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Inverted Wankel Engine as UAS Power Plant ?

2016-06-22
Inverted Wankel Engine as UAS Power Plant ?
Alexander Shkolnick is the president and co-founder of LiquidPiston, a Connecticut firm that has spent 13 years and $18 million rethinking the rotary engine that Felix Wankel created in 1960 and Mazda gave up on in 2012. On Monday, engineers yanked the 39-pound conventional engine out of a kart and installed the four-pound X Mini.

Small Rugged Embedded Computing Subsystem

2016-06-21
Small Rugged Embedded Computing Subsystem
The Curtiss-Wright Corp. Defense Solutions Division in Ashburn, Va., is introducing the Parvus DuraCOR 311 small-form-factor rugged commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded computing subsystem for demanding applications like unmanned systems.

Canada Invests in Training & Test Range

2016-06-20
Canada Invests in Training & Test Range
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced an investment of $300,000 to support the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) range for training and field testing in the Village of Foremost.

Transitioning Fixed-Wing UAS from South Africa

2016-06-17
Transitioning Fixed-Wing UAS from South Africa
It’s been just over four years since since a small media production company in Knysna, started by Duran de Villiers, decided to explore the world of aerial photography.

MALE OPA Jointly Developed by Germany and Qatar

2016-06-16
MALE OPA Jointly Developed by Germany and Qatar
A prototype of Q01 MALE (medium-altitude, long endurance) optionally-piloted aircraft was introduced at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2016 held in June 2016. It is a joint development programme between Germany and Qatar.

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.


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