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Controlling ARdrone using a kinect and body movements

2011-04-11
Controlling ARdrone using a kinect and body movements
Nice one for a Friday afternoon, we are not convinced this is the most efficient way to control a multirotor. It points to the future though. Joysticks may become a thing of the past? This week in the UK a Royal Air Force study showed that non pilots performed as well as trained pilots whilst commanding UAS.

Micro Aircraft IMPULLS Improves Avionic Systems And Sensors

2011-04-11
Micro Aircraft IMPULLS Improves Avionic Systems And Sensors
A novel test aircraft of the TU Muenchen successfully completed its maiden flight few days ago at the airfield of the MFC Red Baron near Heimstetten. The micro aircraft christened "IMPULLS" (Innovative Modular Payload UAV - TUM LLS) will facilitate testing aviation sensors and systems.

Paparazzi Open Source autopilot operates in the Antarctic

2011-04-08
Paparazzi Open Source autopilot operates in the Antarctic
Scientists from the Finnish Meteorological Institute used small unmanned aircrafts to collect atmospheric data in a measurement campaign at the Finnish Aboa station located in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica. During 26 flights they collected 61 vertical profiles in altitudes up to 1000m with fully automatic operating aircrafts.

Cassidian changes funding plans for Talarion UAS

2011-03-31
Cassidian changes funding plans for Talarion UAS

Frustrated by a continued lack of progress with advancing its Talarion unmanned air system programme, EADS company Cassidian has suggested an alternative funding proposal to planned participants France, Germany and Spain.

Landmark flight brings programme closer to aerial refueling between UAVs

2011-03-20
Landmark flight brings programme closer to aerial refueling between UAVs
On Jan. 21, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center took a major step toward demonstrating autonomous aerial refueling between two unmanned, high altitude aircraft, an operation never before performed.
In a key risk reduction flight test, Northrop Grumman's Proteus test aircraft and a NASA Global Hawk flew as close as 40 feet apart at an altitude of 45,000 feet, an industry-setting record.

 Aero India: the DRDO displayed the Rustom-1 MALE UAV

2011-03-11
Aero India: the DRDO displayed the Rustom-1 MALE UAV
The technology demonstrator is based on an American Rutan Long-EZ airframe, and is powered by a 160hp Lycoming O-320 engine. The Rustom-1 prototype first took to the air at Hosur Airfield on 16 October 2010 during a 12 minute flight. By the end of February, a 30-minute flight with a mock payload is planned for the first time. ADE is using the Rustom-1 as a stepping stone to the creation of the much more sophisticated Rustom-H.

AeroVironment develops 1st fully operational Hummingbird-like UAV

2011-03-11
AeroVironment develops 1st fully operational Hummingbird-like UAV
AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) today announced it has accomplished a technical milestone never before achieved -- controlled precision hovering and fast-forward flight of a two-wing, flapping wing aircraft that carries its own energy source, and uses only the flapping wings for propulsion and control.The milestone was part of the Phase II contract awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to AV to design and build a flying prototype "hummingbird-like" aircraft for the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program.

Peak-Climbing Audi TT-S

2011-02-18
Peak-Climbing Audi TT-S
Stanford's Pikes Peak-Climbing Audi TT-S Stanford University has a long tradition of building autonomously navigated cars, like this Audi TT-S designed to race the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Sikorskys Optionally Piloted Black Hawk

2011-02-18
Sikorskys Optionally Piloted Black Hawk
The crew, at the end of their duty time, switch the helicopter to unmanned mode and disembark. The Black Hawk searches for and connects to the nearest ground control station, accepts the preprogrammed mission and takes off to find and pick up its first load.

Two Driverless Cars Have Begun 8,000-Mile Journey from Italy to China

2011-02-18
Two Driverless Cars Have Begun 8,000-Mile Journey from Italy to China
A team of Italian engineers is gearing up for a high-tech road rally that should impress even the outside-the-box dreamers over at DARPA: an 8,000-mile journey from Italy to China, with nobody behind the wheel.


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