hard another for a knight.


Total play, scored 28 points 6 rebounds and 10 assists inside Treasury, 6 of 11 three-point kd shoes images. 24 points and 3 rebounds, only two assists, Owen has scored 17 points in the first half, he scored seven points within the second half. Facing the big four with the mighty, and only Eileen Owen in one-on-one get garage have chances, but today's garage to try and do better.

Tag: kyrie irving shoes barbour jackets bape hoodie curry 2 birkenstock sandals canada goose puma fenty kd 10 kyrie irving jersey kobe bryant shoes asics shoes adidas rose 6 adidas zx flux adidas pure boost adidas ultra boost nike pg 2 curry 2 kobe 11 adidas nmd
Quote Name
JeffBoiche, 17.11.2017 11:34:59
Doryx Bacterial Infections Legally cialis Preisvergleich Cialis 20 Mg Kohlpharma
Quote Name
Rongync, 17.11.2017 07:44:33
Buy Viagra Fast Delivery Cheap Cialis No Prescription Prix Amoxicillin 100mg canadian healthcare mall levitra Clomid Fertilite Viagra Generico De La India
Quote Name
Rongync, 17.11.2017 05:07:10
Priligy Foro Viagra 6 Free Sample levitra with dapoxetine reviews Keflex Dose For A Dog Cytotecр р†р’в® Prix Pharmacie Acheter Cialis Avis
Quote Name
BobbybeF, 15.11.2017 04:30:52
Half-court finished,stephen curry shoes the garage 12 points and 4 rebounds 6 helps, Owen 17 rebounds, 2 assists 1 has got the upper hand slightly. But as knight defeat within the second half, even his one-on-one hit his items. In this series, OuWenBen really should have certain advantages in counterpoint, such as the finals last year, as the season of Christmas wars, with their strong private fortunes turned.


But today the warriors in the changes, let knights staggered, also let like one-on-one hit Owen curry shoes to discover the rhythm. Actually, today usually was clay - Thompson Head of the family Owen, although Owen hit a dead when in front of him, but clay height reach or to a certain degree, limits the Owen's strike. In only a few times in the face of single singled out throughout his Arsenal, although Owen offers good performance, but also it's hard another for a knight.


Whole play, scored 28 points 6 rebounds and 10 assists within the Treasury, 6 of 11 three-point kd shoes images. 24 points and 3 rebounds, 2 assists, Owen has scored 17 points within the first half, he scored seven points inside second half. Facing the big four with the mighty, and only Jordan Owen in one-on-one gain garage have chances, but today's garage to try and do better.

Tag: kyrie irving shoes nike lunar force 1 puma fenty< canada goose curry 3 shoes kyrie 1 kobe shoes nmd human race asics shoes nike huarache vans sk8 hi kyrie irving shoes adidas yeezy boost 350 v2 zebra puma fenty kobe 11 puma fenty kyrie 4 balenciaga shoes kd shoes
Quote Name
BobbybeF, 14.11.2017 10:09:05
From brought the first curry shoes golf ball, a garage at the match: each other organized a perfect diamond the front, teammate Steve Blake flew to follow up, left the clippers safeguard darren collison (microblogging) the length between two steps behind their closely, Danny granger may be the only defender in tow line. This is the garage superior court intuition and knowning that embodies: his shot selection. He seems to fully grasp the defensive player from the ideas, can predict their next move, then strike ahead of time. "When other people are doing gesture, garage throughout judgment, and the sport, this is Stephen is best place, in this respect the particular league may be the best. Find field space, know the spot that the defense space will take place, it is the key with the art of his images. Because no matter exactly how good your shots, additional exquisite technology, no space is useless. "ESPN's Jesse thorpe, once wrote with his article.


Garage very carefully stephen curry shoes observing the defense, he likewise have reason to be consequently cautious. Before this, the warriors have missed 12 goals in 13 shots during the past, is now 33 to be able to 37 behind the clippers, disturbed because of the right leg muscle pressure of garage after just one of 4. For storage area himself, this ball is essential: before a season, he hit an archive in NBA history along with 272 grains of about three points, if again proven three points today, his three points shock as to hit number will meet or exceed 200 mark. So that library might be the sixth in a row has at the very least two season hit two hundred grains of three gamers, at the same moment, still can have several points to continuous hit game streak carry on and 54 games - it'll be the warriors team history record.


"I like everything kevin durant shoes related to the shooting, " garage once said in a interview, "but with the highest especially in perfect palm posture. When your person is in good rhythm, from standing in the feet on the ground, his hands to complete a shot, all series of joint actions is going to be calm and smooth, just like waves. It's a wonderful feeling. ".

Tag: kyrie irving shoes lebron 14 shoes puma rihanna creepers mizuno shoes air max 90 vans sk8 hi curry shoes canada goose asics shoes kobe 10 nmd human race adidas boost adidas ultra boost uncaged curry shoes curry 4 shoes adidas alphabounce jordan retro nike pg 2 nike vapormax
Quote Name
BobbybeF, 13.11.2017 16:08:59
Half-court finished,stephen curry shoes the garage 12 details and 4 rebounds 6 facilitates, Owen 17 rebounds, 2 assists 1 has got the upper hand slightly. But as knight defeat within the second half, even his / her one-on-one hit his items. In this series, OuWenBen needs certain advantages in counterpoint, much like the finals last year, because the season of Christmas wars, with their strong particular fortunes turned.


But today the warriors on the changes, let knights staggered, also let like one-on-one hit Owen curry shoes to obtain the rhythm. Actually, today most of the time was clay - Thompson Adept Owen, although Owen hit a dead looking at him, but clay height reach or up to a point, limits the Owen's strike. In only a few times facing single singled out with his Arsenal, although Owen offers good performance, but also it's hard to return for a knight.


Total play, scored 28 points 6 rebounds and 10 assists inside Treasury, 6 of 11 three-point kd shoes shots. 24 points and 3 rebounds, only two assists, Owen has scored 17 points from the first half, he scored seven points inside the second half. Facing the big four from the mighty, and only Erika Owen in one-on-one get garage have chances, but today's garage to do better.

Tag: kyrie irving shoes ultra boost 3.0 adidas boost kobe shoes kyrie 1 nike huarache adidas superstar adidas zx flux puma fenty lebron james shoes Air Jordan 1 Shoes curry shoes kyrie irving jersey lebron 14 adidas alphabounce adidas ultra boost 4 jordan retro mizuno running shoes adidas ultra boost
Quote Name
MyronAvape, 13.11.2017 15:15:14
http://bestrxcalprice.com buy clomid canada clomid pills for sale buying clomid online cheap (http://http://bestrxcalprice.com) order clomid
Quote Name
MyronAvape, 13.11.2017 15:15:11
http://bestrxteprice.com order finasteride how much does finasteride cost finasteride where to buy (http://http://bestrxteprice.com) finasteride 5mg price
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next
Enter your Post*
Spam bot protection (CAPTCHA)